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Interface overview

From: Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

Video: Interface overview

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.

Interface overview

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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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

43 video lessons · 13150 viewers

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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