1. To begin, reset your tools and palettes. To reset the tools, underneath the top line menu and the word “File,” right click on the tool icon. Select “Reset All Tools”. Then select Window > Workspace > Reset Palette Locations. This is advisable in the Interactive Media Center where users may change Photoshop settings.
2. When working in Photoshop it is recommended that you display the following floating palettes. Select
Window on the Menu bar then select:
History History records and displays all changes made to the image listed with the most recent action on the bottom. As you select up the list you are able to undo commands and eliminate or repeat actiongreat for repeat undo. Tools must display this palette. Layers When you import an image into Photoshop it is the background layer. Adding affects, changing colors, and using other elements that can be selected, added or removed creates a composite image of multiple layers. The use of layers is key to Photoshop; it provides for a high degree of control. Layers allow you to copy, crop, move, color, create, revise, etc. parts of your image file without impacting other areas at the same time. (“Think of layers as sheets of acetate stacked one on top of the other. Where there is no image on a layer, you can see through to the layers below. Behind all layers is the background” Adobe Photoshop 5.0 manual, pg. 259).
3. Note the Undo command from the Top Line Menu. Edit > Undo State Change allows you to remove the last executed command. Or, use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + z”.
4. Crop, Cut, Copy, and Paste Areas on your image may be selected and altered. The Crop command allows you to select areas on your image to save and to “cut out” or delete the area around those selected areas. Use copy [Ctrl+C] and paste [Ctrl+V] to select areas to repeat (copy) and place in the same image, to put onto a new canvas or to add to another image. This creates layers.