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Freelance Graphic Artist, Paul Vaughn writes a monthly column in PC Alamode, the award-winning magazine of the Alamo PC Organization.

The Graphics Guy's articles have been reprinted in several User Group newletters including the SEMCO (SouthEastern Michigan Computer Organization) Data Bus, the 1960 PC Users Group's (Northwest Houston) PC News and the Sacramento PC Users Group's Sacra Blue.


Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe Photoshop CS2
Pinch me. No on second thought don’t…if it’s a dream I don’t wanna wake up. Adobe has a new version of Photoshop, their mammoth flagship image editing application and this one is choke full of new features that I don’t know how I ever lived without. Let’s take a closer look at the latest version of my favorite program.

Now, before I get too far ahead of myself swimming the pool of new features, here’s the basic scoop for those new to Photoshop or who have been using Photoshop Elements. Adobe Photoshop CS2 is the ninth version of Adobe’s principle application. Photoshop derives the appellation ‘CS2’ from its inclusion in Adobe’s Creative Suite, which includes Illustrator (for vector illustration) and InDesign (for page layout) in the Standard Edition and adds GoLive (web page authoring) and Acrobat 7 Professional (PDF creation) in the Premium Edition. Photoshop is also available as a standalone application and this review focuses on it primarily. 

Photoshop is used for working with photographs and other images whether they come from digital cameras, scanners or are generated directly in the program. At its core, Photoshop is a ‘paint’ program, but the depth of the tools is such that there are almost infinite possibilities, multiple ways to achieve specific tasks and people use it in vastly different ways.

Previous Columns...

March 2005 In Love with Layer Comps
January 2005 Pop-up Nav Menus in Macromedia Fireworks
December 2004 Adobe Photoshop Elements 3
November 2004 Changing the Focus: Sharpening & Blurring in Photoshop
September 2004 Layers upon Layers in Photoshop
August 2004 Colorizing Artwork
June 2004 Adding Color to Photographs
May 2004 Macromedia Studio MX 2004
April 2004 Build a Web Page in Photoshop
March 2004 Photoshop Your Own E-Cards
February 2004 Shadows and Highlights in Adobe Photoshop 
January 2004 How Suite it is: Adobe Creative Suite
December 2003 Adobe Photoshop CS
November 2003 Vectoring in on Vectors
September 2003 Back to the Basics
August 2003 QuarkXpress 6
July 2003 LumiQuest Ultra Image
June 2003 Photoshop Alternative: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
May 2003 Eye Candy 4000 and Splat!
April 2003 Turning Screen Shots into Print
March 2003 Resizing and Resampling — Image Size in Photoshop
February 2003 Digging Through the Levels
February 2003 Networking between Mac and Windows
January 2003 Photoshop Tips Are Just A Click Away
January 2003 Platform Migration Made Easy: Move2Mac
December 2002 Buying A Digital Camera
November 2002 Do Megapixels Matter?
October 2002 Photograph, Heal Thyself
September 2002 Photoshop Alternative: Macromedia Fireworks
August 2002 Apple’s iPhoto Makes Digital Cameras Easy
July 2002 Photo Composite Appreciation Award
July 2002 Review: Stuffit
July 2002 Review: LimeWire
June 2002 Adobe Photoshop 7
May 2002 Type Effects in Photoshop
March 2002 Photoshopping a Web Photo Gallery
February 2002 The Case fo Mac OS X
January 2002 An Artistic Portrait Effect
December 2001 A Stylish Effect with Transparency
November 2001 Transparency and Blending Modes
October 2001 Masks and Selections
October 2001 Favorite Utility: Virtual PC
September 2001 Where is that Masked Man?
August 2001 Photoshop Alternative: The GIMP
July 2001 We Can All Be Warhol in 15 Minutes
June 2001 Adobe Photoshop Elements Review
May 2001 On the Trail of Dust
April 2001 Adobe GoLive 5
March 2001 Non-Stop Automatic Action!
February 2001 Black & White Photographs
January 2001 The Future Looks Bright Indeed

December 2000

Adobe Photoshop 6
October 2000 Animated GIFs
May 2000 Lookin’ Sharp
April 2000 Web Page Images
Photo Web Buttons

February 2000

Photograph in Type

January 2000

Softening Portraits

December 1999

Vignettes with Layer Masks

November 1999

Drop those Pesky Backgrounds

June 1999

Graphics Tools Abound in Adobe Photoshop 5.0

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