Photoshop, made by Adobe, is a computer software program that allows photographers and graphic designers to manipulate digital images.
After a user scans or uploads an image onto his computer, Photoshop lets the user alter a variety of aspects of the digital image, including but not limited to the following:
- changing from or to either black and white mode or color mode
- cropping out or adding in details
- eliminating red eye
- enlarging or reducing image size
- increasing or decreasing color contrast.
Photoshop software is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux (with Linux, a CrossOver application is necessary). Photoshop is such a powerful tool that businesses and individuals alike use it to edit and manipulate digital images.
Another strength of Photoshop is that it can handle a variety of color systems, including RGB, CMYK, Grayscale and Bitmap, among others. With the advent of Photoshop, amateur and professional photographers alike became more capable of refining and enhancing their photos.
However, it should be noted that Photoshop is generally used for aesthetic purposes. Photographers concerned with the integrity of the original image (i.e. photojournalists) should refrain from editing their photos with this software.
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