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Getting Started

Getting Started

Adobe®Photoshop®CS2, the benchmark for digital imaging excellence, delivers a new level of power, precision, and control, as well as exciting new features and next-generation enhancements. Included with Photoshop CS2 is ImageReady™ CS2, which offers a versatile set of tools for creating and optimizing visual content for the Web, and Adobe Bridge®, the new visual file browser that provides both workaday productivity as well as creative inspiration. Photoshop CS2 pushes the boundaries of digital image editing and helps you turn your dreams into designs more easily than ever before.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book® is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software developed by experts at Adobe Systems. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. If you’re new to Adobe Photoshop, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and features you’ll need to master the program. And, if you’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for a while, you’ll find that Classroom in a Book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version of the application and for preparing images for the Web.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there’s room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow the book from start to finish, or do only the lessons that match your interests and needs. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you’ve covered.

What’s new in this edition

New lessons in this edition include information on many new features, such as new chapters on typography, Adobe Bridge, and digital photography. The digital photography lesson includes exercises on using such new features as the Camera Raw dialog box and the Vanishing Point filter. Other lessons incorporate other new features, such as support for Smart Objects and the new Spot Healing Brush tool.

In addition to covering the new features of Adobe Photoshop CS2, this edition of Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book features a number of new and exciting changes itself. First, if you’re a regular student of the Classroom in a Book series, you’ve probably already noticed that this edition is in four colors. Being able to see the screen captures and image windows in full color will help you more easily compare what’s on our pages to what’s on your screen, which will help you follow steps and complete exercises more easily. In addition, this edition of Classroom in a Book features some tips and techniques from two of Adobe’s own experts, Photoshop evangelist Julieanne Kost and senior creative director Russell Brown. Look for Julieanne’s tips and Russell’s tutorials through the pages of the book.


Before you begin to use Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the documentation included with your Microsoft® Windows® or Apple® Mac® OS X documentation.

Installing Adobe Photoshop

Before you begin using Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book, make sure that your system is set up correctly and that you’ve installed the required software and hardware. You must purchase the Adobe Photoshop CS2 software separately. For system requirements and complete instructions on installing the software, see the InstallReadMe file on the application CD.

What’s on the CD*

Here is an overview of the contents of the Classroom in a Book CD

Lesson files... and so much more

The Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in book CD includes the lesson files that you’ll need to complete the exercises in this book, as well as other content to help your learn more to Adobe Photoshop and use it with greater efficiency and ease. The diagram below represents the contents of the CD, which should help you locate the files you need.

** The latest version of Apple QuickTime can be downloaded from www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime652.html.

Photoshop, ImageReady, and Bridge use the same installer. You must install all three applications from the Adobe Photoshop CS2 application CD onto your hard disk; you cannot run the programs from the CD. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Make sure that your serial number is accessible before installing the application; you can find the serial number on the registration card or CD sleeve.

Starting Adobe Photoshop

You start Photoshop just as you do most software applications.

To start Adobe Photoshop in Windows

Choose Start > All Programs > Adobe Photoshop CS2.

In the Welcome Screen, click Close.

To start Adobe Photoshop in Mac OS

Open the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder, and double-click the Adobe Photoshop program icon.

In the Welcome Screen, click Close.

Installing the Classroom in a Book fonts

To ensure that the lesson files appear on your system with the correct fonts, you may need to install the Classroom in a Book font files. The fonts are in the Fonts folder on the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book CD. If you already have these on your system, you do not need to install them.

Use the following procedure to install the fonts on your hard drive.

Insert the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book CD into your CD-ROM drive.

Install the font files using the procedure for the version of your operating system:

  • Windows: Drag the fonts from....\Adobe\Fonts). For more information on installing fonts in Windows, see the Read Me file in the Fonts folder of the CD.

  • Mac OS: Open the Fonts folder on the CD. Select all of the fonts in the Fonts folder and drag them into the Library/Fonts folder on your hard disk. You can select and drag multiple fonts to install them, but you cannot drag the entire folder to install the fonts.

Copying the Classroom in a Book files

The Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book CD includes folders containing all the electronic files for the lessons in the book. Each lesson has its own folder; you must copy the folders to your hard disk to complete the lessons. To save room on your disk, you can install only the folder necessary for each lesson as you need it, and remove it when you’re done.

To install the Classroom in a Book lesson files, do the following:

Insert the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book CD into your CD-ROM drive.

Browse the contents and locate the Lessons folder.

Do one of the following:

  • To copy all the lesson files, drag the Lessons folder from the CD onto your hard disk.

  • To copy only individual lesson files, first create a new folder on your hard disk and name it Lessons. Then, drag the lesson folder or folders that you want to copy from the CD into the Lessons folder on your hard disk.

If you are installing the files in Windows 2000, you may need to unlock the lesson files before you can use them. If you use Windows 2000 and encounter locked files, proceed to Step 4.

(Windows 2000 only) Unlock the files you copied:

  • Right-click the folder that contains the locked files, such as Lessons, and choose Properties from the contextual menu.

  • In the Attributes area of the File Properties dialog box, deselect (uncheck) the Read-only check box, and then click Apply.

  • In the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box, select the option “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders, and files.”

  • Click OK to close the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box, and click OK again to close the File Properties dialog box.

This final step is not necessary for Windows XP or Mac OS users.


As you complete each lesson, you will overwrite the start files. If you want to restore the original files, recopy the corresponding Lesson folder from the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book CD to the Lessons folder on your hard drive.

Restoring default preferences

The preferences files store palette and command settings information. Each time you quit Adobe Photoshop, the positions of the palettes and certain command settings are recorded in the respective preferences file. Any selections you make in the Preferences dialog box are also part of this type of application file.

At the beginning of each lesson in this book, you will be told to reset the default preferences, using a three-key combination. This deletes any options you may have selected in the Preferences dialog box.

You can ignore the instructions to reset your preferences. If you do so, be aware that the tools, palettes, and other settings in your Photoshop CS2 application may not match those described in this book, so you may have to be slightly more resourceful in finding things. With that in mind, you should be able to do the lesson without other difficulties.

Saving your monitor-calibration settings is a simple procedure that you should perform before you start work on this book; the procedure is described in the following section. If you have not custom-calibrated your color monitor, this procedure is unnecessary.

Saving the options you may have selected in the Preferences dialog box is beyond the scope of this book. If you are not sure how to do this yourself, get help from your network administrator. Otherwise, you can simply keep a record of preferences that you’ve customized, and then restore them manually after you finish these lessons.

To save your current color settings:

Start Adobe Photoshop.

Choose Edit > Color Settings.

In the Color Settings dialog box, examine the Settings menu.

  • If the Settings menu is Custom, go on to Step 4 of this procedure.

  • If the Settings option is anything other than Custom, click OK to close the dialog box. You do not need to do anything else.

Click the Save button. (Be careful to click Save, not OK.)

The Save dialog box opens. The default location is the Settings folder, which is where you want to save your file. The default file extension is .csf (color settings file).

In the File Name field (Windows) or Save As field (Mac OS), type a descriptive name for your color settings, preserving the .csf file extension. Then click Save.

In the Color Settings Comment dialog box, type any descriptive text that will help you identify the color settings later, such as the date, specific settings, or your workgroup.

Click OK to close the Color Settings Comment dialog box, and again to close the Color Settings dialog box.

To restore your color settings:

Start Adobe Photoshop.

Choose Edit > Color Settings.

In the Settings menu in the Color Settings dialog box, select the color-settings file you defined in the previous procedure.

Click OK.

Additional resources

Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book is not meant to replace documentation that comes with the program or to be a comprehensive reference for every feature in Photoshop CS2. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to any of these resources:

  • Photoshop Help, which is the complete version of the user guide built into the Adobe Photoshop CS2 application. You can view it by choosing Help > Photoshop Help. For more information, see Lesson 1, “Getting to Know the Work Area.”

  • The Adobe Web site (www.adobe.com), which you can view by choosing Help > Photoshop Online if you have a connection to the World Wide Web.

  • Adobe Studio (http://studio.adobe.com), where you can find a wealth of tips, tutorials, plug-ins, actions, and other design inspiration and instructional content.

  • The Adobe Photoshop CS2 User Guide, which contains most of the material included in the Help system. If the User Guide book is not included in your Photoshop CS2 package, it is available for purchase at www.adobe.com. The Help system that is already built into the application contains all the information in the User Guide, plus additional information not included in the printed version.

  • The Total Training Video Workshop CD, which comes in the Adobe Photoshop CS2 product box. These training videos contain 60 minutes of instruction by experienced industry leaders on both new and key features in Photoshop CS2.

Adobe Certification

The Adobe Training and Certification programs are designed to help Adobe customers and trainers improve and promote their product-proficiency skills. There are three levels of certification:

  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)

  • Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI)

  • Adobe Authorized Training Center (AATC)

The Adobe Certified Expert program is a way for expert users to upgrade their credentials. You can use Adobe certification as a catalyst for getting a raise, finding a job, or promoting your expertise.

If you are an ACE-level instructor, the Adobe Certified Instructor program takes your skills to the next level and gives you access to a wide range of Adobe resources.

Adobe Authorized Training Centers offer instructor-led courses and training on Adobe products, employing only Adobe Certified Instructors. A directory of AATCs is available at http://partners.adobe.com.

For information on the Adobe Certified programs, visit www.adobe.com/support/certification/main.html.

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