Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
Now we're gonna get in to the nuts and bolts of Photoshop and talk about probably the sexiest topic, interface and setup. No sarcasm at all (laughs). So setting up Photoshop is a really, actually it's very important. It's important for workflow, it's important for workflow efficiency. If you go in to my garage, it's probably gonna be a nightmare for somebody who has a nice, clean garage, but you're not gonna know where my tools are. If I go in to your garage, same thing. I'm not gonna know where your tools are. So you need to set up Photoshop in a way that's most efficient for you. And I relate a lot of this to kitchens. The best kitchen is not the biggest kitchen. We all might disagree, cause a big kitchen is nice. Cause everyone starts to hang out now in the kitchen more so than the living room, but the biggest, the best kitchens are the ones that are the most efficient for the chef that's using it. And each kitchen in gonna be different. Where you put those pots and pans matters. So...
if this is your kitchen, you might put your pots and pans in this drawer. I might put mine in that drawer over there. But I probably wouldn't wanna put my Tupperware way over here where the pots and pans should go, because that might need to go more near towards the sink, because I'm gonna be doing my dishes and emptying the leftovers into the Tupperware. Maybe I think about this too much, I don't know. But my wife and I moved in to our new house a few years back I was putting the boxes in the kitchen, in the places that I wanted those things to go. So she walks in, she's like, "Why are we doing this?" I was like, "Because we have to set this up "in the most efficient way possible." She's like, "Oh, there ya go." You know, cause that's how I think. I think about efficiency, I think about workflow. And I don't just think about that in terms of what I do in Photoshop. I think about it even down to the things that I'm doing when I'm brushing my teeth in the morning. You know, what do I do first? So once you, but you set things up for yourself so that you know, successfully, where you need to go in your kitchen to get the pots, to get the pans, and put it to the closest place possible that you're gonna need to use it. Photoshop is no different. When I'm working in Photoshop, there's different places to put your pots and your pans. And some of those are more efficient places than others. Some places I like to separate out, you'll see that I put a lot of my working stuff over here. And I put some of my tools over there. I like to have my tools in one place and the working document stuff in another place. And if we look at this, these are our cabinets. These are the places where we can put our pots and our pans or, if we're in a garage, these are places that we can put our tools so that we can work in a more efficient way. In Photoshop our cabinets aren't cabinets. We call them toolbars. We have menus, and then we have windows. Of all the things that could be modular based, the only two that are actually modular based that you can, you can modify to your liking, are the toolbars and the windows. The menus are solid, they're in place, they're already predefined by Photoshop. So once we get in to Photoshop, you're gonna see how this works. Now before we talked about Adobe Camera Raw, and we talked about Lightroom. So now we need to just, first let's just talk about how to even open Photoshop, okay? So that'll help us transition in to what we need to do once we get in to Photoshop. So, we're in Bridge at this point. If we wanted to open up Photoshop, all we'd have to do is double-click on an image, or we could right-click on that image and say open with, and then open with Photoshop CC 2018 as my default. Because I'm working within Bridge. Another way that we could open Photoshop is to go in to our folder structure that we have for our images. If we just go in to our desktop and I go in to any one of my folders, I can right-click on an image, and I can say open with, let's say properties. And I can have that set to open with Photoshop. So for me, I like to have everything that's an image set to open in Photoshop. I drive my wife, drives her nuts. She does not like the fact that a JPEG opens in Photoshop. She's like, "I just wanna look at it. "Why does it have to open in Photoshop?" I open PNGs, I open JPEGs, I open TIFFs, I open PSD documents. Cause I want, that's my command center. I want everything to open through Photoshop, because that's what I'm using to edit my images. If this was set to the default that would be in something like Windows, I could just go and change this to Photoshop and have the default set for Photoshop. It'll be a little bit different for a Mac, but you can associate what you want your images to open in. I prefer everything to open in Photoshop. It just makes my life easier. I don't have to think about it. That way, if I double-click on anything, I can open it up, and I'm right inside Photoshop. Another thing that you're gonna find along with Photoshop and opening Photoshop is going to be, right when you first get it, when you first get Photoshop, there's this thing called the Creative Cloud. It's the thing that you sign in to to get in to your version of Photoshop. So if you've never used Photoshop before, you have the option to put it on two computers at any given time. So I have three laptops. One of them's my travel laptop, one of them's my work station that I use as a laptop when I go on seminars or events like this, and the other one is my desktop PC. So if I log in to Photoshop on all three of those, by the time I get to the third one, it's gonna say, "Hey, you need to log out of all your other machines "before you can log in to this one." And all that's handled through the Adobe Creative Cloud. It'll even pop up when you try to open up Photoshop. But this is like, the Creative Cloud is your command center for all things Adobe and what you actually own within Adobe's ecosystem of programs. So by default, if you have the CC photographer's plan that comes with Photoshop CC and Lightroom, you will have the option to install this. Now you'll see here that I don't even have Lightroom installed on my machines. I'm probably one of the only people on the planet that doesn't use Lightroom. I strictly use Bridge, my own folder structure, and Photoshop. I don't go in to Lightroom at all. I have my own purposes for that. For me it's not a matter of, you know, being hoity-toity or holier-than-thou or something like that. It's because it manages my images in a way that I don't, I'm not comfortable with. So I have a very strict system on how I manage my images that I've been doing since I started photography, and I'm very comfortable with that. And I'm not a big fan of cataloging. So that's why I don't really jump too far in to Lightroom. But this is where you can open up any of your programs that you own. So right here we see that Adobe Camera Raw, which we already covered, is already automatically installed in to Photoshop. It's part of Photoshop as a plugin. So if we needed to open up Photoshop, we could even come in to the Creative Cloud and we could open it up here. Another thing to note about this, as far as versions of Photoshop are concerned, is this right drop-down next to it. It's got a couple things here. You can view tutorials, other versions, or install. So at any time, if you wanted to uninstall Photoshop, you could do that. I don't recommend it, cause I love Photoshop (laughs). But if you go to other versions, you can see all the other versions of Photoshop that were there before, and even install them. Which is really awesome of Adobe to do that, because a lot of programs, they just stay with what's most up-to-date, and you can't see the history or go back and install those things. So it's really nice that we have that access available to us.
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