Learn the basic Photoshop tools first, before tackling other types of editing and artistic techniques, such as those covered in Chapter 5. We created a video tutorial that walks you through the basics of learning how to use Photoshop. Check it out at `www.dummies.com/go/photoshop17e`
Do you want to learn how to use Photoshop Elements? See the Appendix to this book.
Getting acquainted with Photoshop
Your first step to working with Photoshop is to purchase it. While the program is available in both a disc and download version (which is free), we recommend the disc version so that you can use the program easily on any computer, regardless of the operating system that you’re using. You can purchase the Photoshop Elements 17.0 disc directly from Adobe at the following URL:
Photoshop is packed with a wide range of features, and all Photoshop users need to think through what they want to do, before starting. Chapter 2 can help you set up your images and organize your files. The powerful tools in Chapter 5 can also help.
Understanding the software’s many features
The way Photoshop works is to organize your image into layers, which form a stack. You can create and save many different states of a particular layer. For example, you might create a button that represents the “home” button on your website, but then on the next page that you create, you might decide that you want a drop-down arrow to make the button work with an accordion effect. To do this, you would create two layers. The first layer could have the button design but would not work, and the second layer would actually be the button.
Keep in mind that you can’t manipulate layers in the reverse order that you made them. So, if you create a layer on the bottom, and then try to do a ton of work on it, Photoshop will always put the layer on top. You can’t make a layer appear on the bottom, so the first layer always goes on top.
In Photoshop, you can’t flip through layers the way you would with a stack of postcards. You can scroll the canvas of the window, which is a big help when you have a lot of layers stacked up and you want to flip through them quickly to get to the one you want.
Photoshop has many special effects
You might not think that choosing the right tools to create the right image is a difficult task to do, but Photoshop (specifically the professional version) is a powerful application, and there are hundreds of useful tools.
What tools are available in the lower versions? Why are there no video or audio editors in these versions? Is there a reason why Photoshop Elements doesn’t have any features like the blue-to-green conversion or edge detection filters that are commonly found in the professional version?
Instead of spending hours upon hours configuring the perfect image in Photoshop, it’s easier for beginners to use the latest Photoshop Elements for all their creative needs.
However, you will only gain more knowledge of Photoshop and what Photoshop Elements can do. You will be surprised at what you can create, and you’ll be amazed at the quality of the results.
Whether you’re taking a photo for Instagram, making a graphic for your business, creating a web design, or anything else, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (Elements) can help you create unique designs.
What You Will Learn in This Guide
Understand the basics of using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
What are the file formats you can use when using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Where you can learn more about graphic design, design basics and how to become a better designer
How Photoshop and Photoshop Elements can help you create a better picture
What to look out for when using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Where to get Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
What is Photoshop?
Although Photoshop is a complex piece of software, you might not be aware that it’s actually pretty simple to use. Because of this, you don’t need to be an expert in Photoshop to create a killer image. With a few basic and easy steps, you will be creating photos and designing logos that people will be proud to share.
What is Photoshop Elements?
Photoshop Elements is a picture editor. This software is great for creating images and editing the images you created in Photoshop. You can use Elements to create great images even if you’re an amateur in the process. It’s easy to use and simple to follow so even the most novice of Photoshop users can benefit from this software. You’ll be able to create high-quality images that rival those created by the professionals, and the real benefit of this software is that you’ll be creating them quickly
Insurance’s Digital Vision: Connecting Insurers to Customers
Here’s an example of how Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) can offer insurers a great digital technology, with benefits to cover the user, the insurer, and the people they’re trying to reach.
Once upon a time, buildings and infrastructure were primarily covered by insurance. Today, the opposite is true. Insurance is taking the place of traditional structures by covering such things as vehicles, computers, and clothes.
The next step will be taking insurance out of the traditional buildings, pipelines, and transportation. Insurance will migrate to more web-based applications, which will be online, mobile, and ultimately agentless. The mobile device is where insurance will be sold most effectively – in the field, at the final destination, or while on the move.
In these environments, digital technology can offer insurers an edge, connecting them to consumers and brokers, and presenting the information in the best way for the user.
Insurance and the Internet
This digital transition is the legacy of about half a century of technological innovation, one that is reshaping our global economy and global society, too. But right now, the Internet is too weak to be a vital part of insurance.
The first problem is reliability. For insurers, the Internet is a potential Achilles’ heel. So they choose their online vendors carefully, for a variety of reasons. For customers, it can be a different story.
The second issue is availability. Many Internet companies never properly plan for the fact that the Internet is not “always there,” and insurers typically rely on them for coverage when it doesn’t work.
The third is speed. The Internet, with its share of global communication, is inherently slow. Add on the fact that insurers mostly use the Internet for talking to brokers and, for various reasons, insurance may be the slowest form of communication there is.
The final issue is security.
Insurers are particularly concerned about the security of their online information. They want to be sure that the information that they’re giving to others is protected with encryption, and that the information they receive from others is secure. At the very least, they want to make sure that the networks, computers, and Internet connections they connect to are safe.
Intelligent Digital Solutions for Insurers
To address these concerns, RMI’s Intelligent Digital Solutions can provide a
Ask YC: Do you know any WebM software? – mattculbreth
I’m working on a music oriented site, and I want to have the possibility to incorporate both Ogg Vorbis and WebM and have a fallback in case either isn’t available. I found some on googling “webm”, “ogg”, “ogv”, and “ogx”, but they all seem to be audio only or desktop software. Are any programs out there that would let me do this?
It’s widely used for video streaming in browsers:
\- – _Opera_ (performed file download to memory buffer in a process-per-
\- – _Mozilla Firefox_ (on Linux, works via `mplayer`):
\- – _Apple Safari_ (as of 1.0)
\- – _Internet Explorer (and IE ActiveX)_
(Disclaimer: I know nothing about Windows except what I’ve learned from
watching some old Linux and BSD utils scripts).
It’s also often used for embedded video streaming in browsers (e.g.
), but I’ve never seen a definitive reference
I’m working on a site that does similar things, so I have a bit of experience
The other major concern is file format standards. The ideas I’ve seen in our
area of the site are using various parts of the standard that are loosely
defined, but are also really convenient for the system, so it really takes
care of a lot of the cross-browser issues.
Our Video Server can accept Ogg/WebM/Tag/MP4/FLV files as input and output,
even natively (we are actually based on FFMpeg). In addition we are able to
operate on various parts of the different formats. We can tell FFMpeg to convert
to another format and have it working in real time while we are doing
editing, we can
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows 8
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or faster
Memory: 512 MB RAM (1 GB RAM recommended)
Hard Drive: 25 MB available hard disk space (50 MB recommended)
Graphical: 256 MB Graphics Card or better
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Additional Notes: Game may require additional files