Open source image editor gets even better
Adobe Photoshop is noted for the sheer volume of features it has to offer: if you can imagine a digital imaging trick, it is likely that Photoshop can do it. The more time you spend with the software, the more techniques you will uncover; this is why Photoshop has long been the industry standard. Free alternatives are available, and will be suitable for more casual use, but they are apt to have far fewer features.
While it will take time to learn to use Photoshop to its full potential, a beginner will still have plenty to do with the basic features such as cropping, resizing and adding text.
As with any art software, Photoshop will take time to learn before the user can put it to best use. Start by reading the manual, which can be downloaded in PSF format from the Adobe website's Photoshop Help page. For further information, there are many tutorials online, in both written and video formats.
Yes, Photoshop can handle both 2D and 3D images. Although its main focus is on 2D, the program can also create basic 3D objects such as spheres, cubes and cylinders; you can also insert 2D objects into 3D space.
New versions of Photoshop come out on a frequent but irregular basis. It is not uncommon for multiple updates to be released within a single year.
Photoshop is available for both Windows and Mac, although if the user is running an outdated version of either operating system, it will be best to check which specific release of Photoshop will be compatible.
Photoshop Elements is a stripped-down version of the full Photoshop program. Although it has fewer features it is available at a much lower price, making it perfect for more casual users or those who are just starting out.
Yes. While the user will need an Internet connection when you first license and install the software, Photoshop CC can be accessed while offline as it is installed directly onto the computer hard drive and so does not require an Internet connection for day-to-day use.
Consumers looking for a copy of Photoshop run the risk of purchasing pirated software. If a buyer purchases from sites such as Craigslist and Amazon Marketplace, they may end up with a pirate copy, especially if the copy is sold at a sizeable discount. To be safe, customers should try to purchase first-hand copies from authorised sellers such as Amazon (not Amazon Marketplace) or Best Buy.
If a customer has purchased a copy of Photoshop and are unclear as to whether or not it is a pirate copy, then they should head to Adobe.com and register the product. If it is a pirate copy, the buyer will be alerted, and can respond by returning the product.