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Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Improvements in capabilities and ease of use make the most popular pro image-editing program even better
Adobe Photoshop was introduced 11 years ago this month, and it's been the photo-editing tool of choice for most serious photographers and desktop-publishing professionals ever since. Does that make it the right one for you? Well, if you're serious about digital imaging—whether you shoot your originals on film or with a digital camera—and you have enough computer "horsepower," the answer is "Yes!"
Photoshop provides all the tools you need to do virtually anything to a photograph, from optimizing it as you would when printing it in the darkroom, to producing an almost unlimited range of special effects, to combining it with other photos, drawings and type, to preparing color separations for professional publication.
Because Photoshop is a very versatile, very capable professional product used by graphic designers and desktop publishers as well as by serious photographers, along with all the features for photographers, it includes lots of features photographers don't need to deal with. For space considerations, we'll stick mostly to the photographer-oriented features in this report.
Another special effect feature for which Photoshop has long been loved is its compositing capabilities—combining multiple elements to create a final image (be it a simple "double-exposure" montage, or a complex compilation blending multiple photos, drawings and text). These capabilities are all there in Photoshop 6.0, and easier to use due to improvements in the tool interfaces, as will be discussed shortly.
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