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Opening from the Macintosh Finder

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Opening from the Macintosh Finder

In this movie, I'll show you how to set things up so that you can open an image file inside Photoshop just by double-clicking on it here in the Macintosh finder. If you're 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.

Opening from the Macintosh Finder

In this movie, I'll show you how to set things up so that you can open an image file inside Photoshop just by double-clicking on it here in the Macintosh finder. If you're 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 4 image files which are called Welcome with different extensions. If, for some, reason you're not seeing the extensions, you probably will, but if not, go up to the Finder > Preferences. Then, switch to the Advanced tab right here.

And notice this checkbox show all file name extensions. In my opinion, it's always a good idea to have that one on. Just so that you can keep the various file format straight because they serve various different purposes. Now, notice that we have four different formats going on. Jpg, png, psd, which is a 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, 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 grey 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 choose this command.

Hide Photoshop which will take me back to my open folder inside the finder. This time I'll double click on welcome.jpeg 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 got to make a change here. Now, I also happen to know, that my welcome dot ping file, doesn't open inside the right program.

So, I'll shift click on it, in order to select it and then, you'll 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 that 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 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 JPEG 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 go up to the Photoshop > Hide Photoshop, and double-click and welcome.psd. This one should, by all rights, open up 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. Then you'll end up getting this alert message telling you that some text layers contain fonts that are missing.

These layers will need to have the missing fonts replaced before they can be used for vector based output. Well that sounds like a big problem. But in our case, it's not. Just go ahead and click OK. 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 warning icons 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 onscreen. And I'll also select the type tool midway down the toolbox here. And that'll show me the font that's been applied up here in the options bar. And it's a font called Birka. It's a linotype font, really great font, but it's unlikely that's installed on your machine. And yet, if I go ahead and zoom in on this document, which I'm doing by pressing Command+Plus. And then, I scroll up using the scroll wheel on my mouse.

You can see that we have the super smooth text and it is Birka. This is actual Birka text, so it looks exactly 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 PSD 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 McIntosh finder and have it open inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

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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) NEW
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC) UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      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 20s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    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
      54s
    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 UPDATED
      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 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      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 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    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 UPDATED
      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 UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time
      49s

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