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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing programming that most people are familiar with to at least some extent. Most people know it as a way to alter pictures, usually by combining more than one picture to create a new image. Photoshop can actually be used in many other ways as well and almost all images can be edited using it. This obviously provides a number of opportunities for the web designer who is looking to build a site that really stands out. Rather than having to create an image from scratch he can take an existing image and alter it to make in original. This not only saves a great deal of time it also tends to make the end result look better. This is a big part of the reason that Photoshop has become so popular in the web design community.

The most common use for Photoshop is to alter pictures allowing for a great deal of creativity on your site. At the most basic level this could be something as simple as improving the quality of the picture. You can use Photoshop to adjust the color or the sharpness of an image. This can help to make a photo that doesn't look as good as it should to appear to be better. You can also use Photoshop to combine pictures together to make new images. Almost everybody has seen pictures on the internet of things that they are pretty sure are impossible. This is usually done with Photoshop. It can be used to make the pictures on your site more memorable.

Where Photoshop really comes into its own for web design is when you start to combine the ability to edit pictures with the ability to alter graphics. This is where things like banners and logos can be created for your site. While it is certainly possible to completely create these from scratch it is much easier if you just edit existing images. Most banner ads for example have a combination of a picture with graphics. These are usually the most effective way to get people to visit your site. Using Photoshop you can create these very easily. There is really no limit to what you can achieve with Photoshop if you are creative enough.

The one thing that you do need to be careful of is to not assume that Photoshop will make you an expert graphic designer. A lot of people get it in their head that if they have Photoshop there is no need to hire a graphic designer to help them build their website. They figure that they can do it themselves. It is important to remember that Photoshop is just a tool; it won't make you more creative. If you can't come up with a good idea you are going to have a poor design whether you use Photoshop or not. This is why you probably still want to hire an expert to design your sites graphics.