Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop
  • Company Adobe
  • Version 2021
  • Platforms
  • License Commercial
  • Category Graphics
3.6 / 5 (507 votes)

1. Main Features

  • Flexible and customizable work environment
  • Nondestructive, layer-based editing
  • Professional color correction and tone control
  • Advanced video, 3D model, and motion editing tools
  • Automatic colorization of black & white photos
  • One-click subject selection to cut out subjects from photos or apply effects to them
  • Symmetry mode for applying perfectly symmetrical brush strokes
  • Tools for smoothing skin, applying patterns, and removing unwanted objects in photographs
  • Support for free and commercial plugins

2. Software Overview

Adobe Photoshop is an industry-standard image editing program used to edit graphics and digital photos. It is primarily a pixel-based raster graphics editor but also supports basic vector-based editing. The program includes standard drawing and selection tools and many unique features that make it a go-to tool for many graphic designers and photographers.

Photoshop can import and export a wide variety of image formats, but it saves images in the Photoshop Document (.PSD) format by default (.PSB format for larger documents). The PSD format supports layers, which are isolated groupings of graphics that can be edited independently. Layers may be visible or hidden and can also have a custom opacity setting. You can also create adjustment layers, which apply non-destructive adjustments to one or more layers at a time.

If you are beginning to use Photoshop, the application may look daunting with its large amount of tools, but the home screen allows for quick and easy access to tutorials and templates to help you get started. As you become more familiar with the user interface and adjust it to your work style, Photoshop saves your preferences to keep the layout familiar.

Photoshop's more advanced and unique features include the Patch tool, which automatically removes blemishes, and the Object Removal Guided Edit tool removes unwanted objects and matches the background with the surrounding area. If you want to adjust the colors of an image, you can use the Levels, Curves, or Color Balance controls to adjust them manually. The application also comes with Auto Color and Auto Levels tools for automatically enhancing images with a single click. While Photoshop includes many powerful built-in features, you can add even more capabilities to the program by installing plugins.

Photoshop is the image editor of choice among professionals, including photographers, graphic designers, and web developers. Its intuitive interface and wide range of features make Adobe Photoshop the best image editing application available.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.PSD - Adobe Photoshop Document
Other file extensions used by Adobe Photoshop:
# File Extension Name
1 .3DL 3D Lookup Table File
2 .3DS 3D Studio Scene
3 .8BC Photoshop 5.0 Plug-in
4 .8BF Photoshop Filter Plug-in
5 .8BL Photoshop Plug-in
6 .8BS Photoshop 5.0 Selection Plug-in
7 .8BY PhotoDeluxe Plug-in
8 .8LI Photoshop Scripting Plug-in
9 .8PBS Adobe Photoshop Macintosh File
10 .ABR Adobe Photoshop Brushes File
11 .ACB Adobe Photoshop Color Book File
12 .ACF Adobe Photoshop Custom Filter File
13 .ACO Adobe Photoshop Color Swatch File
14 .ACT Adobe Color Table File
15 .ACV Photoshop Curves File
16 .ADO Adobe Photoshop Duotone Options File
17 .AFX Auto FX PhotoGraphic Edges Image
18 .AHS Adobe Halftone Screen File
19 .AHU Adobe Photoshop HSL File
20 .AI Adobe Illustrator File
21 .ALV Adobe Photoshop Levels File
22 .AMP Adobe Photoshop Curves Map File
23 .AMS Adobe Monitor Setup File
24 .API Adobe Photoshop Inks File
25 .ARW Sony Digital Camera Image
26 .ARW Sony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image
27 .ASEF Adobe Swatch Exchange File
28 .ASL Photoshop Style
29 .ASP Adobe Color Separation Setup File
30 .ASR Adobe Photoshop Scratch File
31 .AST Adobe Color Separations Table
32 .ASV Adobe Photoshop Selective Color File
33 .ATF Photoshop Transfer Function File
34 .ATN Photoshop Actions File
35 .AVS Adobe Photoshop Variations File
36 .AXT Adobe Photoshop Extract File
37 .BCP BlackMagic Custom Palette
38 .BLW Adobe Photoshop Black and White Presets File
39 .BMP Bitmap Image File
40 .CAL CALS Raster Graphic
41 .CALS CALS Raster Graphic File
42 .CHA Photoshop Channel Mixture
43 .CIN Kodak Cineon Bitmap File
44 .COLZ Adobe Collage File
45 .CR2 Canon Raw Image File
46 .CRW Canon Raw CIFF Image File
47 .CSF Adobe Color Settings File
48 .CSH Photoshop Custom Shapes File
49 .DAE Digital Asset Exchange File
50 .DCP Adobe DNG Camera Profile
51 .DCR Kodak RAW Image File
52 .DCR Kodak Digital Camera RAW Image File
53 .DCS Desktop Color Separation File
54 .DCX Zsoft Multi-Page Paintbrush File
55 .DDS DirectDraw Surface Image
56 .DDS DirectDraw Surface
57 .DIB Device Independent Bitmap File
58 .DIC DICOM Image
59 .DNG Digital Negative Image File
60 .DPX Digital Picture Exchange File
61 .EAP Adobe Photoshop Exposure File
62 .EPR Photoshop AME Preset File
63 .EPS Encapsulated PostScript File
64 .EPSF Encapsulated PostScript Format File
65 .ERF Epson RAW File
66 .EXIF Exchangeable Image Information File
67 .EXR OpenEXR Image
68 .EXV Adobe Extension Script
69 .FFF Hasselblad RAW Image
70 .FFO Adobe Photoshop File Information File
71 .FIF Fractal Image File
72 .FL3 Flash 3D File
73 .FXG Flash XML Graphics File
74 .GIF Graphical Interchange Format File
75 .GRD Photoshop Gradient File
76 .HDP HD Photo File
77 .HDR High Dynamic Range Image File
78 .HDT Photoshop HDR Toning Preset File
79 .HEIF High Efficiency Image Format
80 .ICB Targa ICB Bitmap Image
81 .ICC ICC Profile
82 .ICM Image Color Matching Profile
83 .ICN Windows Icon File
84 .ICNS macOS Icon Resource File
85 .IIQ Phase One RAW Image
86 .IMG GEM Image
87 .IROS Adobe Save For Web Settings File
88 .IRS Adobe Save For Web Settings
89 .J2C JPEG 2000 Code Stream
90 .JFI JPEG File Interchange Image
91 .JIFF JPEG Image File Format
92 .JP2 JPEG 2000 Core Image File
93 .JPC JPEG 2000 Code Stream File
94 .JPG JPEG Image
95 .JPG2 JPEG 2000 Image
96 .JPS Stereo JPEG Image
97 .JPX JPEG 2000 Image File
98 .JXR JPEG XR Image
99 .KDC Kodak Photo-Enhancer File
100 .KDI KD Player Skin Image File
101 .KDK Kodak Proprietary Decimated TIFF File
102 .KMZ Google Earth Placemark File
103 .KODAK Kodak Photo CD File
104 .KYS Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts File
105 .LEX Adobe Linguistic Library Data File
106 .MD0 Adobe Photoshop Metadata Cache File
107 .MFW Mamiya Camera Raw File
108 .MNU Adobe Photoshop Menu Customization File
109 .MOS Leaf Camera RAW File
110 .MPO Multi Picture Object File
111 .MRW Minolta Raw Image File
112 .MTL OBJ Material Template Library File
113 .NCR NCR Image
114 .NEF Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image
115 .NRW Nikon Raw Image File
116 .OBJ Wavefront 3D Object File
117 .ORF Olympus RAW File
118 .P3E Photoshop Repousse Settings File
119 .P3L Adobe Photoshop Light Preset File
120 .P3M Adobe Photoshop Material Preset File
121 .P3R Adobe Photoshop Render Settings Preset File
122 .PAT Pattern File
123 .PBM Portable Bitmap Image
124 .PCD Kodak Photo CD Image File
125 .PCX Paintbrush Bitmap Image File
126 .PDD Adobe PhotoDeluxe Image
127 .PDP Adobe Portable Document Format File
128 .PEF Pentax Electronic File
129 .PGM Portable Gray Map Image
130 .PICT Picture File
131 .PLUGIN Adobe Photoshop Plug-in
132 .PMG Adobe Photoshop Photomerge Panoramic Composition File
133 .PNG Portable Network Graphic
134 .PNM Portable Any Map Image
135 .POP Samsung Popcon Character File
136 .PPM Portable Pixmap Image File
137 .PS PostScript File
138 .PSB Photoshop Large Document Format
139 .PSD Adobe Photoshop Document
140 .PSDC Adobe Photoshop Cloud Document
141 .PSDX Photoshop Touch Document
142 .PSF Photoshop Proof Settings File
143 .PSID PostScript Image Data File
144 .PSP Photoshop Preferences File
145 .PVR POWERVR Texture File
146 .PXR Pixar Image File
147 .Q1Q LunarCell Photoshop Plug-in
148 .Q2Q Flexify Photoshop Plug-in
149 .Q4Q Solar Cell Photoshop Plug-in
150 .Q5Q SuperBladePro Presets File
151 .Q5R Melancholytron Photoshop Plug-in
152 .Q7Q India Ink Photoshop Plug-in
153 .Q8R Flood Photoshop Plug-in
154 .Q9Q BladePro Presets File
155 .Q9R Glitterato Photoshop Plug-In
156 .Q9S Mr. Contrast Photoshop Plug-In
157 .RAF Fuji RAW Image File
158 .RAW Raw Image Data File
159 .RLE Run Length Encoded Bitmap
160 .RWL Leica RAW Image
161 .SA9 Hue and Cry Photoshop Plug-in
162 .SCT Scitex Continuous Tone File
163 .SHC Adobe Photoshop Contours File
164 .SHH Adobe Photoshop Shadow/Highlight Settings file
165 .SPIFF Still Picture Interchange File Format
166 .SRF Sony RAW Image
167 .SRW Samsung RAW Image
168 .STA Adobe Photoshop Match Color Image Statistics File
169 .STN Genuine Fractals Image
170 .TB0 Adobe Photoshop Thumbnail Cache File
171 .TGA Targa Graphic
172 .THM Video Thumbnail File
173 .TIF Tagged Image File
174 .TIFF Tagged Image File Format
175 .TPL Adobe Photoshop Tool Presets File
176 .U3D Universal 3D File
177 .VDA Targa Bitmap Image File
178 .VPH VirtualPhotographer Custom Settings
179 .VST Targa Bitmap Image
180 .WAC Inkling Sketch XML File
181 .WBM Wireless Bitmap Image
182 .WBMP Wireless Bitmap Image File
183 .WEBP WebP Image
184 .WMP Windows Media Photo File
185 .WPI Inkling Sketch Binary File
186 .X3F SIGMA X3F Camera RAW File
187 .XMP Extensible Metadata Platform File
188 .ZVT Photoshop Zoomify Preset File

Updated: May 14, 2021

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