Fun With Photoshop by Stephanie Mortimer
A Photoshop Example: "Carp at Dragon's Gate"
This is a brief overview of Photoshop and its features. I've included some examples of my first experiments. There is also a page of links.
What is Photoshop?
Although the program has "photo" in its name, it is a painting program as well as an image editing program. You can retouch photographs, edit a wide variety of image formats, and do original artwork using the different tools. Adobe Photoshop is a software standard used by professionals, but some people use it just for fun. Some of the things you can do:
Photoshop is a raster, or bitmap, program rather than a vector graphics program. What this means is that images are manipulated pixel-by-pixel, rather than through a vector program that describes graphics according to mathematical characteristics like shape and size. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics program.
Because of the multiple functions that are built into the program, it can be rather intimidating at first. The basic program comes with the software, a "Getting Started Guide", a User Guide, a built-in "Help" system, a CD-Rom with tutorials, and a quick reference card. Adobe also offers on-line services through their web site, where you can also get trial versions of their software to try out.
Note on title graphic. This image is a composite of images from Microsoft Office 2000
and Broderbund's "PrintMaster 8.0 which were manipulated in Photoshop 5.5.