Photoshop is the leading digital graphics editing software. It was released by Adobe in 1990 for windows and Os X. The basic principle behind the software is the manipulation of pixel level images.

Naming was based on a series of version numbers, but since 2003 when Creative Suites branded it, the process changed to incorporate the CS, followed by a number. Later Photoshop became licensed as a software service under Creative Cloud, and changed to reflect the branding.

Photoshop provides a range of services for photography novices, hobbyists and professionals alike in it’s PS family. And can be confusing when choosing the right version.

Here is a breakdown:

  • PS Elements: the home version for newbies and dabblers at $99 USD. It will provide editing and image creation services, it includes, photo books, slideshows, greeting cards and online sharing capabilities
  • PS Lightroom: the amateur photographers’ choice is $149 USD and can be used to import, process, organize and store larger volumes
  • PS CS6 and Extended (Now PS CC) can be subscribed to monthly. It provides all of Light room, plus 3d imaging and image analysis.

There is also a student version of Photoshop that has the PS Cs6 Extended program at a reasonable price. However if you are still unsure as to what version is right for you Adobe offers 30 day free trials for all version, so that should help your decision.

List of Photoshop Uses

Though there are many uses for this digital editing software, some of the more popular uses are:

  • Photo editing (users can add or remove people to and from original photos or do touch ups)
  • Image manipulation (cropping, creating fantasy backgrounds and advanced lighting to name a few. You can find tutorials at:
  • Support graphic design projects such as template creation, web graphics and enhancing WordPress themes
  • Great for video editing, animated gifs and other motion based content.

When Not to Use Photoshop

Though some people use Photoshop and imagine editing interchangeably, the two are not one and the same. Though great for numerous editing, enhancements and special effects projects. This software is not ideal for web and screen design, logos, business cards and other print stationary. Some designers believe it is best used in conjunction with other products for the best results.

A comprehensive comparison of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and their various strengths and weaknesses can be found at here.