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Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies

From Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies by Barbara Obermeier

Photoshop CS6 retains all it had in previous versions —, and provides new features to help you with your tasks, such as a darker, more immersive, User Interface, true vector Shape layers, the Oil Paint filter, Adaptive Wide Angle correction, Content-Aware Move tool, new brush tips, and more. None of it is hard to learn, and all of it will help enhance both your productivity and creativity.

The Basic Photoshop CS6 Commands

Getting familiar with the Photoshop CS6 application window is a great way to get your bearings before diving into Photoshop tools and commands. Here are a few basic pointers:

  • Launch Photoshop by clicking the Start menu or an icon on the taskbar (Windows) or clicking the Photoshop icon on the Dock (Mac).

    You can also double-click a Photoshop shortcut or alias on your desktop.

  • Open an image by choosing File→Open. If you have several images open at a time, cycle through them by pressing Ctrl+Tab (Windows) or Control+Tab (Mac).

  • Sometimes you need to see more detail in a photo. Zoom in by pressing Ctrl (Command on the Mac) + the plus sign key. When you're done editing, zoom out by pressing Ctrl + the minus sign key (Command + the minus sign key on the Mac).

  • Scroll an image by pressing the spacebar and then dragging.

  • Set your preferences by choosing Edit→Preferences (Windows) or Photoshop→Preferences (Mac).

  • Arrange and combine panels, customize the Options bar, and modify menu and keyboard shortcuts to how you work best. Then save your workspace to use again by choosing Window→Workspace→New Workspace.

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Accessing the Photoshop CS6 Tools Palette through Shortcuts

Photoshop CS6 sports a hefty number of tools. Not to fear. This handy guide shows you the Photoshop tool icon and the name of each tool, even if it is tucked away, hidden in a flyout menu:

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Making and Adjusting Selections in Photoshop CS6

Mastering selections is a key skill to becoming a Photoshop CS6 master. Here are a few basic Photoshop keyboard shortcuts to get you started on digital photography projects of all sorts:

Task Shortcut (Windows) Shortcut (Mac)
Draw straight lines. Alt-click with Lasso tool Option-click with Lasso tool
Add to the selection outline. Shift-drag Shift-drag
Deselect from the selection area. Alt-drag Option-drag
Deselect all but the intersected area. Hold down Shift+Alt and drag Hold down Shift+Option and drag
Deselect the entire image. Ctrl+D Command+D
Reselect the last selection. Ctrl+Shift+D Command+Shift+D
Hide extras. Ctrl+H Command+H
Fill the selection with foreground color. Alt+Backspace Option+Delete
Fill the selection with background color. Ctrl+Backspace Command+Delete
Reapply the last filter. Ctrl+F Command+F
Adjust levels. Ctrl+L Command+L
Use Free Transform. Ctrl+T Command+T
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