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Let's look at how to bring images into Photoshop without using an additional tool, such as Camera Raw or Bridge. So here in Photoshop, and if you're on a Mac, the default for Photoshop is to kind of have a naked background to see your desktop through the application. This is historically how Photoshop has been on the Mac. All the way back since the beginning. And if click on this, then I see the exercise files on my desktop. A lot of Mac users like to be able to just drag and drop files from other applications straight into Photoshop this way. This kind of drives me crazy, though. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to choose Window > Application Frame, and that puts a solid background in the back.
And the reason why I mention this in this particular tutorial is that if you have this application frame. Basically this blank background here, you have this great shortcut to be able to open files. If you just Double-click this, anywhere in this application frame, this, this blank background. You Double-click anywhere in here and you will get the Open File dialog box. And that's honestly how I import 99.9% of the files I bring into Photoshop. So I could then select any file that Photoshop accepts and you can see here from the format drop down if you click it.
There are tons of file formats that Photoshop will accept. Video even or 3D files and all kinds of stuff. So Photoshop is very friendly as far as file formats are concerned. And I can go ahead and select this image and click open or just double-click it here to bring this into Photoshop for editing. Now I'm just going to close this by clicking on this x here. I could also choose File from the menu here at the top. The menu bar. Choose File and choose Open.
And bring in images that way. I'll just press Cancel. Or I could use the keyboard shortcut. That's Cmd + O on the Mac and Ctrl + O on the PC. I could also browse in Bridge or browse in Mini Bridge from the File menu as well. So whatever method you use to bring images into Photoshop, it's all good. Whatever way works for you, use that style. There really is no right or wrong way. Whatever you prefer to do, that's how to best bring in images into Photoshop for you.
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