Now, before I get too far ahead of myself swimming the pool of new features, here’s the basic scoop for those new to Photoshop or who have been using Photoshop Elements. Adobe Photoshop CS2 is the ninth version of Adobe’s principle application. Photoshop derives the appellation ‘CS2’ from its inclusion in Adobe’s Creative Suite, which includes Illustrator (for vector illustration) and InDesign (for page layout) in the Standard Edition and adds GoLive (web page authoring) and Acrobat 7 Professional (PDF creation) in the Premium Edition. Photoshop is also available as a standalone application and this review focuses on it primarily.
Photoshop is used for working with photographs and other images whether they come from digital cameras, scanners or are generated directly in the program. At its core, Photoshop is a ‘paint’ program, but the depth of the tools is such that there are almost infinite possibilities, multiple ways to achieve specific tasks and people use it in vastly different ways.