Adobe Photoshop Essay, Research Paper
Adobe Photoshop 5.5
With the release of Photoshop 5.5, Adobe has once again ensured its position as the world-standard for image editing. Not to be left behind, Adobe has tightly integrated two great programs, Photoshop 5.0 and ImageReady 2.0, to produce a software package that is the Web developer’s dream, allowing you to take your images from creation to print to the Web while achieving the highest quality in both media.
Adobe-standard User Interface
Photoshop and ImageReady are seamlessly integrated. The menu structure, tool boxes and palettes common to all of Adobe’s professional graphics programs are present. This eases the learning curve, thus allowing the user to concentrate on creating graphics.
Workflow is enhanced with the addition of a nifty little Jump To icon on the toolbox of both programs. The Jump To button whisks both you and your graphic between programs while preserving all edits, effects, layers, attributes and history. Edits in one program may be easily undone in the other via the preserved history palette.
Adobe, not to be left behind in the race to conquer the Web (or at least the developers behind the Web), has included a powerful animation tool with this release.
You can create a multiple frame animation using the Animation and Layers palettes. Frames may be edited, copied and pasted, flattened into layers and arranged into a new sequence. Layer changes may be applied to single or multiple frames. Set the delay value for each frame individually or as a group, rearrange frames, add or delete frames, and optimize the animation all from within the Animation Palette.
Save for the Web
The Web designer’s goal is to pair the best looking images possible with optimal download and display times. Add to that mix the need to check how the images appear in other browsers on other operating systems, and a simple image can become quite a task. Photoshop 5.5 includes comprehensive controls transforming these tasks from time-consuming drudgery to…dare I say it?…something quick and easy! Oh, OK. Maybe not quick and easy, but a long sight better than storing numerous browsers on the hard drive of two different operating systems.
Preset GIF and JPG combinations offer quick optimization in both Photoshop 5.5’s Save for the Web and ImageReady’s onscreen Optimize Palette. You can also add custom combinations to the Optimization Named settings.
The Magic eraser tool erases all similar pixels to transparency with a click of the mouse. You may erase contiguous pixels, restricting the selection to areas connected to the area clicked, or de-select the contiguous option to select all similar pixels in the current layer. Setting the tolerance level adjusts how closely other color values must be for the magic eraser to have an effect on them.
The Background eraser tool is effective in generating transparencies around hard-edged objects. This does not necessarily mean straight lines and geometric shapes, just not wisps or poorly defined edges. Rather than a single click, this tool works by dragging on the area to be erased. One major benefit of this tool is its ability to tidy up the fringing of leftover pixels by making them partially transparent.
The Extract command is an advanced masking feature designed to isolate objects with airy, intricate, or undefined edges from their background. What previously was a difficult, if not impossible, task is accomplished with a minimum of work with this tool. In the Extract tool dialog box, simply highlight the objects edges, fill the interior, preview and refine, all before the final extraction.