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At its core, Adobe Photoshop CS5 is a software application that is used for editing digital images, manipulating them, enhancing them or even creating images from scratch. Over the years, Photoshop has actually evolved into three distinct components that together make up a complete solution for modifying and managing your digital images. These three parts are called Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, and, of course, Photoshop itself. Photoshop as a whole is an extremely versatile program. As such, it is used by a wide variety of people in many different professions, everything from photographers to print, web and interaction designers, as well as video and 3D artists, and even beyond the obvious creative usage to medical imaging, forensic investigation, scientific research and many more.
It has become such a mainstream product that even its name is often used as a verb in just general conversation. Adobe Bridge helps you stay organized by providing tools and features to manage and organize your ever growing stack of digital images. With it, you can quickly rate and rank your images to isolate your keepers, so that you don't waste time working on images that you don't actually care about. Bridge also makes it easy to share your images with others by automating the creation of contact sheets as well as print and web photo galleries. With Camera Raw, you never have to worry about making a mistake or ruining your images, as it provides a nondestructive, streamlined and structured workflow with a very user-friendly interface.
Simple, fun to use sliders make it easy to adjust exposure, recover highlight and shadow details, boost contrast, sharpness, and achieve optimal color and tone. Camera Raw also provides nondestructive Crop and Straighten tools, allowing you to experiment with different compositions. Correcting annoying lens artifacts, eliminating distracting digital noise, and complete control over black-and- white conversion is a snap as well. Photoshop provides powerful tools for masking, compositing, and retouching photos to remove blemishes, scratches, and other flaws or unwanted details.
Photoshop enables you to create images that would be difficult or impossible to create otherwise. With the Photomerge feature, for example, you can stitch multiple photographs into dramatic panoramas, or even combine multiple frames of an action sequence into a single compelling image. While Photoshop is hugely popular among photographers, it's not just about photography; not by a long shot. Designers use Photoshop for all kinds of creative effects, leveraging features such as layers, layer masks, layer effects, warps and much more. You might also import illustrations and other artwork created in Adobe Illustrator CS5.
Photoshop lets you experiment and enhance images by choosing from a huge array of modifications called Filters. Some Filters perform basic tasks, such as improving the sharpness of an image, or reducing digital camera noise. Other Filters perform dramatic alterations, such as making a photo look like a rough charcoal drawing. So that's Photoshop CS5, a versatile program that's popular across a wide array of disciplines, from photography to design to video and more.
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