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Importing images

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Video: Importing images

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.

Importing images

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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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

75 video lessons · 49484 viewers

Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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