Let’s Talk Adobe!

Everyone knows about Adobe, even if they don’t know it. Considering that the term “Photoshop” has become a commonplace word for just about every image online suspected of being fake; there’s a pretty good chance that the everyday person will know about Adobe. Adobe’s software has become a huge staple in graphic design, whether it’s graphic design, digital painting, or a homemade fan film, Adobe is the service with the most to offer for all digital artists. Adobe’s most famous software are Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, and After Effects, and that’s not even mentioning the 40+ other software programs the company has out. Most of these can be found in the “Creative Cloud” which acts as a hub for all these programs. This company has changed the world of art and digital design in more ways than one can put into words. 

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In digital design, you’ll find Adobe software being the backbone of most projects. Magazines, for example, are all created through either Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress, with the former being the most popular and best-ranked editing service, according to Digital Publishing has never been more convenient and user-friendly since InDesign came out in 1999, with regular updates making the software better each time. Adobe has done significant wonders for the magazine industry since making its entrance into the publishing realm. Magazines have been a mainstay in society for centuries, whether it’s a story out of a popular magazine like the Atlantic Monthly or a local seed catalog, there’s no sign of InDesign going away or losing traction for a long time. Creating publications has come a long way, from using rubber cement or wax then cutting and pasting the typesetting together to completing the process on a computer with Photoshop and Illustrator can be installed on just about every computer on the market, it’s quite literally never been easier. 

Photoshop is most definitely the more popular and well-known software of Adobe’s plethora of services. Almost everybody knows about Photoshop and it is often the first program digital designers learn about. The program can be used for simple filters or radical photo manipulation, the possibilities are truly endless. It revolutionized digital editing in its entirety and made the hobbies and occupations in this field so much more convenient to access and get into. 

Now, there is something to be said about the program, even through all its positives, and that is its negative impact on photography and editing. When it comes to people’s self-image, the internet has caused issues in that area of things. With photo editing also comes the ability to falsify reality in a discrete way that the naked eye can’t detect, whether it’s hiding wrinkles, birthmarks or straight up making people look thinner to fit an agenda, there’s plenty of harm that can be done with Photoshop. However, that doesn’t mean everybody that uses the program will be like that, that’s more of a marketing and image issue. Photoshop has truly changed our world and picture editing in an enormous way, even with all the negatives that came with it. 

There are also After Effects, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro to mention. These programs are decently popular but not as widely used or known. After Effects is mostly for animating and the composition of animation. Illustrator consists of painting and drawing, however, a lot of this service shares a lot of similar features with Photoshop, this service is more for people who only want to do those two things. Finally, there’s Premiere Pro; the quintessential beginner’s program for video editing. While this service is not the most popular for video editing, it still has a significant amount of popularity with editors. Even though these three services aren’t as popular, their place in digital design is still entirely valid and crucial to the evolution of digital art. 

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