May 5, 2005

A New Photoshop Makes Retouching Reality (Somewhat) Easier

WHOEVER said “the camera never lies” was either a prankster, a simpleton or somebody who had never heard of Photoshop.

Source: New York Times
Written By David Pogue

Adobe Photoshop, of course, is the world’s most popular photo-editing software (for Mac and Windows). Every time a magazine pastes a movie star’s head onto a different body for its cover, you can bet that Photoshop was involved. Such digital manipulation is so common that “Photoshop” has become a verb: “My ex-husband was on that trip, too, but I’ve Photoshopped him out of this shot.”

But even when no movie stars are decapitated, Photoshop’s magic is at work all around you. Photoshop color-corrects, brightens, darkens, crops, sharpens or airbrushes imperfections from a huge percentage of the photographs you see every day, whether in ads, articles, movies or CD’s, on Web sites or the covers of books.

No wonder, then, that when Adobe releases a new version, as it did last week, photographers and designers sit up and take notice.

Still, Photoshop is now 15 years old, and Photoshop CS2, as it’s called, is the 11th version. What features could possibly be added that would not make Photoshop even more vast and complex than it already is? (To give you some feeling of that vastness and complexity, there are at least 95 Photoshop how-to books, 3 Photoshop magazines and 4 annual Photoshop conferences. No wonder, because you don’t get a printed manual with the software.

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