When you’re working in Photoshop, you see a horizontal list of menus spread across the very top (Mac) or near the top (Windows) of the screen: File, Edit, Image, Layer, Select, Filter, View, Window, and Help. (On the Mac, the program also has a menu named Photoshop, just to the left of the File menu.) As with most programs you use, you click the name of a menu to reveal its commands.
For both Mac and Windows, you can click and hold the mouse button down until you’re over the command you want; or, you can click and release, move the cursor, and then click again. Some commands, such as Crop and Reveal All, are executed immediately after you choose them. When a command name in the menu is followed by an ellipsis (...) — the Apply Image command shown in Figure 3-1, for example — you know that a dialog box will open in which you input variables and make decisions. A triangle to the right of a command name, such as what you see next to Rotate Canvas, indicates a sub-menu. Click the command name, and another menu appears to the right. The cryptic set of symbols to the right of the Image Size command is the key-board shortcut for opening the command’s dialog box. (I show you how to assign keyboard shortcuts later in the section, “Sugar and spice, shortcuts are nice.”)
Figure 3-1: Some commands have submenus, and some have dialog boxes.
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