Introduction to Photoshop


In this article you will learn the basics of Photoshop.

Step 1  

First of all click on the Start Menu then choose  Adobe Photoshop CS5.1.


Step 2

Go up to the "File" menu at the top of the screen and choose "New" or simply use the shortcut key "Ctrl+N" and enter the height and width into the TextBox as needed and in the dialog box choose pixels.


Step 3

Go up to the "File" menu at the top of the screen and choose the "Open" shortcut key "Ctrl+O". To select all use the shortcut keys "Ctrl+A" then "Ctrl+C".


Step 4

Post the Image in a New Document

First press "Ctrl+A" then "Ctrl+C". Then open the new document and press "Ctrl+V". Then you will find the layer like this:


Step 5


Main parts of Photoshop

The following are the main parts of Photoshop:

  1. Menu bar

    You will probably already be familiar with the menu bar from other programs. This runs across the top of your Photoshop window, and contains various menu options for Photoshop's tools. There are nine menus, File, Edit, Image, Layer, Select, Filter, View, Window and  Help.   
  2. Option Bar

    Below Photoshop's menu bar is the tool options bar. The Options Bar is where you would go to adjust settings for the currently active tool. This toolbar is context-sensitive, meaning that it changes according to which tool you have selected. I'll cover the options for each tool as we learn the individual tools in future lessons.
  3. Tool bar

    When you start Photoshop, the Tools panel appears at the left of the screen. Some tools in the Tools panel have options that appear in the context-sensitive options bar. You can expand some tools to show hidden tools beneath them. A small triangle at the lower right of the tool icon signals the presence of hidden tools. You can view information about any tool by positioning the pointer over it. The name of the tool appears in a tool tip below the pointer.
  4. Layer

    You can change individual parts of an image if you work with a layer; that is a way layers are used to work on individual parts of an image.
  5. Palettes

    Individual "panes" that hold information or options for working with your file, known as palettes (or panels), float on the right-hand side. Each palette is labeled with a tab, and can be minimized, closed, grouped with other palettes, or dragged in and out of a panel dock. In the example that follows, the Navigator palette contains a thumbnail of the image that allows you to zoom in or out of the image quickly, and to change the part of the image displayed on the screen.