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A Rundown on Adobe Creative Cloud (By a Student, for Students) – Part One: Photoshop

A Rundown on Adobe Creative Cloud
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Starting off in a graphic design course? Maybe you’re in film studies and are beginning on the path of video editing. Adobe Creative Cloud can be dizzying when you first start out. To help, we’ve put together this guide to the absolute essential programs included in the Creative Cloud suite.

To start, we’ll focus on Photoshop. Photoshop is one of the most powerful editing and design tools on the market – so much so that “photoshopping” has become synonymous with editing an image. Here we’ll break down a few of the application’s capabilities.

Photo Editing

Above all, Photoshop is a photo editor. With the power of Photoshop, you can do incredible things like turn a cloudy day into a sunny one, remove your acne, or transform an apple into a pear (I’ve done all three).

Photoshop is great for your day-to-day photo-editing requirements. You also have the amazing ability to create compelling surrealist art. Just about anything you can imagine doing with a photo, Photoshop can do.

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You don’t need to break out the brush and canvas to create beautiful paintings. There are a lot of programs for creating digital paintings, and Photoshop is one of the best.

With Photoshop’s huge variety of brushes and intensity levels, you can create anything from a beautiful watercolor to an oil-pastel fauvist masterpiece. Use layering to keep your painting organized and transparency to fine-tune the subtleties of your work.


With the power of Photoshop’s timeline tool, you can create amazing gifs and short animations sure to impress your social media following.

Based around the principles of stop motion, you can make rigid or smooth gifs. Paired with the painting capabilities, you can create beautiful works that are full of life and movement. Ever want to see a watercolor move? Create several slightly different drafts and throw them in the timeline. Customize the run-time and speed until you have the perfect gif.

There's much more you can do with Photoshop, but these are the absolute basics. Ready to try it out? Grab Adobe Creative Cloud for over 60% off through OnTheHub.com.

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