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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Okay gang the first thing that we have to do is establish Photoshop as the default application for opening JPEG files, TIFF files, and PSD files, because those are the kinds of files that I'll be providing to you over the course of this series and these are the kinds of files you'll run into on a regular basis. Now this turns out to be our biggest tech support question where Photoshop is concerned at lynda.com is how do I open my files in the first place, because what people want to do is they want to find the files that I am giving you and just double-click on a file at the desktop level, and that means it could open with whatever is the default application for that file type.
Not something I can control on my side, it's something you have to change on your side. And you can see here I've just opened the JPEG file, and it opens up inside Windows Photo Viewer. That's not going to do me any good for learning Photoshop as it is concerned, so I need to close out of that. This tends to be a bigger issue on the PC than it is on a Mac, but I'll tell you how to change it on both platforms, so that you and I are on the same page. Now if you're a premium member, or you have access to the DVD then you've presumably copied over my exercise files folder to your desktop or some other location.
And I want you to go into another folder that's inside that folder. It's called 00_setup, and you'll see three files called Welcome. Now they happen to be welcome.jpg welcome.psd and welcome.tiff, problem is I have my extensions turned off as by default on both platforms. So here's how you turn it on the PC at least under Windows 7 you go up to the Organize menu and you choose this command right there, Folder and search options. However, if you're working on an older version of Windows, and you can't find that command, then just press the Alt key.
It's going to force the display of the menu right there. So press Alt, go to the tools menu and choose Folder Options, and then you'll switchover to the View tab. You'll drop down to this check box right there Hide extensions for known file types. Turn it off and click OK. And now you see we've got welcome.jpg, welcome.psd, and welcome.tiff. All right. On the Mac, it's a little different. Let me show you how it works. I'll go ahead and switchover to Photoshop. You go to your finder level, which is the desktop level of your Mac, at the top of the screen, the second menu over from the left.
right next to the Apple is the Finder menu. You go to the Finder menu and you choose the Preferences command. You can also press Command+Comma if you like. And then I want you to click on this gear right here. It takes you to the Advanced tab, so that's the fourth tab inside of this dialog box. And then turn on this check box- Show all file name extension, and then you'll be good to go. All right. Now let's go ahead and minimize Photoshop, so that we can see the contents of the folder once again. Now for each one of these files, the JPEG file, the PSD file, and the TIFF file, you're going to need to perform the following operations.
So three times in a row, I'll explain it on the PC, and I'll explain it on the Mac. On the PC, you right-click on the file, so I right-clicked on the JPEG file. That's what you do on the Mac as well. You right-click on that file in order to bring up a menu. On a PC you are going to choose the Open With command, on the Mac you are going to choose the Get Info command, and I'll explain that in a moment. So you choose the Open With command, then you come down here and Choose default program, so go ahead and click on that command. And then you should see Photoshop in a list of Recommended Programs.
That's ideal, then you click on it and you make sure that Always use selected program to open this kind of file is turned on, and then you click OK. If you can't find Photoshop in the list of Recommended Programs, see this little down pointing arrow head to the right of the word Other Programs? Go ahead and click on it in order to see those other programs. By default, they're hidden, which is insanity in my opinion, but there it is. You have to click that little guy to see him, and then you should see Photoshop here. If you still don't see Photoshop, you're going to have the click on the Browse button and actually find it manually on your hard drive.
Hopefully, you don't have the resort to that, because that's just a pain in the neck. But anyway, there is Adobe Photoshop CS5, excellent, click OK, and now it'll go ahead and open up in Photoshop. I'll go ahead press Ctrl+Plus or Command +Plus to zoom in on it, and this is the welcome screen for this series. I want you to see here that the series is divided into three parts. Part one, Fundamentals, part two is Advanced, and part three is Mastery, so there are three levels of courses in this series. I use these little ski icons, you know, the green slope and the blue slope and the black diamond slope.
That may or may not help you. I'm told by non-skiers it doesn't help at all, but I like to ski. Anyway, whether you ski or not, if you're working on the Mac you right-click on that JPEG file, you choose the Get Info command, you can also click on the file and press Command+I if you want, and that's going to take you to the Get Info dialog box right there, this narrow strip that's going to come up. And you want to drop down to this area, Open With, and you want to go ahead and set it to Adobe Photoshop CS5. You should see that in your menu list, otherwise you might have go hunting around in your applications folder for it.
Once you select it, then you click on the Change All button, and that'll change all of that specific variety of file types. In this case I am looking at the welcome.tiff file, but you want to do it to welcome.jpg and welcome.psd as well. And if you don't have my files incidentally, you can do it to your own files. You can find any old JPEG file, any old TIFF file, an any old PSD file, and go through these same steps. All right, I'm going to go ahead and minimize Photoshop once again. Let's go ahead and perform those same steps on the welcome.tiff file.
So I'll go ahead and right-click on it, choose Open With > Choose default program right there. That's going to bring up my recommended programs, which include Photoshop CS5, excellent. If I can't find I click on this down pointing arrowhead to the right of other programs. Once I'm done, I make sure the check box is on, and I click OK, and it's going to once again, open up inside of Photoshop. Now here's the one that's a little confusing. I'll go ahead and minimize the application, go to the PSD file, right-click on it, choose Open With right there, and Choose default program, in order to open up this dialog box.
Once again, you, Macintosh people, would right-click in the file, choose Get Info. Go that route. I'd find Photoshop CS5, I seem to have a couple of versions to choose from here, either it'll do me just fine, or I'd have to click on this little down pointing arrow head to find the application, make sure the check box is turned on, click OK. Here's the confusing part is you're going to get a get an error message. You are definitely going to get this error message unless you just happen to have the same fonts I do, and what it's telling you is that some text layers contain fonts that are missing. The great thing about Photoshop is, it doesn't matter. Unless you're going to edit that text, you don't care.
For purposes of viewing it, Photoshop can view fonts you don't even have. It's amazing. So you click OK. You go ahead and zoom in, and notice here in the layers menu I see all these little Ts, those are the live text layers that have these little cautionary icons next to them, little yield signs. That's telling me that Photoshop can't find the font for that layer. And yet, look at the text inside the image, it looks perfect, and that's because Photoshop doesn't need the font in order to preview the text onscreen unless you go in there and edit the number of pixels in the image, or edit the type.
And it's like the only program that's capable of doing that. It's just remarkable. Anyway, now you have Photoshop set up as your default image editing application for JPEGs, TIFFs and PSDs, and we should able to run through the process of at least opening files without any problems.
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