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Software for Digital Image Editing

Jul 5, 2008
Photoshop is widely considered the best image-editing software in the world today by a long way, and it is not difficult to see why. Photoshop offers incredibly advanced effects which would previously have taken days or weeks to accomplish, and reduces them to the level of a few settings and a few clicks.

Although it is expensive, today it is considered an essential program for anyone working with graphics, whether it's in print, on the web, or even in television and movies.

This has led to a huge number of cheaper competitors (who have been largely ignored), as well as rampant piracy of Photoshop itself. To counter this, a cheaper, simpler version of Photoshop called Photoshop Elements is now available, which is especially good for beginners.

How exactly did the Photoshop phenomenon begin? Photoshop development started in 1987 and was first introduced on the market in 1990. Adobe has continued to nurture and develop this product since, continuously implementing the advances in hardware power. Still today, to get the most from Photoshop, you should use purchase as much RAM as your budget will allow.

It is not just Adobe's efforts that have got Photoshop where it is today, however. The program's plugin architecture has allowed there to be are all sorts of plugins available for more advanced work, including some plugins that actually cost more and do more than the program itself.

In this manner, Photoshop is frequently used in the same aspect as Windows as a springboard. It would be a tremendous endeavor to get these plugins to run with any other software, making competitors essentially ineffective to those using a plugin.

Photoshop for Windows and Mac OS (both OS 9 and OS X) are available today. For those wanting to use it on Linux, you will have to use Crossover Office, Codeweavers' program that permits some Windows software to operate on Linux, but it will be quite slow.
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