Topics Map > Software Guides > Photoshop
Description: Industry standard photo and graphics editing software
Usage: Photo manipulation, graphic design, digital drawing and paintingAvailable locations: Library Design Lab, Wiegand Design Lab
Access: Free on PLU lab computers. Monthly subscription to Creative Cloud required for personal computers.
Help: (253) 535-7525, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Help Desk in Mortvedt Library
Photoshop is a digital photo-editing and painting software. Use Photoshop to transform images and create artwork. Be aware that different versions of Photoshop will vary in appearance and functionality. This is a professional piece of software and has a pretty steep learning curve to use.
When editing an image in Photoshop, it’s important to backup the original image to avoid permanent changes to it. This is part of a number of practices known as non-destructive editing. When an image is opened in Photoshop for editing, immediately save it as a Photoshop Document (.psd). If you save directly to the image, edits will be non-reversible.
Adobe Photoshop creates and edits raster graphics. Raster images (also known as bitmaps) are comprised of tiny blocks of color called pixels. When zoomed in, individual pixels can be seen forming a grid that, when zoomed out, create an image. The effect is like a pointillist painting; mere dots of color up close, but combining together to make an image from a distance. Be careful when resizing these images in Photoshop, as pixelation is a potential problem with all raster-based images.
PLU Instructional Technologies equips users with the knowledge and tools needed to create digital content, but does not accept responsibility for how these programs are utilized. We do not claim ownership of any user-created content and will not be liable for violations of copyright or Fair Use laws. The legality of user-created content is the sole responsibility of the user.
- Photoshop: Information
- Photoshop: Creating a New Document
- Photoshop: Interface Overview
- Photoshop: Undoing Changes & the History Panel
- Photoshop: Layering & Object Arrangement
- Photoshop: Selection Tools
- Photoshop: Cropping
- Photoshop: Resizing
- Photoshop: Masking
- Photoshop: Drawing Shapes
- Photoshop: Using the Pen Tool (Custom Paths)
- Photoshop: Adding Text
- Photoshop: Colors
- Photoshop: Color Balance Adjustment
- Photoshop: Vibrance Adjustment
- Photoshop: Brightness/Contrast Adjustment
- Photoshop: Levels Adjustment (Tonal Range)
- Photoshop: Face Retouching
- Photoshop: Saving & Exporting