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What is Photoshop? - Adobe Photoshop 6.0 is a graphic/image editor.

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Adobe Photoshop 6

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Adobe® Photoshop® 6.0 software introduces the next generation of image editing with powerful new features that offer something for every user. Delivering the broadest and most productive toolset available, Photoshop helps you explore your creativity, work at peak efficiency, and achieve the highest quality results across all media.

System Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, or Windows NT® 4.0 with Service Pack 4, 5 or 6a
  • 64 MB* of RAM
  • 125 MB of available hard-disk space
  • Color monitor with 256-color (8-bit) or greater video card
  • Monitor resolution of 800x600 or greater
  • CD-ROM drive
  • PowerPC® processor
  • Mac OS software version 8.5, 8.6, or 9.0
  • 64 MB* of available RAM (with virtual memory on)
  • 125 MB of available hard-disk space
  • Color monitor with 256-color (8-bit) or greater video card
  • Monitor resolution of 800x600 or greater
  • CD-ROM drive
* 128 MB of RAM required to run Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe ImageReady™ concurrently

Frequently Asked Questions

Photoshop 6.0 FAQs

1) Who needs Adobe Photoshop?
Anybody who needs to create or edit professional-quality images. The main categories of users include:
  • Web designers - who use Photoshop to create banners and buttons, optimize images for the highest quality at the smallest download size, and create dynamic Web graphics such as GIF animations and JavaScript rollovers.
  • Graphic designers - who depend on Photoshop as their graphics workhorse.
  • Photographers - who use Photoshop for everything from subtle color correction to creating dramatic photo collages.
  • Printing/pre-press professionals - who need to prepare images for printing and create color separations.
  • Hobbyists/enthusiasts - many of whom own a digital camera - who want to explore the capabilities of digital imaging with a professional-level tool.
  • Technical image editors - These users can include architects who need to create renderings of proposed projects, to medical professionals needing to analyze x-rays, and forensics professionals analyzing fingerprints and other crime scene data.
2) Why buy Photoshop 6.0?
Adobe Photoshop is the world-standard image editing solution, considered by most graphics professionals to be the one, key application that they can’t live without. For both Web- and print-based graphics, customers choose Photoshop when they need to ensure that all images look their best. Now that digital imaging has become mainstream, and Web graphics usage has exploded, there are a variety of tools for manipulating digital photos or for creating Web graphics. However, none of these applications come close to providing the same breadth or depth of functionality as Photoshop, and none of them consistently provide the same professional level of output. Photoshop 6.0 further expands the gap between Photoshop and other applications with extensive improvements that add vector functionality, improve Web workflow, and help users master the power of Photoshop more quickly and fully.

3) What are the main differences between Photoshop 5.5 and Photoshop 6.0?
Photoshop 6.0 features a number of dramatic improvements that increase its creative power and improve overall usability:
  • Vector shapes - Quickly create designs and compositions that incorporate vector-based shapes with dynamic fills, or use these shapes to mask individual image layers with crisp, resolution-independent edges.
  • Unsurpassed text handling - Finally, there’s an image editing application that can format and output the highest quality type. Type can be entered line-by-line or wrapped inside a box, and high-end formatting controls include an every-line composer for evenly spaced justification, and flexible, live warping controls. When outputting to PDF or to PostScript printers, text is maintained as crisp, vector type.
  • Extensive PDF workflow - Now all Photoshop file characteristics can be maintained in a PDF file, and Acrobat-compatible annotations make it easy to circulate a file for review.
  • Improved Web workflow and file optimization - With slicing tools now resident in Photoshop as well as ImageReady, all optimization of static images - with full support for HTML tables or cascading style sheets - can be performed in a single application. Plus, ImageReady now supports rollover styles for one-click rollover creation, and both applications allow the use of alpha channels to specify smoothly variable compression settings across regions of an image.
  • Layer Styles - The next generation of layer effects provides nearly unlimited creative options and a variety of new effects. Save combinations of effects as styles that can be applied quickly and consistently.
  • Controls at your fingertips - New context-sensitive options bar and a variety of subtle interface enhancements keep all options and controls right where you need them.
4) Why isn't ImageReady fully integrated into Photoshop? Will it ever be fully integrated? If so, when?
It is quite possible that Photoshop and ImageReady will merge into a single application in a future release, but that will not happen unless it will improve the Web workflow for the majority of users. Currently, most users see both pros and cons to a complete integration of ImageReady. Although there is a certain convenience to having all tools in one place, there also can be improved efficiency when separate applications have more targeted tool sets. Now that everything needed for static image creation and optimization - including slicing, hyperlinks, and HTML export - is possible from within Photoshop, users need rely on ImageReady solely for dynamic Web authoring such as animations and JavaScript rollovers. The ImageReady interface is well-suited for these types of authoring tasks.

5) If I want to create Web graphics, do I need Macromedia Fireworks in addition to Photoshop?
Adobe Photoshop is the only complete image-editing tool for both Web and print graphics. If you own Photoshop, Macromedia Fireworks cannot provide you with any significant, additional capabilities. Although Fireworks complements products like Dreamweaver and GoLive with some basic Web optimization and simple graphics creation functionality, it does not have sufficient features to be your sole application for Web graphics. Recent research shows that 87% of Fireworks and 85% of Dreamweaver users also rely on Photoshop. And, when asked which one product they couldn’t do without, Fireworks users picked Photoshop OVER Fireworks by a ratio of almost 2:1. At one time, some Photoshop users may have found the vector-based drawing tools in Macromedia Fireworks convenient for creating quick Web graphics. Now that Photoshop has complete vector drawing tools, even that one reason to use Fireworks has been eliminated.

6) Now that Photoshop 6.0 includes vector functionality, do I still need Adobe Illustrator?
Although Photoshop now contains extensive vector functionality, it is not designed to be an illustration tool. Photoshop 6.0 is not Photoshop and Illustrator rolled into one; rather, Adobe has added vector capabilities that complement the process of creating photo compositions and Web graphics. Vectors in Photoshop are ideal for adding crisp, geometric or freehand forms to compositions. For example, you can use a vector shape to mask a photographic image layer with crisp edges, or quickly create a series of Web buttons using a shape tool and a layer style. For detailed, vector-based illustrations, however, you’ll still want to rely on Adobe Illustrator’s greater depth of vector functionality.

7) Is Photoshop 6.0 carbonized for native support of MacOS X?
The release of Photoshop 6.0 will precede the final release of MacOS X by several months, so it is not possible to release a carbonized version of Photoshop in that time frame. However, the application will be tested for compatibility with beta versions of MacOS X, and it should run perfectly well in classic mode.

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