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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended for the beginning user: What is CS6

This guide will act as a quick reference for those who are first encountering Adobe Photoshop CS6 as well as good review for users who have worked with it before.


Quick Note:

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended is different from Adobe Photoshop 6. Adobe started using the "Creative Suite" wording at the introduction of Photoshop 8, making CS6 actually Adobe Photoshop 13.

You may also see library computers with Adobe Photoshop CC 20xx (current year). This is the Creative Cloud subscription-based version, and is very similar in function to Photoshop CS6. 


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Adobe Photoshop is an image editor. What this means is that any digital image, be it a photo you shot or an image you pulled from online, can be edited, tweeked, played with, etc. in this program. There is an enormous amount of features and things you can do with CS6, much more than could be included in one Libguide, so further references and lists of books on CS6 have been added for you to explore. has a plethora of tutorials available for Photoshop CS6 to get you started.

The best way to learn this powerful editor is to work with it.  Get in and play around with an image you want to edit.  Following the tutorials and actually editing an image will really help all these techniques stick and make basic processes second nature.

Photoshop at the Scholarly Commons

The Scholarly Commons currently supports Photoshop on all of the machines, and the entire Creative Suite on several of our work stations. Feel free to stop by and try it out, or set up a consultation with an expert to learn all the ins and outs of this powerful image editor.

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Creative Commons License

Except where otherwise indicated, original content in this guide is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 license. You are free to share, adopt, or adapt the materials. We encourage broad adoption of these materials for teaching and other professional development purposes, and invite you to customize them for your own needs. 

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