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The Photoshop CS6 Extended Window
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Menu Bar- Contains tools and window options
Options Bar- Contains options for the currently enabled tool (Options vary with each tool)
Tools Palette- Contains the tools needed to create and modify images
Document Window-Contains the currently enabled file or image
Collapsed Palettes Bar- Contains closed pallets to reduce clutter in the window.
Palette Dock- Helps manage the pallets open for the file or image
Palette- Helps monitor the changes made in the file or image
Layer Options Bar- Contains options that will modify or create new layers
The Menu Bar
This Bar in the Photoshop window provides you with the tool needed to make changes and modification
to the image /file and the window. Listed below are some of the functions provide in each of the Menu
Bar tabs.
File
Edit
Image
Layer
Type
Select
Filter
3D
View
Window
Help
New (Starting a new file ), Open (Opening a previous file), Save (Save file), and Print
Copy, Paste, Cut, and Transform
Adjustments, Image Size, Canvas Size, and Image Rotation
New Layer, Duplicate Layer, Delete, Rename Layer, Merge Down, and Group layers
Panels, Type Orientation, Font Preview Size, and Language Options
All, Reselect, Deselect, Inverse and Color Range
Filter Gallery, Blur, Distort, Nosie, Pixelate and other Filters
New 3D Layer from File, New Mesh from Layer, and New Title Paint from Layer
Zoom In, Zoom Out, Fit to Screen, Actual Pixels, and Print Preview
Arrange , Workspace (Palates), and Extensions
Online Help, Support Center, and About Photoshop
*The option listed above are only some of the options available in each of the Menu Bar Tabs; there are
more options that can be relevant to your specific file or image *
Starting a New File
Listed below are the steps needed to start a new file on Photoshop.
Step 1- Click on the “File” tab of the Menu Bar
Step 2- Click the option labeled “New..” A new and smaller window should appear after you click the
option.
Step 3- Name the file or image
Step 4- Input the dimensions desired for the file or image in the boxes labeled “Width”, “Height”, and
“Resolution.” Adjust the dimensions of the file or images by specifying the measuring unit, i.e. Pixels,
inches, and centimeters
Step 5- Pick the desired “Background Contents” White, Background Color or Transparent.
Step 6- Click “OK” to finalize you adjustment(s) and begin working on the new file.
*The “New” file window will always pop up with default setting (s). These settings may or may not meet
the desired specifications.*
Opening a file
Listed below are the steps needed to open file on Photoshop.
Step 1- Click on the “File” tab of the Menu Bar
Step 2- Click the option labeled “Open..” A new and smaller window should appear after you click the
option.
Step 3- Find the file by locating the place where the file was saved or type in the name of the file in the
box labeled “File name”
Step 4-Once you have selected your file click the button labeled “Open” and begin or resume you work.
Saving a file
Listed below are the steps needed to save a file on Photoshop.
Step 1- Click on the “File” tab of the Menu Bar
Step 2- Click the option labeled “Save” or “Save As…” A new and smaller window should appear after
you click the option.
Step 3- Select the place to which the file is to be saved to, i.e. the desktop, pictures, or a USB
Step 4-Once you have selected a place to save the file, name the file by entering the tile of the file by
typing it in the box labeled “File name”
Step 5- Select a format to save the file such as a PDF, JPEG, or PSD. There are many more option located
in the drop down box labeled “Format.”
Step 6- Once stratified with the settings, click the button labeled “Save” and either continue your work
or exit the window.
*The William Paterson University Technology Consultants Program STRONGLY advise that you save the
file/ image/document to multiple place like to the desktop, your email, an online drive, or USB. It is not
guaranteed that the document that was just saved to the computer will remain there once you log off!
Nor is it guaranteed that the program will automatically save the file upon every new modification.
PLEASE SAVE YOUR FILE(S) MULTIPLE TIMES TO MULTIPLE PLACES! *
Photoshop Tools Palette and Tools
The tool palette in this program is located on the left hand side of the window, as specified in the image
above. This palette allows the user to choose from an array of tool option that can because to create to
modify an image. The tools located on the tool palette usually preform the general task of the tool or
the lasted use specific task in the same session of use. To access a specific function of a tool simply right
click the desired tool and selection a specific fiction from the drop down menu the will appear beside
the tool.
Listed below are the tools located in the tool palette, an image of the tool, functions of that tools, and a
brief description of the tool functions.
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Move- Allows the user to move
selected elements around the selected
layer
Rectangle Marquee-Allows the
user to select rectangular shaped
sections area of the layer in the image
Lasso- allows the user to draw
freeform section borders within the
image
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Magic Wand – Allows the user to
select sections of and image based on
color
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Crop- Allows the user to alter an
image by excluding desired parts
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Eye Dropper- Allows the user to
sample or select a specific color within
an image
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Spot healing Brush-Allows the
user to quickly repair small
imperfections in an image
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Brush- Allows the user to paint
different kinds of brush strokes of the
foreground color.
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Clone Stamp-Allows the user to
copy portions of the of the image
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History Brush- Allows the user to
draw/paint with sample data from the
image
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Eraser- Allows the user to erase
desire pixels in an image
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Gradient- Allows the user to fill a
desired space with the gradient of the
color or pattern of choice
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Blur- Allows the user to blur or
soften desires sections of the image
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Dodge- Allows the user to lighten
desired parts of the image
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Pen- Allows the user to create
complex shapes and create paths
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Horizontal Text-Allows the user
to horizontally type on the layer or
image
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Path Selection- Allows the user
to select a path to use other tools
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Rectangle- allows the user to
create rectangles of different sizes
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Hand- allows to user to drag/
move images in the window
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Zoom-Allows the user to
increase or decrease the size of the
view of the file.
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Set Foreground Color/Set
Background Color- allows the user to
select or change the colors for the
foreground and background
Photoshop Layers
Layers are the possible building blocks of an image. You are able to adjust specific trait of an image in
the layer that there were created in. Layer functions reside the Layer Palette on the right side of the
Photoshop Window. Below is a diagram of the basic functions of the Layer Palette.
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Layer Palette- Contains layer function and options
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Opacity- controls the transparency of the layer
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Layer Name- The name of the layer that has been created
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Visibility Icon-Clicking on the icon will allow the layer to become visible or invisible
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Layer lock- Forbids changes or alteration to a layer
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Layer Bar- Contains functions will link, connect, group, create a new, and delete layers
Starting a New Layer
Listed below are the steps needed to starting a new layer on Photoshop.
Step 1- Click on the “New Layer” icon
to open a new layer
Step 2- Label the layer by double clicking on the desired label and then type the desired name in the box
Starting a New Group
Some Images may require more layer to get the job done. To reduce the clutter of to many layers, the
user can simply open a group. The Layers can be placed in the group and still keep their individual
properties. Listed below are the steps needed to starting a new layer on Photoshop.
Step 1- Click on the “New Group” icon
to open a New Group
Step 2- Label the group by double clicking on the desired label and then type the desired name in the
box
*Grouping the layers is not the same as Merging the layers*
Deleting Layers
Listed below are the steps needed to delete a layer on Photoshop.
Step 1- Drag the layer to the “trash can” icon
to delete layer OR….
Step 2- Double click on the layers and select the “Delete Layer “given in the drop down menu.
Filters
One very impressive and important feature in the CS6 Photoshop program are the amount of filters and
filter options. To access the filters “right” click over the word “Filter” located in the Menu Bar. Then the
user has the option to preview the filters of their choice by selecting “Filter Gallery” or by selecting a
specific filter given in the dropdown menu.
For furthered information on CS6 Photoshop check out the sites listed below
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http://tv.adobe.com/show/understanding-adobe-photoshop-cs6/
https://gra617.expressions.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/PhotoshopTools.pdf
http://www.nobledesktop.com/shortcuts/photoshopcs6/pc/
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