Concept board frames artist Sydney do a brainstorming before they proceed working in their projects. The advent of Adobe Photoshop unleashed the ability to create and manipulate images in an almost infinite number of different ways. In this manner, Photoshop can be said to have changed the world’s perspective on reality. So much so, that people may no longer automatically “believe what they see”, since it’s now possible to alter images in ways that are almost impossible to detect.
If you are not familiar with Photoshop, it is a program designed to allow people to create and edit all types of images on their computers. Its original, and still for many its principal function, is to enable you to perform touch-ups on pictures before printing or posting online. Naturally, each subsequent version of Photoshop included more sophisticated tools which allow you to correct minor errors or produce advanced effects from the original photograph. The Photoshop of today also allows the creation of sound files and animation for sharing online.
In the past, images had to be saved in very particular file formats in order to be manipulated in Photoshop. However, because of the explosion of digital cameras and camera phones today, Photoshop can actually import the photographs directly from the source. This means that the time between taking the picture and sharing it is reduced.
Previously, when individuals took ‘bad’ pictures there was nothing they could do to correct the errors. This meant that that if the image was blurred due to camera shake, or if there was red-eye caused by the flash, you had to either live with these imperfections or delete the image all together. Now of course, there are countless numbers of basic photographic software programs that can quickly and automatically correct these kinds of imperfections. This means that most digital pictures taken nowadays can be ‘rescued’ even if there are multiple technical issues with the original shot.
Of course, Photoshop has now evolved well beyond these kinds of image ‘quick fixes’. As an ‘Image Manipulation’ tool, you can take any image and implement all kinds of create and artistic ‘non destructive’ effects. This allows you to try out all sorts of variations of effects and if you are not pleased with the result, simply revert ‘back in time’ using Photoshop’s ‘History’ tool. Using this tool, you can gradually ‘step back’ through each effect you added until you arrive at the point you’d like to re-try the sequence using a different effect. This allows you to experiment using a vast number of different tools until you achieve the result that you were looking for.
One of the most powerful features of the software is the ability to work in multiple ‘layers’. This allows you to manipulate different elements of the picture in creative ways and move semi-transparent ‘layers’ over each other to achieve the desired effect. The final resulting single image may in fact be composed of several dozen, perhaps even hundreds of layers – many with special effect filters.
You can tell that an immense impact is being caused by Photoshop by the fact that the company name is now used as a verb. It’s common nowadays to hear of someone ‘photoshopping’ an image (even although they may actually be using another image software program all together.) This is always a sure sign that a product is having a significant impact on the culture of the day.
Photoshop has also led to a whole new level of art and digital creativity. For example, graphic tablets were developed specifically for users of Photoshop. Artists of today have gone beyond using paints and a canvas. Today’s artists make use of tablet sensors and Photoshop to produce their masterpieces. The technology of this digital software, allows people to take the art of drawing, add computer techniques, and come up with a whole new genre of art. The availability and popularity of photo manipulation software has spawned a vast and creative library of highly modified pictures, many bearing little resemblance to the original image. Using electronic versions of brushes, image layers and filters, it’s possible to produce images unattainable through conventional artistic media. In addition, digital artists can create digital paintings, photomontage, collage or lithographs.
Adobe Photoshop might just be a simple software tool for some people. However, powerful tools, when used by enough people can change history. In this age where most media is defined by computers, Photoshop is another tool which, in the right hands, can change the world, or at the very least, change people’s perception of that world.
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