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The drawing canvas is the area in which
you will create and/or modify images. By default, Photoshop gives
you a drawing canvas to work with, but you can easily open another
one by using the "New" menu choice from the "File" menu item.
For the moment though, let's just use the
default canvas given to us by Photoshop.
As you can see from the figure below, every
drawing canvas has a title bar with window control buttons and a
drawing area. If you have resized the drawing canvas so that the
window is larger than the drawing area as we did before we took the
screen capture below, Photoshop will fill the margin with a gray,
Note: You can open as many
canvases as you want at any one time. Each canvas is accessible through
the "Window" menu item or by clicking on it with your mouse.
The title bar has several functions. First
off, it displays the current name of the image as well as information
about the color mode and zoom scale. As you can see in the figure above,
by default, the name will be "Untitled-1", but once you save the image,
it will be changed to the name you saved the file under. The
color mode and scale measure are more complex, so we will discuss them after
we deal with the basics.
Another cool aspect of the title bar is that
you can use the title bar to move the drawing canvas anywhere within the
workspace by clicking and holding down the mouse button over the title
bar and dragging the mouse. Try it out!
Finally, the title bar provides several
control buttons. As with other applications, you can use the buttons
to minimize , maximize or destroy the drawing canvas.
Before we go on, try working with your drawing canvas a
bit. For example, try maximizing the canvas, minimizing the canvas, and then
destroying the canvas.
Woops, just destroyed the canvas? That is okay,
you can easily open a new canvas to draw on by choosing "New" from the
When you do so, the "New Canvas Dialog" will appear.
You can use this dialog to create your own canvas.
Try it out. Title your
canvas MyFirstCanavas, set the height to 300 pixels and the width to 300 pixels,
and hit the "OK" button. (Note that for the time being we won't worry about mode or
resolution. We'll discus those later. For now just accept the defaults)
When you hit the "OK" button, you should see your new
canvas popup. Try creating a second one for practice. This time, title the
canvas "MySecondCanvas" and set the size to 3 inches by 3 inches.
You should now have two
canvases open. Try moving them around and switching between them. You can either
select them by clicking on the title bar of the canvas you want or by selecting the
name of the canvas from the "Window" menu item
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