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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
In this movie, I'll show you how to organize your panels over here in right-hand side of the screen, so that you can easily access Photoshop's most important functions. I'll also show you how to save off that particular organization as a workspace. But I just want you to understand how mine is put together, so you can easily follow along with these movies. Now first of all, notice that you can switch between panels just by clicking on their tabs. I'm going to click on the Styles tab right here, and I'm going to drag it up and drop it in this group that includes Color and Swatches, and then I'll click on the Color panel to switch back to it.
Now I'm going to grab the Adjustments panel and I'm going to drag it over here on this little icon that represents the Properties panel, and I'll drag it to the top so that Adjustments comes first and then Properties come second. The reason being that one of the functions of the Properties panel is to show the options associated with Adjustment layers, which you create from the Adjustments panel. Now this is going to give me a ton of room for my Layers panel which I need on this small screen. All right, now I'm going to bring up a few panels that are missing.
I'll go to the Window menu and choose Actions, and notice that that'll go ahead and add the Actions panel over here directly below History. If you want to hide a panel all you need to do is click on its icon again. Now I'll go back to the Window menu and choose Histogram, and that will go ahead and bring up both the Histogram and the Navigator panels in this single column of icons. Now incidentally, you can make this second column wider if you want to, so you can see the names of every single one of the panels like so. You also have the option of displaying the contents of those panels by clicking on this double left arrow icon which will give you this effect here.
However, many of these panels tend to be secondary panels, so you're generally better off collapsing the icons, which you can do by clicking on the double right arrow icon. And I'm going to drag this edge so I can see just the icons and not their names. All right, a few other changes, I'll go up to the Window menu and choose the Info Command, which brings up the Info panel and puts it there below Properties. It's a pretty minor issue, but I'd rather have it below the Histogram, so I'm going to drag and drop it into that spot. All right, a few other panels I want to bring up. I'll go up to the Window menu which gives me access to all of Photoshop's panels, and I'll choose Brush in order to bring up both of Brush and Brush Presets panels, and then I'll go back to the Window menu and choose Clone Source which would bring up this panel here and I grab its icon and drag it and drop it into the group includes the Brush panel.
Now let's get the Text panels, starting with Character, so I'll choose Character from the Window menu. That brings up both the Character and Paragraph panels, which is exactly what I want. Then I'll go back to the Window menu and choose Paragraph Styles, which brings up the two Styles panels, which allow me to save off my formatting attributes here inside Photoshop CS6. All right, we have just three panels to go and believe me, they're good panels to have around. I'll go up to the Window menu and choose Layer Comps to bring up both Layer Comps and Notes. And then I go to the Window menu again and choose Tool Presets, which brings up this lone Tool Presets panel.
I'm going to drag its icon and drop it between Layer Comps and Notes. All right, next what we need is a slightly wider Layers panel here, just so we can see the layer names without them getting truncated. All right at this point, let's say you like the way you've set up the panels, which I do, because now we have access to just everything inside the software. Go ahead and click on the word Essentials up here in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and choose New Workspace and I'm going to go ahead and name the workspace after the series of courses which is One-on-One, and then I'll go ahead and click the Save Button in order to save that workspace off.
Now let's say you decide you want to go back to the way it was in the first place. You can Click One-on-One and choose Essentials. Now if that doesn't end up making any difference, that's because Photoshop went ahead and updated Essentials as we modified the panels. Here's what you do, click on Essentials again and now choose Reset Essentials down here at the bottom of the menu, and you go back to the original configuration. You have a whole bunch of other workspaces to choose from as well, including New in CS6, Photography, Typography and so forth.
I'm going to go ahead and switch back to One-on-One; the workspace that I saved out, so I have easy access to all of Photoshop functions, and that's how you organize your panels and save out a workspace here inside Photoshop.
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