Adobe Photoshop Tutorial. Copyright Michael B. Karbo.
29. News in Photoshop version 7
Now we are going to conclude our review. Here you can read a little about the news in version 7.0 and about the program ImageReady etc. and we summarize the keyboard shortcuts.
Photoshop version 7 was published in 2002, and as it is their tradition Adobe has equipped the program with many both large and small improvements. We have already covered many of the new items earlier in the booklet. Those are:
Figure 77. Some of the new items in version 7.0.
Let us look at some of the other new items:
New user interface
Photoshop’s user interface has been spruced up a lot. There are new icons everywhere, in soft, delicate color tones. There is a better layout in the program, many dialog boxes have been enlarged, so it is easier to see, what you are doing!
Now it is also possible to save your favorite palette lay out. When you get it arranged in a way you like, you save the lay out with the menu Window --> Workspace --> Save Workspace. You can save additional lay outs if you want – for different kinds of tasks.
The picture browser
To get an overview of your picture collection, Photoshop has finally been equipped with a very fine picture browser. You find it in the menu Window --> File Browser, if you don’t have access to in the Palette Well in the upper right of the screen
The picture browser is designed to give you quick and easy access to your picture collection. You see four windows with different informations:
Figure 78. The picture browser works with four windows.
You navigate on your hard disk by clicking your way through in the Explorer-like window in the upper left (1). If this is the first time Photoshop looks in that particular folder, it will take some time before the viewing is ready – fortunately it goes much faster the next time.
In the right window (2) you see thumbnails of the image files that are found in the selected folder. You open a picture by double clicking on it. You can select more pictures at a time by clicking while you hold the Control and maybe the Shift- key down. There are different views for this window, just as the files can be sorted in different ways:
Figure 79. The Pop-up menu for File Browser.
When you have selected a certain image file, yoou see its content in the window to the left (3). In the bottom left window (4) you can read different informations about the image file. If the picture is from a digital camera, you can also see exposure time, flash, light measuring method etc. (the so-called XIF-data) – that is really practical!
Notice the small arrow in the bottom right of the box:
By clicking in that you can rotate a selected picture in 90º increments. Try to click on the different buttons and fields in the picture browser. There are many possibilities!
Even though File Browser works really fine, there are many other picture browsers available that we can recommend. Among others the programs IrfanView and Phototime Photoalbum are available free from the net. Both work well together with Photoshop, since you can ”drag” the image files from the picture browser directly into Photoshop via the task bar.
Figure 80. The picture browser Photoalbum, which is a good supplement to Photoshop.
The print facilities are much improved in version 7.0. Among other features it is now possible to print additional picture on the same sheet of paper. That is a real good feature, allowing you to save on the expensve glossy photo paper.
You find the function in the menu: File --> Automate --> Picture Package. That opens a large dialog box, where you among other things can choose how many pictures you want on each sheet of paper:
Then click on the individual thumbnails in the window to the right to select which pictures you want printed. The the program creates a new picture based on your wishes.
Figure 81. With Picture Package you can print additional pictures on the same sheet of paper.
Windows XP has a similar function, which you can read about in the booklet”Windows XP – teach yourself”. But with Picture Package you can thus print sheets with multiple pictures directly from Photoshop. And it actually works fine.
If you want to print a contact sheet from a given folder, that is also possible. Choose menu items File --> Automate --> ContactSheet. Try that; it takes some minutes to read all the pictures, which are then scaled down and placed in sequence on the new sheet. It is really fun to follow.