Photoshop is an amazing tool with a set of powerful features capable of transforming an ordinary photo into an extraordinary piece of art. However, there are some additional tools which aid when using a professional tool like Photoshop (or even its consumer grade counterpart, Photoshop Elements). Check out our three biggest tips for making Photoshop even more powerful and enjoyable to use then you ever could have imagined.
Wacom Tablets: The original "tablet", these digital input devices go forth where mice fear to tread. The leading manufacturer of interactive pen displays, Wacom tablets are a must have for anyone looking to do digital touchups to their photos. The pin point precision provided by these tablets allows for touchup on even the most minute details, and as a bonus, are more ergonomic for prolonged use.
iPad: You're probably wondering why we'd recommend the iPad as a must have device for Photoshop. The answer is actually quite simple: the Photoshop app. A few months ago, Adobe released a SDK permitting developers to start making apps which allowed interaction with Photoshop. They also simultaneously released some of their own apps that allow for you to mix your own colors just like you would in the real world. With more apps on the horizon, the iPad has become a virtual palette and tool set that gives Photoshop yet another dimension.
RAM: This may seem obvious, but new users often overlook the amount of memory required to maximize Photoshop performance. Forever hungry, the more RAM you throw at Photoshop, the better. Fortunately, upgrading RAM is usually a simple task, whether on a PC or Mac. Once you upgrade, we have no doubt you'll see a performance boost while using Photoshop: filters will fly, resizing images will quicken, and the overall navigation will find a spring in its step once missing. When buying RAM, be sure to use sites like Amazon or Crucial or Ramseeker to compare prices.
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