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Adobe Photoshop - Features, Industry impact

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Photoshop is used to edit images for paper printing and to produce images for the Internet. More recent versions include Adobe ImageReady which is meant for use in creating images to be posted to the internet. Photoshop is also tied in with various other Adobe software that assists with animation and editing, among other things. PSD is the native format for files saved in Photoshop. This format can be sent back and forth from Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Encore DVD to make standard DVDs. Other software includes After Effects and Adobe Illustrator. Photoshop CS allows the user to create menus and buttons on DVDs. PSD files that are sent as a menu or button need to have layers upon layers of cueing formats so that Adobe Encore DVD can read them as buttons or menus. The most recent version, released in 2007, is the tenth version created. This incarnation of the program was named Photoshop CS3. “CS” referring to the Adobe Ccreative Suite and the number 3 because it is the third version released since Adobe revamped its image and released new products under the CS umbrella. In conjunction with the standard version of CS3, another version named CS3 Extended was created and includes various new tools that allow the user to manipulate three-dimensional objects and moving video. The 3D objects being worked on are directly sent to Photoshop where textures are applied. The video can then be edited frame by frame from within the program.

Industry impact

The post-production industry was revamped by the development of digital imaging. It revolutionized the art form known as photo retouching. This allowed for processing by streamlining workflows. This is a higly involved procedure which used to take hours or even days. Only higly skilled photographers had the ability to do this. Even the beginning artist can now manipulate images with ease. The manipulation of digital images has altered the world of photography. Techniques that were thought to be of the master level or impossible are now implemented everyday. Images can be changed in an easily reversible way that does not destroy the original image. The digital revolution took place in the 1990s and made Photoshop the industry standard. Numbers of photographers utilized the software to change to all-digital workflows. This made the finished images of a higher quality than others. Wacom produced graphics tablets that allowed programs like Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter to help produce original art. This was accomplished by using a pressure-sensitive tablet with the paint brush tool. These tablets are used around the world by illustrators of comic books, architects and others. ILM, the special effects company that produced Star Wars, used Photoshop tablets.


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