This is the second part of the "Cerny’s Adobe Photoshop Tutorial" series, in which I show you everything about the top main bar of Adobe Photoshop.
In the previous tutorial you have read that the main window of Photoshop is divided in a few parts, including the main bar, which, at it’s turn, is divided in 2 smaller parts: the left side, with all sorts of tools and options, and the right side, with basic Close, Minimize, Maximize options, plus a few more that you will see further on.
1. The left side
The first thing we notice is that this bar looks almost like any other bar, so no need to loose patience or be afraid. There are a few menus that you see in any other program as well: File, Edit, Help. The ones specific to Adobe Photoshop are: Image, Layer, Select, Filter, Analysis, 3D, View and Window. You also see some little icons. We will come back to see what are they all about later on.
1.1 The “File” menu
At a first look, it’s complicated. But don’t panic, we’ll sort it all out.
1.1.1 “New” – Lets you create a new image file. If you click it, the following will appear:
So here you have the basic attributes of your new document: name, and size.
You can change the name in the “Name” box.
Adobe Photoshop has preset image sizes. If you click where it says “Default Photoshop Size” a drop-down menu appears, allowing you to select one of the presets:
U.S. Paper: Preset lets you choose the size from one of the following: Letter, Legal, Tabloid;
International paper: A3, A4, A5, A6, B3, B4, B5, C4, C5, C6, DL;
Photo: Landscape (2×3, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10), Portrait (2×3, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10);
Web: 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1152 x 864, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, and a few more presets;
Mobile & Devices: a few low resolution images from 176 x 208 to 352 x 416;
Film & Video: a few NTSC, PAL, HD presets;
And finally, “Costum”: It allows you to set the size of the image you want. Any other preset automatically deselects itself if you change its size, reverting to the “Costum” preset, which isn’t actually a preset, so to say.
If you want to edit the size in pixels, centimeters or inches, you just select it from the drop down list in the right of the width/height box:
A basic, everyday open tool.
1.1.3 “Browse in bridge”
This is another tool for browsing photos:
It does the same thing, basically.
1.1.4 “Browse in Mini Bridge”
The same Bridge, but the Mini version, it pops up inside the Photoshop main window, left of the layers panel:
1.1.5 “Open As” does the same thing as the previous 3 do.
1.1.6 “Open As Smart Object” opens an image file as a Smart Object (Smart Objects allow you to alter, transform, and warp your photo, without ruining the original information).
1.1.7 “Open Recent” opens a small menu to the right which shows the last opened files.
1.1.8 “Share my screen” Starts an online meeting, where you can share your screen, so basically the others see what’s on your screen. (Registration needed)
1.1.9 “Create new review” Create, share and get feedback on your creative projects, all within the Adobe Creative Suite. (Registration needed)
1.1.10 “Device Central” Adobe Device Central software has been discontinued effective April 23, 2012. With the release of Adobe Creative Suite 6 software.
1.1.11 “Close” Closes the current file.
1.1.12 “Close all” Closes all the opened files.
1.1.13 “Close and Go To Bridge” Closes the currently opened file and opens the Bridge file browser.
1.1.14 “Save” Saves the currently opened file.
1.1.15 “Save As” Saves the current file, but asks you for a new name (optional, can be overwritten).
1.1.16 “Save for web & devices” An advanced tool for saving files.
1.1.17 “Place” Opens the file browser, and allows you to place another image over the current one, without opening it separately.
1.1.18 “Import” allows you to import useful things such as video frames from another program.
1.1.19 “Export” allows you to export files such as paths, and videos to another device.
1.1.20 “Automate” is a extremely useful tool, which can automatically edit images for you, like binding images into a panorama, crop and merge, lens correction and more.
1.1.21 “Scripts” For example, you have an image that has many layers, and each layer has several masks and effects. This tool saves you from going from layer to layer to flatten the image, it does it for you.
1.1.22 “File info” Shows you the information about the image you currently have opened.
1.1.23 “Print” Sends you to the print menu, allowing you to print your images.
1.1.24 “Print One Copy” Automatically prints a copy of the document you are editing, without taking you through the print setup.
I was amazed of how little I know about Photoshop when i got to this section )… Of course, don’t get alarmed, you won’t be using all of these, at least not now. Thanks for reading this, hope you have a nice day, and see you in the next part.