When to use Photoshop

Photoshop has so many tools and so much power that it can do an almost unlimited number of things. The following list describes the most common tasks that Photoshop is used for to help you get an idea of when to use it.

Photo corrections:

Photoshop’s strength lies in the ability to correct digital images to restore the original color and lighting as well as to correct problems introduced by camera lenses.

Photo enhancements:

It also provides tools that allow you to enhance photos.For example, you can add a blur to soften a portrait or use a sharpening filter to remove motion blur. Photoshop also is great at fixing scratches and dust marks on older Pictures.

Photo compositions:

One of Photoshop’s strengths is the ability to combine multiple images to create a single Picture or composition. A common use of Photoshop is to take a headshot from one image and place it into another. Photoshop also allows you to merge several photos that were taken at different horizontal angles from the same spot and turn them into a single panoramic Picture.

Artistic effects:

One of the most fun features of Photoshop is the ability to use different filters and warping tools to apply artistic effects to images. The combination of numerous
tools and filters in Photoshop means that the only limitation you have with adding artistic
effects is your own creativity. The tools used for artistic effects.


Photoshop has always been a fairly good painting application, but with the
addition of the wet brush capability in CS5, Photoshop is now one of the best applications available to create digital painting. What puts Photoshop ahead of the competition is that many of the powerful features, such as the layers and masks, also are available for use with the painting tools. Also, the painting brushes are integrated into many of the other tools.

Creating vector artwork:

It also is an excellent application to use when creating vector artwork. The path tools allow you to quickly create and manipulate vector artwork.You also can add vector artwork to raster Photos. Vector artwork, including vector text. Enhance color tones

Adding text to images:

It provides tools that allow you to add text to images.The text can be resized, warped, and adjusted to provide some stunning visual effects to Pictures.

Creating Web images:

Another area where Photoshop excels is preparing images for the Web. It also provides utilities that allow you to quickly format Pictures with the appropriate size, file format, and colors for use in Web pages. Photoshop also provides some tools you can use to slice an Picture into clickable sections and provides the HTML code necessary to utilize the slices in a Web page.

Print preparation:

Photoshop often is used to prepare images for printing by converting the color mode to CYMK, adding spot colors, and creating color separations.

Creating 3D objects:

Photoshop has the capability to create and manipulate 3D objects. Although it is not the best utility for creating 3D objects, it is very good at manipulating them and then applying them to 2D snapshots.

Adding textures to 3D objects:

It has a big advantage over other 3D applications at applying textures to 3D objects. With Photoshop’s filter and painting capabilities, you can edit the textures of your 3D objects in ways that you may not have thought possible.

Video corrections:

Just as with 3D modeling, it should not be your choice for creating video projects; however, using color, lighting, and filter effects, you Can quickly apply corrections to video and even add some artistic effects. Applying corrections and effects to video files.

Animating images: Another fun feature of Photoshop is the ability to add animation to
your images. Animated images can give life to Web pages and allow you to create short
animated movies.

When not to use Photoshop

Believe it or not, Photoshop is not designed to do everything, and you should use a different application for those tasks after you have created/adjusted the image. For example, use another program for the following:

Word processing: Most word processing applications allow you to add images to documents created with those programs, and although it supports adding text to images, it doesn’t support text editing all that well and can’t handle text flowing from one page to another. You should use to work with the images and then import them into the word processor.

Business graphics:

It doesn’t do charts and presentations very well, but you can
create great images in using this software and then use them in business applications.

Page layout:

Applications such as Adobe In Design are much better adept at laying out
most brochures, flyers, and documents that are mostly textual. You should create the
images in Photoshop and then import them into the layout application.

Vector art:

Although Photoshop has a lot of capability when it comes to creating vector
paths, Illustrator is much better application for working with clipart and designing advertisements, flyers, and one-page layouts that have multiple vector objects.






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