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Adobe Photoshop, or simply Photoshop, is a graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems. It is the current market leader for commercial bitmap and image manipulation, and is the flagship product of Adobe Systems. It has been described as "an industry standard for graphics professionals."[1] Although originally designed to edit images for paper-based printing, Photoshop can also be used for a wide range of other professional and amateur purposes
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Free Photoshop Plugins

Plugins and filters extend Photoshop by providing new funtionality and effects that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve or by simplifying a process

Photoshop Video Tutorials

For anyone who is interested in learning Photoshop, YouTube (and other video sites) can be a good source of free learning that you might not have thought of.
Both YouTube and MetaCafe have a lot of photoshop video tutorials and while not all are the best quality video, the ability to see techniques in action with video is great for quick learning.

Photoshop tutorials

Learn tips and tricks, cool effects, and how to use the Photoshop tools more effectively.

Essential Photoshop Shortcut Commands

F (Cycle Screen Modes) — Switch between normal screen, full screen with task bar without title bar, and full screen with black background. Works great when used in conjunction with Tab to hide toolbars — maximum working space, no distractions.

X (Switch Colors) — Swap your
foreground and background colors. Very handy when working with masks.

D (Default Colors) — Reset your foreground and background colors to black and white, respectively.

Ctrl + ‘+’/'-’ (Zoom In/Out) — Quickly zoom in or out without changing your current tool.

Alt + Mouse Scroll (Zoom In/Out) —
Fastest way to zoom — scroll up to zoom in, and scroll down to zoom out.

Ctrl + Alt + Z (Step Back) — Ctrl + Z is OK if you catch a mistake immediately after it happens, but this command will continue to march its way up the history tree.

Ctrl + S (Save) — You should get in the habit of just hitting this combo on impulse about every 5 to 10 minutes. Also use

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S to bring up the save for web dialog

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N (New Layer No Dialog) — Quickly insert a new empty layer on top of the active layer. Get rid of the Alt key to bring up the new layer dialog for more options