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Chapter 1. The Basics > Key to the Photoshop screen: Mac OS and Windows

Key to the Photoshop screen: Mac OS and Windows

  1. Menu bar Press any menu heading to access dialog boxes, submenus, and commands.

  2. Close/Minimize/Zoom buttons (Mac OS X) To close a file or a palette, click its close (red) button. Click the minimize (yellow) button to stow it in the dock. Click the zoom (green) button to enlarge a window to maximum size, or on a palette to show/hide extra options.

  3. Options bar Use to choose settings for the current tool.

  4. Title bar Displays the image’s title, zoom level, current layer (or the Background), and image mode.

  5. Rulers Choose View > Show Rulers to display rulers. The position of the pointer is indicated by a mark on each ruler.

  6. Toolbox Press Tab to show/hide the Toolbox and all open palettes.

  7. Workgroup pop-up menu Provides access to commands for checking files out from, or into, a WebDAV server. This menu is only available if Enable Workgroup Functionality is checked in Edit (Photoshop, in OS X) > Preferences > File Handling.

  8. Status bar The status bar displays Document Sizes, Document Profile, Document Dimensions, Scratch Sizes (the amount of RAM currently available to Photoshop), Efficiency (the percentage of time Photoshop is working, as opposed to writing to the scratch disk), Timing, or Current Tool information. To reset the timer, choose Timing with Alt/Option held down.

  9. Palettes There are 17 moveable palettes. Click a tab (palette name) in a palette group to bring that palette to the front of its group.


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