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Getting started

You’ll start the lesson by viewing the finished lesson file to see the image that you’ll create as you explore the selection tools in Photoshop.

1.
Start Adobe Photoshop, holding down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See “Restoring default preferences” on page 4.)

As messages appear, select Yes to confirm that you want to reset preferences, No to defer setting up your color monitor, and Close to close the Welcome Screen.

2.
On the tool options bar, select the File Browser button, and use the Folders palette to navigate to and select the Lessons/Lesson04 folder on your hard disk.

3.
In the thumbnails palette, select the 04End.psd file, so that it appears in the Preview palette in the File Browser.

The project is a collage of objects, including a writing journal, a pen, globes, a number, a flower, and a padlock. The challenge in this lesson is to arrange these elements, each of which is part of a multi-image scan. The “ideal” composition is a judgment call, so this lesson won’t describe precise locations. There are no “right” or “wrong” placements of the objects.

4.
Select the 04Start.psd file in the thumbnails pane, and double-click to open it.

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