Adobe Photoshop

If you have been shopping around for a graphics editor, chances are you have already heard about Adobe Photoshop. Of all the graphic design software on the market, Photoshop consistently comes up as a must have for most graphics professionals. What makes this graphics editor stand out from the rest of the competition?

Ease of use

There are varieties of features that make Adobe Photoshop one of the best in the game. Primarily, this application has to be one of the most user-friendly programs ever created. There are several discussion boards and websites filled with video tutorials dedicated to Adobe Photoshop; beginners and seasoned users are always able to find answers to any problems or questions that they encounter.

Non-destructive editing

Non-destructive editing is a feature that allows you to retouch photographs without ever touching the original image. This feature is not limited to photographs; it is also helpful for graphic designs. One of the advantages of non-destructive editing is that you can easily modify image effects and make various other adjustments to your project months after the first modifications. Non-destructive editing allows the user to make quick surface adjustments and makes editing more flexible, which makes the application that much more powerful.

State of the art editing tool set

One of the reasons why Photoshop is a standard among graphic design professionals is its image-editing capabilities. The software supports standard ICC color profiles and features advanced layering with masks, styles, shapes and adjustments. One of the coolest features of Photoshop’s tool set is cloning, which allows you to remove unwanted items such as leaves or electric wires from pictures, even people! It also allows you to import components from other pictures into your images. Another powerful tool is the healing brush, which allows you to remove imperfections, such as wrinkles, scratches and scars from a person’s face. Adobe Photoshop is unrivaled when it comes to its editing power.

Wide variety of plug-INS

There are several third party plug-INS available for Photoshop such as Digital Element’s Aurora plug-IN, which allows users to add natural 3D elements to any 2D image such as skies with clouds, water reflections and lighting effects. The program also includes Carrara 5 by Eovia, which makes creating 3D illustrations and animations a breeze and Strata Foto3D by Strata Design, which allows you to generate 3D models from photographs shot with a standard digital camera. These are only some of the hundreds of plug-INS available that provide customers with the ability to add even more capabilities to their software application and enable them to improve this already impressive software application.

If these features, options, tools and plug-INS are not enough to convince you that Adobe Photoshop is the way to go when it comes to graphic design and image editing, there is a free trial version available at Adobe.com

What is Required in Getting an Adobe Photoshop Certification?

Adobe is a trusted company that produces many software products. Photoshop is a very popular program that is used by graphic designers, photographers and practically anyone who works with computer images. Adobe offers certifications for their Photoshop products and other software programs that they make. Having a certificate from such a well known company is a great addition to any resume.

So, what does it take to become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)? It is essentially as easy as paying a fee (usually $150 for each exam), using Adobe’s Prep Guide and taking the test. There are over 20 different programs that you can take an exam for and get certified in. As an example, I’ll analyze the Photoshop CS4 exam.

Before you pay the fee to take the exam you may want to look over the Prep Guide in order to see if you will be successful. With the guide, you will also be able to practice the steps necessary to passing the exam. Adobe Photoshop CS4 costs $699 at the onset, so you definitely want to get the most out of this program. In order to get certified, you need to understand and be familiar with the topics which are “general knowledge, correcting, painting and retouching images, working with selections, creating and using layers, working with masks and channels, working with vector tools, suing Camera Raw and Bridge, automating tasks, managing color, advanced knowledge, creating output for print, and creating output for web and mobile devices.” Each one of these categories counts as a certain percentage for the entire exam. There are 74 questions and you need to get 70% of them correct in order to pass.

The criteria for the other exams are very similar to the ones for Photoshop CS4, between 60 – 90 questions with a required 70% to pass and a $150 exam fee. Other programs that you can get ACE certified in are “Adobe Photoshop, Flash, InDesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro, AfterEffects and Dreamweaver CS4 and CS3 versions” as well as “Adobe RoboHelp, Captivate, Photoshop Lightroom 2, ColdFusion 8, Acrobat 9 Professional, Flash Lite 2.0 Mobile Developer, Flex 3 with AIR and FrameMaker 8.0.” All of these programs work to advance your Photoshop skills. I feel that it is also important to keep current with the program, and you can re-certify any of these programs for a $50 exam fee.

I think you’ll find that passing the exam and getting an ACE certificate is as good as, if not better than, getting an A grade in a Graphic Design course in college. Once you have passed the exam, it takes 2-4 weeks to get your “certificate kit” in the mail. With the kit, you get a certificate that you can hang on the wall (which is especially nice if you have a walk-in store where people can purchase your imaging services), you will be able to post the ACE logo on your website and you will be able to access the ACE community to further expand your expertise. I am sure you see that getting a Photoshop certification is very beneficial for anyone in the imaging industry.

Copyright (c) 2010 Mandi Pralle

Adobe Photoshop Elements Tutorial

If you have unanswered questions about Adobe Elements software like, the different Elements versions, what you can do with Adobe Elements, how Elements and Photoshop relate, and where you can find Adobe Elements video tutorials, then this Adobe Photoshop Elements tutorial will answer them for you, as well as revealing a number of useful Adobe Elements tips…

Adobe Photoshop is the professional photographers secret tool to creating fantastic photographs yet can be a challenging program to learn. Given the learning curve that Photoshop demands many everyday photographers feel intimidated by the program. Because of this fact, Adobe has introduced Photoshop Elements, a “lite” version of their popular program. Adobe Elements contains many of the same tools and features as Photoshop yet is much easier to learn and master.

What makes Elements different from Photoshop?

Elements is contains many of the same features and tools as Photoshop. For example, in both programs you can fix lighting problems, remove unwanted items, fix red-eye, and create a multitude of projects including scrapbooks, calendars and cards. These are only a few of the similarities between the programs. The main difference between the programs is that Adobe Elements is much easier to learn since it has an easier to use interface. This advantage allows a newcomer to the program a faster assimilation so you can begin working with your photos almost immediately. With Adobe Photoshop you could spend months learning all the tools and features.

Can I find tutorials for Adobe Elements?

Regardless of whether you decide to use Photoshop or Elements you may wish to view tutorials in order to get started on the right foot. You can find a variety of tutorials available in all sorts of mediums, including online tutorials, DVD’s or CD-Rom. Tutorials a great ways to learn about the tools available (and how to find them) as well as showing you various keyboard shortcuts to the various tools. You can find different tutorials that focus on a variety features and you should expect to learn how to use text in combination with your images as well as using special effects, masks, layers, as well as a variety of other thing.

What can I do with the latest Adobe Elements version?

Regardless of whether you want to restore an old photograph or crop out unwanted items in your photographs, the tools available in Adobe Elements 8 will allow you to accomplish your goals. It’s a sad twist of fate that photographs that were taken years ago will discolor or get worn out from handling. The built in tools, including the blur and sharpen tools, can help you restore your cherished momentous and keep them for future generations. Another common problem is having red eyes staring back out at you. Regardless of your skill or the expense of your camera red-eye is a problem that even professionals experience. Using the red-eye reduction tool you can fix this problem with a simple click of the mouse not only from people but from our four-legged friends as well.

Adobe Elements tips:

a) Combine multiple photos using the Photomerge feature and create a seamless panorama. Further enhance it using the rotate, zoom and pan tools.

b) Flip through the various blend modes by pressing your shift+ to change to the next mode and shift – to go to the previous. These shortcuts help you view all the modes quickly rather than separately clicking and viewing them.

c) Remember to use the picture package option print all the pictures with different print size on one page.