Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals
Illustration by Richard Downs

Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Four things to know about saving

In this movie, I'll introduce you to the four things you should know about saving an image in Photoshop. One of them is just an FYI, the other three rank among the best failsafes against losing your work found in any computer application. And this is a big panorama that I captured and stitched together, and it contains over 45 million pixels. I'm going start off here by dialing in a custom zoom value down here in the lower left corner of the screen. Now I'll press Shift+Tab in order to bring up my right side panels so I can show what I've got here.
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  1. 19m 15s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 27s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop
      4m 7s
    3. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      4m 9s
    4. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      2m 45s
    5. Opening an image from Mini Bridge
      1m 16s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      2m 32s
    7. Closing one image and Closing All
      1m 59s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      3m 12s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      4m 27s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      4m 29s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Adjusting a few screen prefs
      4m 16s
  3. 45m 58s
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      3m 3s
    3. The Image Size command
      3m 27s
    4. Common resolution standards
      3m 20s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      4m 36s
    6. Changing the print size
      6m 16s
    7. Downsampling for print
      4m 12s
    8. Downsampling for email
      3m 11s
    9. The interpolation settings
      5m 22s
    10. Downsampling advice
      4m 36s
    11. Upsampling advice
      6m 10s
  4. 53m 18s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 13s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      2m 58s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 19s
    1. The art of saving
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      6m 0s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 38s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 41s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 19m 36s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      3m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      3m 1s
    4. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    5. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    6. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 42m 6s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      3m 19s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 5s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 34s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color cast in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 9s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 47s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 11s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 49s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 58s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals
6h 39m Beginner Apr 26, 2012

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.

Topics include:
  • Opening an image from Photoshop, Bridge, or Camera Raw
  • Navigating, zooming, panning, and rotating the canvas
  • Adding, deleting, and merging layers
  • Saving your progress and understanding file formats
  • Cropping and straightening
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast
  • Identifying and correcting a color cast
  • Making and editing selections
  • Enhancing portraits by retouching skin, teeth, and eyes
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Four things to know about saving

In this movie, I'll introduce you to the four things you should know about saving an image in Photoshop. One of them is just an FYI, the other three rank among the best failsafes against losing your work found in any computer application. And this is a big panorama that I captured and stitched together, and it contains over 45 million pixels. I'm going start off here by dialing in a custom zoom value down here in the lower left corner of the screen. Now I'll press Shift+Tab in order to bring up my right side panels so I can show what I've got here.

There are three layers in all. At the bottom we have a cropped image layer and then we have two Adjustment layers. The first of which is warming up the bottom of the image and the second is darkening the sky. And I'll tell you about cropping and Adjustment layers in upcoming chapters. But for now let's say I decide to click on one of the Adjustment layers, Shift+Click on the other so that they're both selected and then press the Backspace key here on the PC, or the Delete key on a Mac, to get rid of them. Now I notice up here in the Title tab, this is the FYI part of the movie; we've got a couple of asterisks going on.

The one inside the parenthesis, that one is a little bit confusing. What that tells you is the image is using a color profile that's different than the one that Photoshop is currently set to. That actually doesn't matter because Photoshop automatically switches to the color profile employed by the image. So for now you can safely ignore that first asterisk. We'll be discussing what's going on with color profiles and color settings in a future course. That other asterisk however, the one outside the parenthesis, that one tells you that you have unsaved changes, and of course that means you could potentially lose your work.

If you want to save your changes, you'd go up to the File menu and choose the Save command, or go ahead and press that common keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S on a PC or Command+S on a Mac. And then you'll that the image saves and that asterisk outside the parenthesis goes away. The problem of course is I didn't want to save over my original image. I didn't want to lose those Adjustment layers. And this is the kind of thing that can happen every so often, you accidentally save when you don't mean to, especially if you use the keyboard shortcut, because right next toward of the S key are the A and D keys, which you use all the time in Photoshop to either select everything or deselect everything.

So it's easy to hit that wrong key. If you do, don't panic, because you can always go back in time, here's how. Go up to the Window menu and choose the History command and then you'll notice here in the History panel that I have a state that's called Delete layer, but I also have another state called Open. And if I click on that Open state, I get my layers back. I'll go ahead and now close the History panel. I have unsaved changes of course, so I'll go up the File menu and choose the Save command in order to update the image and bring back those layers.

This works when you revert an image as well. I'll bring back up my History panel and click on Delete Layer in order to go ahead and re-delete those layers, and then I'll go back to the File menu and choose the Save command in order to overwrite the image. Now I'll click on Open once again in order to go back to the Open state which contains the Adjustment layers. And if I go to the File menu, you can see that I have a Revert command which allows me to load the saved version of the image. Inside any other program, when you choose Revert you're going to get an alert message that says, really, do you want to actually want to revert the image and lose all of the changes you've made? In Photoshop, you don't get any message whatsoever.

It just goes ahead and reverts to the saved version of the image, because reversion is tracked by history. So notice here in the History panel, I not only have a History state, but I've got all the other states before, in my case just Open. So I'll Click on Open to bring back the Adjustment layers, I'll go ahead and close the History panel, then I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Save command so I keep those adjustments. So in other words, as long as you keep the image open and as long as you have access to those historical states, then you're safe.

The only time you're not safe is if you do this number. Let's say I decide to grab those Adjustment layers again and throw them away and then I go up to Close box and click on it and Photoshop asks me, hey do you want to save your changes? If I click on the Yes button or the Save button on a Mac, I'm in trouble. Then I do lose everything, because History is not saved along with the file. So what I'm going to recommend to you, don't do that. I'll go ahead and Cancel out of there and then I'll make the deliberate decision whether to save my work or not.

One more thing you should know, in Photoshop CS6 you've got another degree of protection in the form of auto-saving. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+K or Command+K on a Mac in order to bring up the Preferences dialog box and then I'm going to switch over to File Handling on the left-hand side and notice this check box Automatically Save Recovery Information Every so often. What I recommend you do is switch it from 10 Minutes to 5 Minutes so you have more protection. And then if you find that Photoshop is dragging performance-wise, then you can always up the number later.

But I'd rather be protected than not. And I have been a program for a while now and have retrieved several files, things that would have otherwise in the old days just absolutely been lost. It's totally great, it protects you from crashing and the idea is if the program does go down, the next time you launch it, you will see a recovered file open automatically. Now I'm going to go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change. So to recap, if you see an asterisk outside the parenthesis, that means unsaved changes.

If you accidentally save a file, you may be able to still retrieve the original image from the History panel. Reverting an image is undoable in Photoshop and finally you have auto-save and auto-recover in the event you crash.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals .


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Q: When I double click the welcome.psd file included with the exercise files, I get the following error message:

"Some text layers contain fonts that are missing. These layers will need to have the missing fonts replaced before they can be used for vector based output."

Unlike the TIF and JPEG files which display and open correctly, all the icons for PSD files are blank but other than the welcome.psd file, they seem to open correctly without the error message. Is this a problem that I should address (perhaps re-download the files or find the missing fonts)?
A: The TIFF and JPEG files are flat, so they don't contain fonts and the operating system can interpret them (and generate thumbnails) without help from Photoshop. The PSD files have two issues:

First, they may contain editable text complete with font info. The files are designed with fonts that ship with Photoshop, so you don't get error messages, but Adobe sells some versions of Photoshop without fonts. This may be your issue.

Second, the PSD files contain no flat previews. This makes for smaller files, but it means the operating system, Mac or Windows, cannot generate previews. That won't effect your experience in Photoshop, but it does mean you can't see the file until you open it.
 
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