During the time of the fifteenth century Renaissance, Da Vinci created a masterpiece called ‘The Vitruvian Man.’ This particular diagram reflected the spirit of the age and showed the human dimensions in all their geometric perfections. From that moment onwards, ‘The Vitruvian Man’ became the easily accepted standard for an ideal human body. Painters all over the world, following this magnificent era, started altering, often imperceptibly, the physiognomy of their subjects, to bring their works to the Vitruvian standard. They puffed up the cheeks, chiseled the jaws, elongated the neck, ripened the lips, deepened the eyes, broadened the forehead, and whitened the skin of their subjects while painting/sculpting. This practice, sometimes deliberate, brought forth such excellent and indispensable works of art which grace our galleries these days. So, from this, you can see that the movement of making human features perfect has been going on for centuries before now. Then, there were live subjects and crafty painters/sculptors, and now, there are digital images and Photoshop.
It is quite clear that the technological advancement carries with its certain perks. Things that were done so laboriously in the past are now accomplished within seconds. Photoshop is one of the many marvels which spoon feed our generation. Whether you would like to fix a broken image or beautify a plain one, create one completely out of scratch or do an internal paradigm shift, a computer application software going by the name of Photoshop will help you in every way. With a wide array of photo-editing features, Photoshop enables you to draw, paint, navigate, measure, type, select, and retouch any image you attach to its clipboard. It has numerous tools, which keep on developing to suit new needs, with which it allows you to change the appearance of the entire image according to your whims. Do you want to rework on the shape of some element? Shape tools will serve your need. Would you like to obliterate certain unseemly areas? Crop tools will come in handy. There is an extraordinary shade of a color in your picture that you would like to preserve? No need to worry as the Eye-dropper tool will save it for you. Do you want to make adjustments in a selected area? Marquee tool will hold it down for you. You wish for a tool that will help you in manipulating paths and layers? Look no further than the anchor-shaped Pen tool, etc.
With the tools, come the techniques of using them. There is a technique called Photo Manipulation which can alter the very reality of your picture, and make ghouls of goats. Color Grading, on the other hand, brings life to dull pictures with its capacity of enhancing the colors which were hitherto hidden. Compositing is like making a digital collage without any seams, as it enables you to bring together interesting elements from different pictures into one sandbox. Apart from the image-editing options, Photoshop offers to edit of videos as well, provided that the format is congenial to its code. People love going to the 3D cinema these days. Its very closeness to the precipice of reality is what makes it so fascinating. Photoshop also caters to this hype by granting the option of making 2D images/videos, 3D, hence, cooler. Plugins are also introduced regularly by the third parties, which give more margin for creativity on distinct planes. Like any other technological device, Photoshop today has covered thousands of leagues from where it was standing initially. From the humble CS version it jumped to CS2, then went from CS3 and CS4 to CS5 and CS6, stopping finally on the most modern CC version.
People have always questioned the ‘use’ of every implement or idea they have ever formulated. James Stuart Mill can be looked upon as the authority figure who voiced this utilitarianism, engraving it in our collective consciousness. We look at things from a purpose-searching eye, and if we can’t find any ‘use’ in them, we euthanize their value. Photoshop, however, has succeeded in preserving its value, away from the strict examining eye of the utilitarian. There are some great pecuniary benefits of Photoshop, which double its significance for the professionals. Businesses make use of it to come up with a mind-blowing, thematic merchandise- printed T-shirts, mugs, cards, converse, etc.- that piques peoples’ interests and sells like hot cakes. Magazines also make use of it to embellish their crude content with designs and appended photographs that look one-of-a-kind, and alluring, which is good for the sales. It’s a brilliant idea to make a celebrity a brand ambassador, and then to advertise the product in question with billboards and videos, modified using Photoshop. People who follow these pristine and picture-perfect celebrities would then be prompted to buy the product as well. But the major fields in which Photoshop matters are those of the web designers and the graphic designers. The former make a lot of money by crafting prepossessing websites for the clients, and the latter comes up with originally creative ideas for combining pictures and words into one space. Photographers earn a lot from Photoshop as well, but for them, Photoshop is only a supplementary thing compared to their real passion of capturing raw moments.
Power is something that everyone covets, some for the better, others for the worse. It is an elevated feeling which surges through the body when an impossibility comes under control. Sci-fi movies show human scientists taming aliens, an impossible phenomenon. Photoshop gives you the same feeling of power in the face of the impossible. It allows you to bring into existence a completely new species right from the caverns of your imagination. It waters your creativity and gives it a platform to express itself. It presents so many tools for you to experiment with, thereby, making a sliver in the dark clouds of impotence. When you attach an image to its clipboard, Photoshop gives you a complete sense of control over it, which, in the aftermath, boots up your confidence. Since confident people are happy people, it won’t be farfetched to say that Photoshop leads to happiness. You can amuse yourself with it, creating funny images and lighting up the dull mornings of monotony. Not only this, you can become famous overnight with professional photographs that would go viral if expertly modified with Photoshop. Do you want more traffic on your blog or other social media? Then use Photoshop, unleash your creative powers, and see the result. If you’re fortunate, and I vouch that you will be if you put your mind to it, then employment would come your way too. People would be hiring you because of your master level skills in Photoshop. This is something which caters to both the ‘Dulce et utile’ of Horace.
The question which should be asked now is how can this amazing art be acquired? The answer is simple: Photoshop Tutorials. Noam Chomsky believes that everyone is born with a distinct blueprint in their minds. As they grow up, they absorb the culturally colored concrete from their surroundings and pour it in the scaffoldings, which are already there in the mind from the start. Chomsky calls our inherent capacity of doing something as ‘Competence’ and what we do as ‘Performance.’ I follow the mentalist theories of this man, and also believe that everyone has the power of moving mountains, and they can do it too, only if they believe in themselves. Then, there is the example of Mahatma Buddha, who struggled all his life, went from one place to another, and tried different techniques of meditation, before achieving the most desirable state ever, Nirvana. So, if you want to master the art of Photoshop, which would look intimidating in the beginning, remember that no one has it easy on the first go. ‘Try, try again’ is a proverb which teaches you to stay true and show the highest degrees of perseverance in the face of the odds. Take a deep breath and plunge headlong into the sea of knowledge that is available online only for you, if you know where to look.
Suppose you go to an ice-cream store, and there is every flavor that you possibly love sitting in the cold containers behind the sales guy. What do you do? How do you tell if vanilla will be yummier or the enticing strawberry cheesecake? You will be in a dilemma for some hours. Then, a friendly food connoisseur would walk in, and your problem would be solved. You would just ask him and get that strawberry cheesecake scoop. It is as simple as it is. In this way, how would you be able to decide which Photoshop Tutorials out of thousands on the internet are more comprehensive, more knowledgeable, and more cost-efficient for you? You would just ask the expert, who will say that Patrick’s Photoshop Tutorials over at learnphotoediting.net are easily the best there are. Then, why wait? Go over there and start learning!
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