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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Adobe Photoshop interface basics

Photoshop Floating Palettes
Floating Palettes

On the right hand side of the Adobe Photoshop interface, you'll observe a series of window-like 'palettes' stacked one on top of another. These are commonly known as 'Floating Palettes' and can be used for a whole variety of tasks.

Moving floating palettes

After becoming accustomed to the basics of Adobe Photoshop, you might want to start modifying the arrangements of your floating palettes. You can easily relocate them about the interface window by left clicking on the blue bar along the top of each palette and 'dragging' them to the desired location.

Group/un-group a Floating Palette

You will notice that most palettes contain tabs, i.e. Channel/Paths/Layers. These tabs are separate palettes that have been grouped together. To up-group a palette, click and drag the relevant tab away from the group. To rejoin a palette to a group, simply drag the tab on to a tab within the group you wish it to associate it with.

Closing & Opening Floating Palettes

Your screen can easily become littered with floating palettes. To close a palette, simple click on the Close Floating Palette icon at the top right hand corner of the palette bar. If, later point, you wish to re-open a palette, visit the 'Window' menu and select it from the drop down list.

Tip: You will notice a Floating Palette - Extended menu button button at the top right hand corner of each palette, just below the close button. This is an extended menu.

Left-click to open. A menu will drop down listing tasks unique to that particular palette. Make a point of familiarising yourself with these menus. There are plenty of powerful commands that will increase functionality.

Available Floating Palettes:

Styles Palette

Styles

Contains various graphic effects for vector shapes and layers.

Swatches Palette

Swatches

Selection of colour systems.

Color Palette

Colour

Colour palette for choosing and mixing colours.

History Palette

History

A log of recent actions and the facility to undo to a previous history states.

Actions Palette (Button Mode)

Actions (Button Mode)

'Quick' buttons for executing prerecorded procedures.

Actions Palette

Actions

Programmable buttons for creating action procedures.

Tool Presets Palette

Tool Presets

Change, organise and save tool behaviours.

Layers Palette

Layers

Helps you to organise and manage layers within your image.

Channels Palette

Channels

Organise, view, create, mix and delete channels of colour information.

Paths Palette

Paths

Organise, view, update, create and delete vector paths.

Info Palette

Info

Display colour information and position within your image.

Navigator Palette

Navigator

Navigate around image and control zoom factor.

Paragraph Palette

Paragraph

Format paragraphs of selected type within an image.

Character Palette

Character

Control the typographic appearance and behaviour of selected type.

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