Great Features of Adobe Photoshop

When it comes to image editing software, Adobe Photoshop is one of the leading and the best software programs in the market. Developed by Adobe Systems, Adobe Photoshop have become one of the standard programs by a lot of people, especially web developers, designers, advertising agencies, and even professional photographers world wide.

So, just what makes Adobe Photoshop so popular among a lot of people? And, what does it have that it can be used by a lot of different types of people with different types of work?

First of all, Adobe Photoshop is filled with powerful features. The tools it offers will be able to let you do quite a lot of possibilities in image editing. This is what basically makes Photoshop stand out from the rest of the other graphic software in the market today. Basically, the Adobe Photoshop contains all the necessary tools needed to enhance, edit, and alter images.

What are the features of Adobe Photoshop you may ask?

The first feature is the selection feature. This is one of the most basic tools in Photoshop but it is also one of the most powerful features. With this tool, you will be able to select a part of an image or a photo where you want the changes you made to take effect. The unselected areas will not be affected by the changes. This particular method is done with the use of lasso tools, pen tools, and the marquee tool.

Image size alteration is another feature that Photoshop is known for. This particular feature will be able to enlarge or reduce the overall size of an image as needed. This particular tool will enable you to determine the size of the image.

Cropping is another powerful tool that is included in Adobe Photoshop. This particular tool will enable you select a portion of the image you want to retain. The unselected portion of the image will be deleted. It’s like cutting the picture.

Sharpening and softening tool is another great feature that the Photoshop is known for. With this tool, it will be able to let you sharpen blurry images, and also give a blurred effect on images.

Merging images is another great tool that is included in Photoshop. With this feature, you will be able to merge two or more images as one. What this means is that you can convert individual pictures in to group pictures.

Removal of unwanted objects of elements in an image is another great tool that Photoshop is known for. With this technique, one of the tools you will be using is the clone tool, which is essential in maintaining the texture of the image. This particular feature is particularly useful when getting rid of objects that are distracting in order to give more focus on the subject. This feature can also be used to get rid of acne marks in the face in close up portraits and it can also be used to make someone look younger by removing wrinkles and age spots.

Layers are another great feature offered by Photoshop. With this feature, it will be able to let you work on different parts of a photograph and lets you put them together for a dramatic finish.

These are just some of the many features of Adobe Photoshop. With these features, you can be sure that you will be able to have lots of fun editing and altering images. Whether you are a web developer, or a photographer, Adobe Photoshop will be able to help you out.

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

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.

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