Chapter 1. Welcome to Photoshop CS3

Photoshop has been around long enough that the name has become a verb in our cultural lexicon ("You can tell THAT'S been Photoshopped!"). But simply because a term gets bandied about in general parlance doesn't mean everyone knows what Photoshop truly is or does. Granted, you may be one of the many graphics professionals who have been using this program for years. But you may just as likely be one of the greater majority who, while having a general idea of Photoshop's capabilities, has little or no experience using it — and with this book have decided to change all that.

As you move forward and get to "What's New in Photoshop CS3," the playing field should level out, and as you move through the rest of the book, no matter what level of user you are now, you find a great deal of new and useful information throughout.

So what exactly is Photoshop and what does it do? Adobe Photoshop — Photoshop is the name of the software, Adobe Systems is the name of the company that develops and sells it — is a professional-level image-editing application. It allows you to create images from whole cloth or, more likely, modify scanned artwork and digital photographs. Photoshop is available for use on computers equipped with either Microsoft Windows or Apple's ...

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