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Before you start working on an image in Photoshop you'll obviously need to actually open that image. And as you might expect Photoshop offers several ways that you can actually open an image. The first is of course to simply go to the File menu and choose Open. If you choose File > Open you'll see a dialog that allows you to navigate to a particular location. And open a photo. I can switch between folders, for example, navigating up to the previous folder and then opening one of the subfolders.
Therein before choosing one of the images that I'd like to open. I can then click the Open button, and the image will be opened. Of course, there are other ways that I can open an image. I'll go ahead and close this image. If we look at the File menu, you'll see that to the right of Open, there's a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl O. On Macintosh that would be Cmd O. So if you hold the Control or Command key and press the letter O on the keyboard, the Open dialog will appear. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+O on Widows or Cmd+O on Macintosh and that once again will bring up the File Open dialog. I'll click Cancel and show you one other method that I think is incredibly helpful.
It saves not a huge amount of time, but it feels a lot more efficient. So it's my preferred method of opening an image. If you're on the Macintosh platform, in order to enable this feature, you'll need to go to the Window menu and choose Application Frame from down near the bottom. On Windows that option is not available because you always have an application frame on the Windows platform. That's the dark background here that you see in Photoshop. With this application frame visible, if you don't have an image open you can simply double-click on that application frame in order to bring up the open dialog.
There again, you can navigate to a particular location on your computer and then open any image in your folder that you like. Simply double-click on the image, or click on the image, and then click the Open button. As you can see, there are several methods available to you for opening images. In large part, it depends on whether you're more of a keyboard shortcuts person or a mouse person. And whether you prefer quick little shortcuts with the mouse or to access the menu a little bit more explicitly. But in any event, once you've opened an image you're ready to set about making that photo look its best.
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