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What is Adobe Photoshop?

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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.

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Photoshop Family

Photoshop is available in various packages that cater for different markets as follows:

Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC)

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:

  • Content Aware Editing
  • Intuitive Video Creation
  • 2D and 3D Design Manipulation
  • HDR Imaging
  • Puppet warp
  • Workflow Time Savers
  • Camera Shake Reduction
  • Perspective Warp
  • 3D Printing Support
  • Integration with Adobe Stock Images
  • Artboards
  • Creative Cloud Libraries

For a more complete list of features you can look at the Photoshop Version Comparison here

Photoshop Lightroom

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:

  • Lightroom On The Web – Sync between your computer, tablet and phone and make edits in your browser
  • Raw Support On Mobile – Capture, edit, and share Adobe raw DNG photos on your iOS or Android device
  • Lightroom For Apple TV App – View your Lightroom cloud photos on your TV
  • Boundary Warp – Stretch the edges of a merged panorama image to get the full image without losing any important details

Photoshop Elements

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

  • Phototext – transform any photo into visual text with drop shadows and more
  • Painterly – Convert photos into unique works of art utilizing textures and colour themes
  • Effects Collage – Add multiple effects to a single photo
  • Speed pan – Add motion blur behind your subject in the photo
  • Frame Creator – Create your own unique frames and add them to the Frame Library

For more details on the features included in Photoshop Elements, click here