Photoshop is a very powerful image editing and creation tool, but I had always felt any half decent editing was beyond me, never mind the indistinguishable-from-magic results some people seem to be able to come up with. Masking, burning, dodging and lassoing sounded – and still do – like words taken right out of the script of Zorro.
Mastering complex editing tools like Photoshop demanded that you dedicate a great deal of your time. But I’ve never had the time nor, obviously, the dedication.
Which is why I got so excited when Adobe announced the launch of Photoshop CS5, finally bringing professional-like editing to the technically challenged teacher, i.e. me. For example, take a quick look at how easy it is to remove parts of a picture non-destructively:
Needless to say I then went and bought Photoshop CS5, which, although it’s notoriously expensive software, Adobe – its makers – do have the decency to offer significant discounts to teachers and students.