- Using the palettes
- Hiding and showing palettes
- Changing screen modes
- Tools on the Tools palette
- Changing the image size
- Choosing a file format
- Choosing a bits/channel mode
- Cropping an image
- Rotating an image
- Quick Summary: Choosing Colors
- Quick Summary: Using the Swatches palette
- Using the Layers palette
- Quick Summary: Using the Layers palette
- Using fill and adjustment layers
- Choosing a mode for the History palette
- Making snapshots of history states
- Working with nonlinear histories
- Using presets
- Streamlining your workflow
Changing screen modes
The screen modes control which Photoshop interface features are showing or hidden and what type of background displays behind your image. Our favorite is Maximized screen mode.
To change screen modes:
- From the Screen Mode menu at the bottom of the Tools palette, A choose a screen mode, or press F to cycle through these choices:
Standard Screen Mode (the default mode) to display the document window, menu bar, Options bar, and palettes, with the Desktop and other application windows visible behind everything. When working in this mode, enlarge the document window to display a gray background behind the image, and to obscure as much of the Desktop as possible. B
B When performing correction work, you’ll be able to judge the colors better if the image is displayed on a gray background. Either enlarge the document window in Standard Screen mode (above), or from the Screen Mode menu, choose Maximized Screen Mode (right) or Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar.
Maximized Screen Mode to display the image on the gray (default color) background of an expanded document window, which will fill the space between the Tools palette, Options bar, and palettes. This mode is dynamic, meaning that if you make a palette dock wider or narrower, the document window will resize accordingly and the image will recenter itself in the remaining available space.
Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar to display the image on a gray (default color) background, obscuring the Desktop, with the menu bar, Options bar, and palettes visible, but without dynamic resizing.
Full Screen Mode to display the image on a black (default color) background, with the palettes and Options bar visible but the menu bar (and the Dock, in Mac) hidden, and without dynamic resizing.
- In the latter two modes mentioned above, you can reposition the image on the background with the Hand tool.