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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Photoshop Fundamentals

Adobe Photoshop by Adobe Inc. is the world’s favorite software for image editing and graphics. Photoshop is widely used to make graphics for the web and also for editing details in images and photographs. Let us delve straight into Photoshop fundamentals.


When you click on the Adobe Photoshop icon, you are taken to the friendly welcome screen. The welcome screen contains tabs and links to most common features, tutorials, recently opened documents and also opening a completely new document. You can exit the welcome screen by clicking on the exit button.


The main window contains the canvas on which the graphic or the picture is displayed. The main menu is on the top and contains various options for adding and editing the graphics and the photographs. The menu is neatly divided into sub menus so that all the functions can be found easily.


The main window also consists of different palettes that are used to modify the image content like modifying color, styles, gradients etc. The main window also consists of the tools palette from where most of the common functions can be carried out. The palettes on the right can be made dockable by clicking on the title bar and dragging them with the mouse to create a new document, just one click on the “new” in the file menu.


In the file new window you can specify the dimensions of the image like its length and breath and also the color mode like RGB, CYMK, etc. You can also state the resolution in pixels with just one click on the open window on the menu bar on an existing image or graphic.


You will be taken to the browser window, where one can navigate to the folder where the image file is stored and open it. The browser window displays a small preview of the files when you click on a specific file. The file opens in the main window when double clicking on the file or clicking, and then click on the open button.


If you are a professional artist then you can use two monitors with two video cards attached to a single CPU. On one monitor the artist can work on his or her file while on the other monitor he can arrange his or her toolbox and palettes.


The main window also contains the zoom option to zoom in or zoom out from an image. You can arrange two or more open windows by clicking on the windows arrange option. You can click on all the menus on the main window and have a look at the functions that are displayed. The status bar on the main window shows the document details like document size, profile, scratch sizes and the current tool that your are using.


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