We Know: What Photoshop Does

What is Photoshop?

Photoshop is a software program used by many professional and amateur photographers to enhance, shrink, or otherwise edit digital photographs.

Why would you use a software program to work with photos?

In the old days, photographers were limited to a darkroom for creating and manipulating photographs. Photographers can now work with photographs using Photoshop. That means no darkroom chemical fumes, bulky enlarger equipment, or costly darkroom supplies. Photographers can save their digital photos on a CD rather than archiving fragile negatives. An added advantage to digital photos is that they can be repurposed for other uses.

What can Photoshop do?

Photoshop has many features geared toward professional and amateur photographers. They include:

  • Import images from a digital camera or scanner for image manipulation.
  • Automate repeated tasks or batch process images.
  • Optimize images for use on the Web.
  • Adjust the brightness/contrast or the hue/saturation of an image.
  • Proportionately enlarge or shrink images.
  • Use special filters like Watercolor to transform an image into a simulated watercolor painting. Minimize dust and scratches with one of several Noise filters.
  • Optional third-party plug-in extensions will further enhance Photoshop’s functionality. Some plug-in extensions include flexible framing, special effects, and photo restoration.

For what can you use the images created in Photoshop?

You can use Photoshop images in many different ways, including:

  1. Magazines, newspapers, electronic newsletters.
  2. Photographic prints.
  3. Website images.
  4. Image content for wireless devices like cell phones.
  5. Digital slideshows.

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