Photoshop CS3 Extended for BioMedical Research
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Understanding the default workspace


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Photoshop CS3 Extended for BioMedical Research

with Eric Wexler

Video: Understanding the default workspace

When Photoshop is first opened, we see the default workspace. This workspace is divided up into four main areas. We have our menu bar, we have our Tool panel, which works in conjunction with the Options Bar, and then we have all the other panels that gives us to control of the many features that Photoshop contains. Now, Photoshop is seen as an intimidating application but awareness and understanding will help decrease anxiety and actually transform that into excitement. So let us look at each of these segments and how we can use them and modify them so that we are able to interact with the workspace and give ourselves a nice amount of screen real estate so we can see an image.
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  1. 7m 56s
    1. Welcome
      2m 39s
    2. Disclaimer
      1m 44s
    3. Exercise files
      45s
    4. Understanding Photoshop CS3 Extended
      1m 41s
    5. Understanding which versions are covered
      1m 7s
  2. 20m 30s
    1. Understanding imaging in biomedical research
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding research image workflows
      4m 6s
    3. Understanding image fundamentals
      3m 29s
    4. Understanding image detection
      7m 40s
  3. 16m 47s
    1. Understanding digital images
      5m 28s
    2. Understanding image file types
      6m 33s
    3. Understanding objective imaging
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 1s
    1. Understanding the default workspace
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      5m 31s
    3. Working with keyboard commands
      4m 20s
    4. Customizing preferences for research
      3m 50s
    5. Understanding the History Log
      4m 20s
  5. 18m 9s
    1. Learning to always work from a copy
      2m 23s
    2. Opening files in Photoshop
      4m 13s
    3. Introduction to Adobe Bridge 2.0
      2m 25s
    4. Using the Adobe Camera Raw Converter
      3m 34s
    5. Using the DICOM Importation interface
      4m 18s
    6. Working with scanned image sets
      1m 16s
  6. 13m 46s
    1. Organizing images
      5m 0s
    2. Applying rank, keywords, and filters
      6m 9s
    3. Working with image stacks
      2m 37s
  7. 27m 54s
    1. Understanding color modes
      4m 27s
    2. Understanding the Info panel
      7m 49s
    3. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 48s
    4. Understanding color composition with channels
      6m 9s
    5. Comparing multiple images
      3m 41s
  8. 25m 19s
    1. Resizing images
      5m 0s
    2. Resizing the image canvas
      8m 11s
    3. Joining images with compositing
      7m 8s
    4. Using Auto Align and Auto Blend
      2m 5s
    5. Applying a threshold to an image
      2m 55s
  9. 23m 45s
    1. Considering adjustments
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding exposure controls
      1m 7s
    3. Optimizing exposure with Levels
      5m 1s
    4. Optimizing exposure using Curves
      7m 24s
    5. Removing color casts
      3m 3s
    6. Reducing chromatic aberrations
      4m 51s
  10. 25m 41s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 21s
    2. Working with adjustment layers
      1m 35s
    3. Using layers to compare histological localization
      4m 41s
    4. Optimizing a fluorescent image
      4m 27s
    5. Creating a false-color image
      4m 25s
    6. Working with Smart Objects
      4m 13s
    7. Using selective desaturation
      1m 59s
  11. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding the Analysis menu
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a calibration
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting data points
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Marquee Selection tool to isolate an area of interest
      4m 18s
    5. Tracing a selection using the Lasso tool
      3m 31s
    6. Using the Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 47s
    7. Using the Magnetic Lasso to create an area of interest
      4m 1s
    8. Working with the Quick Select tool
      4m 11s
    9. Using the Magic Wand
      4m 11s
    10. Creating a noncontiguous selection using the Magic Wand
      1m 54s
    11. Creating a selection using Color Range
      4m 32s
    12. Using the Selection tools for visual dissection
      2m 29s
    13. Using the Count tool
      5m 59s
    14. Using the ruler tool with calibration
      4m 28s
    15. Extracting data from the Measurement Log
      3m 41s
  12. 26m 31s
    1. Adding Scale bars manually
      4m 18s
    2. Adding Scale bars automatically
      5m 20s
    3. Adding text to images
      4m 50s
    4. Adding arrows to images
      6m 29s
    5. Adding vector shapes to images
      2m 57s
    6. Adding borders to images
      2m 37s
  13. 32m 29s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 8s
    2. Combining images for presentation
      9m 35s
    3. Using the Bridge Slide Show feature
      2m 58s
    4. Creating a representative grayscale image
      6m 29s
    5. Using the Print interface
      2m 47s
    6. Integrating images into Microsoft Office files
      6m 32s
  14. 15m 23s
    1. Optimizing a DICOM image
      3m 49s
    2. Creating a DICOM animation
      7m 2s
    3. Annotating and optimizing animation
      4m 32s
  15. 1m 0s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 0s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CS3 Extended for BioMedical Research
5h 37m Intermediate Jan 25, 2008

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Veteran pharmaceutical research scientist and member of Adobe's Biomedical Image Advisory Group, Eric J. Wexler shares his experience creating detailed biomedical imaging in Photoshop CS3 Extended for Biomedical Research. Eric shows how to use Photoshop CS3's selection, analysis, and editing tools to evaluate an image's color composition, modify images for research, optimize exposure with levels and curves, transform images with layers, and compensate for acquisition problems and limitations. Eric also explains how to add reference information to images, annotate and optimize DICOM animations, and share finished images with colleagues. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

NOTE: Actual biological research images are used for this title's examples. Some of these images, including those of internal organs and dissected animals, may be considered graphic or offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

Topics include:
  • Understanding imaging in biomedical research
  • Getting started in Photoshop
  • Organizing digital assets
  • Working with image stacks
  • Evaluating image color and histograms
  • Modifying images for research
  • Compensating for acquisition problems and limitations
  • Adding reference information to images
  • Sharing work
  • Optimizing and creating a DICOM image or animation
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Eric Wexler

Understanding the default workspace

When Photoshop is first opened, we see the default workspace. This workspace is divided up into four main areas. We have our menu bar, we have our Tool panel, which works in conjunction with the Options Bar, and then we have all the other panels that gives us to control of the many features that Photoshop contains. Now, Photoshop is seen as an intimidating application but awareness and understanding will help decrease anxiety and actually transform that into excitement. So let us look at each of these segments and how we can use them and modify them so that we are able to interact with the workspace and give ourselves a nice amount of screen real estate so we can see an image.

Up top is the menu bar and this you are accustomed to. It is in almost any program you deal with. Many of the features have drag down menus. And most importantly, here in the Window in the Workspace we can see where we can select the default workspace. And this is what we are looking at right now. After that we actually have the toolbar. Now in previous versions of Photoshop, this is seen as a double column panel. And we can see that again if we hit the two triangles up top, it will transform it into the old style toolbar.

But to maximize screen real estate, Photoshop now displays the tools in a single column. Also, you can see at this time that we have tool tips turned on. And this is very helpful when you are starting with Photoshop. When you will move your over something, it will actually tell you what it is, as well as giving you the keyboard shortcut to select that tool. Now this Tool panel works in conjunction with the Options bar. And every tool has different options that are displayed giving you control to refine many of the Tool Preferences. And we do see if you pick the Type tool, then we can select the font, the type of font, font size, as well as alignment. These types of controls are what we are able to get to using the Options bar.

Lastly, we have panel groups. These are set so that related panels are joined together and are easy to just Tab across; Histogram, Info, and then back to Navigator. But what is very nice now is we can really maximize our screen real estate by using some of the interface options, we are given here on every panel. We can see that there is just icons here and we can expand this so that we can see the complete control and all the options we have for each of those panels. But we do not have to do that. We can also just select one, click on it, and again, well it does not take up the entire real estate at all times. We have easy access to everything that the panel can support.

And what may be helpful is to grab this little bar and pull it out just so for now, you actually have the text labels for the icons so you are able to see exactly which icon represents which panel. Another nice thing is that by grabbing this lighter grey, you can separate the entire panel set and rearrange it. This is nice if you have a workflow that you want to follow step by step and it would use different panels. You can organize them as the individual panel sets or as individual panels by grabbing the icon and placing it where you would like. And here, we can move Tool Presets and join it with History and Actions at the bottom. The Tools panels are very malleable. And you are able to rearrange this, as well as maximize, and turn individual ones on and off by clicking the X on their tab name. And we can add that by going to the Window and if we hit Navigator, it will rejoin the panel group it was originally part of.

So that is one way to look at the default workspace. Now we can customize things to better suit our workflow by both changing keyboard shortcuts as well as creating a customized workspace.

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