ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS3 TUTORIAL
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 is a popular image editing software that provides a work
environment consistent with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe ImageReady, and
other products in the Adobe Creative Suite. This tutorial is an introduction to using
Adobe Photoshop. Here you will learn how to get started, how to use the interface, and
how to modify images with basic Photoshop tools.
T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
Section 3: Palettes
Section 7: Drawing and Selection Tools
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G E T T I N G S T A R T E D
Begin by opening Adobe Photoshop CS3.
On a PC, click Start > Programs > Adobe > Photoshop CS3, or click on the shortcut
on the desktop.
On a Mac, click Macintosh HD > Applications > Adobe Photoshop CS3 >
Photoshop CS3 shown in Figure 1, or click the icon in the Dock.
Fig. 1. Navigation to Photoshop CS3 on a Mac
SETTING UP THE DOCUMENT
Setting up your document correctly from the start will make your job much easier as you
work through your project. This will require some advanced planning. For example, if
your final output will be a brochure, you may need to set up your document to be
horizontal and double-sided.
To create a new document, click File > New. This will open the Document Setup dialog
box (Fig. 2).
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Fig. 2. Document Setup dialog box
Here you will be able to name your file, set up the correct page size, and orientation for
your document. Options include, but are not limited to:
Page Size and Orientation
Change the page size by typing in new values for width and height. Page size
represents the final size you want after bleeds or trimming other marks outside the page.
In the Preset dropdown menu you can find such common sizes as letter, legal, tabloid,
etc. Typing in exact values for Height and Width gives you more control over the size
and orientation of your page.
Resolution is a number of pixels on a printed area of an image. The higher the
resolution, the more pixels there are on the page, the better is the quality of the image.
However, high resolution increases the size of the file. The standard recommended
resolution for printed images is 150 - 300, for Web images - 72.
Choose a color mode that will best fit your project. For example, when making a graphic
for a web site, choose RGB. When making an image for print, choose CMYK.
Choose the background: white, color, or transparent.
When you have entered all of your document settings, click OK.
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OPENING AN IMAGE FROM A DISK
If the image you have is saved on a disk, select File > Open, and then navigate to the
disk drive where your image is saved. Choose the image file and click Open. At this
point, you may want to save your image under a different name so that you can always
have the original to fall back on in case of a mistake. To save you r file, select File >
Save As and type in the new name of the file in the dialogue box. Now you should be
ready to go.
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I N T E R F A C E L A Y O U T
This is the layout of Adobe Photoshop interface.
If you look at the top of the screen you will see the Menu bar which contains all the main
functions of Photoshop, such as File, Edit, Image, Layer, Select, Filter, View,
Window, and Help.
Most of the major tools are located in the Tool bar for easy access.
The image will appear in its own window once you open a file.
The name of any image that you open will be at the top of the image window as shown
Palettes contain functions that help you monitor and modify images. By default, palettes
are stacked together in groups. These are the palettes that are usually visible:
Navigator, Color, Histogram, Layer. If none of the palettes are visible, go to Window
in the Menu bar and choose palettes you need to work with.
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P A L E T T E S
Below is the description of the most commonly used palettes in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Palettes used for more advanced image editing will be covered in the Adobe Photoshop
CS3 Tutorial - Intermediate.
The Navigator palette (Fig. 1) allows you to resize and move around within the image.
Drag the slider, click on the Zoom In and Zoom Out icons, or specify the percentage to
navigate in the image.
Fig. 1. Navigator palette
COLOR, SWATCHES, STYLE
The Color palette (Fig. 2) displays the current foreground and background colors and
RGB values for these colors. You can use the sliders to change the foreground and
background colors in different color modes. You can also choose a color from the
spectrum of colors displayed in the color ramp at the bottom of the palette.
Fig. 2. Color palette
In the Swatches palette (Fig. 3) you can choose a foreground or background color or
add a customized color to the library.
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Fig. 3. Swatches palette
The Styles palette (Fig. 4) allows you to view, select, and apply preset layer styles. By
default, a preset style replaces the current layer style. You can use the styles in the
palette or add your own using the Create New Style icon.
Figure 4. Styles palette
The History palette (Fig. 5) stores and displays each action performed allowing you
jump to any recent stage of the image alteration. The alterations should be created
during the current working session; after saving or closing the document the History
palette clears all the contents. Each time you apply a change to an image, the new state
of that image is added to the palette. The History palette can store up to 20 stages.
However, you can always go back to the first stage, for example opening the document.
It is important to know that once you click on any of the previous stages, all the changes
that were made after it will be lost.
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Fig. 5. History palette
Layers let you organize your work into distinct levels that can be edited and viewed as
individual units. Every Photoshop CS3 document contains at least one layer. Creating
multiple layers lets you easily control how your artwork is printed, displayed, and edited.
You will use the Layers palette (Fig. 6) often while creating a document, so it is crucial
to understand what it does and how to use it.
A) Layer Visibility - The eye shows that the
selected layer is visible. Click on or off to see or
to hide a layer.
B) Layer Locking Options - Click the
checkered square icon to lock Transparency;
click the brush icon to lock the Image; click the
arrow icon to lock the Position; click the lock
icon to lock all options.
C) Layer Blending Mode - Defines how the
layer's pixels blend with underlying pixels in the
image. By choosing a particular blending mode
from the dropdown menu you can create a
variety of special effects.
D) Fill - By typing in a value or dragging the
slider you can specify the transparency of the
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Fig. 6. Layers Palette
color of the image or object.
E) Opacity - By typing in a value or dragging a
slider you can specify the transparency of the
F) Layer Lock - The icon shows when the layer
is locked and disappears when it is unlocked.
Double-click the icon to unlock the layer.
G) Layer Options Menu - Click the black
triangle to see the following options: New Layer,
Duplicate Layer, Delete Layer, Layer
Properties, etc. Some of the options are
presented as icons at the bottom of the Layers
H) Link Layers – Can be used to link layers
I) Layer Styles - If a layer has a style, an "F"
icon shows at the bottom of the Layers palette.
Click the little black triangle to see style options.
J) Layer Mask - A grayscale image, with parts
painted in black hidden, parts painted in white
showing, and parts painted in gray shades
showing in various levels of transparency.
K) Layer Set - This option helps to organize
images with multiple layers. Click the icon to
create a folder for several layers.
L) Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer - Have
the same opacity and blending mode options as
image layers and can be rearranged, deleted,
hidden, and duplicated in the same manner as
image layers. Click the icon and select an option
to create a new fill or adjustment layer.
M) Create New Layer - Click this icon to create
a new layer.
Delete Layer - To delete a layer, select a
layer in the Layers palette and drag it to the
trash can icon; or, select a layer and click the
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