Photoshop is the world’s leader in digital imaging software. It has
been the industry standard design application for years, and with each
new version it pulls further ahead of its competitors.
The new Photoshop CS4 means a complete overhaul over the previous
versions, both in terms of interface design and new features. First,
The interface shows now a more minimalist design, with all the elements
integrated under an elegant shade of gray and reducing titles and
buttons to mere lines. Tool windows have also been reorganized –
apparently to make more room for the working area. However I have to
say this new arrangement doesn't always help, as it sometimes it makes
finding the right window a bit confusing.
Despite the new design, Photoshop CS4 still keeps a high degree of
flexibility, which means you can customize the interface, brushes,
patterns, tools presents and basically almost everything you find on
the program. I also recommend getting used to the program's keyboard
shortcuts, that will save you loads of time and mouse clicks.
Photoshop CS4 is definitely an application for professionals and as
such, has quite a steep learning curve. But the length and sometimes
difficult process of learning how to properly use Photoshop does have a
reward: anyone who is willing to devote the required time to learn the
basics will surely make the most out of all the tools, filters and
effects included in Photoshop – and in turn, will be able to obtain
even more astounding results. Luckily there is a huge amount of web
resources, tutorials and manuals all over the Internet.
Finally, don't forget that Photoshop CS4 is a powerful application
that can get quite heavy on system resources, especially when you start
opening more and more high-resolution documents with tons of layers.