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Adobe Photoshop – A Brief Explanation

Pixel, Bitmap, Raster. These are common terms used in association with photo based imagery. Unlike vector based art (see my Blog on Adobe Illustrator), Photoshop is a raster (pixel/bitmap) based program that allows us make changes to an original image. Photoshop offers a vast toolset to create some truly incredible imagery. Most Photoshop work is in taking an existing image and altering it to the needs of your project. Changing sky color, moving someone’s arm, removing foreground from background, saving as a different file type, transparency, are a just a few ways this program can change images.

Photoshop is a core graphic asset generator that is used everywhere. Chances are every image you see in print, advertising, merchandise, the web, etc. has been polished by Photoshop in some way. Selections may be the most important feature this program has at its disposal. With an array of selection tools to fit your needs Photoshop’s ability to distinguish an object from its surroundings grants additional altering features. Great selection yield great results!

Knowing how to navigate Photoshop along with the various tools and pallets can save you loads of time and headache with your projects. The secret to Photoshop is to not make your assets look like they were an obvious product of photo enhancing software. I can teach you to be a confident user in Photoshop, giving you the knowledge to advance your digital pixel art skills to take on any project. If you would like to learn how to use Photoshop or other graphic design programs such as InDesign or Illustrator please feel free to contact me. I’m happy to help you learn these programs while avoiding the headaches and pitfalls I experienced over the years in graphic design.

Jeremy G.