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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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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