Open an Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

When using Photoshop Creative Suite 5, you usually have a source image that may have been generated by a scanner, digital camera, or stock image library. You can open an existing image in one of several ways:

  • Choose File→Open, select the file in the Open dialog box, and then click the Open button.

  • Choose File→Browse. By selecting Browse instead of Open, you launch the Adobe Bridge application.

  • Double-click an image in the Mini Bridge panel.

Photoshop can open a multitude of file formats, even if the image was created in another application, such as Illustrator or another image-editing program. However, you have to open the image in Photoshop by choosing File→Open or, using Adobe Bridge, by selecting an image and dragging it to the Photoshop icon on the taskbar (Windows) or Dock (Mac).

If you double-click an image file (one that wasn’t originally created in Photoshop, or from different versions) in a folder, the image may open only in a preview application.

If you’re opening a folder of images that you want to investigate first, choose File→Browse to open Adobe Bridge, the control center for Adobe Creative Suite. You can use Adobe Bridge to organize, browse, and locate the assets you need to create your content. Adobe Bridge keeps available for easy access native AI, INDD, PSD, and Adobe PDF files as well as other Adobe and non-Adobe application files.

You can access the standalone Adobe Bridge application from all applications in the Creative Suite by choosing File→Browse or by clicking the Go to Bridge icon in the upper left corner of the application window. Use the Bridge interface to view images as thumbnails and look for metadata information. For a condensed version of Bridge, click the MB icon on the Application bar.