Starting Photoshop and Creating a File

The way that you start Photoshop depends on the computer platform you are using. However, when you start Photoshop in either platform, the computer displays a splash screen, a window that displays information about the software, and then the Photoshop window opens.

After you start Photoshop, you can create a file from scratch. You use the New dialog box to create a file. You can also use the New dialog box to set the size of the image you're about to create by typing dimensions in the Width and Height text boxes.

TABLE 1: Examples of Graphic File Formats Supported

in Photoshop

file

filename

file

filename

format

extension

format

extension

Photoshop

.PSD

Filmstrip

.VLM

Bitmap

.BMP

Kodak PhotoCD

.PCD

PC Paintbrush

.PCX

Pixar

.PXR

Graphics

.GIF

Scitex CT

.SCT

Interchange Format

Photoshop Encapsulated

.EPS

Photoshop PDF

.PDF

PostScript

Tagged Image Format

.TIF or .TIFF

Targa

.TGA or .VDA

JPEG Picture Format

.JPG, .JPE,

PICT file

.PCT, .PIC,

or .JPEG

or .PICT

CorelDraw

.CDR

Raw

.RAW

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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