Beginner 1: Photoshop Workspace

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Beginner 1: Photoshop Workspace

When you first open photoshop it can be very confusing. I'll go over the different areas separately, but here's a general overview:

The drop down menus have lots of stuff in them, and you'll gradually learn where to find things. The tool bar on the left shows what tool you are currently using. In the picture above you can see that the arrow is highlighted. Depending on what tool you are using different options will be shown in the options bar. The last area are the palettes. There are many palettes that you can choose to display here. You may have different ones than me, and that's okay. Next I'll show you how to change your palettes.

Marisa, does your lessons use CS, PSE or...? I am trying to learn PSE10.

All my tutorials are done in Photoshop since that's what I use and what I know. The older tutorials are probably done in CS5 and the newer ones are in CS6. Hopefully down the road we'll have tutorials covering other programs.

I am thinking about upgrading from PSE 9 to CS6. How do you like it?

I've only ever used Photoshop, so I can't compare it to PSE, as for the newest version of Photoshop, they always add a few cooler features, but if you wanted to save money by buying an older version I don't think you'd be sorry.

Thanks. I played around with CS6 in the beta and liked the little that I saw.

i have Photoshop in my Macbook and you are right, it is very confusing when you first open it. I'm looking forward to reading everyone of these tutorials and i hope i will later on feel like i know what i'm doing and not just guessing all the time!

As I click around I am finding more and more out but these are great to get me started. I think just playing and messing up will lead me to getting it right.

Great tutorial, thanks smiley

I really want to learn how to use it, now i have found these tuts maybe i can get started, thanks so much x

thank you for these tutorials, I am trying to get to know PSE 9 and so far the start screen looks almost the same, I do hope they are.

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!