How to Open an Image in Photoshop CS6

If you know where an image file is stored, you can open the file in Photoshop CS6 in a similar way to opening a word processing, spreadsheet, or other file. Follow these steps to open a file:

  1. In Photoshop, choose File→Open.

    Or press Ctrl+O (Command+O on the Mac).

    The standard Open dialog box for Windows or the Mac OS (operating system) appears. The layout of the dialog box differs slightly between the two.

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  2. Navigate to the folder that contains your file.

    From the Files of type list (Windows) or Enable pop-up menu (Mac OS), you can select which types of files you want to display.

    To view all files, select All Formats (Windows) or All Readable Documents (Mac OS).

  3. Click the name of the image file you want to open.

    To select multiple files, click the first file and then Ctrl-click (Command-click on the Mac) each additional file.

    You may see a preview of the image in the Open dialog box’s Preview pane, Preview column (in column view) or in the cover flow (in cover flow view).

  4. After you select the file you want, click the Open button.

    The file opens in Photoshop.

    If you choose File→Open Recent, a submenu lists the last files you worked on. Click a filename to open it or simply type the number next to the filename. You can specify the number of files that appear on this menu in the File Handling section of the Preferences dialog box.

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