Introduction to Photoshop (Part One)
This post provides an brief introduction to the Photoshop desktop, how to bring images into Photoshop, and some tips for working in Photoshop.
When you open Photoshop, the Photoshop desktop appears.
Components of the Photoshop desktop include the title bar, menus, options bar, status bar, toolbox, image window, and palettes.
Title, Menu, and Options bars
At the top of the Photoshop desktop includes the title bar, menu bar, and options bar.
The toolbox contains tools for working with images in Photoshop. Only one tool is selected at any given time. To select a tool, click on its icon in the toolbox.
Some important tools are briefly described below. Toolbox tools are used for most Photoshop tasks, so more detailed explanations of how to use particular tools appear throughout this module.
Tool Name, Its Purpose / how to use
Click and drag to select part of the image
Click and drag to move a selected area or an entire layer.
Click and drag to specify area to crop. Press Enter key to crop or Escape key to cancel.
Click the image with the type tool where you want to add type. Then start typing.
Click or drag to zoom in (to zoom out, press the Alt key)
Drag with the hand tool to move around an image
Palettes enable you to perform a wide variety of tasks in Photoshop. To display or hide particular palettes, go to the Window menu and choose a palette name.
Palettes are usually organized into groups. In the above example, Layers, Channels, and Paths are a group. You can easily move a palette group by dragging its blue bar (at the top of the group). To shrink a palette group, double-click on its blue bar. To hide a palette group, click its close box (the "X" on the right side of the blue bar).
You can drag the tabs of palettes to move them around, or to combine them into other groups.
To reset palette locations to the default, choose Window>Workspace>Reset Palette Locations.
To display or hide rulers, choose Ctrl-R or View>Rulers.
The Status Bar
The status bar at the bottom of the Photoshop desktop provides information about your current view, file and currently selected tool (in this example, the view is now 50%, the file size is 804K, and the move tool is currently selected.
When you first launch Photoshop, the Photoshop desktop (described above) appears. But in order to do anything, you need to have an image. There are three main ways you can bring an image into Photoshop:
Moving Around An Image
When editing images in Photoshop, you can do many tasks more effectively if you zoom in and move around the image. You can zoom in close to make adjustments to small areas, then zoom back out to see how your edits have affected the overall image.
The main tools for zooming and moving around an image are the zoom tool, the hand tool, and the navigator palette.
You can use the navigator palette to zoom in or out of an image (by dragging the navigator slider) or to move around the image by dragging the view box (when you are zoomed in). The view box shows the part of the image that is currently being displayed in the main image window.
Tips for using Photoshop
Displaying and hiding palettes and the toolbox
To access online help from within Photoshop , press the F1 key or choose Help > Photoshop Help. .