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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals by Richard Harrington

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2. Photoshop’s Interface

Photoshop’s interface can be pretty intimidating. Among all those panels, tools, and menu commands it’s easy to get lost. However, it’s worth it to master these components. Adobe Photoshop is by far the most-used image editor, and knowing how to harness its power unlocks a world of design opportunities. Working professionals use it for a variety of tasks, from enhancing magazine photos to designing Web animations and from creating television graphics to performing medical imaging.

Most important is to learn the essential features you need right away and then gradually learn the rest as needed. I frequently tell students of all levels that often there are three or more ways to perform the same task in Photoshop. Adobe’s ...

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