Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
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Opening from the Macintosh Finder


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Opening from the Macintosh Finder

In this movie, I'll show you how to set things so that you can open an image file inside Photoshop just by double-clicking on it, here in the Macintosh finder. If you are working on the PC, under Windows, then go ahead and skip to the next movie. Now, if you have access to my exercise files folder, then open it up. And, you'll find a sub-folder inside, called 01_open_image. I'm viewing all the files inside this folder in the icon view. Which you can get by clicking on these icons up here, in the toolbar.
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  1. 38m 23s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 (CC 2014)
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening an image from Mini Bridge (CC)
      2m 39s
    7. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    8. Closing one image and closing all
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 21s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 13s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
    2. Four things to know about saving
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 34s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 9s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 47s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 11s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time

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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.

Topics include:
  • What is color correction?
  • Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
  • Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
  • Understanding pixels and bit depth
  • Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
  • Using nondestructive editing tools
  • Removing a color cast
  • Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
  • Affecting creative adjustments
  • Retouching an image
  • Sharpening images
  • Preparing for print and web use
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Opening from the Macintosh Finder

In this movie, I'll show you how to set things so that you can open an image file inside Photoshop just by double-clicking on it, here in the Macintosh finder. If you are working on the PC, under Windows, then go ahead and skip to the next movie. Now, if you have access to my exercise files folder, then open it up. And, you'll find a sub-folder inside, called 01_open_image. I'm viewing all the files inside this folder in the icon view. Which you can get by clicking on these icons up here, in the toolbar.

So, I'll go ahead and click on the first one in order to view the images as icons. And, you can also go ahead and scale the thumbnails to whatever size you like by dragging this little slider in the lower right corner of the window. Now, notice that we have four image files all of which are called Welcome, with different extensions. If for some reason, you are not seeing the extensions, you probably will. But, if not, come to the Finder menu, and choose the Preferences command, then switch to the Advanced tab right here.

And, notice this check box, Show all file name extensions. In my opinion, its always a good idea to have that one on,. Just so that you can keep the various file formats straight, because they serve various different purposes. Now, notice that we have four different formats going on, jpg, png, psd, which is the native Photoshop document format, and tif, and that's because these are the four major file formats you'll be working with. I'll explain why that is in a future chapter.

But, for now, what we want to do is double-click on a file and see if it opens in Photoshop. Hopefully, it will. I'll go ahead and double click on Welcome.tif. And, I end up lucking out, it opens up inside Photoshop, as you can see here. And, I know I'm working in Photoshop, because I can see the word Photoshop up here in the menu bar, but also because I can see a list of panels over on the right hand side of the screen. We've got a toolbox over here on the left hand side.

And, the image is surrounded by this dark gray interface. But, let's say that's not the case. Let's say the file opens inside some other program. Well, to see that, I'll go up to the Photoshop menu and I'll chose this command, Hide Photoshop. Which will take me back to my open folder, inside the finder. This time, I'll double-click on welcome.jpg, and it happens, for me, to open inside Preview, which is a great, little program for previewing image files. It's not going to do me any good, however, because if I don't open the image inside Photoshop, then I can't edit the image in Photoshop.

So, if this happens to you, just go ahead and quit the program by going up to the Preview menu, and choosing Quit Preview. And, we've gotta make a change here. Now, I also happen to know that my Welcome.png file doesn't open inside the right program. So I'll Shift+Click on it in order to select it, and then you want to right-click on either of the files and choose Get Info, in order to bring up these Get Info panels here. And, I can see then Open With for the jpeg images set to preview.

And for the png image, it's set to an older version of Fireworks. And,by the way, if you can't see these options, it's because you need to click on the little triangle next to Open With in order to expand it. And, then what you want to do is click on this pop-up menu here, and choose the most recent version of Photoshop from the list. You can see, in my case, I have several versions installed on this machine. And then, click on the Change All button. And, you can see that you get this alert message, in which the Finder is asking you if you really want to apply this change to all documents that end with the extension jpg.

And, the answer is yes. So, go ahead and click on the Continue button. And, then go ahead and run that same change on the png file as well, in my case anyway. So, I'll go ahead and choose the newest version of Photoshop from this list. And then, I'll click on Change All. And, I'll click on Continue. And now, everything should be straight. So, I can just go ahead and close each one of these panels here. And, then I'll double-click on the jpg file, and sure enough, it opens in Photoshop.

And, I'll go ahead and hide Photoshop again, by choosing the Hide Photoshop command from the Photoshop menu. Then, I'll double click on Welcome.png. And, I really want you to do this, as well, if you can. Just to make sure that every file format that we'll be working with opens just by double-clicking inside Photoshop. And, then finally, one more to go. I'll go up to the Photoshop menu and choose Hide Photoshop, and double-click on Welcome.psd. This one should, by all rights, open in Photoshop, no problem, because it's a Photoshop document.

However, Photoshop documents may contain layers, and some of those layers can be text layers. And,if I'm using fonts that you don't have installed on your machine, which is very, very likely by the way, then you'll end up getting this missing fonts warning, which tells you that some fonts used in this document are missing on your system. This sounds like a big problem, but it's actually not. So, go ahead and click on this button, Don't Resolve. And, the reason it's not a problem is because, well, everything looks great on screen.

Even though, if you scroll up the Layers panel here, which is located in the lower right corner of the screen,by default. You'll notice all these Ts here, these text layers, with little yellow warnings next to them. That means you don't have that font loaded on your system. I'll go ahead and scroll to the one called Photoshop, which is this big Photoshop item on screen. And, I'll also select the type tool, mid-way down the tool box here. And that'll show me the font that's been applied up here in the options bar.

And, it's a font called Berca. It's a linotype font, really great font, but it's unlikely that it's installed on your machine. And, yet, if I go ahead and zoom in on this document, which I'm doing by pressing cmd +, and then I scroll up using the scroll wheel on my mouse. You can see that we have this super smooth text. And it is Berca. This is actual Berca text, so it looks the way it should. And that's because Photoshop goes ahead and automatically saves a pixel-based preview of your text for every single text layer in a native .pst document, which is a really wonderful thing that other programs don't do.

Which means you can go ahead and print this file if you want to. The one thing that you can't do is edit any of the text because if you try to do that, then Photoshop is going to make you switch to a font that's loaded on your system. And, that friends, is how you set things up so you can just double-click on an image file at the Macintosh finder and have it open inside Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/17/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. This includes everything from opening the program to retouching your photographs with the Healing and Content-Aware tools.
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