Photoshop is a program published by Adobe Systems. Adobe Photoshop is a graphic editing software program that is quite popular, especially with graphic designers. Adobe has released two versions of Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Extended. The extended version comes with additional features than the more basic program.
Photoshop is a graphics editing software that allows users of any skill level to create creative designs from ordinary images. The Extended version of the software builds on the basic features, allowing users to create even more 3D images, edit motion graphics and has features for advanced image analysis.
The primary strength of Photoshop is with pixel-based images as opposed to vector-based images however, vector graphics can be edited using certain tools. Tools for all images include: shape tools, type tools, import, Paths, pen tools and the Smart Object tool.
Photoshop also has extended functionality through its plug-in programs that can be added on. Some of these plug-ins are offered from Adobe directly while other are developed by third parties. Also, some of these plug-ins are free while others have a cost associated with them. Various types of plug-ins include: import, export, color correction, filter, automation and selection. The filter plug-in is the most common of all the plug-ins and can be found under the Filter menu. With filter plug-ins, you can create content or modify current image.
One advantage that Adobe Photoshop has over other software programs is that the Photoshop file format can be easily exported to and from other Adobe applications. Such applications include Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. By using these programs after starting the graphics in Photoshop, professional quality DVDs can be made. Another strength of the program is being able to edit both vector-based and pixel based images, which can be quite beneficial for graphic designers.