This introductory guide: ‘What is Photoshop’ is a quick look at why we would use Photoshop as designers and it’s place in design for print.  But don’t forget we also have in-house Graphic Designers who can put your artwork together for you if you need them to!

Introductory Guide: What is Photoshop?


What is Photoshop?

Just exactly what is Photoshop?  Well, Photoshop is one of the programmes within Adobe’s design suite – this is a group of programmes professional Graphic Designers can use to create artwork that is of high enough quality to be professionally printed by a commercial printer like ourselves.

There are also programmes within the Adobe suite that other professionals can use (such as film makers), but we focus purely on programmes that we can use to create professional standard artwork for professional standard print.

How do I know when to use Photoshop

When you think about photos think Photoshop!  Creating and editing photographs is Photoshop’s speciality.  It’s especially useful when the image you are using needs adjusting – and there are endless ways of doing this.

Professional designers will admit it’s pretty impossible to master everything that Photoshop can actually do, even with years of experience and professional training, so it’s always a good thing to utilise their skills whenever you can.   Your designer will be able to answer all your ‘What is Photoshop’ related questions in depth and will know exactly which Adobe programme is the correct one to use for your job – leave it to the professionals to create high quality artwork!

What is Photoshop’s place in print?

Images which are edited in Photoshop and saved to a hi-res format are suitable for use in print.  These images can then be used in any artwork that a designer puts together, such as brochures or posters.  By using Photoshop with other design programmes such as InDesign, the designer is able to create an overall hi-res design that will print to a very high quality.

There is a huge difference in professional print and desktop printing, but it all starts with good quality artwork.


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