Overview the Basic Features of Adobe Photoshop
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Overview the Basic Features of Adobe Photoshop

Learn the different parts of Photoshop CS3. It is the basic thing you should know about Photoshop.

What is Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is a widely used graphic editing program made by Adobe Systems Inc. This program has been very popular since its first market distribution. Different versions and updates of Photoshop are increasing in number as well as progressively improving in features to maximize the creativity of the users.

The Basics

The best way to learn this program is to familiarize with the basics. This article will introduce you to the different parts of Adobe Photoshop. The screenshots below are taken from Photoshop CS3.

The General View

As soon as you open your Photoshop program, you will see this page. This is the Photoshop CS3 Interface with the corresponding label of its parts. If you are new to the software, you might probably say that it’s complicated, however, as you get to familiarize yourself with the program, it will gradually become easy. Knowing the different items on this page is essential. These are the basic things which will help you understand the tools you need for your editing assignments.

Menu Bar

The menu bar is found at the top of your screen just below the name of your program.

The following are the primary menus and the commonly used dropdown submenus:

File – this is used to create a new document; open files; browse documents or folders; save projects; set up page; print; and exit the program.

Edit - this menu is always used while working on the project. It includes copy, cut, paste, undo, step forward, step backward, free-transform, fill and stroke. And learning and using their keyboard shortcuts located parallel to the dropdown submenus will increase your creativity and make working more convenient.

Image - this includes image adjustment particularly pertaining to color, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation. Image and canvas size can also be adjusted in this menu.

Layer – this is used in creating, duplicating, grouping, ungrouping, merging and many other layers options.

Select – the function of this primarily applies to the selected object or selection.

Filter – this is where your creativity comes in. With just a few clicks, you can add artistic effects on your photo.

View – this allows viewing adjustment. You have zoom-in, zoom-out or fit-in-window choices in viewing your document. This is where you can also activate and deactivate the visibility of the ruler and grids.

Window – allows you to customize your workspace. You can choose the toolbox you want to appear in your screen. It also allows you to choose your document arrangement by cascade or tile.

Help – this will allow you to search the information about specific functions and solutions in Photoshop. It can easily be accessed by pressing F1.

Options Bar

As its name denotes, it is a bar that displays several options for specific tools in the tool palette. It is found just beneath the menu bar. When you choose a certain tool in the tool palette, the option bar displays different preferences for that specific tool.

Tool Palette

The tool palette or the tool bar is a collection of icons found in the left side of your screen. The icons serve as useful tools for editing. The small black triangle beside the icons indicates that there are more sub preferences you can choose from.


The document refers to the white space or the “blank paper” found at the center of your screen. It is the biggest part of your workspace where you will do your editing.

Discover the Possibilities

It is best if you actually practice editing in Photoshop by using the tools and menus mentioned in this article. By knowing the parts, you will no longer have difficulty following the steps.

You may want to start using Photoshop now with this fun and simple tutorials:

Photo Editing: How to Change Hair Color using Photoshop CS3

Photo Editing: How To Make A Customized Birthday Cake Design For Your Child Using Photoshop CS3

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Comments (5)

I always wanted to learn how to use photoshop.Thanks for writing a great article.

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You can start learning now using photoshop tutorials. I have one fun tutorial here http://factoidz.com/photo-editing-how-to-change-hair-color/ :)

i have very interest in adobe photo. i am video editor

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What a great article. I wish I had found this sooner.

This is really a great article. I hope ever to use Adobe Photoshop after seeing the results you can get. Photography is one of my hobbies. I love also the link where you refer to the hair change. You get my vote.