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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.
When we are using Photoshop as a web design tool we are not just going to be working with text and shapes; we also need to know how to work with photographs and images that we get either from the web, from our clients, or even off of our digital camera. In this movie I'll explore various ways that you can bring in images into your designs. I have open a file here and I basically need to put in a product shot over here on the left-hand side inside of this product frame. And I want to do that by bringing in a JPEG image. I can do that a couple of different ways. I can either find the JPEG file online, like at a stock photography agency, and simply copy it and paste it in here or I can open the file inside of Photoshop, copy it, and paste it into this document, or I could place the file into this document as well.
Let's take a look at a couple of those. The first thing I am going to do is access Mini Bridge, which is down here at the bottom of my screen. You can go into the Window menu and bring up Mini Bridge if it's not there, and you can also just double-click to either expand or contract it. Once you have Mini Bridge open, you can use it to navigate your chapter 4 exercise files folder, and inside of the chapter 4 exercise files folder, you'll see something called red_robot.jpg. I can right-click on this and I can choose Open With and choose the application that I want use. In this case I want to use Photoshop. And it will open that file directly in the window just like so.
If I wanted to take this file and copy it and then paste it into the other document, all I have to do is Command+A or Ctrl+A, Command+C or Ctrl+C, and then go over to the document and hit Command+V or Ctrl+V. Once I paste it in, you're going to see that number one, it's too big and it's also in the wrong spot. So what I need to do is put it on the correct layer. Well, let's open up the content. And I know I need it to be on top of the product frame, so I will click and drag it up until it's on top of the product frame, and then I can move it into position.
Now I would have to resize this image, and we will cover that in the future movie. But I just want to give you an idea of how easy it was to get the image inside of Photoshop. So let's take this now and let's throw it away. I also have the ability to place this file directly within Photoshop as well. This is probably the easiest way and also one of the least destructive ways. If I take this file from Mini Bridge down here at the bottom and simply click and drag it into the window, when I release my mouse, the file is automatically placed into Photoshop. I can then use the transform handles, along with my Shift key and my Option or Alt key, and shrink down the image until it's the correct size to fit inside my frame.
Once I get it resized, I simply hit Enter to commit, and now that file is right there placed inside of my document. The best part about this: it's now a Smart Object. So if I wanted to, I could double-click the Smart Object. It would temporarily open red_robot.jpg. I could then add things to it like Adjustment layers, Hue/Saturation, Levels, Curves, whatever I wanted to use, save it, and return back and it would automatically update in my other document. Let's close this up now and go back into this document.
Let's say that I didn't want to use Mini Bridge, or I am not comfortable using something like the Bridge. Let's close that up and I can simply go to File > Place. Go into my chapter 4 folder, grab red_robot, and hit Place. This also gives me the transform handles and I can shrink it down, move it over, and get it right where I need it to go. Once I get it sized properly, hit Enter to commit and then move into place with my Arrow keys.
So no matter if you're importing JPEG files, PDFs, PSDs, or even Illustrator files, you can place the images directly into Photoshop, either by copying and pasting, using File > Place or just simply dragging and dropping out of the Mini Bridge. Whichever way works for you, that's the way you should go with, whatever makes sense, because remember, there is no right or wrong way; there is only your way.
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