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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to briefly review how we can start to work with the Tools panel and I also want to sneak in a little tip, which will help your work go even faster. Well, let's go ahead and create a blank document. We can do so by navigating to the File pulldown menu, and then by choosing New. Here I am going to choose one of the presets for U.S. Paper. In this case, Letter Size, 8.5 x 11. That's fine. Go ahead and click OK to create that new document. Next, let's take this to Full Screen View mode. We can do so by pressing the F key once.
Next, what I always like to do when I am working in Photoshop is to press the Spacebar and then to reposition the image near the top of the screen. That way I have really good posture. So I am not looking down but I am looking more straight ahead. Let's take a look at the Tools panel. Now, for starters we notice that there are a number of different tools. And to make a selection, we can click on the tool, or we can always press the shortcut key. Well, what about these tools that have a little arrow next to them, like this one here? Well, if you click and hold, you will see that you can choose the other options, which are contained underneath whatever tool is active or selected.
Now, let's say that we want to do this a little bit more quickly. Well, what you can do is start to learn some of these shortcuts. And I will share these shortcuts throughout the training title. Yet, let's take one, for example, the Marquee tool. Well, if we press the M key, it will activate or target the Marquee tool. If we then hold down the Shift key and press M, it's going to toggle through the other tools, which are underneath that one. The same thing goes for some of the other tools. For example, if we want to do some healing, we can press the J key.
That will then select the Healing Brush. Press Shift+J and then we can toggle through the other tools, which are located in this area of our Tools panel. Now, one of the most important tools is the Move tool. It's located up top. It's a tool we are going to use all the time. So this is a tool that you really need to learn the shortcut for. And the shortcut is really easy to remember. It's the V key. And the way to remember that is that the tool looks like an upside down V. Now, here's the tip that I wanted to sneak in.
Well, a lot of times what we do is we select a tool. Like, for example, let's select the Brush tool. We can do so by pressing the B key or by clicking on this icon here. Next, I am going to increase my brush size by going to the Options bar and clicking on the Brush dialog icon there. And now I have a nice big brush. And I will go ahead and I will make a brush stroke. Now, a lot of times we will maybe make a brush stroke but then need to go back to another tool. How could we do this a little bit more effectively rather than always having to choose the tool that we want to go back to, for example, like the Move tool? Well, what you can do is you can actually press the shortcut.
And all the shortcut keys are called spring-loaded. In other words, if I have the Move tool, I can press and hold the B key, make a brush stroke here. Let go of the B key. And it will jump back to whatever tool I was using previously. Just to illustrate. Let's say we have one of our Selection tools, like the Rectangular Marquee tool. Again, if I press the B key, it will select the Brush tool. Let go of the B key, and it will jump back to whatever tool I had selected previously.
All right, just a couple of more tips for you. One of the tools which is really helpful is the Move tool. You can select it by clicking on this icon here, and then you can click and reposition the image. Another tool that's helpful is the Zoom tool. Simply click once to zoom in. Hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on the PC to zoom out. Here we can see our different zoom level up top in the application bar. Well, one of the things that we can do with these two keys which is really helpful is we can go back and forth between 100% and Fit in View modes.
Let me show you what I mean. If I double-click the Zoom tool, it will take my image to a default 100%. In other words, I am going to view the image at a 1:1 ratio. This is really helpful when we are cleaning up our images, or retouching, or working on a particular area of a photograph. But at the same time, a lot of times we need to zoom back out and just see the entire image. To do that, all that we need to do is to double- click the Hand tool, and then the entire image will be visible on the screen. Well, I hope that those tips are helpful.
We will obviously be learning a ton more as we dig deeper into this training title.
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