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Here we will demonstrate the types of palettes and tools that have been moved around to better accommodate you in Photoshop ...
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Whether you are brand new to Photoshop, or whether you have been using it for years, you should be aware that the interface is completely changed inside Photoshop CS3. Now it is very simple to use on a basic level, but it could also do some very advanced tricks as well. Now the biggest changed is that these pallets are now docked to the screen.
So if I put these little arrows here, we could expand or contract these pallets which is really cool for over here for these pallets all over the screen which used to just float everywhere, and now kind of docked to the interface. I could just grab the name of a pallet such as the navigator pallet here, and click and drag away to separate it from the rest.
And now we have the old school style of floating pallets that I could just drag around anywhere on the screen. Also you will notice at the bottom right hand side of pallets, there is a little triangle which I can drag down to the right or over this side a little bit and kind of expand it so you could see a little bit more of what is going on in my pallet here.
If you are done with the pallet, you could just go ahead and hit this x to close it, or you could hit this little minus sign to minimize it, but for now I am done with the navigator pallet, so I am going to hit the x to close it.
The cool thing about pallets, and this is one thing that is really important to keep in mind as we go to this training series, is that if we go to the window menu at the top, we have access to all our pallets. So if I wanted to get that navigator pallet back at any point, I could just go down here to the window menu and select navigator, and there it is.
Now you might want to re-dock this pallet. You might want it to go back to where you first got it. So what you will do is grab the navigator pallet name and drag it back over to the group, and once you see that blue outline around the pallet group, let go and it will be re-docked to the interface.
Now what is really cool also about this interface is that there are these icon views of pallets. So we have access to all these pallets just by clicking a button, and then clicking it to retract the pallet again. If I go to this edge, the edge of the pallet, the left hand side of this docked pallet, I can click to the left and expand it to see the names of my pallet which I actually recommend if you are new to the program.
You might not know what a pallet is just from this little play icon for example. So if you put out and expand it a little bit, you can see the name of it for easy access, but again too, if it is taking up too much screen, we can just collapse it down to the icon view which is very convenient.
Now one of the thing to be aware of that will come in handy a little bit more later, is that if we go to the edit menu on a PC, or the Photoshop menu on a MAK and get to the preferences, and go to the interface area of the preferences, let us open that up. We have a bunch of preferences that pertain to this new interface.
One of them that is good to keep in mind is this auto collapse icon pallet. This is so that if you are working on a project and you have a pallet that is open, if you do some fiddling with the pallets over at the right hand side of the screen, and then go back into your document and start adjusting things in your document, it will automatically close the pallet, if you have this checked.
The default behavior is for the pallet to stay open while you are working. That could be good because then you have access to your pallet out right there. It could be bad though too, because it is taking up precious screen real estate, so just be aware of that option. I will leave that up to you, whatever your preference is whether to turn that on or not. I am just going to hit cancel for now.
So in a nut shell that is the new interface, but let me explain for those of you that are new, the old interface elements that have been around for a little while. On the left hand side of the screen, we have this tall off skinny pallet. This is our tools pallet. This is where we access all