What is Photoshop?
Photoshop is an image creation, graphic design and photo editing software developed by Adobe. The software provides many image editing features for pixel-based images, raster graphics and vector graphics.
Adobe Photoshop was first released in 1988. Created by Thomas and John Knoll, it was initially developed for Macintosh computers but is now available for Windows and macOS platforms.
Photoshop is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes other popular tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Dreamweaver. Photoshop Creative Cloud allows users to work on image and graphic content from anywhere.
How does Photoshop work?
Photoshop has been the industry standard image manipulation program for so long that its name has become a verb. It is common parlance to say that an image has been “photoshopped,” or even just “shopped,” meaning that it’s been edited or manipulated.
It uses a layer-based editing system that enables raster image creation and altering with multiple overlays that support transparency.
Layers can also act as masks or filters, changing underlying colors. Shadows and other effects can be added to the layers.
Adobe promotes Photoshop as a tool for professionals. However, beginners can use Photoshop as well with many helpful tutorials on the market that train users in how to use Photoshop’s various features.
What are Photoshop’s features?
Photoshop comes with a multitude of features, fonts, effects, and brush or pen tools. Here are some of the most common ones:
✪ Brushes are one of the most popular tools in Photoshop. They can be used for various effects, including compositing, painting, erasing and retouching images.
✪ The Clone Stamp allows you to copy pixels from one area of an image and paste them into another area. This is useful for repairing damaged or corrupt images.
✪ The Healing Brush is similar to the Clone Stamp, but it blends the copied pixels with the surrounding pixels for a more natural look.
✪ The History Brush allows you to revert an image to a previous state. This is useful for undoing mistakes or going back to a point in your workflow where you were happy with the image.
✪ Blur blurs the pixels in an image, making them less distinct. This can be used to create a soft, dreamy look or reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other imperfections.
✪ Sharpen does the opposite of Blur, making pixels more distinct. This can be useful for making an image appear more transparent or creating a more dramatic effect.
✪ Dodge and Burn are used to lighten or darken areas of an image. These are commonly used in photo retouching to make subjects appear more defined.
✪ The Sponge tool can either absorb or release color from an image. This is useful for correcting colors that are too light or too dark.
Features of Adobe Photoshop 2023
- Frame Tool for easy masking
- Content-Aware Fill reimagined
- New multiple undo mode
- Usability improvements
- Transform proportionally by default
- Prevent accidental panel moves with Lock Workspace
- Live blend mode preview
- Symmetry mode
- Color Wheel to choose colors
- Improved in-app learning
- Preference to increase UI size
- Support for South East Asian scripts
- Modernized compositing engine