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Photoshop Tutorial for Fashion Design (03/24) Menus – File, Edit, Image

IN THIS VIDEO, learn how to
– Adjust artwork color while preserving texture
– Define patterns, a technique used to create textile repeats like prints and plaids
– Fill with color and pattern
– Copy, paste, resize, scale, rotate, transform and print your images

0:08 Photoshop Menu
0:32 File Menu
2:12 Edit Menu
6:55 Image Menu
7:59 Image Adjustments Submenu

PRACTICE FILES DOWNLOAD – Download the exercise files to follow along


0:08 Photoshop menu is for Mac only.
0:11 It is used to adjust Photoshop preferences
0:15 You can click on “General”
0:17 and access other preferences in the submenu,
0:22 hide Photoshop program
0:24 or quit it entirely.
0:26 Windows users will find these commands either in the File or Edit menus.
0:33 The File menu allows you to create a new document,
0:39 open an existing document,
0:47 open recent documents,
0:53 close the document,
1:00 save the document,
1:03 or “Save Document As”,
1:06 where you choose a different name
1:09 and the file format
1:11 like popular JPEGs
1:14 or GIFs used for clip art,
1:17 TIFF files or native Photoshop files.
1:25 You can also import documents from different input devices like your scanner.
1:31 If you have a scanner attached to your computer
1:34 the name of your scanner will show up in the submenu.
1:39 Then you can set up your page to print,
1:43 select the printer, page orientation and paper size
1:49 and finally print.
1:55 Where you can access also page setup, orientation,
2:01 select you printer and printer options.
2:04 Click “Done” if you simply want to assign the settings to the document
2:09 or click “Print”.
2:12 The Edit menu allows you to apply basic editing commands to a selected object
2:17 and edit document presets.
2:19 Use Edit to undo
2:22 or redo your actions
2:25 as well as Cut, Copy, Paste and Clear.
2:30 Keep in mind, just like in any other software before you can use Cut, Copy and Clear,
2:35 you need to select what you actually want to copy, paste and clear.
2:48 In Photoshop, you’ll be using a Selection tool to do so:
2:54 copy,
2:56 clear,
3:00 and paste.
3:01 If you have text in your document,
3:05 you can check the spelling
3:09 or find and replace text
3:21 like so.
3:23 The Fill command in Edit menu
3:27 allows you to fill your document or selection with color
3:34 or pattern.
3:36 By default, Photoshop gives you a number of presets but you can also create your custom pattern
3:42 which I will show you how to do later in the session,
3:47 and with the Stroke command
3:49 you can outline your image
3:57 or a selection.
4:06 Some other important features in Edit menu are Transform commands.
4:11 Use Free Transform to reduce,
4:14 enlarge,
4:16 rotate your image or selection.
4:20 You can hold the Shift key
4:23 to scale proportionally.
4:25 You can also use option bar to set specific values
4:29 like angle degree
4:32 or percentage value of the size of the image.
4:41 If you activate this icon,
4:45 it will allow you to scale your image maintaining aspect ratio.
4:52 When you’re ready to exit Free Transform feature, just click on any tool
4:57 and choose to “Apply” if you’re happy with the changes that you’ve made,
5:02 “Cancel” to go back and continue changing
5:05 or “Don’t Apply” to go back to your original image.
5:12 Transform command also allows you to scale and rotate
5:15 as well as skew, distort and warp your image and selection.
5:20 In addition, it has a number of rotation and flip presets.
5:25 The next set of commands in Edit menu is about defining your own brushes and patterns.
5:31 To define the entire image as pattern
5:34 simply choose “Define Pattern”.
5:38 Preview it and name it in the popup window.
5:41 Click “OK” or “Cancel”.
5:44 To define a specific area of your image as a pattern
5:49 select Rectangular Marquee Selection tool from the tool palette,
5:54 click and drag around the area that you want to define,
5:58 go back to Edit menu,
6:01 choose “Define Pattern”,
6:03 preview,
6:06 name it
6:08 and select “OK”.
6:11 You can find your newly created pattern in the Fill menu.
6:16 Choose “Pattern”,
6:19 click on the Custom Pattern thumb,
6:21 scroll all the way down,
6:24 click on a thumb to select
6:27 and click “OK”.
6:30 To delete your pattern simply go back to Fill,
6:35 right click on the thumb,
6:37 and click “Delete Pattern”
6:40 and click “OK”.
6:42 The rest of the Edit menu is about your document and Photoshop presets
6:46 where you can purge your Undos and Histories,
6:49 set color profile to your document or set your personal shortcuts.
6:56 The Image menu allows you to manipulate the size and the appearance of your document.
7:01 Use the Image menu to set the color mode,
7:05 make adjustments to image coloring,
7:08 duplicate your document,
7:13 change image size and resolution,
7:19 change canvas size,
7:28 rotate the canvas,
7:34 and finally crop your document.
7:37 The Mode command allows you to select the desired color mode for your document.
7:42 You don’t need to remember them all.
7:44 Our recommended settings are “RGB Color” and “8 Bits/Channel”.
7:49 In fact, I encourage you, whenever you open a document
7:52 or create a new one, to make sure that your mode is set to RGB and 8 bits channel.
7:59 The Adjustments submenu offers a variety of commands that allow you to recolor
8:04 or modify the colors of your artwork.
8:07 Some of the more commonly used adjustment commands
8:10 include Brightness/Contrast,
8:19 Hue/Saturation,
8:29 Desaturate, if you want your image to be in grayscale
8:38 Replace Color,
8:53 Invert,
8:58 Threshold, that converts your image into black and white,
9:02 the higher the level, the more black it’s going to be,
9:06 and finally Variations. [NOTE: may be missing in your CS4 and later]
9:12 Variations allow you to change overall color balance in your image.
9:17 For example, I want to add more yellow to my midtones,
9:21 make shadows slightly darker,
9:26 and highlights lighter.
9:29 We encourage you to experiment with these features on your own.
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