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What is a PSD File? PSD file specifications

PSD Files Explained: A Guide for Photographers

In the world of photography, image editing plays an important part of the process. Image editing takes the place of darkroom processes in the digital world. One of the most widely used programs for image editing is Adobe Photoshop, and this program’s native file format is called PSD (Photoshop Document). The impact that Photoshop has had in the design and art world is immense, and as a result, PSD files have a legend and tale all of their own.

In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the world of PSD files, exploring their features, uses, and applications. Why are they so ubiquitous? Can they be replaced? What makes them special? Let’s find out!

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Is Affinity Photo Compatible with PSD Files?

How Well Does Affinity Photo Handle Adobe PSD files?

Affinity Photo is an application that has been spoken of quite highly in the recent past. Affinity by Serif has created a suite of apps that take on Adobe’s stalwarts, Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design head-on. While doing so, they’ve added in their own twists, with innovations that will make you smile, and wonder why things weren’t always done this way.

They’re also new to the field, so the apps need to prove themselves before professionals consider switching to Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher full-time. In the meantime, one of the important questions that need to be answered is: Do Affinity Apps support Adobe file formats like .PSD, .AI, .PDF, and .EPS which have become industry standards over the course of the last 3 decades or more? Let’s find out…

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Can Adobe Tools be Replaced?

Can Photoshop & Lightroom be Replaced in Your Photography Workflow

Yes, Photoshop and Lightroom can be replaced in your digital photography workflow. There have always been some alternatives to these favourites, but there are usually compromises, and I don’t like that. When I started using Affinity Photo and Capture One Pro as alternatives that are full-featured, professional-grade, I found out that in some instances, they’re even easier to use. So, I’ve experimented by replacing them in my professional workflow to test the limits of how much they can be pushed. Of course, my requirements are likely to be different for yours, so look out for those differences.

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How to Set Up Photoshop and Lightroom to Work Well With Your SSDs

Optimal Photoshop & Lightroom Setup for SSDs

Photoshop uses a lot of RAM. It will take as much as you can throw its way, and then some more. As a way to use ‘more’ RAM than a computer had available physically, the developers took to creating scratch disks on your Hard Disk Drive (HDD), as an extension of the data that Photoshop held in RAM. But hard drives are slow, so instead, we choose to set up our scratch disk and caches to use fast SSDs. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Edit Brian Auer's Photograph in your own style

Photoshop Processing – Edit Brian’s Picture

A while ago, Brian Auer posted a project on his blog where he invited people to use a photograph that he would supply and process it in Photoshop (or any other image editing software). The idea was to see how different people take an image and work on it.

Brian was kind enough to give us the option of starting from the original RAW file from his camera as long as we reminded ourselves time and time again that we did not own the photograph, but were only borrowing it for purposes of this project.

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Learn How to Use Photoshop

Learn How to Use Photoshop

Among the greatest and most popular image editing software tools ever made, Adobe Photoshop has moved from being a name, to being a verb. “That’s Photoshopped” is a phrase that we’ve all heard, that refers to an image that is clearly edited with software. Such is the influence of this software tool. For professionals, it is an industry standard, and has been for decades. For amateurs, it is the holy grail of image editing power; and that’s where we will start this article, by talking about how you can learn to use Photoshop thoroughly and systematically.

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