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Opening an existing image

From: Photoshop CS6 Image Optimization Workshop

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.

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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