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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Adobe Photoshop interface basics

The Menu System

The Adobe Photoshop's menu system isn't that dissimilar to others you may have encountered in the past.

Adobe Photoshop Drop-down Menu System

Browsing across the menu bar, you will discover familiar titles such as 'File', 'Select', 'View', 'Window' and 'Help'. To view the content of these 'drop-down' menus, simply click each heading to allow the relevant listing to unfold.

Some items within certain drop-down menus are denoted with black arrows Expand menu arrow to the right as you can see in the above screen shot. If you click on such a listing, a further sub-menu will expand out, displaying additional options.

Note: The menu system within Adobe Photoshop is suitably organised. For instance; should you need to 'open' or 'save' an image file then all of the relevant options will be available within the 'File' menu. Likewise, if you need to perform a special action on a selection, you will need to refer to the 'Select' menu, and so on.

Tip: As you navigate through the menu system, you will observe that many items have codes next next to them. These are 'quick-key' or 'short-cut' functions.

Try to memorise the quick-keys of procedures that you use on a regular basis. If a curtain function does not have a quick-key associated with it, then a quick-key may not exists for that particular action.

How to use a quick-key
Alt+Shft+Ctrl+S = Press and continue to hold down the 'Alt' key + 'Shift' key + 'Ctrl' key and then press the 's' key to execute that function.

Adobe product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated .

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