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The result is yet another strong upgrade to Photoshop. It may not be as flashy as Versions 3, 5, 6, and
7 were, but it's certainly no slouch. And if I wish Photoshop CS had perhaps included a few more features such as envelope distortions and After-Effects-style parametric (and thus forever editable) effects I am pleasantly surprised by what it does offer and find little fault with its implementation.
Big upgrade or small, as usual the Photoshop Bible is here to help you get the most out of this latest version of Photoshop. Just remember to keep an eye peeled for the Photoshop CS icon, and you'll be over the hump and into the image-editing groove in no time.
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6.2 Chapter 2: Inside Photoshop
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Chapter 2: Inside Photoshop A First Look at Photoshop CS
These days, most computer applications speak a common graphical language, and Photoshop is no exception. It subscribes to the basic language of on-screen nouns and verbs spoken by the operating system. As a result, Photoshop may seem tolerably comprehensible the first time you meet it. Without
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any prior knowledge of its origins or behavior, you should be able to pick up a brush and specify a color in a matter of a few seconds, simply based on the rudimentary vocabulary that you've picked up from other programs. After years of staring into cathode ray tubes, you can't help but get the picture.
But Photoshop has its own special dialect, one that differs from every other program out there. The dialect is so distinct that it's only peripherally understood by other applications, including those from Adobe, the very siblings that Photoshop grew up with. Photoshop has its own way of turning a phrase, it speaks its words in a different order than you might expect, and yes, it uses a lot of strange and sometimes unsettling jargon that it has picked up on the street. Photoshop is always and will forever be a foreigner unnaturally introduced to your hard drive. For all you may think you share in common, it doesn't know you and you don't know it.
Even you experienced users you hearty few who have carried on more conversations with Photoshop than you have with most of your friends and family may find yourselves perplexed at times when negotiating with the latest version. The program speaks differently every time it upgrades. In fact, it's wrong to think of Photoshop CS as an older, wiser version of its original self. This is a completely new beast, bearing about as much resemblance to Photoshop 1.0 as you bear to a rhesus monkey.
So in this chapter, I introduce to you the latest version of Photoshop, insubordinate child of its ancestors, spoiler of photographic traditions, and speaker of the new language that you now have to learn. These pages represent a low-level primer you need to ingest before you can utter so much as a coherent "gack!" Granted, it comes to you second hand I am a non-native myself, with my own peculiar dialect as you'll discover but given that Photoshop CS itself is the only native speaker on the planet, this foreigner's perspective will have to do. The splash screen
Shortly after you launch Photoshop, the splash screen appears. The splash screen explains the launching process by flashing the names of plug-in modules as they load and listing the various initialization procedures.Tip
On the PC, you can access the splash screen at any time by choosing Help ® About Photoshop. On the Mac, choose About Photoshop from the Photoshop menu. After a few seconds, the list of programmers and copyright statements at the bottom of the screen starts to scroll. Press Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) to make the list scroll more quickly. To make the splash screen go away, just click it.Note
If you've ever tried to launch Photoshop on a networked computer while another computer on the network is already running a copy of Photoshop using the same serial number, you're familiar with the message "Could not initialize Photoshop because So-and-So is already running a copy of Adobe Photoshop with this serial number." There are two important things to note here: One is that you can work around this by simply detaching the second computer from the network before you launch Photoshop. After the application is open, re-network the computer, and you'll be up and running. And the other important thing to note is that with Mac OS X, this network problem doesn't occur. The Welcome ScreenPhotoshop
In Photoshop CS, Adobe has changed the way you access online help and other resources. After the initial splash screen disappears you'll be confronted with the Welcome Screen, shown in Figure 2-1, which provides you with several choices. You can view Tutorials, Tips and Tricks, Color Management Setup, or a listing of What's New. Be aware that most of these options require that you have access to the Internet. If you want to dismiss the screen and go about your business, click the Close button. If you want to disable the screen so it does not appear every time you launch the program, turn off the Show This Dialog at Startup check box. Either way, you can return to the Welcome Screen at any time