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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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Video: Opening an image

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to use the Open command inside Photoshop. Now, some of you might be thinking, oh, for crying out loud, I do not need your help to use the Open command. I think I can handle that all by my big old self, which is true, absolutely, of course. However, what I am going to be doing is showing you a few things you might not know about the command. A few things that might hang you up, as well some tricks, of course. So you might want to stay tuned. Now, here I am confronted by the ultra unfriendly Application Frame inside of Photoshop. I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose the Open command or press Ctrl+O, Cmd+O on the Mac.

Opening an image

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to use the Open command inside Photoshop. Now, some of you might be thinking, oh, for crying out loud, I do not need your help to use the Open command. I think I can handle that all by my big old self, which is true, absolutely, of course. However, what I am going to be doing is showing you a few things you might not know about the command. A few things that might hang you up, as well some tricks, of course. So you might want to stay tuned. Now, here I am confronted by the ultra unfriendly Application Frame inside of Photoshop. I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose the Open command or press Ctrl+O, Cmd+O on the Mac.

However, there is another way to work. Very few people know about this one. It's a really cool technique. If you're seeing the Application Frame as I am here on the PC, if you're not seeing it on a Mac, you can go the Window menu and choose the Application Frame command, which exist between tools Presets and Options somewhere. Then you'll see the gray Application Frame, double-click on it and bang! Up comes the Open dialog box. Now, I've navigated my way to the Felix Mizioznikov folder, which is found inside the 03_open_org folder inside the exercise_files folder, which is available to those of you who are Premium members or have access to the DVD version of the series.

Felix is a photographer with the Fotolia Image Library- about which you can learn more and get a special deal if you so desire at fotolia.com/deke. Now, notice that I have five JPEG images inside this folder, or so it would seem. This guy isn't actually a JPEG image. We'll come to that in a future exercise. But just know if you try to double-click on it right now, it won't open properly. However, you may or may not see them all on the PC. Now, on the Mac, you'll definitely see him. On a PC, it's possible to have hidden files inside the Open dialog box because of the Files of type options.

So if it's set to anything other than All Formats, for example, let's say I set it to the native Photoshop format. I'd have to scroll up this list using the scroll wheel on my mouse, click on Photoshop (*.PSD.*.PDD). As soon as I choose that option, I don't see any images anymore. That's because Files of type, only on a PC, acts as a filter. So I'm only seeing the PSD files inside of this folder, which, between you and me, I think is the dopiest feature on earth. It's totally a Microsoft thing.

And, while it can be occasionally useful, it's more likely to just absolutely throw you. So here's how you solve the problem. If you go to a folder and you know it's just chockfull of images but you can't see any of them, drop down to Files of type, click on it, and then you need to change it back to All Formats, which can be a little confusing because at first you are not going to necessarily see All Formats. What you are going to see is an awful lot of file formats, a confusing array, in fact. But it's actually really great news. What this means is that Photoshop is capable of opening all kinds of file formats, anything, virtually, that contains pixels, it can open.

And even file formats that are not pixel-based formats, it can open as well. And you don't have to import the way you do inside of other programs or place necessarily. You can just open the file, which is awesome. However, if you're unfamiliar with this huge array of formats including, look at all these Raw format here. This list is so long that it goes off the right-hand side of the screen. If you're not familiar with all these formats and all you want to do is get to the All Formats option, it can be a little queasy-making because actually that particular option is dropped off the bottom of my menu.

So I have to use my scroll wheel to go down the list and then choose All Formats. And once again, I will see my JPEG images. All right. Now I am going to go ahead and click on Stylish young couple.jpg in order to select it. And then I could click on the Open button to open it on up, or I could just double-click on it, like so. That will open the image inside of Photoshop. Now, I am going to press Ctrl+Plus, or Cmd+Plus on the Mac, to zoom in on the image, and we will discuss more of the navigation options that are available to you in the next chapter.

Tons of ways to zoom and pan inside of Photoshop. But for now, let's say I want to take this incredibly sexy image. I just love this photograph. This guy has the best expression on his face any guy has ever had. I love that. And they're both beautiful and so on. But let's say I want to make some modifications to the image. I'm going to go ahead and select this area using my Rectangular Marquee tool. And then I'm going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac. That brings up the Fill dialog box here inside of CS5, when you're working on a Background layer like this.

And I am going to leave Use set to this new Content-Aware feature that I just love, because it's capable of analyzing the image and figuring out what ought to go inside of this area in order to heal away blemishes and that kind of thing. But also, it just makes the most interesting decisions. It's quite the tool actually for happy accidents. And I'll click OK in order to accept whatever it is that Photoshop decides to do. And it just gets surreal on me. Notice that that is just gorgeous.

Just some bunch of hair, in space. Beautiful! Excellently done there, Photoshop. All right. And now let's say I want to close the image, because I am done working on it. My goodness! That was, phew, a big day. So I can either close the image by clicking on this little X here in the titlebar. Or if you're seeing the image float in an independent window, and I could make that happen by going up to the Arrange Documents icon up here in the Application Bar and choosing Float All Windows. Now, I have a floating window, and I would click the big red X up here in the upper right-hand corner on Windows or on the Mac, you have a much more subtle sort of little circle over in the upper left-hand corner.

Or you could go to the File menu and choose the Close command or press Ctrl+W, Cmd+W on the Mac. Any of those options is going to work for you. However, you are going to be alerted, hey, you've made some changes, some just fantastic changes to Stylish young couple.jpg. Would you like to save those changes? Yes or No. Here are on the PC it's going to Save or Don't save, on the Mac followed by Cancel. So if you want to cancel, in other words, oh wait! I didn't mean close. I just want to go back to the image. Then you click on the Cancel button, or you press the Escape key.

If you do want to save your changes, you can just press the Return or Enter key because this is the default button right here. But if that's not working for you, you would press Y for Yes on the PC or S for Save on the Mac. If you don't want to save your changes, you just want to close the image and abandon these wonderful surreal curly cues right here, which is exactly what I want to do, I don't want to save my changes. Then you can either click on No or Don't Save, or you can press the N key here on a PC, N for No, or D for don't Save on the Mac.

And that's what I'm going to do, and I've now close my image. I've gone full circle from opening an image, making a change, closing it, not saving my changes. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to use the Open command to open multiple images at a time.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

195 video lessons · 75015 viewers

Deke McClelland

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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