Photoshop began the digital image manipulation revolution 30 years ago, and Adobe’s groundbreaking application continues to proceed as the best photo editing software on the planet. If you require layered image editings, such as typography, 3D modeling, and drawing, you need Photoshop. Designers and photographers alike find the most and the most advanced tools available for their crafts in this program. Cloud syncing with Photoshop on iPad, AI-based thing selection, a more elastic content-aware fill tool, and a more realistic lens blur effect arrive with the latest upgrade. Photoshop stays PCMag’s unquestioned Editors’ Choice for a professional photo editing program.
Get Going With Photoshop
This means you want to sign in with an existing Adobe ID or create a new one. The Photography program is $9.99 per month, which also gets you Photoshop Lightroom($9.99/Month at Adobe), our Editors’ Choice for photo workflow applications, and 10 Adobe Stock images.
You can’t simply buy a one-payment permit for Photoshop, which annoys some users that do not enjoy the software-as-a-service model. People who feel this way might want to think about options like Corel’s surprisingly competent PaintShop Pro, CyberLink PhotoDirector, as well as Adobe’s own Photoshop Elements, all of which can be purchased outright. And if you do not wish to pay a penny, you can use the free, open-source GIMP software, though doing so is a debilitating, counterintuitive experience.
To install the program, you first set up the resident Creative Cloud helper application, which manages updates and syncing your documents online. This is where you can find Adobe news, stock pictures, as well as the Behance creative social network (more about this later). The helper program has been upgraded to provide more information and options; in which it was a sidebar, now it is a complete window.
I tested on an Asus Zen AiO Guru Z240IC running 64-bit Windows 10 (the program can be used with Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or later). Mac users must be running macOS 10.13 or afterward.
If you have not hopped aboard the Creative Cloud train yet and are still clinging to your early licensed version of Photoshop, you miss out on other recent features like Content-Aware Crop, Face-Aware Liquify, Artboards, Cloud Documents, touch and stylus input support, the Design Space perspective, synced libraries, a glyph panel, and a lot more. Photographers and photo editors also benefit from resources for haze removal, more navigation choices, and fresh raw camera file support.
The Photoshop Interface
You may select from one of several targeted workspace designs, such as 3D, Graphic and Web, Motion, Painting, and Photography, or make your own customized design of windows and panels. You can even rearrange the program’s toolbar rail to taste. Photoshop’s icons currently sport the flat, 2D, non-skeuomorphic style the tech world has adopted.
Selecting New Records presents a dialog offering templates like Textured Geometric Masks, Immediate Film Mockups, and Photo Collage Layouts. Filter groups across the top allow you to limit the templates that are projected to Photo, Print, Art & Illustration, Internet, Mobile, and Film & Video.
You may choose from thumbnails of your current documents, and access presets and libraries in the start page. The webpage shows personalized tutorial content at the bottom. Those who would rather stick with the heritage starting experience can change back to it, but I find the beginning page makes it much easier to get to things I am interested in, for example, recent jobs.
The ever-present search magnifying glass icon in the top right enables you to locate app functions, your own graphics, tutorials, or Adobe Stock images. I believe a search function in a complex desktop application is a superb idea, and a few big-league software developers agree: Microsoft helpfully introduced it to Office 2016, for instance. For context-sensitive assistance, the lightbulb icon is always at the ready for quick demos of how to do edits.
The interface also adapts to the purpose in hand. A case in point is the Select and Mask workspace, which is an available option when you’ve got a selection tool active. This shows just the tools useful during choices, such as Refine Edge, Lasso, Brush, Hand, and Zoom, along with the relevant Properties panel. The interface’s color themes provide a pleasing, context-sensitive consistency, also.