Photoshop CS6 Image Optimization Workshop
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Photoshop CS6 Image Optimization Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Opening an existing image

Obviously before you can work on an image in Photoshop, you need to actually Open that image in Photoshop. So, I wanted to show you a few of the methods that you might choose to use for opening a file. If you use Bridge, to manage you images, you can simply browse to the folder that contains the image you want to work on. And then double-click on the image you'd like to open in Photoshop. For example I have an image here that I had previously worked on, I'll double-click that image here in Bridge, and as you can see it is opened in Photoshop ready for me to work on. I'll go ahead and close the image by clicking the X on the tab for the image.

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2h 21m Beginner Apr 23, 2012

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The core strength of Adobe Photoshop is the way it enables you to improve the quality of your images, whether you're fixing a major problem or making a subtle adjustment. In this workshop Tim Grey explores a wide variety of techniques to help you get the best results when optimizing your images. He begins with basics like cropping, changing brightness and contrast, and correcting color balance, then moves on to more advanced adjustments like Shadows/Highlights, Curves, and dodging and burning. Then learn how to make targeted adjustments that affect only selected parts of the image and apply creative adjustments that don't so much fix a problem as add a unique touch. And best of all, Tim teaches all these techniques as part of an overall workflow designed to help you work quickly, efficiently, and nondestructively.

Topics include:
  • Configuring the Photoshop interface
  • Opening an existing image
  • Basic RAW conversion
  • Introduction to adjustment layers
  • Reviewing adjustments
  • Saving the master image
  • Basic, advanced, and creative adjustments
Subjects:
Photography video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Tim Grey

Opening an existing image

Obviously before you can work on an image in Photoshop, you need to actually Open that image in Photoshop. So, I wanted to show you a few of the methods that you might choose to use for opening a file. If you use Bridge, to manage you images, you can simply browse to the folder that contains the image you want to work on. And then double-click on the image you'd like to open in Photoshop. For example I have an image here that I had previously worked on, I'll double-click that image here in Bridge, and as you can see it is opened in Photoshop ready for me to work on. I'll go ahead and close the image by clicking the X on the tab for the image.

And then I'll show you a couple of other methods for opening an image. I can go to the File menu and choose Open. I can also press the keyboard shortcut Control + O on Windows, or Cmd + O on Macintosh. When you choose the Open command from the File menu, the Open dialog will appear. Once again, you can navigate to the particular location where the image you want to work on is stored, and then choose that image and click the Open button or simply double-click on the image itself, and once again that will open the photo. In addition to clicking the X on the tab in order to close the image, we can also use the File menu.

We can choose File > Close, for example or even Close All if we want to open all open images. And we can Press the keyboard shortcut Control W on Windows or Command W on Macintosh. I'll go ahead and choose the menu command here and I want to show you one additional method that I think is very cool for opening images in Photoshop. If you're using the Macintosh version of Photoshop you'll need to first choose Window, and then Application Frame at the bottom of the Window menu. That option is not available on the Windows version because it's not necessary.

We always have the Application Frame on the Windows Platform. So Macintosh users will need to find that item if the'd like to use this little trick. And then, if there's no image open in Photoshop, you can simply double-click on that background area in order to bring up the open dialog. You can then double-click on the image that you'd like to open or click on the image and click the Open button, and that image will be opened. Obviously the concept of opening an image in Photoshop is relatively straight forward. But since there are several options available for how you go about opening an image, I wanted to expose you to a few of them so that you can choose the option that works best for your personal preferences, and for your work flow.

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