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The Photoshop screen.

Figure 4-3 illustrates the default Photoshop CS2 screen that will automatically open. Depending on the Photoshop version you have, your screen might look a little different. If you hover over each icon in the toolbar for a few seconds, a yellow tag will pop up with the name of the tool. On top of the screen you will see the default Title Bar showing the file path of where the drawing is located and the name of the drawing. Below the Title Bar is the Menu Bar and then the Options Bar. The main toolbar is typically on the left and the palettes are docked on the right.


Working with Palettes

Set up your workspace with the following seven palettes as seen in figure 4-3: Tools, Navigator, Info, Color, Swatches, History, and Layers. To add toolbars or palettes that might be missing go up to Window and select the toolbars or palettes that you need.

   To merge palettes together, click on the tab of the newly opened
   palette and drag it to the cluster of palettes that you want it
   grouped (docked) with.

   To get rid of extra palettes, click and drag onto the workspace
   area the tab of the palette you do not want. Then you can click on
   the X to close it.

   To save this workspace so it remembers these settings, go to
   Window--Workspace--Save Workspace--give it a name--Save.


The most commonly used tools in this chapter are labeled in the toolbar image (figure 4-4). The tools are described more thoroughly throughout this chapter.


Preferences: History States and Zoom

Another important step before starting a project is to set the history states for the History Palette to remember. The History Palette allows you to go back as many steps as needed. It also allows you to go forward as many times as needed as long as another command is not initiated. The default number of commands remembered in the History Palette is 20. To set that to a higher number, go to Edit--Preferences--General, History States = 100, then select OK.

At this point you can also select the Zoom with Scroll Wheel option, which allows you to zoom using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Info and Navigator Palettes

To activate or "bring forward" a tool palette, click on the tab of the hidden palette.

Open the base image by going to File and then Open. Browse and find the base image to be redesigned.

Select the Info palette tab and then select any tool in the main toolbar. At the bottom of the Info palette, you will see a brief description of the tool you selected.

The Navigator palette allows you to zoom or pan quickly. Select the Navigator palette tab to bring it forward and try these simple tasks:

   Use the scroll wheel on the mouse to zoom into the image. Holding
   down the space bar, left-click, and drag to pan around on screen.

   Now try using the Navigator palette to do the same things. In the
   Navigator palette use the slider at the bottom of the palette to
   zoom in or out. Zoom in close and then move the red box around to

By Professor Ashley Calabria

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Title Annotation:CHAPTER 4: Photoshop Imaging
Author:Calabria, Ashley
Publication:Computer Graphics for Landscape Architects, An Introduction
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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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