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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Essentials by Scott Onstott

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Chapter 2

Getting Acquainted with Photoshop’s User Interface

Just as you need to know what an automobile’s pedals, shifter, switches, buttons, knobs, and levers do to drive a car, so too must you understand what Photoshop’s menus, bars, workspaces, tools, panels, tabs, and icons do—collectively called the user interface—in order to successfully use the program. Let’s launch Photoshop and take it for a spin.

  • User interface overview
  • Accessing commands
  • Working with documents
  • Using tools
  • Arranging panels
  • Recalling workspaces

User Interface Overview

A lot of thought has gone into the design of Photoshop’s user interface (UI) over its more than 20-year existence. Along the way palettes became dockable panels, and the preferred display of tools went ...

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