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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, the Tool Options bar just under the menu headings at the top of the screen, and several sets of floating palettes on the right. (You'll also see your desktop, or whatever else is open at the time, if you use a Mac.)You won't see a work area because Photoshop, unlike most graphics programs, doesn't automatically open a new page for you. This actually 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 that you can try out some of Photoshop's tools.

Starting a New Page

File→New is the first item on the first Photoshop menu. When you select it, you open the New dialog box, shown in Figure 1.1. You can enter a title for your new file at the top of the dialog box, such as New Page, or leave it untitled for now. The following sections will give you a brief overview to get you started setting up a new file.


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