Learn Adobe Photoshop CS3

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing software package developed and marketed by Adobe Systems Incorporated: it is the market leading program for editing professional raster graphics.

Today, most people who purchase Photoshop will probably get as one of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 packages. Adobe Creative Suite 3 is a collection of graphic design, web development and video editing applications. The package is available for both Apple Macintosh computers and PCs running Microsoft Windows. In the case of the Apple Macintosh, all major programs are provided in the form of “universal binaries”, a single program file that can run on both PowerPC and x86 (Intel) Apple Macintoshes.

There are several variants of the Creative Suite 3 package available: Design Standard, Design Premium, Web Standard, Web Premium, Production Premium and Master Collection. Each of these packages includes a different bundle of software applications. Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended is included in all variants of package except for Web Standard (in fact, most variants include Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended).

It should be noted that Adobe Photoshop is a very powerful program, but because of its sophistication, it can quite hard to learn. This difficulty arises not because of any flaws in Photoshop – on the contrary, Photoshop is very well thought-out and easy to use – but simply because the program has so many features. Additionally, many news users to Photoshop will need not only to learn the program itself, but also to learn graphic design and prepress terminology and techniques. However don’t let that stop you – there are many excellent online tutorials, software training packages, books and even DVDs that can help you quickly learn Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Why Adobe Photoshop Is Such a Great Imaging Software Program

In the past, photography was considered to be an art. It still is today but everything is much simpler to do and almost everything just relies on the subjects you take. In the past, you will need quite a lot of equipments just to produce a great looking photograph. You will need to learn about film speed, exposure value, shutter speeds, and focal length. You will also use an old adjustable film camera and will need a hand-held light meter in order for you to know the quality of lighting you have in a specific environment.

The photos in the past were printed in dark rooms, and it has to be hung to dry. You also need to deal with chemicals that can be very dangerous and toxic to handle. Today, all you need is a digital camera, start taking pictures without worrying about the light quality, connect the camera to your computer after taking pictures, and print it out with a color printer on photo paper.

However, you can ask any professional photographer that they still edit their photos in order to produce professional looking pictures. Even with SLR digital cameras, many professional photographers still uses photo editing software in order to improve the quality of the photos they took. And, most of them use a software program called Adobe Photoshop.

So, just why is Adobe Photoshop the preferred imaging software by a lot of professional photographers?

Well, Adobe Photoshop has all the necessary tools to make a regular looking picture look as if it was taken by a professional in the best lighting condition possible. Everything that you need in photography is here.

The great thing about Adobe Photoshop is the simplicity of it all. You don’t need to handle hazardous and bad smelling chemicals to develop photos, and you also don’t need to worry about lighting conditions as you can edit it with Adobe Photoshop.

Even when you took a picture in a dark environment, you can make it look as if it was taken in the best lighting condition possible with Adobe Photoshop. Also, Adobe Photoshop will enable you to remove red-eyes that do ruin a seemingly perfect photograph. It will also allow you to remove objects in the photograph as well as replace it with something else as if it was really there. For example, you can remove a trash can from the photos you take of a particular landmark. Or, you can even remove a complete stranger that ruined a perfect group photo of your friends. You can even replace the background in a particular photograph with Adobe Photoshop.

With a scanner, you can scan very old and damaged photos to make a digital copy of it and restore it with Adobe Photoshop. You will see that after printing it with a high quality printer and photo paper, it will look as if the photograph was just taken yesterday. And, you can do this a lot easier with Photoshop than by doing it manually with chemicals.

There are basically a lot of possibilities that you can do with Adobe Photoshop. If photography is your hobby, then you will definitely see that Adobe Photoshop will be able to help you out in ways that you never thought possible. With this software, you can be sure that you will be able to make any photos you take look professional.

A Review of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0

Adobe has really pulled out all the stops to come up with a really good photo workflow management tool that is unsurpassed in the market at the moment. I find that managing digital photos and the digital photography ‘workflow’ (i.e. image capture, editing, sharing) is a tedious task.

There are not many software tools out there to help manage your digital photos yet provide in-depth editing capabilities.

Adobe Photoshop Elements provides some capabilities, but it is essentially a ‘lightweight’ program that is more suitable for novices. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 compares well with ACDSee, which is a more ‘prosumer’ image editing and digital photo workflow program.

1. Introduction
What is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? Well, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is ‘a tool to simplify photography from shoot to finish’. At least that is what the sales literature says. On the whole, the software does a good job in fulfilling that promise. With modules like Library, Develop, Slideshow, Web, and Print, you can do basically anything you want to a digital photo in the program. The Library and Develop modules are the meat of the program, while the rest are more secondary features.

2. The Library Module
The Library Module in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 is the part of the program where all images are displayed and managed. If you want a bird’s eye view of all the digital photos in your system, this is where you lay it all out.

This is a good feature, but I do find it slightly less intuitive than Apple’s iPhoto – which is first-class in its ability to navigate thousands of photos at once. The Library Module allows you to use multiple monitors to display photos if you so wish.

3. The Develop Module
If you’re interested in non-destructive editing of JPEG, TIFF, PSD, DNG (and more than 200 camera RAW formats), then Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the tool for you.

One thing good about Adobe’s products is their intensive integration with Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is no exception – you can easily search and find images, then edit them with full integration to the larger Adobe Photoshop editing program. Lightroom lets you very easily edit images with some built-in functions of its own. But for more heavy duty image editing and layering effects, you should still use Adobe Photoshop.

4. The Slideshow Module
What good is a digital image workflow program if it does not allow you to create photo slideshows to share with others? Well, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 allows you to easily do that. You’ll be amazed by the simple point-and-click way in which you can set up a bunch of digital photos to be incorporated into a slideshow. You can then burn those slideshows onto CD or DVD if you wish.

However, I do find that the slideshow capabilities not as intuitive and simple as Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow (which is THE tool I use on a day-to-day basis to cut out quick DVD copies of my photos for my friends and family).

5. The Web Module
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom also allows you to send your digital photos off to the web to show a client (or anyone else) pictures online. This is a good way to share your photos if you’ve got an broadband access to the Internet. Of course, nothing beats setting up your own domain and setting up a digital photo website or getting an account with a professional photo sharing community like Smugmug.

6. The Print Module
Ok, the final module we will look at in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the Print Module. The Print Module allows you to print out your photos in a variety of layouts. In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0, print quality and versatility are improved over version 1.0. You can also print photos to JPEG format and there is a print sharpening system to create better looking prints. Of course, make sure you get a good photo printer for printing those pictures.

Conclusion
Well, and that’s it! I hope this article has given you some good insight into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 and how it helps you as a digital photographer. Until next time, good luck to you and have a good time taking pictures!