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Photoshop: Creating a New Document

Version: Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Be aware that different versions of Photoshop will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guides: Photoshop: Images, Photoshop: Graphic Design

To begin editing a photo with Photoshop: 
  1. Launch Photoshop. 
  2. Once booted, navigate to File > Open. A new window will appear.
  3. Locate the desired image stored on the computer.
  4. Click Open. 
The image will import automatically as a background layer in the Layers Panel and the canvas will be fitted to the size of the image. See Photoshop: Layering & Object Arrangement for more details about layers. Photos must be saved onto the computer or connected flash drive in order to open them in Photoshop.

To create a blank document, such as for drawing/graphic design:
  1. Launch Photoshop.
  2. Click "Create New."
    • Alternatively, navigate to File > New.
  3. Select the appropriate intent for the project at the top of the window (Photo, Print, Art & Illustration, etc).
  4. Adjust document settings, located to the right of the window, as desired:
    • Orientation
    • Document size
    • Unit of measurement (pixels, inches, etc)
    • Color Mode (RGB, CMYK, etc)
  5. When done, click Create. The document will be created, with one layer titled "Background" in the Layers panel.

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Keywords:editing, images, photos, graphics, painting, drawing, new document, new project, open file   Doc ID:86734
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-10-12 12:53 PDTUpdated:2020-09-25 13:35 PDT
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