Photoshop is a large graphic design software program created by the Adobe company. It enables a novice photographer to touch up recent photos, and experienced graphic design professionals to create advertisements, logos and marketing pieces. Through a vast collection of filters, tools and palettes, Photoshop offers benefits to users of all skill levels.
Photoshop offers the benefit of touching up photos that may be otherwise ruined by an errant speck of dust, an unwanted person or item in the background intruder, or a subject's clothing stain. Tools such as the software’s “Clone” tool can be used to copy a matching area of the same picture and place it overtop of the unwanted area, creating a seamless image. For example, using the clone tool, a desired photo of a sunny sky that has an unwanted bird in the shot can be edited to remove the bird from the scene without the viewer seeing any discoloration or missing spots.
Photoshop gives even the most basic user the opportunity to create a color palette of opportunity. Through some of Photoshop’s selection and color enhancement tools, a user may quickly change the color of a model’s eyes, switch the hue on a sweatshirt to include it in a catalog, or add a tie-dye pattern to a blanket. Photoshop also allows graphical alterations such as changing a color photo to black and white or sepia. Another option is to add spot color, such as when a black-and-white photo features one or a few individual spots with bright bursts of color, calling attention to an item such as a flower, balloon or shoe.
Photoshop is one of the only graphics software programs that allows users to work in layers. Layers are a way of stacking designs, then removing or hiding them to see how your work looks. For example, on a free graphics program such as Microsoft Paint, if you draw a line on an image, it becomes flattened on top of it and you can’t move it or add to it. In Photoshop, you can add a layer to your image, draw on top of it, then make any changes required. Layers are similar to a flip book. Imagine your image as the last page of the flip book. Each page of the flip book places something on top of the image, and each page can be deleted, or further designed to enhance the image.