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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.
In this movie, I'll show you how to open an image, both inside Photoshop and using Adobes companion program Adobe Bridge. The first method is pretty obvious. Inside Photoshop, you go up to the File menu and you choose the Open command. That'll bring up the Open dialog box. Then if you're working along with me, you want to navigate the 01_open_image folder inside the Exercise Files folder. And then, go ahead and select the file that you want to open. And click the Open button, or you can just double-click on that thumbnail.
Now if for some reason you don't see the image you want to open, it's probably because this Formats option right here is set to a specific format. So for example, if I set it to JPEG, then I would only see the JPEG files inside of this folder. And I'll tell you, by the way, that this problem is more common on the PC, and almost never happens on the Mac. Anyway, if you want to be able to see all the files, you'll need to switch back to all formats, down here at the very bottom of the list.
And then, as I say, I'm going to select the welcome.tif file, and click open, in order to open it inside of Photoshop, and I'll press Ctrl+Plus or Cmd+Plus on a Mac, to go ahead and zoom in. That's one way to work. But, another way is to use Bridge, which allows you to see thumbnail previews of your image before you open them inside Photoshop. Now, Bridge is included along with all versions of Photoshop, but it doesn't get automatically installed. So, just as you downloaded and installed Photoshop, you'll need to download and install Bridge as well.
Once you do, go up to the file menu and choose this command, Browse in Bridge. It also has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+O or Cmd+Opt+O on the Mac. And that will go ahead and switch you to Bridge, as you see here. Then presumably, you want to navigate to a specific folder, and you do that by switching to the folders tab, over here in the upper left section of the screen, at least by default. And then you can either twirl open your desktop, as I've done here and when I saw twirl, as you're clicking on this little twirly triangle or you can collapse or expand your computer as well.
Which will show you the local hard drives, media drives, and network drives associated with your system. In my case, I want to go to the desktop, then I've got this exercise file folder. I'll go ahead and click the triangle to twirl it open. And then right there at the top, I've got my L1 image subfolder. Now you'll see by default some very small thumbnails. You can make them bigger by dragging on the slider down here at the very bottom of the screen so you can make these thumbnails very large indeed.
Or another way to work is with a keyboard shortcut, and you do this by clicking on a file to select it, just so that this content area is active. And then you can press Ctrl+Minus or Cmd+Minus on the Mac, to zoom out, or Ctrl+Plus or Cmd+Plus on the Mac to zoom in. Then to open an image file in Photoshop, you just go ahead and double-click on it and that will open the file as you see here. Now as you've seen, you get to the Bridge by going to the File menu and choosing the Browse in Bridge command anytime you want to get back to Photoshop without having to open a file. You just go to this little boomerang icon up here at the top of the screen which returns you to the last creative cloud program you used. In my of course, Photoshop.
And that's how you open files directly inside Photoshop, as well as using Photoshop's companion program, Adobe Bridge.
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