In recent years, digital photography is becoming more and more popular, this fact gave Photoshop a boost that allowed its spread beyond the boundaries of the professional area and thus became one of the most familiar pieces of software (at least in its name) among people who are starting to make use of use it. Adobe Photoshop CS4, is the eleventh release of this amazing and complex application, it was released on mid October 2008 and brings an amazing load of functions and possibilities. For those who want to have an idea of what we are talking about I should tell you that Photoshop is basically a program that manipulates and edits pixels according to whichever tool we use rather than using vectorial drawings. So as you can see obvious are the reasons why this piece of software succeeded in becoming the standard of the bitmap and image manipulation market almost since its first release and of course became the favorite application of both professionals and amateurs users. Spread Your Wings And Fly
Adobe Photoshop CS4 is really a comprehensive toolbox which gives us the freedom to preform an enormous number of actions to express our artistic aspects, even more than I can possibly tell you in this article. So, many disciplines make an extensive use of Photoshop, basically all those activities that require digital image processing, just to mention a few: graphic design, web design, photography, bitmap images composition, digital styling and video editing.
To begin with I must tell you that Photoshop brings support for a large number of image file types from the most common like BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, among others, to more specific formats like PSD (Photoshop Document) with support for layers, masks, transparency, text, spot colors, color spaces, and clipping paths; PSB (Large Document Format) designed for the handling of files which size is over 2 gigabytes, and PDD (PhotoDeluxe Document). Features & Novelties
Photoshop has always been a very complete and comprehensive toolbox which includes a vast collection of tools for the classical image processing like pencil, paintbrush, gradient, eraser, blur, clone/stamp tool, and particularly outstanding features are its layer management with really unbelievable options and capabilities, work flow optimization, images fusion with Photomerge, conversion to black and white, advanced composition, specific functions for editing animated images, color management, and many other not less incredible tools.
Plus the possibility to apply a comprehensive collection of filters and adjustments to our images. As you can see in the next two screenshots, possibilities are countless. Fortunately they are conveniently arranged in categories for us to find exactly what we are looking for, each filter or adjustment bring its own set of parameters to tweak and configure.
But, you know, it is really impossible to talk about every single one of them (as a matter of fact there are several books about this), so, I will jump over them and go on to tell you about the latest version novelties.
The most glaring aspect of this version is its interface with no title bar, this particular novelty allows us to make the best of our screen state maximizing the working space. Improved 3D
The 3D functions and the use of 3D hardware to accelerate the processes is another great addition which allows, for example, to rotate the screen while drawing, convert a layer into a 3D object, paint directly on 3D models and surfaces, merge 2D files and 3D images animate 3D objects and many other possibilities. All this thanks to the fact that the 3D engine has been redesigned from scratch to provide a faster performance, allow edition of properties like lightning and the ability to create more realistic representations with the new high quality ray-tracer.
Another really interesting novelty is that now Photoshop converts 3D to video, bringing the possibility to turn any 3D object into a video display zone and animate 3D objects and properties really easily. Final Words
Now we know why most people have heard about Adobe Photoshop and nobody can deny its aim for perfection and accuracy. In short, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended improved significantly over previous versions and climbs a level to become a tool for editing virtually everything.
Is Photoshop you favorite program to enhance or retouch images? As always, you can tell us and everybody what you think about it by leaving a comment with your opinion.