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Photoshop: Intro to Photoshop

Basics on Photoshop CC

Helpful Files

Almost every semester, we offer Media Matter sessions for Photoshop.  Sign up at


Photoshop Alternatives

Free/Open source photo editing software:

  • GIMP
    • GIMP is a free cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and more operating systems.
  •  Inkscape
    • Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.
  • FireAlpaca
    • FireAlpaca is free and open-source designed for digital painting and animation.  It runs on Linux, Windows and macOS.
  • Krita
    • Krita is a free-software and an open-source raster graphics editor, designed primarily for digital painting and animation purposes. It features a low-distract UI, high-quality OpenGL accelerated canvas, color management support, advanced brush engine, non-destructive layers and masks, group-based layer management, vector artwork support and switchable customization profiles. It runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and macOS.
  •  Paint.NET
    • Paint.NET is an image and photo editing software free for download onto any Windows computer.

  • Fotor
    • Fotor is a free online photo editing suite that is also available for download on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android devices.
  • Blender
    • Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. Blender's features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, soft body simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, motion graphics, video editing and compositing. It also features an integrated game engine.





Adobe's Photoshop is the preeminent photo editing software available today.  Although you can create images from scratch, it is mainly used for photo editing.  If you want to create images from scratch, Adobe's Illustrator is the better way to go.  With Photoshop, you can do almost anything imaginable.  Some of the many tasks you can do with Photoshop:  change an existing picture, animate, edit video, prepare images for the web, create an automated work flow and so much more.  

The Media Center has Adobe Creative Suite CC on all of our Macs and in the Editing Suites.  



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Files to Play With

Files used in class -- feel free to download and edit them in Photoshop.

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