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I purchased this software so that I could do graphic design for both logos, web and stuff. I had the trial of it before hand to test it and loved it. Photoshop is great - it allows you to create and manipulate images in many ways! I've designed quite a few website layouts with it, and made some logo's for people and it hasn't let me down. It's so user friendly, each tool has its own section so you can find it easily. I personally love the customisable workspace layout, so I can arrange my view how I want it, which makes designing graphics a lot easier! The great thing about this software is that you can do anything graphic related. You can even animate in it, which is quite easy to do too.
With each layer you can do things like add effects, layer masks, the lot. You won't be let down. This is also great for web designers like myself, as you can design the website, and then export the parts of using the slice tool, in a format which is web ready. This effectively compresses yor image for web, so that your page load times aren't as fast as if you saved them the normal way. Another cool feature Adobe has implemented!
When you add a new font to your system, it is also instantly loaded into photoshop, so there is no need to save all your work, restart the software, then re-open everything. And there are so many things you can do font wise, such as stretch it, change letter spacing.... You can even make it bold, if it's not a natively bold font, which I find awesome!
There are also many formats in which you can save your work, the list is endless, and you can also download plugins for it to allow you to save in more formats, such as the .ico plugin so you can make favicons for windows and websites! Really enjoy using this product, I'm always experimenting with effects and such to find out new combinations.
Overall, I'd recommend this software to anyone who wants to get started in graphics. Okay, it's not the most recent version, but I picked up my copy for £150 new - a lot cheaper than the RRP of the latest version!
Would I recommend? Hell yeah! Will I upgrade to a newer version? Of course!
Adobe Photoshop has always been the best photo editing software on the market. As Ipod are to mp3 player's Photoshop is to photo editing software. Adobe Photoshop cs3 has all the regular features you'd expect with any photo editing software. Photoshop has the ability of layers meaning you can layer photos over each other you can also change the opacity of layers, meaning you can see through them more this is brilliant for creating artistic pieces.
A great thing about Photoshop cs3 is that no features from the previous version cs2 have been taken out like had happened in the past.
Another great thing about Photoshop cs3 is that they have left out the program Image ready which could be quite annoying for some people when simply wanting to look at an image it would take a long time to load image ready especially people with budget computers. Also when browsing through images on previous versions image ready was opened this used up a lot of the PC's resources which was annoying to many users.
One downside of the software is that it does use a lot of the pc's resources making it run slowly on many computers but it fine for any dedicated photographer or professional photographer that already has a High-end pc.
Experience native performance on Intel and PowerPC based Macintosh computers, and on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista systems.Groundbreaking creative tools help you achieve extraordinary results. Unprecedented adaptability lets you custom-fit Photoshop to the way you work. And with more efficient editing, processing, and file handling, there's no slowing you down.