- When you first launch Photoshop, it displays a start screen to help guide you to the files that you want to work with. Now don't be alarmed if you're new to Photoshop and you screen doesn't look exactly like the one that you see here, because you might have already opened up documents in which case you would see thumbnails of recent files in this area. Lets go ahead and click open and were going to navigate and just open up a document. I'll choose arch and open it. And in Photoshop, as soon as I select a file and then close we can see that that text disappears and we can see an icon of our recent file.
Now by default we're in grid view but we can switch over to list view if we prefer. For now I'll switch back to grid view. So its easy enough to open up a document that already exists on our hard drive, lets try opening up a new document. When I click the new button, across the top we see a number of different categories. We have a recent area and a saved area. But lets move over to photo for now. When I select any of these other categories, we get black document presets right underneath them.
If I click view all presets, I see an additional set of presets. When I click on the presets, all of the details are listed over on the right hand side. So if I want to switch orientation for example, I could just click this icon. If I wanted to change this completely, lets say I wanted to make an eight by eight inch document, I can just enter those values, and if I open this size document often, I might want to save this. So I'll type in eight by eight, and then click on the save icon.
I'll save this preset, you can see that it saved it in the saved category. If I click create, Photoshop will open a document at that size. Again, I'll choose file and then close for now, but if we return to new dialogue, we can see that not only is it in the recent area, but also in that saved area, and if I ever want to delete it, I could click on the trashcan icon. Lets return back to the photo category and take a look at all the templates that we have access to.
I'll go ahead and scroll down, and if i wanted to view one of these templates larger, I could click on it and we get information about that template, we can see that this is a free download. If I want to see it larger I can click on see preview. And if I decide I want to work with it, I can click download. Once its downloaded, I can click on open to open that template and start working with it in Photoshop. When I close this file I'll choose not to save it for now and we return back to new we can see that that downloaded document is not only under the recent area, but also under the saved area.
Alright, lets close this for a moment. If we ever want to disable this splash screen temporarily, in the upper right hand corner I can choose essentials from the workspace picker, but the next time I open a new document and close it, I'll see this start workspace again. So if you wanted to toggle it off a little bit more permanently, you could go under the Photoshop menu to preferences and then to general. On windows this would be under the edit menu, and then preferences, general. This option right here to show start workspace when no documents are open is the one that you would want to disable.
Now just note that this change will only take effect the next time you start Photoshop. So if you do want to disable it, you would need to quit Photoshop, and then relaunch it. I actually prefer to show that start workspace, so I'm going to enable it and then click okay. In order to display it again I'll use the workspace picker in order to choose start. So there you go a quick and easy way to create a new document, work with templates, or open a document on your hard drive in Photoshop.
Julieanne Kost reviews the basics of digital imaging, from bit depth to image size, and shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She shows the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Opening files in Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom
- Arranging your workspace
- Modifying keyboard shortcuts
- Changing color mode, bit depth, and document size
- Cropping and straightening images
- Working with layers and layer masks
- Using brushes
- Making detailed selections
- Editing images with the Content-Aware tools
- Using blend modes
- Creating Smart Objects
- Using adjustment layers to change color, tone, contrast, and saturation
- Applying filters