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 bro-
chure, 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
Here you will be able to name your file, set up the correct page size, and orientation for your docu-
ment. 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 increas-
es the size of the file. The standard recommended resolution for printed images is 150-300, for Web
images it is 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.
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.
Adobe Photoshop Interface of layout
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 above.
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: Color, Adjustments, and Layers.
If none of the palettes are visible, go to Window in the Menu bar and choose palettes you need to