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Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular, industry standard tools for professional digital painting. I has a vast array of powerfully dynamic tools, an easy-to-learn interface, and almost limitless time-saving shortcuts to make any job manageable and cleanly executable. Photoshop comes in a basic and extended version. The basic version is usually sufficient for most professional painting tasks, while the extended version has special tools for Film, 3D animation, Architecture, Science and Medical professionals. 

General Associations
2D (7), 3D (10), Graphics (12), Painting. Photography (1), Rasterize (1), Touchup (1)

Notes on License



limited-period trial of Adobe Photoshop Extended Edition from web download


  • Streamlined Photoshop CS4 integration

Enjoy tight integration with Adobe Photoshop software for streamlined use of Smart Objects, panorama stitching, high dynamic range (HDR) functionality, multiple layer workflow, and more. See your edits automatically updated in Lightroom.

  • Retrace your editing steps
Track the changes you make to a photo in the History panel, which automatically enters easy-to-understand text as you edit. Add set points in the panel at any time so you can instantly return to those versions of the photo.

  • Automatically apply metadata stamps
Easily apply your preferred metadata settings to photos as you import them.

  • Easily group photos
Store any number of related photos as a collection by simply giving the group a name or specifying criteria that will automatically include a new photo. Recall your collections with a single click and modify them at any time.

  • Automatically rename files
Quickly set up naming rules, and then apply them to individual photos or groups. Even apply naming rules automatically on import.

  • Choose the appropriate view
Quickly browse groups of photos in Grid view. Switch to Compare or Survey view to easily and intuitively narrow down a series of photos to just the one you need. Or use Loupe view to zoom in on the finest detail of any single photo.

  • Organize effortlessly
Find your photos quickly with powerful yet flexible sorting, selecting, and organizing tools. Automatically import, rename, and sort your entire shoot.

  • Use suggested keywords
Organize your photos the way that makes sense to you. Just type keywords and apply them to individual or multiple photos. Lightroom can automatically suggest keywords based on previous keyword associations.

  • Improved Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workflow
Select multiple photos in Lightroom and automatically open them in Photoshop CS4 to merge them into a panorama, a high dynamic range (HDR) photo, or a multilayered Photoshop document. And seamlessly roundtrip back to Lightroom.

  • Adjustments panel
Simplify image adjustment by easily accessing every tool you need to nondestructively adjust and enhance the color and tone of your images; on-image controls and a wide variety of presets are also included in the new live and dynamic Adjustments panel.

  • Masks panel
Quickly create and edit masks from the new Masks panel. This panel offers all the tools you need to create editable pixel- and vector-based masks, adjust mask density and feathering, easily select noncontiguous objects, and more.

  • Better raw image processing
Enjoy superior conversion quality as you process raw images with the industry-leading Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 5 plug-in, which now offers localized corrections, post-crop vignetting, TIFF and JPEG processing, and support for more than 190 camera models.
  • Quick Selection and Refine Edge tools
Make selections in a snap. Loosely draw on an image area, and the Quick Selection tool automatically completes the selection. Fine-tune your selections with the Refine Edge tool.

  • Content-Aware Scaling
Use the new and revolutionary Content-Aware Scaling feature to automatically recompose an image as you resize it, smartly preserving vital areas as the image adapts to the new dimensions. Get the perfect image in one step without time-intensive cropping and retouching.

  • Smoother panning and zooming and fluid canvas rotation
Navigate to any area of an image with new, ultra-smooth zooming and panning. Maintain clarity as you zoom to individual pixels and easily edit at the highest magnification with the new Pixel Grid. And use the revolutionary new Rotate View tool to smoothly turn your canvas for distortion-free viewing at any angle.

  • Auto-blending of images
Easily create a single image from a series of shots that have different focal points with the enhanced Auto-Blend Layers command, which smoothly blends color and shading and now extends your depth of field, automatically correcting vignettes and lens distortion.

  • Extended depth of field
Combine a range of images, each with a different exposure, color, and focal point — with options to preserve tones and colors — into a single color-corrected image.

  • 32-bit high dynamic range (HDR) support
Combine multiple exposures into a single, 32-bit image that preserves the full range of a scene – from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights. Image processing and alignment algorithms deliver superior results.

  • Industry-leading color correction
Enjoy dramatically enhanced color correction with reengineered Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools that now intelligently preserve color and tone details.

  • Black-and-white conversion
Instantly convert color images to black-and-white with easy-to-use presets, and then make on-image adjustments of tonal values and tints to immediately see the results. Even create and save your own custom presets.

Usage Scenarios

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A Teaching Usage Scenario

  •  Website development
  • Image repair/ film restoration

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Version and Plans

As of 2/24/2009, Current Version is 11.0.1

Interface Languages
English (416)


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Technical Details


UVa Support

The Digital Media Lab (DML) offers courses on or involving the latest version of Photoshop.

Mailing List

Photoshop Community Mailing list

Discussion Forums / User Groups

Adobe’s official forum

Third-party forum


DML teaches photoshop, illustrator, and Maya and a number of other digital media solutions.