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Before we dig any deeper into Photoshop, let's take a look at the interface and just kind of get comfortable with what's going on here. I find that just taking a minute and getting acclimated to a work space just to helps you feel more comfortable as you work. So, I've created this little interface guide.psd file you'll find in the chapter three folder, the exercise files. And this'll kind of help you guide if you wanted to leave this on screen or if you just wanted to look at this on my screen here. As you can see here, we have the tools panel on the left-hand side. And that's what this is, the tools panel. And tools are used when you want to do something manually, like with your cursor.
So if you wanted to paint, then you would go to the tools panel and look for the Paintbrush tool, for example, in that case. And obviously we'll talk a lot more about tools in the course. I want to draw your attention to the bottom of the tools panel, you'll see two little color swatches here. There's the one on the left, and the one on the bottom right. This is the foreground color swatch and the backgroun color swatch on the right hand side. And if I click the foreground color swatch, we can set a new foreground color here in the color picker. We'll talk about that in another movie, but just be aware that that's how you do that.
I'm just going to go ahead and hit Cancel there. Also be aware of what we call the Options bar, this bar here at the top of the interface, this is what's called a context sensitive bar so it changes based on what tool you have selected. So if I have The Move tool selected, for example, then we'll have Move tool choices. And if we have the Rectangular Marquee tool selected, we'll have Rectangular Marquee tool choices, and the Brush tool, and so on and so forth. So, when you're wanting to customize whatever tool you have selected, the Options bar is a great place to go. Now over, typically, on the right-hand side of the interface, we have panels, and panels do a whole host of things.
But just be aware that this section is typically reserved for these things called panels. So if I say, go to this tool, and, you know, you go to this side, and I say, go to this panel, you know, you'll probably go over here to the right-hand side. And as we'll talk about in a moment when I say, menus, we'll go to the top here. There's a lot of traffic here, in the, the panels area it's kind of a noisy. So basically what we need to do is look at the name of the panel. So this is the Layers panel. We can click on the word channels, to make the Channels panel active.
And then the Paths panel, and act the Layers panel, and so on so forth with the adjustments, and styles, color, and swatches so on, and so forth. Now again don't get overwhelmed here because there's a lot of little buttons and do hickeys and all kinds of stuff going on all over this screen. But again you don't have to know what all that stuff means in order to be really good at Photoshop, and make some great art. Now a couple of things about panels, they are very customizable, and that can be confusing but also really helpful. So I'm just going to explain that very briefly. We have these little arrows at the top of these two columns of panels, and they basically expand and collapse panels. And so if I click this to expand, then you can see that we actually have the History panel, and the Properties panel, and we can actually put our cursor here on one of these divider lines, and resize those panels if we like. If we want to get him out of the, again we can click this arrow and collapse this.
If we want to work really cleanly we can confine or excuse me collapse all of our panels. So we just have this little icons when we want our panels and access to them we can just click on the word or icon and then we can just have those panels pop up, use them, and then click the name again and it goes away. And once we're in the icon view, we can drag to see the name which is really good while we're learning Photoshop, and once you get familiar with what all these things are you can collapse these and then even collapse this so then it's just the icon and we have the most screen real estate available for our image Now one more thing I want to show you here, I'm just going to expand these panels.
And if I double-click on the name of, of a panel, say for example the layers panel double-click on the name of that, it collapses completely. Look at that now it's here at the bottom of the screen, if I double-click it, it expands. So I often do that when I really want to focus on a panel, rather then trying to re size and move panels around that way, I'll just double-click the name of the panel to maximize it, or then collapse it when I'm done with it. Now if you're not seeing a particular panel, you can go up to the Window menu at the top of the interface. And the Window menu actually shows you a list of all of the available panels. So you could just choose whatever panel you're missing from this list. And speaking of menus, this is where we'll find what we call the menu bar. So if I say, go to the View menu or the Filter menu, this is where you'll find those options.
These menus actually reference very common Photoshop tasks so if you're finding yourself stucked or, or confused, this is a good place to look. And again, it's laid out in a very logical way. So if I'm doing some selecting, for example, which we'll talk about in another place in this course, but if I'm doing some selecting, and I want some more options, I can sometimes look in the Options bar or I could go to the Select menu and there's a whole host of options and commands and functions in the Select menu. Likewise, if I'm working in the Layers panel, I want more options for layers I can go to the Layer menu. So again even with the interface there's alot more to it, but that's good enough for this course and if we need to learn a little bit more as we go then we'll do that.
But the core thing thing that you need to remember here is that the tools are on the left side, the panels are on the right side and menus are on the top of the interface.
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