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Getting started with Photoshop: the work area

November 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Photoshop



The work area con vary depending on the Photoshop version that you have, but once you get familiar with it, you will be able to move around comfortably.

The idea with these tutorials is to make every step easy to understand, and to answer your questions and offer new ways to improve your images.

The best way to start using Photoshop is practicing. If you start reading too much theory it is going to get very confusing.

So let’s open an image:


You can go to File> Open and look into your folders or camera card and open it. You can open Bridge and look for your image and open it from Bridge or you can look for it in your folders and drag it to Photoshop.

The first thing you want to make sure is that you need to preserve your original image. You will improve your skills with practice, Photoshop will improve its tools, and in a few years, you might want to go back to your original image and work with it in a different new way. Don’t forget: save a copy.

Once you have your image open you can start playing with it.


Above you can see the work area in Photoshop CS2, it is very similar to all of the CS versions before CS4. Below you can see the CS4 work area. They both have the  the same basic elements displayed in a different form:

A. Menu bar, B. Options bar, C. Toolbox, D. Palettes, E. Status bar, F. Active image area

In the menu bar you will find all the commands, the options bar shows you the image size and the tool you are using. The tool box has all the tools you need to work in your image.


It is important to get familiar with the  tool names, and to move your cursor around, but do not try to learn what it is every category and how to use it. The best way to learn is to practice.

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