2.2 Menu Bar
Most of the time you’ll use this bar right after you open photoshop. Below is the screenshot of menu bar and it is as simple as it is looking.
Please note that the user interface for Mac varies a little bit but the function and working is same.
There are typically 12 components present in menu bar. I am going to explain each component one by one. Please note that for some components I will not go very deep as it’ll be hard for you to understand. But I will explain most of the components in my 30 Days to Learn Photoshop later. So let’s start one by one.
- Photoshop Logo: This is probably not a component but I included it because it looks cool. You simple get “move”, “close”, “minimize” etc. options by clicking on that. These are typical Windows and Mac features, not of Photoshop.
- File: This is one of the most used menu in Photoshop. A screenshot is shown below. This menus lets you open, save, print, import, export etc. You use these feature more often than you can imagine. For example, you open image(s) whenever you open photoshop. You save image(s) whenever you close photoshop. If you are a diehard photographer, you even print the beautiful photographs that you take on your DSLR. Although there are shortcuts present to each of feature but I don’t urge you to remember the shortcuts now. These shortcuts let you do the same thing with your keyboard without even touching your mouse. For example, to open an image, you need to go to File>Open, but with its shortcut Ctrl+O/Cmd+O, it performs same task. You’ll remember these shortcuts as time passes by. Note that some of the options are grayed out because I have not opened any image.
- Edit: This component lets you perform some routine tasks like undo, redo, cut, copy, paste etc. I am assuming that you are familiar of these tasks. Apart from these tasks, it also gives us options to do some beginners task like aligning a photo, adjusting its dimension, transforming its dimension etc. It also lets to do some advanced task like adjusting your color setting, color profile etc.
But the most important feature that you get inside “Edit” menu is that here you set your preferences here. In preferences, you can change the color of photoshop, optimizes it, tweaks some additional setting etc. We’re going to learn it in third chapter of this course i.e. Day 3: Changing the Preference.
- Image: This menu lets to do changes on your image. For example, the typical adjust bars like brightness, contrast, color, exposure, black and white etc. that you find in almost all photo editing apps, are present inside this menu. This menu also lets you crop your image. One cool thing that you can do with this tool is measuring the distance. For example, if you set the scale properly, you can measure the distance between two points and that distance is approximately equal to the actual distance between those two points.
- Layers: This is the thing that separates Photoshop from those ordinary photo editing apps. I am not going to explain anything now as I will be having two chapters on this topic. For now, just remember that Layers is the soul of Photoshop.
- Text: This menu is more useful to designers than photographers. If you are familiar with MS Words, this menu lets to you do nothing more than that. For example, if you write something, this menu lets you change the type of text, convert it into 3D etc. I will be explaining this menu later.
- Select: Believe me, you use this menu more often than you think. This option lets to select or modify your selection. Selection is something that photographers do often. For example if you are a portrait photographer, you must know that the thing that matters most (or most of the time) is the face. You want to make sure that the face is properly exposed, balanced, colored etc. Suppose an instance where the body is properly lit but the face isn’t, in that case you just want to use Photoshop on the face. Now the thing that you can do is to select the face and change do whatever you want like adjusting exposure etc. Let me tell you that selection is more difficult than you think, and this is where this menu comes into action. This menu lets you tweak your selection, modify your selection and much more.
This menu also lets you select based on colors. For example if you choose red color, photoshop will select everything in an image that is red in color. Now you can use Image Menu to change its color to green, blue etc.
- Filter: I do not think that you use this menu often except for some of its options like Camera Raw Filter, Liquify, Blur, and Sharpen. Liquify tool lets you slim down a person, in case you are just wondering how to slim down a person.
- 3D: This menu lets you create or adjust 3D. 3D in Photoshop is only for advanced users. I suggest you to not go in deep now. Use photoshop for few months and then try 3D feature.
- View: This menu lets basically zoom in or zoom out an image. There’s one important thing present here for designers that is Guides. I will explain it later. You can also turn on or off Rulers
- Windows: This menu lets to add or remove panels in Photoshop. If I tell you what it is now, you probably won’t understand anything, but if I explain you it after we complete this course, you definitely will understand everything. This is why I am skipping this menu now.
- Help: I am sure you know what it means. You may not use this menu anytime in your life.