Fast & Easy
book from Premier Press will help you understand, use, and explore the world of Adobe Photoshop CS. Photoshop is the industry standard when it comes to digital imaging, and this latest version, called CS (
), continues the tradition of providing powerful image-manipulation tools. In this latest version, many changes have been made to simplify the
Being a suite means that there is more than one program in the box. In addition to Photoshop, the other main program in the suite is ImageReady. ImageReady primarily is designed to help get images ready for the Internet and is not covered in this book.
Obviously, no book can teach you everything there is to know about one topic. The goal of this book is to give you a solid introduction to the world of Photoshop and to teach you how to use most of the different tools it has to offer. Along the way, you'll learn a variety of tips for creating your work faster and some creative tricks to make your artwork stand out.
If you are ready to explore the world of photo editing and digital art, this book is for you. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of Photoshop or just getting started, this book can be of benefit to you. New users can take advantage of the step-by-step,
In addition to the step-by-step instructions, you'll notice that there are three other elements designed to help you:
Tips provide quick ways or shortcuts to perform certain
Notes provide additional information or background on a particular topic.
Cautions warn you about a particular step or function that might have some detrimental consequences.
Imagine going on a long road trip to a place you've never been
before without bothering to bring along a map. In no time, you'd be
Start and exit Photoshop
Use the toolbox
Work with a palette or context menu
View and hide screen elements
As with other applications, you must start Photoshop to be able to work with its tools and create a new image. Use the following steps to start Photoshop:
Click on Start at the left end of the Windows Taskbar. The Start menu will appear. If you are using Mac OS, find the Photoshop icon and double-click on it to launch the program. You can then skip to Step 4.
Move the mouse pointer to All Programs (or Programs for Windows versions prior to XP). The Programs menu will appear.
After you click on Start, you can point to a menu choice with a
right-pointing triangle beside it by moving the mouse pointer over
it. Pointing will highlight that menu choice and
Click on Adobe Photoshop CS . The new Photoshop CS Welcome Screen will appear. The Weclome Screen will be covered in detail in Chapter 22, "Getting Help".
Click on Close . The Welcome Screen will close, and the Photoshop CS application window will appear, and you can begin using the program.