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Photoshop: Overview

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What is Photoshop?

Logo for Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop is an industry standard piece of software for image editing.  It is used by photographers, graphic designers, web designers, videographers, 3D artists, typographers, students, and others. It is primarily a pixel-based (raster) image editing program, but it does contain some vector graphics editing, text layout, and video capabilities as well.

Photoshop has an immense user base, and there are many, many resources available online and in print for people wishing to learn to use the program.

LinkedIn Learning @ Penn

LinkedIn Learning provides over 77,000 training videos related to new technologies and software. Faculty, students, and permanent staff can access LinkedIn Learning through Pennkey access.

Where Can I Use Photoshop?

  • Download a free 30-day trial (Mac or Win) at
  • Use it for free on almost all computers in Penn Libraries
  • Get help with Photoshop in the Vitale Digital Media Lab (inside Weigle Information Commons, first floor Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center)
  • Purchase it at a discounted price at the Computer Connection (located in the Penn Bookstore) Be sure to ask at the counter for the discounted copies specifically for Penn students, faculty, and staff
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