Photoshop Definition and 27 Discussions

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, the software has become the industry standard not only in raster graphics editing, but in digital art as a whole. The software's name has thus become a generic trademark, leading to its usage as a verb (e.g. "to photoshop an image", "photoshopping", and "photoshop contest") although Adobe discourages such use. Photoshop can edit and compose raster images in multiple layers and supports masks, alpha compositing and several color models including RGB, CMYK, CIELAB, spot color, and duotone. Photoshop uses its own PSD and PSB file formats to support these features. In addition to raster graphics, Photoshop has limited abilities to edit or render text and vector graphics (especially through clipping path for the latter), as well as 3D graphics and video. Its feature set can be expanded by plug-ins; programs developed and distributed independently of Photoshop that run inside it and offer new or enhanced features.
Photoshop's naming scheme was initially based on version numbers. However, in October 2002 (following the introduction of Creative Suite branding), each new version of Photoshop was designated with "CS" plus a number; e.g., the eighth major version of Photoshop was Photoshop CS and the ninth was Photoshop CS2. Photoshop CS3 through CS6 were also distributed in two different editions: Standard and Extended. With the introduction of the Creative Cloud branding in June 2013 (and in turn, the change of the "CS" suffix to "CC"), Photoshop's licensing scheme was changed to that of software as a service subscription model. Historically, Photoshop was bundled with additional software such as Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Device Central and Adobe Camera RAW.
Alongside Photoshop, Adobe also develops and publishes Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Express, Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Sketch and Photoshop Mix. As of November 2019, Adobe has also released a full version of Photoshop for the iPad, and while initially limited, Adobe plans to bring more features to Photoshop for iPad. Collectively, they are branded as "The Adobe Photoshop Family".

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  1. coxcox

    Adobe Photoshop program would not open.

    Greetings. When I tried to start Photoshop CS6 I received error message Could not load actions because an unexpected end-of-file was encountered and the program would not open. Any ideas? How to make photoshop fix? Thanks
  2. J

    Base Design

    Hey guys, Im in the middle of a project and need help with the base for it. I have to develop a base for a rectangle 3 feet high by 2 feet wide by 6 inches deep. The front of the rectangle is 1 pound heavier than the back and will stand 2 feet off the ground. The base must be able to make the...
  3. davenn

    Processing in Lightroom and Photoshop

    been doing lots of learning with post processing (pp) in Lightroom and Photoshop the first I removed all the colour from around the bird ( a Lorikeet) to make it really stand out The second is as original BG colours 400mm, f5.6, 1/250 sec, camera a Canon 5D3 cheers Dave
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    How do I enhance low quality JPEG images?

    Is there any way to enhance low quality and low resolution JPEG images? Is there a program I can use or something? I have dozens of grainy and poor quality JPEGs that I would like to sharpen up, but I do not own photoshop.
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    Writing a math textbook, program to draw diagrams?

    Hello, I am wanting to write a math/physics book or possibly a PDF online book and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any programs that exists for making pictures and drawing diagrams. I not just looking for something to make x-y graphs or 3-D graphs, I'm looking for something that designed...
  6. S

    How to install photoshop?

    I downloaded photoshop and when i try to install it, it says that Adobe Application Manager is not available. So I downloaded that too and installed it. Now when I try to Install photoshop, it's still not installing. I am using windows 7. Please provide step by step instruction on how to install...
  7. jtbell

    News Postage stamp sells for $9.5 million

    Yesterday, the British Guiana one-cent magenta postage stamp of 1856 sold at auction for $9.5 million: It thereby reclaimed its position as the world’s most...
  8. Y

    Old programs cannot be installed after recovery in Win8

    I have problem with my laptop after updated to Win8.1. I reverse back to Win 8. But now all the old programs I used to installed cannot be reinstalled again. I try troubleshoot compatibility and tried to run under XP service pack III, it won't work. Tried Window 7, it won't work. This is...
  9. thankz

    Can i get a job?

    let me start out with some back ground information, I used to have a bit of knowledge of EE and programing but became schizo and lost most of it. it took a while but now I realize i'll never be able to do the things I used too. but I've been getting back into programming (just so far...
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    Overhanging beams

    Homework Statement So I have a beam here, I'll post a Photoshop diagram of the problem at the bottom of this section, but its an overhanging beam simply supported at one end, and mid way down another, points A and B. I've changed up the values so I can do my work myself, I don't want someone...
  11. Superposed_Cat

    What is the best language for photoshop?

    Hi, I recently got photoshop and was wondering how one would go about adding your own shaders/plugins. I am familiar with basic image algorithms and techniques:supereagle, 2xsai, supersampling, rasterization ect and can code in C++ which I heard was the main language for these things. Should I...
  12. Y

    Older Photoshop won't even load in Win 7

    I am trying to load a very old version of Photoshop 6.0 into my Win 7 computer. It won't even install, it just stopped. Is there any compatibility mode I can make it work? Thanks Alan
  13. R

    Where is the Electric Field + Potential zero? Draw a graph

    Homework Statement A -1.0 nC charge and a 1.0 nC charge are separated by 10.0 cm. a) At what position(s) is the electric field due to the two charges zero? b) At what position(s) is the electric potential due to the two charges zero? c) Draw a graph showing the zero electric field and zero...
  14. K

    Correcting camera distance with zoom

    So I have four pinhole type cameras in my experimental setup. All of them have the same magnification and are placed at the same distance away at different locations except one which has a different magnification and zoom. This camera is 72.5% further and has 52.5% less magnification as the rest...
  15. J

    Was Nebraska an inside job?

    I'm not convinced that the state of Nebraska actually exists. All these people claiming to from Nebraska could just be actors. The pictures supposedly from Nebraska? Photoshopped, I'm guessing. I even flew across the country once and I didn't see Nebraska anywhere when I looked out the window.
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    Can Beauty be described in terms of mathematics?

    This is Dr. Stephen Marquadt. [Broken] When he was a young child, his mother was horribly disfigured in a car crash. So he eventually took the route of becoming a reconstructive plastic surgeon. As a plastic surgeon, he had to...
  17. Darth Frodo

    IE and Sony Vegas Programming languages

    So I have been tasked with picking an operating system (windows 7) and finding out what language it's written in. (C C++ C#) Now I also have to pick 3 user applications that Windows 7 supports and find out what language they're written in. I have chosen Internet Explorer, Photoshop and Sony...
  18. E

    Need some advice on what to do over the summer

    I am currently a freshman at a LAC majoring in EE. I plan to go to graduate school after college either in physics, engineering or business. I want to get some experience over the summer.I applied to around ~5 REU programs in different fields of physics, I have already been rejected from two...
  19. M

    Help for writing a resume

    hello.I am a B.S in mechanical engineering and I want to apply for M.S in U.S. I hope that some members on this forum could help me to correct my cv. Objective Education and Research in the field of Mechanical Engineering Educational Information ·1 B.Sc. Mechanical...
  20. S

    Drawing astronomical figures

    Every once in awhile, I'd like to draw a coordinate figure or something else related to astronomy. I can make a fair cut at it using Word, but something like the attachment would really be good. That goes for the equations to which I believe were probably done with LaTex. For graphics...
  21. V

    How to create a bitmap image

    I am trying to create a nano - size pyramid using an FIB - Focused Ion Beam Microscope. The way it works is, it takes a 1000 x 1000 pixel bitmap image as an input. Each pixel is in gray scale. At the start we input a maximum value: let's say we set 'black' as 100 nm. If the pixel is black, then...
  22. A

    Program / Software for class notes and summaries

    Hi there, does anyone know a software or program that i can use to quickly sketch / draw and write as if i was writing in pencil ? For instance, paint is of no use, because it can't be edited. Photoshop is kind of hard to simply make straight or curvy lines without too much trouble. So...
  23. N

    MATLAB MATLAB Beginner, Need Help with Histograms

    Hello PF, I'm doing research over the summer and have to learn MatLab. I just installed it yesterday and was able to put together a basic script for my project but want to know how to do a couple things. My project involves analyzing the absorption of a solution by shining a laser through the...
  24. P

    Photoshop's white color

    I have photoshop CS5 installed in my computer, but the "White" color for anything in it always appears to be a facial cream like yellowish color. I don't know why, I chose the value (255,255,255) already. Any help please...
  25. P

    How should I draw a simple plot?

    Hi. Let's say there is a need to recreate a primitive plot like [Broken] Surely I can Photoshop it, I can even generate it using Mathcad or such, but pictures look awkward when imported into documents... I dare to say I want them scalable...
  26. H

    Software for drawing simple objects and vectors (free body diagrams)?

    Hi. I'm looking for a drawing tool which may help me draw simple figures with vectors and angles. I've tried many but they're so complicated... e.g. Photoshop, Power Point, Edraw, and some others. The ideal one would be one which is designed for this... I mean a program that has a tool, for...
  27. S

    Should I stay in the same discipline or become more versatile?

    I'm a 3rd year university student, microbiology/biochem major. I also recently found after taking Organic One that I have a knack for organic chemistry. I know a couple things for sure: I love science and I love school. Problem is, I'm unsure if I want to be a teacher/professor and I...