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The Basic Photoshop CS5 Commands

Part of the Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Getting familiar with the Photoshop CS5 application window is a great way to get your bearings before diving into Photoshop's 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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