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6. Designing Web Banners and Buttons. Photoshop comes with a predefined web banner sized canvas. Photoshop's sister application, Image Ready, comes with several - and lots of tools for animating text and pictures. You can also create interactive buttons that enhance a web browsing experience.
7. Adding Text to Photographs. Impress your boss by putting company name on side of an airliner, building, or racing car. Use Move Tool to skew text to fit contours of picture, adjust opacity a little, and hey presto! The text will look like it's always been part of photo.
8. Combining Pictures, Text, and Graphics to Make Covers for Books, Reports and CDs. Photoshop contains many of image manipulation capabilities of high-end DTP applications that cost thousands. Use "Layer via Cut" command to make your title text go behind part of picture - just like on cover of "Rolling Stone."
9. Designing Web Pages. Did you know that Photoshop and Image Ready can turn your photograph or artwork into a web page? Use slice tool to cut your work into easily downloadable pieces, then rollover function to embed website URLs.
10. Combining Pictures to Make Impossible Possible. Come on! You didn't seriously think that Michael Moore and President George W. Bush really stood hand in hand on White House lawn for Fahrenheit 9/11 poster, did you? I don't know for certain that they used Photoshop to fake that picture, but they certainly could have done. With Photoshop you can remove background from one picture, take some elements from another, and combine them with background from a third to create a picture that could never have been taken for real. Who says camera can't lie!
Shaun Pearce is a writer and video maker. His latest production, "Photoshop Master", is an interactive video tutorial. It shows you how to get the most from Photoshop, and can be downloaded from http://www.learnphotoshopfast.com?=art01