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Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for digital art, can be used for photo editing, graphic design, digital painting, animation, and much more.
There are an incredible amount of tutorials for Adobe Photoshop on the web so if you’re feeling overwhelmed just remember that Adobe provides tons of free tutorials that are updated frequently, incredibly detailed, and helpful.
Photoshop is a multi-purpose tool that can export in a number of different image file types, and even create basic animation. It is an incredibly powerful tool, but advanced users who want to focus on a specific type of media may find more success with the in-depth features in Adobe’s more focused products (e.g. Lightroom for photo editing, Illustrator for graphic design, Animate for animation projects).
Unlike Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop uses pixels rather than vectors, so it is not as effective at creating images that need to be scaled to multiple different sizes (such as a logo or icon).
Download and Install Photoshop – Adobe’s guide on how to set up Photoshop on your device once you have purchased a plan.
Adobe Photoshop for Beginners – A free course to get you working and feeling comfortable in photoshop
50 Photoshop Tricks for a Fast-Paced Work Environment – Tips for speeding up your workflow in Photoshop
Photoshop Toolbar and Tools for Beginners – A detailed guide on familiarizing yourself with the Photoshop toolbar.
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