1. File Menu – The File menu provides all the file options that you will need; such as, Save, Open and Close. You may be familiar with these options, they are normally present within most software applications.
As well as file functions, the file menu also contains important automate and script sub-menus, which provide advanced processing techniques when working with files.
2. Edit – The options within the Edit menu are similar to those that you would find in a text editor. Functions such as Copy, Paste and Cut. You will also find Photoshop’s spell checker located in the Edit menu. Many of these options are quicker to perform using desktop shortcuts, which we will cover in future courses.
3. Image – The Image menu is where you will come to make changes to your whole image. It is also home to the Adjustments sub-menu which you will find second from the top.
4. Adjustment – The Adjustments menu can be found as a sub-menu within the Image menu. Image Adjustments such as Brightness/Contrast, Levels and Hue/Saturation can be found here. These are very commonly used when working in Photoshop.
5. Layers – Layers are one of the most important features within Photoshop. Since they were introduced they have become a vital part of Photoshop’s core functionality. That’s why you will see so many options contained with the Layers Menu. Many of the options within the layers menu are easily accessible from the layers palette (on the right hand side of the interface).
6. Type – The latest version of Photoshop contains many different text presentation options. The easiest way to find them is through the Type menu.
7. Select – Making selections is another one of Photoshop’s awesome functionality. Making a selection means selecting a certain part of your image. This allows you to perform edits on only that area. The select menu is where you will find additional selection options.
8. Filter – Filters are a large part of photoshops functionality. What each filter does is beyond the scope of this course. You should know that all things “Filter” can be found within the Filter menu. Makes sense, right!
9. View – The View menu is home to the basic viewing controls, such as zoom level. You will also find very useful option related to the snap tool! (snap allows Photoshop to automatically align layers). You can also display and hide your rules from within the view menu.
10. Windows – This isn’t a menu that you will use that often, however, there are some great features in here that allow you to customize your workspace. It’s also how you adjust what palettes are displayed.
11. Most of the options contained within the menus can be performed using keyboard shortcuts. Using keyboard shortcuts is much quicker in the long run. However, it’s only as you become more familiar that shortcuts can be used. For now, stick to the menus, they are clear and precise. Once you start using certain actions frequently, you can then look for the keyboard shortcut.
Photoshop have been helpful and added all the keyboard shortcuts within the menus, as highlighted below…