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New Documents and the Photoshop Interface5:00 with Shon Dempsey
Now that we know where Photoshop came from, let’s get started with a new document and take a look at an overall layout of the Photoshop Interface
- Start Workspace - The window that displays when you open Photoshop or have all photoshop files closed. It displays recent files or allows you to open a new file and choose from a template.
- Adobe Stock - Adobe’s store of stock templates, photos, illustrations and more to help you find the right asset.
- Panels - A mini window
- Panel Layout Preset - a set of panel layout options to accommodate different types of workflow. Choose from Adobe presets or save your own.
We've tackled resolution, types of imagery and graphics, color space, and 0:00 even a very brief history of Photoshop. 0:05 Let's dive in and have a look at Photoshop. 0:07 When you launch Photoshop CC17 we're greeted with this screen, 0:11 which is the start workspace. 0:15 Here we'll find any recent files we've been working on to quickly reopen. 0:17 Or we can start a brand new document. 0:22 Let's go ahead and start a new document. 0:24 The New Document dialog window is actually one of my favorite things that's received 0:28 an overhaul in recent versions. 0:32 Along the top, we have our preset categories. 0:34 To the right, we have the details for each of the selected templates. 0:38 The Recent tab is a short list of recently used settings for new documents. 0:41 In the Saved tab we can see any of our custom sizes we've used, 0:46 which also will come in handy if we're consistently creating unique sizes not 0:51 found in a preset. 0:55 Currently I don't have any. 0:57 Below our blank document templates we see some free template examples from Adobe 0:58 stock offering free and paid templates, images, and more. 1:03 On the right, we can make any adjustments to each template to best fit our project, 1:08 if we know ahead of time. 1:12 For the most part, Adobe's preset details for each template are a rock solid start, 1:14 and it really makes it much easier to get started on the right path. 1:19 For our purposes now, let's go ahead and 1:23 select the iPhone 6 template from the Mobile gallery, and click Create. 1:25 Now we've landed on a Photoshop user interface. 1:33 Let's get our bearings and take a look at some tips for navigating the app. 1:36 I've got a fresh install of Photoshop here, and using default presets. 1:40 So if you've used Photoshop previously, your screen may look a bit different. 1:44 Along the top, we'll see the settings for the tool we currently have selected, 1:48 which will adjust accordingly as we switch tools. 1:53 Along the left-hand side, 1:56 we've got our tools panel containing all the tools available to us. 1:58 I found that they're grouped into a few different categories. 2:03 Moving and selecting, creation and adjustment, and navigation. 2:06 Notice the tools with the small triangle in the bottom right. 2:13 If we click and hold on each particular tool with one of those options, 2:17 we're gonna see a few other tools. 2:21 So instead of this ellipse marquee tool, 2:23 perhaps I wanna go back to the rectangular. 2:25 At the bottom, we'll find our foreground and background colors. 2:29 Clicking on them brings up the color picker. 2:34 Now let's head over to the right-hand side. 2:43 Here we've got a customizable area of panels. 2:45 A panel is a mini window that displays options, settings, and adjustments for 2:48 tools and of your document. 2:52 Think of these panels as the deep preferences for our tools, and 2:55 shortcuts for modifying our content. 2:58 In fact, we may seem some overlap in the options within a panel 3:00 that can be found in this top toolbar. 3:04 For instance, this could be handy if we're working quite a bit with type. 3:07 Currently, we don't see the character panel, so let's open it. 3:10 Click on the Window menu and select the Character panel. 3:14 We can have our type tool panel open on the right-hand side even as we're using 3:19 the brush tool. 3:24 These panels can be collapsed or 3:29 expanded by clicking on the double arrows in the top right of each panel column. 3:30 We can also move tabs to different locations and even pull a tab out of 3:38 the side bar into its own little window, so we always have it floating on top. 3:42 If we accidentally close a panel, we can always get it back from the Window menu, 3:48 by selecting Window and the name of the panel that we closed. 3:53 It'll appear right back where we left it. 3:56 Each panel also has its own set of additional options within 3:59 the hamburger menu on the top right of each panel. 4:02 If you're not entirely sure where to start, Photoshop also has a lot of preset 4:06 options for you to choose from for your panel layouts. 4:10 We can find these here in the top right of the application window. 4:14 The Essentials layout is the default, but we can select a preset, such as 4:18 Photography, to see some of the most common panels photographers might use. 4:22 Like our document presets, 4:27 it's a great starting point that we can further customize to save to our liking. 4:28 Let's go ahead and reset our layout to the Essentials panel. 4:33 We'll open other panels as we need them. 4:39 So that's a quick tour of the interface, there's a lot to explore. 4:42 One tip I can share is that it may take you some time to figure out 4:46 which panels are important to you. 4:50 Browse the presets, then make one your own. 4:52 In the next video, we'll take a brief look at the structure of a Photoshop document. 4:56
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