What is photoshop used for? What else do i need to learn?

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  1. ambigous

    ambigous New Member

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    I am currently taking classes to learn XHTML, CSS, C++ language, and some Java. I thought this would all be required in order to make good professional websites.

    I heard RECENTLY that Photoshop plays a big role, and what am i suppose to do with photoshop? How do i use it? :confused:

    Andy
     
  2. plgriffith

    plgriffith New Member

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    Well, c++ and java are pretty much useless in web development unless you are doing it at a very high level. You will want to learn javascript, not java. Photoshop is for graphic design, not development. It allows you to edit images and make new images. It's a very nice program, but is not necessary for development. Look online for tutorials - they are everywhere.
     
  3. rekha

    rekha New Member

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    basically photoshop is used to improve the photography by using photoshop tools
     
  4. Anwar

    Anwar New Member

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    My advice is for you to skip the javascript and focus on CSS+HTML instead.

    Personally i use photoshop for everything except the coding bit when it comes to making websites. I create layouts for the pages in photoshop and then decide which parts of it that need to be exported as images, using the slice tool as mentioned above.

    A combination of good CSS, HTML/DHTML and Photoshop is pretty much all you need today.
     
  5. John78

    John78 New Member

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    don't try to jump into all languages, etc. decide the path where you need to go and then learn accordingly. You can learn photoshop if you want to become designer. If you want to become a programmer then you can learn php or .net or java, etc.
     
  6. reggie.van

    reggie.van New Member

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    Photoshop is basically to alter photos
     
  7. OSEKmedia

    OSEKmedia New Member

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    Can't forget about the interface.. Your site has to look good to sell a product or service.
     
  8. OSEKmedia

    OSEKmedia New Member

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    A little javascript never hurt anyone.. Love that Ajax!
     
  9. bobprog

    bobprog New Member

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    Well, I agree to this words, but Photoshop is also interesting and necessary program. If you have some free time, you may learn it.
     
  10. Niteo

    Niteo New Member

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    seriously, i spend most of my time in photoshop. most people use bgcolors and what not on their sites, i use repeating image bgs to get the looks I like and the only way i can do it is to use photoshop. RARELY do i ever use it to touch-up photograph. I use it to make text graphics mostly.

    goto my San Diego Web Design site and peep the portfolio. notice every site's got two programs, dreamweaver and photoshop. Everything thats not text or css was created in photoshop.

    as far as the languages. Learn PHP. Ajax, i'm down with that. c anything? tisk tisk...:p
     
  11. hawk12online

    hawk12online New Member

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    Photoshop is generally used (a) image editing or (b) manipulating images to better suit the website. < these are basically the same thing anyway - so to put it simply, photoshop is an image editor. :)
     
  12. lookgood_cool

    lookgood_cool New Member

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    Hi budy check out the below link for photoshop tutorial and review it.
     
  13. David123

    David123 New Member

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    Photoshop is a highly sophisticated image manipulation program. We use only a tiny part of its potential capability to format our pictures, crop and size them and balance the tone and color. But it is useful for all Web or Graphic to make your beautiful designs.

     
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  14. lilraver

    lilraver New Member

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    Yes, as everyone else has said, the only thing I -really- know PhotoShop is used for is to add a little more to pictures, or take away. There's lots to do in PhotoShop, though, and I'm still trying to learn everything. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, though.
     
  15. Zombie

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    I must agree with you completely, photoshop is my primary method of webdesign, css/html/flash allow me to animate the layouts I create, but it all starts with photoshop for me! I dont know much javascript, but lightboxes are the future! and they are pop-up blocker resistant, lol!
     
  16. walkingbird

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    Its called javascript/xhtml and its not new its very old. all i have to do is turn JavaScript off and say good by to light box. it is fairly easy to do. all you have to do is use an onload function to hide or display the div
     
  17. Zombie

    Zombie New Member

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    do you know the statistics of people turning off javascript on their browsers? I dont expect too many people to be doing so
     
  18. walkingbird

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    it is about 3-5%
     
  19. TickleMeCthulhu

    TickleMeCthulhu New Member

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    What is Photoshop used for? So far, people seem to be limiting its function to adjusting photos or as the basis for web graphics. I feel I need to promote Photoshop's usefulness just a little more.

    As a commercial artist, Photoshop is used almost exclusively to create color storyboards, paintings, and ad comps(not that I would go so far as to defend modern commercial illustration as art). The versatility and ease of the painting functions, layer modes, and filters is optimal for the commercial illustration environment. It's a rare thing these days to actually put pen to paper.

    I also use Photoshop for my freelance work- mainly because of the ease in making changes when they're required.

    Here are links to some images I made using Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq flatscreen tablet(oh yeah, you would probably need one of those). I'm not saying that these are great and should convert you from whatever other paint program you're using, but I'm just saying that Photoshop can be used to generate full illustrations:

    http://www.agonyagogo.com/portfolio/illustration/images/necromancer2.jpg

    http://www.agonyagogo.com/portfolio/commercial/images/bottlesinhelmet.jpg

    http://www.agonyagogo.com/portfolio/illustration/images/puffyredj.jpg


    Oh yeah, and Photoshop is also really good at manipulating or tweaking existing images.

    Kurt
     
  20. bullzeyedesign

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    I use photoshop to design entire websites before they are programmed. it's easier to give the client a mockup from photoshop than to start programming (or in my case, HIRE someone to program) and then have to change the layout, colors, etc. I also use it for print design and creating nice graphics to import into InDesign for catalogs, flyers, posters, postcards and more.

    It's also used for photo editing but thats only a very small area of photoshop capability.
     

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