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Lesson 4 from: Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

Khara Plicanic

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4. Adobe Workspace


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Tips for Success


How To Undo Mistakes


Adobe Workspace


Using The Brush Tool


Using The Zoom Tool


Adobe Preferences


Correcting Exposure


Lesson Info

Adobe Workspace

and now we'll just talk about the workspace. And how do we actually get images into Photoshopped? And, believe it or not, there's at least four different ways, but I'm going to show you for how to do this. So the first, of course, is probably the most straightforward. You go to the file menu and you choose open and you navigate to wherever you've put stuff and you click a file that you want open and you click open. So pretty straightforward. Of course, you can also go through finder or windows explore. So if you're on a Mac, that's finder. You can just navigate to your files, and when you find the one you want to open, you, um, can double click on it. And as long as your system preferences are set so that photo shop opens your day pegs or whatever, then it will launch a photo shop. If you don't have it set that way, it's pretty easy to change. You can right click or, uh, command control Click X easily, and then on a Mac you choose get info and you tell it what to open that file with an...

d you tell it, Teoh use the application for all documents like this. So you might have to do that for J pegs and whatever pings and whatever formats, Um, and on a PC, you right, click and choose open with and same thing So I can just double click this file and that will launch into photo shop. 1/3 way to get an image in is to use bridge. And this is what you'll see me doing in class all the time because it's like super handy. So if you've never used bridge, I encourage you. Teoh, try it. You can come up here and choose file browsing bridge. Maybe you've missed instead of open. Maybe you've hit browsing bridge before. Um, I used to do that a lot. Now I just have bridge open all the time by default. So bridge, if you're not familiar with it, it's a program that it just comes with a photo shop, sort of alongside of it. And it's basically a really great file browser. So instead of like browsing through windows or finder or whatever, you can just browse through bridge and because it's adobe, it has all kinds of neat things that come with it. And it is the bridge between photo shop and all the other applications. Right? Um, the workspace that I have here, if you like how this looks, I like it cause it's kind of more minimal. If you come up to the window menu and you choose work space, this is light table it. Otherwise your workspace looks not like this reset standard workspaces. There we go. So otherwise, it might look more like this, which is just kind of, I don't know. It might freak people out. It's a little busier, so I like to have the light table, um, workspace, because all I really care about are my images. And then I do like to see my favorites folders. Where is that window favorites panel? So this is really easy to get around. You can browse all your files if you have other types of files, like in design documents or illustrator or pdf's or whatever, you You can actually see what the file is instead of just seeing like a graphical icon for a you know, in design file or something. So it's really handy. And here, too, I would just select an image and double click it and now it's open and Photoshopped. So that's what you'll see me doing. And I switch back and forth between Bridge and Photoshopped very much, just all the time. The other way that I was going to show you because I figured people would ask, is to bring something in from light room. So, you know, we have a lot of light room users. So here's an image in light room that will bring over into Photoshopped just to help you understand how this works while human light room. I'm going to dio a quick little develop on this photo just so we can see what's happening. So I'm just gonna take the saturation and drag it down, and I'll bump the contrast. So now we have this image here, and I've made an edit to it. If I want to open this in photo shop, I can export it by pressing Commander Control E or I guess edit. You can think of it like that, too, and I have choices. I can edit the original file. I can edit a copy or I can edit a copy that have light room adjustments. So let's choose that and see what happens, so we'll click edit and now it's preparing the file. And today, now we're in Photoshopped. Here's the file from Light Room with the edits Let's make another edit just so we can put it back to light room and show you how light Room and Photoshopped work together. So I'm gonna do a hue saturation adjustment and we'll talk about this coming up so I'm not gonna get too much into it now, other than to say, Let's just make it like a C p a print, kind of. So I'm going to tone it a little bit and I'll click, OK, and then I'll just Commander Control s to save it and command or control w to close it and then I'll bounce back toe light room. I'm just pressing command on a Mac. It's command tab to switch between the application you just used. So knowing back in light room and we see that here is the light room edited file. And here is the one that came from photo shop. So they are now grouped together. They're stacked, and if I click this little, it's hard to see. But there's a little line right here. And if I click that, it's gonna open to shut this drawer. So these photos are stacked together in light room, which is a really handy thing. So anyway, that's another way. You can bring images in two Photoshopped, so I'll just close out of light room and let's talk about the workspace. So here we are. We've got three images open at this point in time, and Photoshopped puts them all in tabs. So up here along the top of the screen, we can see that there's three tabs and I can switch between open images by clicking on these tabs, so it's easy to get around Sometimes if you have a lot of images open at once, you have more images than you have space for for tabs. I don't know if people do that or if it's just me, but when that happens and you can't find the tab for the image that you know is open, you can also come up here to the window menu, and if you scroll all the way down to the bottom, you'll see a list of all your open images so you can click down here to select something else as well. Okay, let's talk about the toolbar. The tools are located over here on the left of the screen, and there's a lot of them. And, boy, if that's not overwhelming and intimidating, I don't know what is. There are many of them. If you don't know what they are, if you hover over them, you will get a little fly out. Um, even there's like a little sort of video animation now that plays with it. So you get a little fly out that tells you what the tool is, and then in parentheses, you'll find a letter. The letter is the keyboard shortcut to access that tool. I find this really helpful as an instructor because sometimes when I tell people to grab a particular tool, like in a hands on place, where I can see what they're doing, they'll grab what they think is the tool. And it's not working. And they're like, This isn't working, and I come over and I'm like, Oh, no, the brush tool with a B for brush cause there's some other things I don't hear that can look like brushes like this one right here. This is not what I'm talking about. When I talk about the brush tool, this is the history brush. So a lot of times I'll just say press B and get your brush tool so we can do that. If I have the move tool at the moment and I want to switch to the brush tool, I could just hit the letter B on my keyboard and I get the brush toe, so that's super handy. The other thing to know about tools is that beyond what we see here, if this isn't overwhelming enough, there are more tools buried beneath the tools that you see here. I know it's a lot. I I call them tool families. So, for example, if I click and hold on the brush tool, I get this little fly out that shows me. Oh, so there's a brush tual, a pencil tool, a color replacement tool and a mixer brush tool all within the same tool family and the keyboard shortcut. You'll notice for all of them. It says right here. The letter B B is for all of them. So how does that work? Well, what that means is, if you are having a different tool like the move tool. And if I want the brush tool, I compress be for the brush tool if I want. Now the color replacement tool I can hit be over and over again. But nothing's gonna happen. So the letter that's assigned Onley select whichever member of that tool family you used most recently. If I want to drill down in the family to get a different member, then you have to add the shift key so I could hold shift B. And now I've got the pencil tool. Now I've got the color replacement tool, and I've got whatever. What is this? Even I don't even remember what the icon is. Oh, yes, the mixer brush. So, um, they're all in there and you can use your keyboard to get all of them. Um, and it's just super handy when you are doing your work and trying to switch between tools time. So that's what that's all about. We'll talk through. A lot of these were not going to cover every tool in this class because I don't think there's a single class that does that. Um, I don't know if you could even you could have a class that would just be called like the toolbar that be interesting. But, you know, maybe we'll try that sometime, but, um, yeah, so I encourage you to explore a little bit on your own, but we're going to cover a lot of these. I think you'll be surprised. And so that's how that works. Switching tools. There's another thing that is handy when it comes to tools, and that's a toggle keyboard shortcut. And I'll show you that later with a little practice mystery file, So we'll come back to that. But let's get back to the workspace. So toolbar is over here on the left. When you select the different tools, you'll notice that your the top area of your screen changes. Um, these up here, this is called the Options Bar. At least that's what I used to call it. I feel like it might have a new name now, like panel menu option. I don't know what um, but I've always called it the Options bar. And so it changes according to what tool you have selected. So it's dynamic in that way. So if you select the move tool these air, all the controls and options that accommodate the move toe our company of the move toe. So I grabbed the brush tool. Now I'm looking at brush tool options. If I press t to get the type tool now, I'm looking at type two options. Okay, so I point that out. Because a lot of times when people are new, Bill Bill want to find a font? Maybe, but they still have their brush tool active. And so then they're like, Hey, I can't find my funds and they're there. But you have to have the right tool in order to see them, so you'd have to grab your type tool, and then you can get to your funds. So that's an important thing to know over here on the right side, this is where we have panels. Lots of panels on panels are just places where you can interact with Photoshopped in different ways. So there's no right or wrong way to have your panels set up for sure. Uh, the way that I've sort of landed on that, I tend Teoh, like as I How many layers panel here? Uh, cause that's pretty important. You pretty much always want to be able to see that. But then you can also customize all of this. And I have this other panel here that's collapsed. So all of your panels can either be open like this or they can be collapsed down to take up less space on your screen. So these little arrows right here will pop them open or collapse them down. And you can even, like, click and drag here to collapse them even further. I mean, you can totally customize all of this, but, um, any of the panels can be found. If you don't see them on your screen, you can always find them from the window menu here. So if I somehow forget to tell you how to access your swatches panel or whatever, uh, I'll try to remember to always explain that. But if I somehow forget or if you're looking for something else, you can always go to your window menu. And that's just all this is this is just a list of panels. So whatever you're looking for, this is where you find it. Once you get a panel open, you can rearrange it however you want. So, for example, here's a history panel I mean, just drag that out. Um, once it's open, it could be a fleet of free floating panel. Or if you click this tab, you can tuck it into one of these doctor areas. So if I hover right here and we see this blue frame, that just tells me if I let go, that panel is now going to get nestled in with these guys. And, um, they're in a group now. And I can switch between panels the way switch between images by clicking these tabs. So handy stuff. You can rearrange them, you can close them, you can get him off your screen. I mean, any way you want to adjust these, you can, um, popping them open. They all have a menu option right here. So whether you're in the history panel, it's got a menu option. If you're talking about the Layers panel, it has a menu option, and the menu give you all kinds of ways that you can also interact with that, including close it. So if you're like, I just want all this junk off my screen, find the panel, find the menu and then you can close that menu or this panel or you can close the whole tab group, which would be all of these at once, came. So just know your screen may look different than mine, and that's because photo shop is a environment. It's an environment, not just a piece of software, so you can customize it to suit your needs and, um, the way that you want to work. So I usually like to have one expanded column over here, and then I have this column, which is stuff that I use often. And then I just click on the icon to pop it open and get it quick when I need it. Um, and then I click again to collapse it and get it out of my way so you'll find a way that works for you. And, um, and when you customize it and you want to save that, you can also do that. But coming to window workspace and then you click new workspace. Oh, apparently I have a workspace called carries bomb works. That must be really good. You can click new workspace, and then you get to give it a name like your own rockin workspace, um and then save it and then you'll find it up here under window workspace. You could just select it so you can even have multiple workspaces for a different type of work that you dio.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Photoshop Resource Guide
Practical Photoshop Basics (PS action file)
Word Art
Course Files

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Kim Williams

I tuned into this class hoping to glean what I cold since it was free. I ended up purchasing the class because it is FILLED with so much great information in a fun and easy to understand format. Khara is an amazing instructor - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Worth EVERY penny. Thank you Creative Live for offering such great material, at even more amazing prices.


What an unbelievable teacher Khara is. I have wanted to learn photoshop forever but was intimidated, overwhelmed, then I watched this course. OMG I learnt so much, more then I imagined. I am so excited now to start using Photoshop, I can't wait to try out everything she taught us. With the skills we learnt over these two days I think this course provides everything I need to know to feel and more. She was outstanding, the absolute perfect teacher for someone who has never ever used Photoshop. Also great moderation by Kenna. Thank you for this awesome, amazing, wonderful course. I am sure anyone who watches this course will agree it is incredible. I couldn't recommend it more. This course was just Smurfy!

Roz Fruchtman

I would highly recommend Khara Plicanic's Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. The name of the class, implies that the class is for beginners, but that's not exactly true. Most of us learn Photoshop by the features we need to know at any given time. As many will agree, there are a number of ways to get to the same end. I can only speak for myself, but... I would bet that many of us don't know all the strategies that are taught in this class! Check it out, I doubt you'd be disappointed! Khara brings a fun and relatable approach to everything she does. She is very entertaining, while being a superb instructor. Last, but not least... This class brings with it a ton of useful bonuses. Warm Regards, Roz Fruchtman aka @RozSpirations

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