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The Photoshop interface

From: Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers

Video: The Photoshop interface

Photo Shop, of course, is a very powerful application, and that means there's a lot going on. There are many different options in terms of the tools we can use, the commands we can apply, generally just the things we're able to accomplish with our photographic images. And of course, that means there's going to be a lot of options in terms of the Photo Shop interface itself. So let's take a moment to get to know the Photo Shop interface so you will be more familiar with how Photo Shop works, and where to find things when you need them. Of course, Photo shop is dominated by a space devoted to the photographic image or images that you're currently working on.

The Photoshop interface

Photo Shop, of course, is a very powerful application, and that means there's a lot going on. There are many different options in terms of the tools we can use, the commands we can apply, generally just the things we're able to accomplish with our photographic images. And of course, that means there's going to be a lot of options in terms of the Photo Shop interface itself. So let's take a moment to get to know the Photo Shop interface so you will be more familiar with how Photo Shop works, and where to find things when you need them. Of course, Photo shop is dominated by a space devoted to the photographic image or images that you're currently working on.

Here I have a photo open and you can see it consumes most of the available space. And that's as far as I'm concerned exactly as it should be. We're working on our photo and that should be our focus. The tools are just there to help us do something to the photo, and most of the time we want to pay attention to the photo itself. At the top of the Photo Shop interface, you'll find the menu bar. And this is where you can find a variety of commands that allow you to do things with your photos. For example, on the file menu you can create a new document, you can open an existing photo, you can close the current photo, or save changes to the image you're currently working on.

Generally speaking, most of the things you're able to do in Photo Shop you can find on one of the menus. Of course, there are other ways to access most of these features, for example there are keyboard shortcuts that you can use and there are other buttons and options available to you. Below the menu bar you'll find the options bar. And the options bar is context sensitive. What that means is that the contents of the option bar change, based on which tool is currently active. Those tools are found in the toolbox over on the left side of the Photo Shop interface.

Over on the far right of the Photo Shop interface you'll find some panels. And these contain various controls or information that can be helpful while you're working on your photos. The panels can be moved around, docked in different way, or even left floating. They're very customizable, which is great, because that means you can configure Photo Shop, in terms of the panels, to suit your particular work flow. In addition to the panels on the right side, it's also possible to have panels down at the bottom of the Photo Shop interface. You'll see for example that I have Minibridge and the Timeline down here.

I'll go ahead and drag those down to the bottom again though. We also have a status bar, which provides some additional information and options related to the photo we're working on, as well as the tab, for the current photo, which gives us information such as the file name of the image, as well as an X which we can click to close the current image. So that gives you a sense of the overall way the Photo Shop interface is organized. I hope this little guided tour helps you get a better understanding of where things are so that you'll be able to find the controls you need when you need them.

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