Adobe Photoshop CC: Capabilities, Pricing & Features

The best drawing software in the market for digital drawings and rendering is the ‘Adobe Photoshop CC’. This tool has been in the market since 1988 and was created by Thomas and John Knoll, since then it has been made available for various platforms like Windows and MacOS.

Adobe Photoshop CC: Capabilities, Pricing & Features

This is a raster based software used not only for editing but creation for creating but for creating digital art as a whole. This software has a generic trademark leading to the usage of the verb “photoshopping” which means photoshopping of an image.

Adobe Photoshop CC Overview

Photoshop CC is a software with many tools and easy user interface and the files saved in the software are PSD and PSB. This tool can edit and compose raster images in multiple layers with support to masks, alpha composting and several colour models like RGB, CYMK, CIELAB, duotone and spot colour.

In addition to raster graphic design Photoshop can edit vector graphics designs especially through clipping path for the latter as well with 3D Graphics and Video.

It can be expanded with more tools and ideas with plugins. Photoshop has many tools which are used for editing, designing and creating different design and rendering.

Adobe Photoshop CC Features

Pen Tool – One of the oldest and most used tools which help in forming precise paths which can be manipulated using anchor points.
Pen Tool has various different options like a magnetic pen, freehand tool etc as there are various designs require various tools.

Clone Stamp tool – This tool is used for duplicating parts of images from one image to another using brush, duplication happens according to how you prefer it either in full or in parts.

Shape Tool – This tool has shapes like rectangles, polygons and lines which are there for making different objects in the designs. The shapes can be manipulated by using anchor using pen tool or by selection tool etx varying on what is preferred to be done.

Measuring and Navigation Tool – These tools are used for selection of colour, eyedropper tool helps in the selection of colour samples for future references and the hand tool helps in navigating the picture at any possible area in the Artboard whereas the zoom tool is used for enlargement and minimization of image.

Selection Tools- These tools are used for selection of image to cropping, to cut, edit and retouching operations.

Crop Tool – This tool allows you to cut the image and discards the not required area from the image. This also enhances the image by creating a focal point but also decreases the file size. The crop tool is located on the right side of the tool palette.

Slice Tool – This tool is used for slicing parts of images in isolated areas, the slice tool can divide the image into many different sections and separate parts can be used for Web page development once HTML and CSS is applied.
Using the selection tool you can shift the areas sliced sections of the image at different paths.

Move Tool – This tool is used for completely dragging layers in the artboard and this can also help in relocating of selected pieces anywhere on the canvas.

Marquee Tool – Marquee tool helps in making selections in single rows, single column, rectangular, the area which is selected can be edited without creating any disturbances in the rest of the image. Marquee tool doesn’t allow elliptical cropping, the single row or column option is less preferred as they are not ideal so the option used is a rectangular marquee, the rectangular marquee shows the selected area as dotted or in design terms as ‘marching ants’.

Lasso Tool – It is similar to the Marquee tool, the difference is that it can be used freehand by using custom selections. The lasso tool has three types of the magnetic lasso, polygonal lasso and regular lasso.
The regular lasso uses the drawing capabilities of the user and the shows the ‘marching ants’ from start to end point to signify the selection that has been made.

Polygonal Lasso tool will draw only straight lines and making it the best tool for images with lines, but to complete selection in the polygonal lasso the user needs to click in continuity to make the outline in the image, unlike regular lasso.

Magnetic Lasso the “smart tool” of the toolbox, it does what the two lasso tools do and can also detect the edges itself in the image once the image selection begins, the smartness happens as this lasso tool detects the coloured pixels when moved to desired areas.

Magic Wand Tool – It is a tool that selects pixels which have similar values and similar colours, after clicking the similar pixels will be selected at the tolerance level selected by the user himself. This is inferior to a quick selection tool which gives better results and has better handling because of having more intuitive controls.

Eraser Tool – It is used for erasing contents on layers, it depends on what the user wants to do, this tool can also make the background transparent if the background layer is selected, the selection of the size or shape can be made in the options bar by the user.

The Uniqueness of this tool is that it can change its shape in accordance with the requirements of the user. Two more options are available in the eraser tool which is magic eraser and background eraser, the background eraser removes the image on from the particular image selected, this is used for extraction of objects in an image.

Magic eraser tool deletes the similar colored pixels present in the image. This tool has its similarities with the magic wand because it removes similar colored areas that contrast with the rest of the image.

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Photoshop CC has many other tools to choose and work upon making it the best drawing software in the market.