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Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)

In this movie, I'll show you how to set things up under Windows 7 and Just one more file that we need to test, and that's the native PSD document.

Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)

In this movie, I'll show you how to set things up under Windows 7 and earlier so that you can double-click on an image file at the desktop level and have it open inside Photoshop. In the next movie, I'll show you how to do the very same thing under Windows 8. And then, in the third movie, I'll show you how to do the same thing on a Mac. If you have access to my exercise file folder, you'll find a subfolder inside it called 01_open_image that contains a total of four image files, all of which appear to be called Welcome.

They're really called Welcome.jpg, Welcome.png, Welcome.psd and Welcome.tif. Together JPEG, PNG, the native Photoshop document format, and TIFF represent the four most essential imaging formats. I'll explain why later, but for now, I want you to be able to see those extensions because you'll have a lot easier time working inside Photoshop if you know what kind of file you're working with. And to do that, you tap the alt key in order to bring up the old style menu bar.

And then, you click on Tools and you chose Folder options. Inside the Folder Options dialogue box, go ahead and click on the View tab, and then, notice this check box down here, Hide extension for known file types. Go ahead and turn that check box off and then click OK in order to bring up those extensions, like so. Now, obviously, you open an image file just like any other file in Windows by double-clicking on it. But that does not necessarily ensure that the file will open inside Photoshop.

And it really depends on your system-level settings. So, in my case, if I double-click on Welcome.tif, it opens in Photoshop just fine, as you can see here. And I know I'm in Photoshop because I can see a bunch of panels over here on the right-hand side of the screen. I've got a toolbox over here on the left side of the screen and the image is surrounded by a dark grey interface. But that's not necessarily going to be the case. I'll go ahead and minimize Photoshop so that I can return to the folder of images. And I'll double-click on Welcome.jpg, which, on this system, happens to open the image inside the Windows Photo Viewer, which obviously isn't going to do me any good because if I don't have the file open inside Photoshop, I can't use Photoshop to edit the image.

To solve this problem, go ahead and close the program that you don't want to use. Right-click on the image file, go down to Open With and select this very last command, Choose default program. Then, inside the Open with dialogue box, you want to go ahead and select Photoshop. Now, you should see it in this top list here, but if you don't, then you can click on Other Programs to view a list of still more programs that can open this JPEG file. And if you still can't find Photoshop, you'll have to click on the Browse button and locate the Photoshop application on your hard drive.

Once you've selected Photoshop, make sure this check box, Always use the selected program to open this kind of file, is turned on. And then click OK and the file will, once again, open inside Photoshop. Here's another way to work. I'll go ahead and minimize Photoshop again. Notice if I click on Welcome.png, I don't even have to double-click on the file in order to see what program it's going to open in. I can just take a look at this little icon there. It's showing me, by default, it's going to open inside Fireworks.

I would prefer to work inside Photoshop, so I'm going to right-click on the image file, choose Open with, and once gain, select the final command. And then I'll go ahead and select Photoshop from the list and click OK in order to open the file. And from now on, PNG files will open inside Photoshop. Just one more file that we need to test, and that's the native PSD document. I'll go ahead and minimize Photoshop and double-click on that file. The chances are very good that the file will open inside of Photoshop, but chances are equally good that you'll get this missing fonts warning that's telling you that you're missing one or more fonts inside this document.

And your list may appear longer than mine. Now, in any other program, this is a big problem because it means all these fonts will need to be substituted with different fonts that are available on your system. But in Photoshop, all you have to do is click on the Don't Resolve button and Photoshop will go ahead and open that file. And notice, if I go over here to the Layers panel and I scroll up the list, I can see all kinds of text layers indicated by these little Ts with yellow caution icons next to them, which tells me that I'm missing the font for that particular text layer.

I'll go ahead and select the Photoshop text layer and then I'll switch over to my Type tool, about midway down inside the toolbox. And notice up here in the Options bar, I used a font called Birka in order to set this text and Birka is not installed on this machine. And yet, the word Photoshop looks great, not only at the current view size, but even if I press Ctrl+Plus to zoom in to the 100% view size, which I can see is at work up here in the title tab.

The text looks fantastic and that's because Photoshop goes ahead and saves a pixel version of the text along with every file. The only downside is I can't edit this text unless I want to switch it to a different font or install Birka on my system. I can still go ahead and print it, and it will look as good as it does on screen. And that, friends, is how you set things up so you can open a JPEG file, PNG, PSD, or TIFF file directly inside Photoshop just by double-clicking on it at the windows desktop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

103 video lessons · 29049 viewers

Deke McClelland
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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
      40s
    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 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
      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
      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
      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
      49s

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