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The menu bar

From: Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers

Video: The menu bar

The menu bar in Photoshop contains access to most of the features that you're likely to use. That doesn't make the menu bar the most efficient way to get to many of those features. But it is a good fall back especially if you're not sure how to access a partiuclar feature in Photoshop. Let's take a look at the overall organization of the menu bar. We'll start off with the File menu and here we can perform tasks related to files. We can create a new file, open an existing file, browse our images in Bridge, close the current files or all files that are currently open.

The menu bar

The menu bar in Photoshop contains access to most of the features that you're likely to use. That doesn't make the menu bar the most efficient way to get to many of those features. But it is a good fall back especially if you're not sure how to access a partiuclar feature in Photoshop. Let's take a look at the overall organization of the menu bar. We'll start off with the File menu and here we can perform tasks related to files. We can create a new file, open an existing file, browse our images in Bridge, close the current files or all files that are currently open.

Save the existing image or save it as a different file as well as saving images specifically for websites. We also some other options are little more advanced. But one option that might be helpful from time to time his File Info. If we choose File > File Info from the menu, then we'll see a dialog that provides some information about the metadata contained within our images. There are also of course, other menus on the menu bar. We have the Edit menu which provides a variety of commands related to making changes to either an image, or the overall Photoshop experience. We also have the Image menu where we can change the mode for an image, that really relates to the color mode or the bit depth.

We can also apply adjustments, including specific adjustments for particular aspects of an image, some Auto adjustments. We can also change the size of an image, rotate an image and perform a variety of other tasks. When it comes to layers, we're able to create new layers or adjust those layers. And there are many commands here, which for the most part relate to some of the more advanced capabilities in Photoshop. We also have setting related to type, so these would be useful if you add type to an image for example and the Select menu contains options related to selections.

And selections allows us to identify specific areas of an image, so we that we can effect only a particular area for example. The Filter menu, is where you'll find a wide variety of filters, that for the most part, enable you to change the appearance of the image. In some cases, that might be for a creative effect, and in other cases, it might be a little more utilitarian, such as applying sharpening to an image. The View menu as the name implies, provides some options related to how you view your images. Such as, the Zoom setting, as well as which additional interface options are displayed.

The Window menu relates primarily to the panels that we're able to view in Photoshop. We can turn any of our panels on or off, as well as save, or select a workspace. You'll notice down at the bottom of the window, we have an option to turn off the options bar, or the tool box, if that is our preference, I generally don't turn those items off though. And we also have the Help menu, and of course, one of the most important things here, is that you can actually access help. So if you have a question about a particular feature, you can look that up and get a little bit of information about that feature.

Also notice that the Help menu includes an option for updates. You can check for updates to Photoshop or Adobe Camera Raw, simply by choosing this option, and Photoshop will let you know if there is a new update to download and install. So, as you can see there are many commands in Photoshop available on the menu bar. But perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind about the menu bar, is that it also gives us a sense of which keyboard shortcuts are available. For example, on the File menu, we can see that if we want to open a file not only can we choose File and then Open from the menu, but we can also press Ctrl + O on Windows or Cmd + O on Macintosh.

So, besides providing you with a way to apply commands in Photoshop, the menu bar also provides a way for you to look up particular features. And also just to explore and see what sort of options might be available, as you continue learning all that Photoshop has to offer.

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