PHOTOSHOP INTERFACE -This is the very first window of the Photoshop opens in front of you. It is a grey colored window.
DOCUMENT WINDOW – It is a large area in the center of the interface where the image is displayed. Here you will also edit an image.
MENU BAR – At the top of the Photoshop interface, you will find a menu bar. The menu bar contains various options and commands. For example,
OPTIONS BAR – Just below the menu bar, there is options bar. It displays various options for whichever tool you have selected from the toolbar. You will find options bar just above the document window. As you change the tools from the toolbar, the options in the options bar are changed accordingly.
TOOLBAR – To the left side of your document window, there is a toolbar which contains many tools. These tools play a very important role in Photoshop. We will discuss every tool in detail in our next article. There you find many tools for selection, editing, painting, and many more.
EXPANDING THE TOOLBAR - By default, the toolbar appears as a single column of tools. By clicking on double arrows at the top, you will expand it into a shorter or double column.
THE PANELS – Along the right side of the Photoshop interface, you will see some panels. There are different panels for different tasks. It gives you access to all types of commands and options. The most valuable panel is the Layer panel. It is where we add, delete, and work with layers in our Photoshop document. You can hide and unhide the panels by pressing the Tab key.
PANEL GROUPS – To utilize the space on the screen, Adobe makes a group of related panels. Each panel has a tab which shows the name of the panel. There are 3 tabs- Layers, Channels, and Paths.
Hope you will be familiar with the first window of Photoshop. Now we will show you how to create and save the PSD file.
|Default Photoshop size||Width-16.02 cm||Height-11.99 cm|
U.S paper- In this option you can select any one of them
|Letter-||Width-8.5 inches||Height-11 inches|
|Legal-||Width-8.5 inches||Height-14 inches|
|Tabloid-||Width-11 inches||Height-11 inches|
International paper – In this option, you can select the size of the paper according to your choice. Here we give the size of A4 paper
|A4-||Width-210 mm||Height-297 mm|
Photo- In this option you can select any one of them
|Landscape 2×3||width-3 inches||height-2 inches|
|Landscape 4×6||Width-6 inches||Height-4 inches|
|Landscape 5×7||Width-7 inches||Height-5 inches|
|Landscape 8×10||Width-10 inches||Height-8 inches|
|Portrait 2×3||Width-3 inches||Height-2 inches|
|Portrait 4×6||Width-6 inches||Height-4 inches|
|Portrait 5×7||Width-7 inches||Height-5 inches|
|Portrait 8×10||Width-10 inches||Hetght-8 inches|
Web- From here you can select any one of the following dimensions
|88 * 600||Width-600 pixels||Height-600 pixels|
|1024 * 768||Width-768 pixels||Height-1024 pixels|
|1152 * 864||Width-864 pixels||Height-1152 pixels|
|1280 * 1024||Width-1024 pixels||Height-1280 pixels|
|1600 * 1200||Width-1200 pixels||Height-1600 pixels|
Mobile device– Here you can get a dropdown list of various sizes of mobile screens. You can choose the size accordingly. By default, there is 240×320
Film and video– Here you find a list of various screen sizes. For example, NTSC VD, NTSC DV Widescreen, NTSC D1, PAL D1/DV, and many more.
Custom– In this you can give width and height according to your choice.
Then the next tab is of width and height. If you select Custom or Clipboard option in the Preset menu, you can give height and width according to your choice. Here we give height-550 and width-850.
To the right side of height and width, you will see a measurement list.
Note– By default, we keep it Pixels.
Then you will see Resolution. Now, what is resolution? It defines the number of pixels per inch. Keep in mind that if you design for the screen (computer screen, mobile, TV) then there is fixed resolution i.e., 72. You will see 2 options –
After that, you will see an option Color mode. There you see a dropdown list of various color modes.
1. Bitmap– This color mode uses one of the two color values, either black or white. Images developed using Bitmap color mode are called bitmapped 1-bit images because they have a bit depth of 1.
2. Grayscale– This mode uses different shades of gray in an image. Every pixel of a grayscale image has a brightness value ranging between 0 (black) to 255 (white).
3. RGB color– This mode works on the RGB model by assigning an intensity value to each pixel. RGB images use three colors to reproduce colors on the screen. In 8 bit per channel images, the intensity value ranging from 0 to 255 for each of the RGB (Red Green Blue) components in a color image.
4. CMYK color– In this mode, a percentage value is assigned to each pixel for each of the process links. For example, a bright red color contains 2% cyan, 93% magenta, 90% yellow, and 0% black.
5. Lab color– This model is based on the human perception of the color. The numeric values in this mode describe all the colors that a person sees with a normal vision.
Just to the right side of the color mode, you will see an option 8 bit. Just keep it on 8 bits because the images displayed by browsers, mobile phones are usually on 8 bits.
Below color mode, you will see an option of Background Contents. In Photoshop CS6 you will see 3 options-
Then you will see advanced options. We will discuss it later. -- Now click Ok.
You will see a white colored area of 1000×1000 pixels.
DOCUMENT TAB– It displays the name and the file type of the document. Also, it shows the current zoom level (66.7%). When we open multiple images, then there is a document tab for each image. This helps to switch between multiple documents. At the top of the document window, you will see a document tab.
ZOOM LEVEL AND STATUS BAR-In the bottom left of the document window, you will see some information about the image. The current zoom level is displayed as in the document tab. To the right of the zoom level, there is a status bar. It displays the size of the document. Click and hold the status bar to see additional information.
So, this ends with the installation and first screen of Photoshop. Hope you understand our tutorial. In the next article, we start our first tool from the toolbar.
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