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The work area

The work area is the window where your graphics will be. It's the canvas for your work. Figure 4-4 shows the New dialog box where you set up a new work area.

Figure 4-4: The New dialog box.


To create a new work area:

  1. Choose File⇨New.

  2. At the top of the New dialog box that appears, give your new graphics file a name by typing it into the Name text box.

  3. Set the dimensions in the Width and Height fields.

    Choose pixels as the unit of measure because you're designing for the Web — the Web doesn't have inches.

  4. Set the resolution to 72 pixels/inch.

    The higher numbers are for print design. (See the explanations of graphics types in the sidebars, earlier in this chapter, that compare bitmaps and vector graphics.)

  5. Select the RGB Color Mode.

    Book II, Chapter 4 explains color space.

  6. Set the Background Contents of your file to be transparent or have a color.

  7. Click OK to create the file.

    Photoshop creates the new graphics file and places it on‐screen.

  8. Save your document by choosing File⇨Save As.

  9. In the Save As dialog box that appears, choose a location, name the file, and click Save.

    Make sure you save it to your production files folder so you can find it easily later.


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