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Chapter 3. Startup > Opening files

Opening files

To open an image within Photoshop:

1.
Choose File > Open (Ctrl-O/Cmd-O).

2.
Locate the file you want to open (Win) /(Mac OS) . Choose a specific format from the Files of type/Show drop-down menu, or choose All Formats/All Documents.


Windows: Double-click a file name.



Mac OS: Double-click a file name.


Once it’s opened, an image can be saved in any format that Photoshop reads.

Mac OS: To search for a file, click Find, type the file name, then click Find again.

Note: If the name of the file you want to open doesn’t appear on the scroll list, it may be because the plug-in module for its format isn’t installed in the Photoshop Plug-Ins folder. Install the plug-in, then try again.

3.
Click the file name, then click Open.

or

Double-click the file name.

Got a Profile Mismatch? See page 45.

For some file formats, a further dialog box will open. For example, if you open an EPS, Adobe Illustrator, or PDF file that hasn’t yet been rasterized (converted from vector to bitmap), the Rasterize Generic... Format dialog box will open. Follow steps 4–9 on pages 68–69.

Tip

To open an Adobe Illustrator file in Photoshop, follow the instructions on page 68 or 70.



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