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Creating new documents

From: Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

Video: Creating new documents

In a lot of cases, you'll want to import images in the Photoshop but sometimes you want to start from scratch. And this is the case especially when you know the output dimensions and the size that you want to be going for. So the way to do that is by going to the File menu, at the top of the interface and choosing New. Now before I click on that one, to point out really quick that when you are in these menus at the top of the interface. You'll often see across from these commands, across the street over here, the keyboard shortcut to perform this action.

Creating new documents

In a lot of cases, you'll want to import images in the Photoshop but sometimes you want to start from scratch. And this is the case especially when you know the output dimensions and the size that you want to be going for. So the way to do that is by going to the File menu, at the top of the interface and choosing New. Now before I click on that one, to point out really quick that when you are in these menus at the top of the interface. You'll often see across from these commands, across the street over here, the keyboard shortcut to perform this action.

So, if I want the keyboard shortcut to create a new document, if I find myself doing that often. I'd look over here, and Photoshop is saying hey, if you want to do this faster. You just press Cmd+N on your keyboard, and on a PC that would be Ctrl+N. And that would do the same thing. So I'm just going to choose File > New or use the keyboard shortcut Cmd or Ctrl + N to launch the new dialog box. Now its always a good idea to name your documents in Photoshop its good practice so I'm just going to call this text again just to get in the habit.

And we have this preset drop down here. We click this, we have this by default set to default Photoshop size which is by default five by seven. O rather seven by five but the resolution is 72 pixels per inch. We'll look at resolution in another part in this training series but just be aware that this would not print very well. So I'm going to change my preset to maybe U.S paper for example. And then under that preset and these probably shouldn't be called presets the should be called preset categories. Because basically they open up a library of different sizes so we can choose letter for example. If you want to make something 8 and a half by 11. And this resolution is 300, so this would actually print and look decent. So, if I click on Photo for example, we have common photo sizes. So we have landscape and portrait, 5x7, 8x10, et cetera, et cetera. If we chose Web, we would have common monitor resolutions such as 1600x1200, or 1024x768 and so forth.

Now another great trick here that often gets overlooked is at the top selection is Clipboard. Now don't have anything copied to my Clipboard. But if I was, say browsing the Internet and I found a photo that was really cool. I could copy that photo, perhaps by Right clicking on it for example. And then when I come over here into Photoshop and make a new document. Photoshop recognizes that I have something copied to my Clipboard. And then in that case, I could choose Clipboard and then it would make a document this exact size of whatever I have copied.

And then, I could just paste it in the new document. So that's a, kind of, fun little trick as well. Now, I'm just going to leave this set on web for right now 800 x 600 at 72 pixels per inch. And I just want to point out that you probably, at least while you are learning Photoshop, don't need to be too worried about these other settings. I have the Advanced tab open here but you pretty much keep this closed. Keep the background contents to white and you can also change this to Background color. Which, in my case is actually white so it wouldn't do me any good or you could make the background contents transparent. And you pretty much want to leave the color mode to RGB and the bit depth to eight bit until you really know what you doing.

And and, know what happens when you change those things. And again we'll talk about resolution at another point in this training series. But just be aware that a resolution of 72 pixels per inch is good for on screen displays. And a resolution of 300 pixels per inch is better for printing. So if I go ahead and click this it will make my new document 800 by 600, just like I asked.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

43 video lessons · 11520 viewers

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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