Adobe Photoshop CC Basics for Beginners | User Interface: Part 1

Hey everyone! In this tutorial I would like to give you a very brief overview of Photoshop's user interface. Photoshop is a complex program, but in terms of doing some basic rendering and things like that, we really only have to focus specific aspects of Photoshop. So the important thing to note if you're working in an older version is that this is CS6 it's the newest version and it looks a little bit different than previous versions and acts a little bit differently.

So first thing to note that Adobe software in general kind of all looks the same a little bit, so if you're working in Photoshop and illustrator and InDesign they can be a little bit confusing. So first and foremost you always need to take a look at the upper left-hand corner the blue PS means Photoshop. Then across the top of the screen, we see the standard menu titles -File, Edit and so on, and then we get into things that are more specific to Photoshop dealing with image, layers and that type of thing. So if we look at File menu, File course is going to have the standard opening a new document, an existing document and than of course closing, saving, importing, exporting, printing and that type of thing it's also where you can exit the program.


Photoshop Interface - Menu File

Edit menu is where we're going to find things like undo and redo, which of course is critically important cutting, copying, pasting, transforming things creating patterns and brushes and other things like looking at our preferences and in that type of thing.


Photoshop Interface - Menu Edit

The next one over is an Image menu, and this is where you'll find most your image editing types of things. For example, checking what mode you happen to be in any adjustments that you might want to do, the size of the image or the canvas you're working on rotating, cropping and all of that type of thing.


Photoshop Interface - Menu Image

Layer menu will of course as the name would indicate get into a lot of the more complicated aspects of the layers that you are working on your image.


Photoshop Interface - Menu Layer

Type menu is going to relate to all of the text that you might be using. Select is where we're going to select, deselect, invert or modify in some way all of those types of selection tools that you might be using in your document.


Photoshop Interface - Menu Type

Filter menu will get us to those classic Photoshop filters that we've probably all seen before but also let us do some different types of manipulations and things like that. View is one of the areas we can locate zooming in and out changing how our screen mode appears turning on and off rulers and guides and things like that.


Window menu is one of your more helpful menu items for sure and that's where you're going to locate or relocate any of the different menus that we're going to be looking at over on the right side of our screen and I'll get to that in just a second and then of course we have Help menu.

Help menu is incredibly useful right below that what we're seeing here is a contextual menu that changes based on the type of tool that were using in Photoshop. The tools are all located over here on the left side in our toolbox.


So this is our toolbox, this is where we will find all of our tool - paint brushes eraser tool, gradient tool, typing tools panning, zooming in and out, color picker… All of that type of thing is going to be over here in our toolbox very useful. This is essentially our desktop or a drawing area located here in the middle of this on the screen. Right now we don't have an image open, so you know there's not an actual canvas for us to work on, but there will be in a minute.


Then over on the right side we have over menus that we can locate from the window button up at the top of the screen, so for example we have the layers menu, paths, channels, adjustments and so on. Those can all be located up here on the window and notice that the ones I have active like layers and adjustments have a checkmark next to them that means that they're available for me to work on.

So if you inadvertently delete one or something like that, you can come in here and find it. For example, if I really wanted the colors tab open, I just come up to window click the color, and that opens it up for me. Notice that I can move these around wherever I want and if I bring them over, I can kind of tuck them into place, I can shrink them or make them bigger and close them out entirely by hitting a little axe in the corner.


So if you know accidentally get rid of one of those don't panic they're really really easy to find. If you'd like to open up a new document just to see what that's like you can go up to the word file at the top of the screen right next to the blue PS and go to new.

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