Photoshop 101: Basic Functions
The Photoshop A popular high-end image editor for the Macintosh and Windows from Adobe. The original Mac versions were the first to bring affordable image editing down to the personal computer level in the late 1980s. Since then, Photoshop has become the de facto standard in image editing. CS2 (version 9.0) for Windows work area is designed to help you maximize your workspace and give you easy access to tools, options, and palettes. In the default work area, the toolbox See toolkit and toolbar. is located on the left, the menu bar and options bar at the top, and the palettes on the right.
Your work area may look different if you opened Photoshop previously and made changes to your workspace. Photoshop remembers the changes you make to the work area, dialog boxes A movable window that is displayed on screen in response to the user selecting a menu option. It provides the current status and available options for a particular feature in the program. , and tool options. You can easily change everything back to the program defaults, if necessary.
To see how it's done, let's reset all the program defaults at once:
Now you're ready to learn more about the elements of the work area and how they work.
Exploring Basic Photoshop Functions
You can control the options bar, palettes, and toolbox as follows:
You can also access the options bar, toolbox, and palettes from the Window menu, as follows:
To access the shortcut menu, click the palette menu (arrow) button in the upper-right part of the palette. The Reset Palette Locations command puts everything back to its original location and space. If you cannot see the palette well, expand the Photoshop window to full screen and make sure your monitor resolution is set to 1024 x 768 or greater.
As you become comfortable with the operation of the program and establish your own workflow The automatic routing of documents to the users responsible for working on them. Workflow is concerned with providing the information required to support each step of the business cycle. , you can create and save a customized work area.
Setting Photoshop Preferences
An overview of Photoshop basics would not be complete without mentioning the preferences. The Preferences dialog box gives you the opportunity to change settings to customize the program to suit your personal workflow. These settings include such things as display, cursor (1) The symbol used to point to some element on screen. On Windows, Mac and other graphics-based screens, it is also called a "pointer," and it changes shape as it is moved with the mouse into different areas of the application. , and transparency (1) The quality of being able to see through a material. The terms transparency and translucency are often used synonymously; however, transparent would technically mean "seeing through clear glass," while translucent would mean "seeing through frosted glass." See alpha blending. options.
It's a good practice to be familiar with the preference settings of any program. You may not understand the terminology and all of the settings right now because you're just learning the program. You'll find that the default settings in the preferences also give you an insight in the general operation of the program.
Let's look at the general preferences and make a simple change that affects cycling through the tools groups. You may, for example, find it awkward to press and hold Shift while you press the additional shortcut for a group. To remove this requirement, do the following:
Note: The preference settings are stored in a file that sometimes can become corrupt. If you reset settings back to the defaults when starting Photoshop, a new preference file is generated that replaces the old one. As a result, you lose any new preference settings.
Now that you understand the fundamentals of Photoshop, you're ready to imagine fun and creative ways to work with images from many sources, and even create your own. You'll find an abundance Abundance
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