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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
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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