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Introduction to Photoshop CS

Photoshop is a raster program, also known as a paint or image manipulation program. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard software of raster programs. There are many other image manipulation programs include Macromedia's Xres, Paint Shop Pro and Corel's Photo Paint, all similar in content to Photoshop.


Paint and image-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, generate bitmap images, Also called raster or pixel based imagery. The images use a grid of small squares, known as pixels, to represent graphics. Each pixel in a bitmap image has a specific location and colour value assigned to it. For example, a bicycle tyre in a bitmap image is made up of a collection of pixels in that location, with each pixel part of a mosaic that gives the appearance of a tyre.


When working with bitmap images, you edit pixels rather than objects or shapes. Because they can represent subtle gradations of shades and colour, bitmap images are the most common electronic medium for continuous-tone images, such as photographs or images created in painting programs. Bitmap images are resolution dependent; they represent a fixed number of pixels. As a result, they can appear jagged and lose detail if they are scaled on-screen or if they are printed at a higher resolution than they were created for. Bitmap images are good at reproducing the subtle shading found in continuous-tone images, such as photographs. However, bitmap images do not enlarge well and can show jagged edges when magnified or output to higher-resolution devices.


What’s New in Photoshop CS

Photoshop CS has new features that where not present in previous versions of Photoshop. These new features are important to know if you are just beginning to use Photoshop.


Improved File Browsing: It is possible now to quickly organise and locate image assets.


Customised Keyboard Shortcuts:Create, edit and save multiple keyboard shortcuts for menu items, tools, and palette commands.


Create Slide Shows and PDF Presentations: Bind multiple files into a single, multi-page Adobe PDF document.


Track Editing History: Save your editing history in an external log file. If you need to track what has been done to Photoshop file.


Enhanced Scripting: Automate repeated tasks, using custom or new built-in scripts.