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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
In this movie, I'll show you how to open an image from inside Photoshop, as well as using its companion program, Bridge. As you can see, I'm running Photoshop, so I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Open command, or I could press a common keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O here on the PC or Command+O on the Mac. In any case, that will bring up the Open dialog box and then you'll want to navigate your way to the desired folder, in my case, I'm looking at the contents of the 01_open_image folder inside the exercise files folder. Select the file that you want to open and then click on the Open button.
You can also double-click on the image file if you like. Now if you're not seeing all your files here on the PC, it's most likely because Files of type is set to a specific format. So if I were to change Files of type to JPEG, I would only see that JPEG file and nothing more. If you want to see everything, all the file formats that Photoshop supports, then go ahead and change Files of type to All Formats. Again, you're unlikely to run into that problem on the Mac. All right, I'll go ahead and click on Welcome.tif and then click on the Open button in order to open the file inside Photoshop, and then I'll just press Ctrl+ or Command+ on a Mac to zoom in.
That's one way to work. But what if you want to be able to browse your images, see little thumbnail previews before you open them? Then you go up to the File menu and you choose this command, Browse in Bridge or you can press the related shortcut, Ctrl+Alt+O or Command+Opt+O on the Mac, and that will go ahead and switch you to Bridge, as you see here. Presumably, you'll want to find some files on a folder. So click on the Folders tab in the upper left corner of the window and then in my case, I've navigated once again to the 01_open_image folder inside the exercise_files folder and then you'll see thumbnails of all the images inside that folder.
If you want to increase the size of the thumbnails, drop down to the slider in the far bottom right corner of the window and go ahead and drag to the right to make those thumbnails bigger. Another way to work, by the way, is to click on any one of the image thumbnails and press Ctrl+ to zoom in, that'd be Command+ on a Mac, or Ctrl or Command- to zoom out. And then, I'll just go ahead and double- click on one of the image files in order to open it up inside Photoshop. I want you to see one other way to work. You can very easily switch between Photoshop and Bridge, and by the way, I should stress, Bridge is included free along with Photoshop.
By going up to the File menu here in Photoshop and choosing Browse in Bridge, that will take you over to Bridge. And to switch back to Photoshop without opening an image file, you just click on this little boomerang icon to go ahead and return to Photoshop. So it's very easy to switch between the two programs. And that's how you open an image file from inside Photoshop or its companion program, Adobe Bridge.
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