An Easy Practical Overview of Adobe Photoshop CS4

Many people make a mistake of identifying Adobe Photoshop CS4 as a painting program or as a graphic designing program. Nothing can be far from the truth. In reality this particular program by Adobe is famous all over the world and is loved by graphic artists worldwide for its photo editing features. Along time has passed since the first version of Photoshop was released, but even in those days, it was the supreme ruler as far as photo editing was concerned. Some other programs have tried to emulate this king of editing, without success.

There are many people who are still using older versions of this software and they are interested in switching over to this latest offering, Adobe Photoshop C4. However, thay are interested in knowing more about the additional features that this version of the program boasts of over its predecessors. Apart from the imaging editing facilities that Photoshop is renowned for, the current version boasts of a `raw’ conversion engine. For those uninitiated, `raw’ is the proprietary format outputted by most current generation digital cameras.

The ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) provides support for 200+ proprietary raw formats along with TIFFs and JPEGs. Most users of photo editing programs face the problems of jagged pixels when zooming images. This issue has been resolved with the current version of Photoshop and users can view pictures at zoom ratios between .07% up to 3200% without any jagged edges and what you see is what you get. Try out this beauty on a 64-Bit Windows platform and see the fun… this beast can address huge chunks of memory.

The burn, sponge, and dodge tools have been dramatically improved in Adobe Photoshop CS4 providing the end user with even more power and flexibility. The protect tones feature permits the user to burn and dodge exactly where these features are required without overstepping into areas that need to be preserved. There are drastic enhancements in the adjustment panels and users can avail of other features of Adobe Photoshop CS4 while editing non-destructively. The vibrant adjustment layer permits you to preserve skin tones, making them lifelike.

The masking panel permits you to play around with your existing masks and even new ones. Alignment of multiple images was introduced in CS3 and CS4 takes this a step further and provides users additional choices for projection and also offers inbuilt profiles for popular wide angle lenses. If there are geometric distortions or vignettes in the images, CS4 can easily remove them while aligning the images. This is just the tip of the iceberg and users will find many more features in Adobe Photoshop CS4 which assists them by making editing an easy task. They include blending, content aware scaling, support for multiple monitors, auto stacking & processing of panoramas and HDRs, full screen review and preview mode and much, much more. This goes to show why Adobe Photoshop CS4 is unbeatable and has no real competition as far as photo editing software are concerned.