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Summary

You are starting to learn your way around the Photoshop screen, and you learned how to open a new page during this hour. You've looked at the toolbox and Photoshop's menus, and learned about grids and rulers. Finally, you learned about setting Preferences.

Q&A

Q1:What are foreground and background colors?
A1: The foreground color is the uppermost of the two colored squares in the toolbox. It's the color the brush applies. The background color is the lower square. It's the color you see when you erase the canvas.
Q2:What's the purpose of the picture at the top of the toolbar?
A2: It's the Adobe Photoshop logo. If you have an Internet connection, clicking the logo will take you to Adobe Online, a place for ideas, tips, and late-breaking Photoshop news.
Q3:Why are there trash cans at the bottom of the History and Layers palettes?
A3: Clicking the trash can for the Layers palette deletes a selected layer. Similarly, clicking the trash can for the History palette deletes an action. You'll learn more about this later.
Q4:How can I draw a box around some words I've put on my picture?
A4: That's one of the neat things the Shape Tools can do for you. You'll learn how to use them in Hour 13.


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