Adobe Photoshop is known as a raster graphics editor, which is a computer program that lets users create and edit images and then save them in one of many formats.
Photoshop has become the de facto industry standard, with the term ‘photoshopping’ becoming a verb of its very own. However, the term ‘photoshopping’ has negative connotations – i.e a model photoshopped to appear slimmer – and Adobe discourages its use.
Photoshop has a number of tools which users can leverage to manipulate and edit images – the clone tool duplicates part of an image; the shape tool creates rectangles, circles and lines; the pen tool creates precise paths that uses anchor points. Other tools include cropping, slicing, magic wand, lasso, eraser and marquee, among others.
1. Properties Panel
If you are used to looking at the Masks Panel, the adjustment controls for adjustment layers and the 3D options, they have all been consolidated into a Properties panel. This helps reduce clutter.
2. Blur Gallery
A new set of Blur filters, called the Blur Gallery hold a little more than meets the eye. They are all special effect blurs that simulate different kinds of lens effects.
3. User Interface
The first thing you will notice when you first open Photoshop CS6, is the new look. There is a new dark User Interface. It’s a bit of a culture shock at first, but once you get used to it, it’s really great. There are four different flavors of it and you can change them all in the preferences menu. Yes, the old familiar light interface is one of the options. I suggest giving the dark ones a go though, you might just love them. You can also press the Shift+F1 orF2 keys to cycle through the new colors.
The Crop tool is nothing short of amazing. It’s all GPU accelerated, which means that everything happen onscreen and it’s fast. You can view the crop overlays and position your image within the crop bounds and even rotate it right on screen. You have to see this realize just how cool it is.