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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
When you first open Photoshop, one of the things that might throw you if you're on a Mac is that you can't see behind the application into the desktop. On launch, Photoshop takes up the whole screen. Now, while this is normal behavior on Windows, it is a very different behavior on the Macintosh. If you are under the Window menu, you can toggle off the Application Frame if you do want to see the applications behind Photoshop. But when I select that, now I'm seeing Bridge behind Photoshop.
And it's very confusing. So while I'm in Photoshop, I prefer to leave the Application Frame on by choosing Window, and then Application Frame. The other advantage that the application frame has is that it allows me to scale or resize Photoshop as a unit. You can see here that if I opened a file, the file would be contained within this area right here. So if I had a really large display I could actually run Photoshop on the left hand side and maybe Bridge on the right hand side to make the most use of my monitors, or if I wanted to expand Photoshop to extend over more than one monitor, I can actually stretch this beyond a single monitor and spread out Photoshop over two monitors. Another way that we can customize Photoshop is to change the interface by changing the color theme.
So under the Photoshop menu, I'll select preferences and then interface. If you're on Windows, you would select the edit menu and then preferences and then interface. Here we can see that I can select from one of four different color themes: a really dark interface, a medium dark A lighter interface and a really bright interface. I prefer to stick with one of the two darker interfaces, just because I find that if I am on the computer all day, the darker interface is really a lot easier on my eyes. We can also change the interface options for bridge, or click okay and then choose file, browse and bridge.
And once I am in Bridge, I'll use the Bridge menu on the Mac or you would use the edit menu on Windows and select preferences. Here in the general preferences, I can change that same color theme using a really dark interface ranging to a bright interface. Again, I am going to pick one that is quite dark, it's just going to be easier on my eyes. In addition, we can use the image backdrop slider in order to change the background that is behind the content area and the preview area. I'll just move this out of the way for a minute and we can see the difference between a very dark interface behind our photographs.
And a very light interface. I'm going to leave this set down fairly dark, in addition I can change the background for the user interface using this slider, going from light to dark. So those are two independent sliders. If I want to revert back to a specific color scheme, all I need to do is click on that option. Alright, I'll go ahead and cancel out of here. And then we're going to open up an image into Photoshop by double-clicking on it in Bridge, because I want to show you that if you hold down the Control key on the Mac, and click in this area here that surrounds an open document, you can select a different color for that background as well.
So if I wanted to see a light gray behind there, or a medium gray, we can select those from the list. In fact, we can even select a custom color. Course, if you're on Windows that would just be a right mouse click, an then you can choose the background that you want. I'll go ahead an set it back to the default for now. Of course you can choose whatever interface options you want, but I really would recommend the darker interface because it is easier on the eyes. And if you work long hours I think that you'll actually find that you like the dark interface better.
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