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In this movie I'll show you how to open an image in Photoshop directly from the Macintosh Finder. If you're using Windows on the PC then you can go ahead and skip to the next movie. Those of you who are Premium Members or own a DVD version of this course, have access to my exercise files. The exercise_files folder contains a series of subfolders, including this one, 01_open_image. I'm currently viewing the images inside this folder in the Icon view. If you want to do so as well, you go up to the View menu and choose as Icons.
Notice that I have three versions of a Welcome screen, Welcome.jpg, Welcome.psd and Welcome.tif. If for some reason you can't see those three character extensions, then go up to the Finder menu and choose the Preferences command. Then inside the Finder Preferences dialog box, click on the Advanced tab and turn on this first check box that says, Show all file name extensions, then you can close the dialog box. Now we're seeing a JPEG file, a native PSD or a Photoshop Document file, as well as a TIFF file.
And the reason I'm showing you these three formats is because they're the most important file formats when working with Photoshop. Now ideally, you'd be able to just double -click on one of these files to open it in Photoshop, but that may or may not be the course. I'll go ahead and try double-clicking on Welcome.tif, and sure enough it opens in Photoshop and I can tell I'm working in Photoshop, because it says Photoshop up here at the top of the screen and I'm greeted by this lustrous dark interface. However, that's not necessarily going to be the way things work out.
To switch back to the Finder, I'll go to the Photoshop menu and choose the Hide Photoshop command. Then this time around, I'll double-click on Welcome.jpg. But instead of opening inside Photoshop, it opens inside Apple's Preview Utility, which is not what I want at all, because after all, I'm not going to be able to get Photoshop work done in the wrong application. So I'll go up to the Preview menu and choose the Quit Preview command in order to return to the Finder. If you run into that problem, here's how to fix things.
Right-click on the image file and then choose the Get Info command to bring up the Info panel. Then drop down to this item that says Open with, and if it's collapsed, as it is for me, click the triangle to expand it open. Then click on this popup menu that for me it says Preview and choose the most recent version of Photoshop available on your machine. Finally, you want to click on the Change All button, at which point the Finder warns you, hey, you're about to change all documents that end with the extension JPG, so that they open up inside Photoshop, which is exactly what we want.
So go ahead and click on the Continue button to make it so. Then I'll go ahead and close the Info window. And now, when I double-click on Welcome.jpg, the image opens up in Photoshop just as we requested. Let's test out that final file. We're going to go to the Photoshop menu and choose Hide Photoshop once again. Now this native PSD file should definitely open in Photoshop, but here's the thing, PSD files may contain layers, including text layers and this one is no exception. So if I double-click on it, I end up getting a font warning.
Photoshop tells me, 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. What that really means is that you need the fonts in order to edit the text or print the image at a higher resolution. However, for our purposes it's not a problem. I'll go ahead and click OK and you can see even though we have all these little warnings next to our text layers here inside the Layers panel, the text looks great just like it does in the other documents. And in fact, it continues to look great even if I zoom way in.
And the reason is because Photoshop goes ahead and includes pixel-based definitions of every single text layer when you save off a layer document. So as long as you don't edit the text, it's going to look great on any machine. And that's how you go about opening an image in Photoshop directly from the Macintosh Finder.
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