Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editor (with some text and vector graphics capabilities) developed and published by Adobe Systems. It is the market leader for commercial bitmap image manipulation, and probably the most well-known piece of software produced by Adobe Systems. It is considered the industry standard in most, if not all, jobs related to the use of visual elements. It is usually referred to simply as 'Photoshop'. Photoshop is currently available for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows; versions up to Photoshop 7 can also be used with other operating systems such as Linux using software such as CrossOver Office. Past versions of the program were ported to the SGI IRIX platform, but official support for this port was dropped after version 3.

Photoshop is no doubt the most significant Photoshop move towards digital photographers. Although this upgrade also provides exciting new features for general users, web designers, and even video editors, this article will focus on some of the exciting new features most useful to digital photographers.

The simplicity of the Photoshop interface is as deceiving as its predecessors and at first it appears as if little has changed, making the transition from Photoshop 7 to Photoshop CS very natural, preserving most of your Photoshop learning curve. However, a closer look reveals a large number of exciting new features ranging from major things such as RAW support, and the Histogram Palette to minor things such as Crop and Straighten and the Bicubic Smoother and Bicubic Sharper interpolation options.

Some of the latest new features of Adobe Photoshop are:

  • Timesaving file handling with Adobe Bridge
  • Revolutionary Vanishing Point
  • Multiple layer control
  • Smart Objects
  • Multi-image digital camera raw file processing
  • Image Warp
  • Advanced noise reduction
  • 32-bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) support
  • Customizable workspaces and menus
  • Spot Healing Brush
  • One-click red-eye correction

The Adobe Photoshop requirements for Windows are:

  • Intel® Xeon™, Xeon Dual, Intel Centrino™, or Pentium® III or 4 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 4, or Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or 2
  • 320MB of RAM (384MB recommended)
  • 650MB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024×768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet or phone connection required for product activation

The Adobe Photoshop requirements for Macintosh are:

  • PowerPC® G3, G4, or G5 processor
  • Mac OS X v.10.2.8 through v.10.4 (10.3.4 through 10.4 recommended)
  • 320MB of RAM (384MB recommended)
  • 750MB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024×768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet or phone connection required for product activation
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