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Introduction to Using Adobe Photoshop CS4

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This chapter summarizes fundamental Photoshop features, including using the main application features; configuring the panel docks; choosing the correct image size and bit depth; cropping and rotating images; applying content-aware scaling; choosing and saving colors; using the Layers and History panels; creating and using adjustment and fill layers; and creating and managing presets.
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This chapter summarizes fundamental Photoshop features that you will use throughout the book. Topics include using the main application features; configuring the panel docks; choosing the correct image size and bit depth; cropping and rotating images; applying content-aware scaling; choosing and saving colors; using the Layers and History panels; creating and using adjustment and fill layers; and creating and managing presets.

Using the main application features

To display the Application frame (Mac OS):star.jpg

  • Choose Window > Application Frame. (The Application frame always displays in Windows.)

To dock document windows as tabs:star.jpg

  • To dock a floating document window manually, drag its title bar to the tab area (or to the bottom of the Application or Options bar) of the Application frame or just below the title bar of another floating document window, and release when the blue drop zone bar appears. (If this doesn’t seem to work, make sure Enable Floating Document Window Docking is checked in Edit/Photoshop > Preference > Interface.)
  • If one or more documents are already docked as tabs and you want to dock all floating document windows into the Application frame or into the currently active document window, right-click/ Control-click a tab and choose Consolidate All to Here from the context menu.A
  • To set a preference so all future documents that you open will dock as tabs automatically, go to Edit/Photoshop > Preferences > Interface and check Open Documents as Tabs.
    • To cycle among currently open documents, press Ctrl-Tab/Control-Tab.

To use the Application bar:star.jpg

  • Use the controls on the Application bar to manage your document windows.A In Windows, the main Photoshop menus also display on the Application bar. In the Mac OS, the Application bar is docked in the Application frame. When the Application frame is hidden, the Application bar is docked below the main menu bar; if you don’t see the bar, choose Window > Application Bar.

Using the Arrange Documents menu, you can quickly display multiple tabbed or floating documents in various layouts, such as two documents side by side or stacked vertically, or four or six documents in a grid.

To arrange multiple document windows:star.jpg

  • Click the Arrange Documents menu icon arrange-documents.jpg on the Application bar to open the menu, release the mouse, then click one of the icons (the availability of the icons depends on how many documents are open).

You can just as effortlessly go back to displaying one document at a time.

To redisplay one document at a time:star.jpg

  • On the Arrange Documents menu arrange-documents.jpg on the Application bar, click the Consolidate All icon consolidate-all-tool.jpg (the first icon on the menu).

The screen modes control which Photoshop interface features are displayed.

To change the screen mode:star.jpg

  • From the Screen Mode menu screen-mode.jpg on the Application bar, choose Standard Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, or Full Screen Mode; or press F to cycle through the modes. Note: In Edit/Photoshop > Preferences > Interface, you can customize the background and border colors for each screen mode.
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