If you are a web designer, you will no doubt need to invest in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is designed to help you create and modify images. Photoshop can be used on most platforms including Mac, Windows and UNIX.
As a web designer, you will need a powerful working environment. The reason for this is that you more than likely will have several things running at once including a couple of browsers, an HTLM editor, a word processor and a couple of ftp sessions in addition to Photoshop.
If you do not have a sufficient amount of resources, your computer will not be able to run Photoshop effectively.
Photoshop can be used for a wide array of thing including altering photos, scanned artwork and downloaded icons. For instance, if you want to modify an image with Photoshop, you can perform tasks such as changing the coloring, modifying the scale of an image or combining images.
With Photoshop, you basically have four components in your workspace. These components are: the menu bar, the drawing area, the toolbox and your palettes. The menu bar has the icons you will need such as File, Save and Copy. The drawing area is the space you will use to create or modify your images. The toolbox consist of 20 different tools that let you do things like paint, edit and select images. In Photoshop, palettes are the main part of your tool environment. Palettes can help you define the nature of your tools. For example, you can make lines thinner or thicker.