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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
When it comes to Mac versus Windows versions of Photoshop, they are almost identical. There is one initial difference when you first launch the application on the Mac that you would not see if you're running on Windows. So right now I've got Photoshop open here and you can see this blue background behind Photoshop. That's the Desktop when running on the Mac. And this is a traditional thing that people have been using Mac for years are used to. It's this notion of being able to see through the application behind to either other applications or in this case the Desktop. So if I were to click any where in this blue area here, I would be taken out of Photoshop and back to my Desktop.
I am going to go back to Photoshop here by using Command Tab. There is a different setting that changed the behavior of how Photoshop behaves as an overall application. And under the Window menu at the very bottom here there is something called Application Frame. Now if you are using a Windows version of Photoshop, this isn't an option you can turn on and off. Because this is how Windows applications typically have always worked. Instead of being able to see through your application and click outside of it, by clicking on any part that you can see. It puts the entire application in one single window.
And Photoshop is now calling this the Application Frame. Now there are some pros and cons. If you are Mac user, it might take some getting use to. You may choose to turn this option off after you play with it for a while. Again it's off by default, I went to the Window menu and turned it on. And Windows users, it's always this way. What this does give you though is the ability to move the entire application as a single unit. I can even move it to a second window. Or I can even resize the Application Frame by going to the bottom right-hand corner, and stretching it across more than one monitor. If I actually have two monitors setup, or I can make it any size I want.
The nice thing about this is that the panels and documents that are open in Photoshop, at any given time here, will automatically be contained within this Application Frame as well. So everything is self-contained. And of course if you want you can maximize the window by clicking the plus sign or the green orb here on the Mac in the left-hand corner. On Windows there would be an Expand button in the upper right-hand corner. So for the rest of this course, I am going to have the Application Frame turned on. I have actually gotten kind of used to it, and I like it. Again some people have some strong feelings about whether or not a Mac App should behave this way or not.
So that's why it's off by default on the Mac. You can always turn it on or off to your liking, but I've gotten used to it and I am going to keep it on.
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