In a simple answer, Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing software application that has been developed by Adobe.
A more appropriate definition would be that Photoshop is the most advanced photo editing and image manipulation software available on the market and is far superior to any other software that competes in the same market space.
Photoshop is available in various packages that cater for different markets as follows:
Photoshop Creative Cloud or Photoshop CC, as it is commonly called, is the flagship of the Adobe Photoshop family and is aimed at the broader corporate and professional market from professional photographers to web designers to video production studios.
Photoshop CC offers a myriad of features that not only simplify the processes required to achieve the results you want, but also save you a load of time.
Some of the features that make it stand out include:
For a more complete list of features you can look at the Photoshop Version Comparison here
Photoshop Lightroom was designed for the amateur and professional photographer alike. This software allows users to bring colours to life, turn dull photos into vibrant images and remove objects that take away from the focus of the shot plus much more.
Some features that make this application a photographer’s best friend include:
Photoshop Elements is Adobe’s entry-level photo editing software and allows users to organize, edit, create and share beautiful photos.
While Photoshop Elements may not include many of the features that make Photoshop CC amazing it has been designed with a specific audience in mind. Photoshop Elements is intended for the family or the casual photo-enthusiast that is looking for quick and easy ways to transform images into their personal ‘masterpieces’. To achieve this, Elements has created a user-friendly user interface on the front-end that makes it easy for even a novice to operate, while the software performs the heavy-lifting complex tasks on the back-end.
To help even further, Photoshop Elements includes 45 Guided Edits that transform complex tasks into easy to follow step-by-step instructions to help you achieve amazing results. Some of the later guides that have been added include
For more details on the features included in Photoshop Elements, click here