Adobe Photoshop's logo. A bright blue square border surrounding a navy blue square with bright blue letters of capital P and lower case S in the middle.

Adobe Photoshop is one of most popular image-editing programs for professionals, available for both Macintosh and Windows. Images and 360 photos can be edited and exported in various formats for Web, video, or print. 

What can it do?

  • Crop, color balance, resize, lighten, darken images
  • Add text, lines, shapes 
  • Include hand-drawn pictures with a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet.
  • Export in various file formats
  • Filters to overlay on images
  • Fix common flaws found in photos
Adobe Photoshop's software interface.
Photoshop 2018’s software interface.

Uses in a Course

Manipulate images to illustrate course concepts

Instructors can use Photoshop to manipulate images during class discussion to highlight concepts or ideas visually, such as composition of a photograph or the choice of color in an art piece that is representative of a particular phase of an artist’s career.

Resizing images for classroom display and Web spaces

Files create by digital cameras are typically too large in height and width to be used in web spaces like Moodle. Photos can be used to resize them to display properly in the browser.

Things to consider before using Photoshop

  • If you’re interested in creating original drawings, vector-based graphics program, like Illustrator or Sketchbook, would be more appropriate than Photoshop. Photoshop produces pixel-based images and appear grainy when enlarged while vector-based images don’t have this limitation.
  • If you need basic editing features, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Apple’s Photos, Pages, and Keynote have photo-manipulation capabilities that aren’t as advanced as Photoshop. Educational Technology can advice you in the appropriate choice of software.


  • Photoshop is available on all the computers in the CoRE and Digital Studio in Andrews Library. 
  • Photoshop is on all the laptops in Ebert Visual Resource Lab.

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