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Hour 1. The Basics > Finding Your Way Around

Finding Your Way Around

When you first open Photoshop, you'll see its toolbox on the left side of the screen, menu headings at the top of the screen, and four windows on the right. (You'll also see your desktop, or whatever else is open at the time.)

You won't see a work area, because Photoshop, unlike most graphics programs, doesn't automatically open a new page for you. This makes sense, because most of your work in Photoshop will be done on pictures that you have brought in from some other source. Maybe you'll be using digital images from your digital camera or scanner. Possibly you'll work on files you've downloaded from the Internet or on photos from a CD-ROM. In Hour 2, "Opening and Saving," you will learn all about opening these pictures. Right now, let's open a blank page so you can try out some of Photoshop's tools.


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