Power User Shortcuts

to do this: use this method:

Close a file

[Ctrl][W] (Win) fel[W] (Mac)

Create a new file

[Ctrl][N] (Win) [w][l\l] (Mac)

Create a workspace

Window > Workspace > Save Workspace

Drag a layer


Exit Photoshop

[Ctrl][Q] (Win), [«][Q] (Mac)

Hide a layer

Lasso Tool

P„ orL

Open a file

[Ctrl][0] (Win), \x\[0] (Mac)

Open Bridge


Open Help

[F1] (Win)

Open Preferences dialog box

[Ctrl][K] (Win) [w][K] (Mac)

Page Setup

[Shift][Ctrl][P] (Win) [Shift][w][P] (Mac)

Print File

File > Print [Ctrl][P], (Win) ®[P] (Mac)


Key: Menu items are indicated by > between the menu name and its command. Blue bold letters are shortcuts for selecting tools on the toolbox.

to do this: use this method:

Reset preferences to default settings

[Shift][Alt][Ctrl] (Win) [Shift] | option |f^l(Mac)

Save a file

[Ctrl][S] (Win) [W][S] (Mac)

Show a layer

Show hidden lasso tools

[Shift] L

Show or hide all open palettes

[Shift] [Tab]

Show or hide all open palettes, the options bar, and the toolbox


Show or hide Swatches palette

Window > Swatches

Use Save As

[Shift][Ctrl][S] (Win) [Shift](£f[S] (Mac)

Zoom in


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Zoom Tool

In this chapter, you have learned the basics of Photoshop CS2: how to open and close a file, as well as how to start and exit Photoshop. You learned how to use Adobe Bridge, Version Cue, and Photoshop Help. You have also learned to identify some of the elements of the Photoshop window, how to use the Layers and History palettes, and how to move and delete layers.

What You Have Learned:

• How to open Photoshop CS2.

• How to identify elements of the Photoshop window.

• How to use organizational tools.

• How to move and delete layers.

• How to use the Adobe Help Center.

• How to close a file and quit Photoshop.

Key Terms

Adobe Bridge A stand-alone application that serves as the hub for the Adobe Creative Suite.

Digital image Picture in electronic form; it may be referred to as a file, document, picture, or image.

History palette Records each task (state) completed during the current Photoshop session.

Layers palette Displays all the layers in an open file, and can be used to create, copy, delete, display, hide, merge, lock, or reposition layers.

Options bar Located directly under the menu bar, displays the current settings for the active tool.

Preferences Options you can set that are based on your work habits.

Toolbox Contains tools associated with frequently used Photoshop commands.



1. Examine and convert layers.

2. Add and delete layers.

3. Add a selection from one image to another.

4. Organize layers with layer groups and colors.




Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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