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Chapter 9. Channels > Navigating the Channels Palette

Navigating the Channels Palette

Okay, you've been briefly introduced to the channels family. You know their names (color, spot, and alpha); and you know, in the most general sense, what they're intended for. Before we look at them any more closely, let's take a moment and get familiar with their place of residence—the Channels palette.

If you've read the Layer Primer chapter (I hope you did) and now you're sitting there staring at the Channels palette, you'll probably notice that channels look almost identical to layers. Well, Adobe did this for a good reason. They want you to get used to one style of palette. They assumed that if you became comfortable with one kind of palette, you would quickly adapt to other palettes that were similar in design and function. So the Layers, Channels, and Paths palettes look almost identical (Figures 9.2 to 9.4). Just a few of the icons at the bottom of each palette are different. And even with these they tried to be consistent. For instance, the icon you use to create a new layer looks the same as the one you use to create a new channel or path.


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