Getting Started

Adobe® Photoshop® CC, the benchmark for digital imaging excellence, provides strong performance, powerful image editing features, and an intuitive interface. Adobe Camera Raw, included with Photoshop CC, offers flexibility and control as you work with raw images as well as TIFF and JPEG images. Photoshop CC gives you the digital editing tools you need to transform images more easily than ever before.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book® (2019 release) is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software, developed with the support of Adobe product experts. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. If you’re new to Adobe Photoshop, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and features you’ll need to master the program. And if you’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for a while, you’ll find that Classroom in a Book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version of the application and preparing images for the web.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there’s room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow the book from start to finish, or do only the lessons that match your interests and needs. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you’ve covered.

What’s new in this edition

This edition covers new features in Adobe Photoshop CC, such as removing objects with upgraded Content-Aware Fill, creating placeholders with the new Frame tool, designing reflected and radial art using Paint Symmetry, correcting mistakes with the updated Undo feature, saving time with simplified transformations (such as scaling and rotating layers), and using the redesigned Home screen.

This edition is also chock-full of extra information on Photoshop features and how to work effectively with this robust and professional application. You’ll learn best practices for organizing, managing, and showcasing your photos, as well as how to optimize images for the web. And throughout this edition, look for tips and techniques from one of Adobe’s own experts, Photoshop evangelist Julieanne Kost.


Before you begin to use Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release), you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the documentation for your Microsoft® Windows® PC or Apple® Mac® computer.

To complete the lessons in this book, you’ll need to have both Adobe Photoshop CC (2019 release) and Adobe Bridge CC 2019 installed.

Installing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge

Before you begin using Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release), make sure that your system is set up correctly and that you’ve installed the required software and hardware. You must license the Adobe Photoshop CC software separately. For system requirements and complete instructions on installing the software, visit Note that some Photoshop CC features, including all 3D features, require at least 512MB of VRAM (graphics memory), and in Windows a 64-bit operating system is required.

Many of the lessons in this book use Adobe Bridge. You must install Photoshop and Bridge on your computer using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application, available at Follow the onscreen instructions.

Starting Adobe Photoshop

You start Photoshop just as you do most software applications.

To start Adobe Photoshop in Windows: Click the Start button in the taskbar, and in the alphabetical list under A, click Adobe Photoshop CC 2019.

To start Adobe Photoshop in Mac: Click the Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 icon in the Launchpad or Dock.

If you don’t see Adobe Photoshop CC, type Photoshop into the search box in the taskbar (Windows) or in Spotlight (Mac), and when the Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 application icon appears, select it, and press Enter or Return.

Online content

Your purchase of this Classroom in a Book includes online materials provided by way of your Account page on These include:

Lesson Files

To work through the projects in this book, you will need to download the lesson files from You can download the files for individual lessons, or it may be possible to download them all in a single file.

Web Edition

The Web Edition is an online interactive version of the book, providing an enhanced learning experience. Your Web Edition can be accessed from any device with a connection to the Internet, and it contains:

  • The complete text of the book

  • Hours of instructional video keyed to the text

  • Interactive quizzes

In addition, the Web Edition may be updated when Adobe adds significant feature updates between major Creative Cloud releases. To accommodate the changes, sections of the online book may be updated or new sections may be added.

Accessing the Lesson Files and Web Edition

If you purchased an eBook from or, your Web Edition will automatically appear under the Digital Purchases tab on your Account page. Click the Launch link to access the product. Continue reading to learn how to register your product to get access to the lesson files.

If you purchased an eBook from a different vendor or you bought a print book, you must register your purchase on in order to access the online content:

  1. Go to

  2. Sign in or create a new account.

  3. Enter the ISBN: 9780135261781.

  4. Answer the questions as proof of purchase.

  5. The Web Edition will appear under the Digital Purchases tab on your Account page. Click the Launch link to access the product.

Image Note

As you complete each lesson, you may want to keep your start files. In case you overwrite them, you can restore the original files by downloading the corresponding lesson files from your Account page at

The Lesson Files can be accessed through the Registered Products tab on your Account page. Click the Access Bonus Content link below the title of your product to proceed to the download page. Click the lesson file links to download them to your computer.

Restoring default preferences

The preferences file stores information about panel and command settings. Each time you quit Adobe Photoshop, the positions of the panels and certain command settings are recorded in the preferences file. Any selections you make in the Preferences dialog box are also saved in the preferences file.

To ensure that what you see onscreen matches the images and instructions in this book, you should restore the default preferences as you begin each lesson. If you prefer to preserve your preferences, be aware that the tools, panels, and other settings in Photoshop CC may not match those described in this book.

If you have customized your color settings, use the following procedure to save them as a preset before you start work in this book. When you want to restore your color settings, you can simply select the preset you created.

To save your current color settings:

  1. Start Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Choose Edit > Color Settings.

  3. Note what is selected in the Settings menu:

    • If it is anything other than Custom, write down the name of the settings file, and click OK to close the dialog box. You do not need to perform steps 4–6 of this procedure.

    • If Custom is selected in the Settings menu, click Save (not OK).

The Save dialog box opens. The default location is the Settings folder, which is where you want to save your file. The default filename extension is .csf (color settings file).

  1. In the File Name field (Windows) or Save As field (Mac), type a descriptive name for your color settings, preserving the .csf file extension. Then click Save.

  2. In the Color Settings Comment dialog box, type any descriptive text that will help you identify the color settings later, such as the date, specific settings, or your workgroup.

  3. Click OK to close the Color Settings Comment dialog box, and again to close the Color Settings dialog box.

To restore your color settings:

  1. Start Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Choose Edit > Color Settings.

  3. From the Settings menu in the Color Settings dialog box, choose the settings file you noted or saved in the previous procedure, and click OK.

Additional resources

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release) is not meant to replace documentation that comes with the program or to be a comprehensive reference for every feature. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. For comprehensive information about program features and tutorials, refer to these resources:

Adobe Photoshop Help and Support: is where you can find and browse Help and Support content on You can go there directly from Photoshop by choosing Help > Photoshop Help.

Home screen: In Photoshop, the Home screen contains a Learn link to featured tutorials on the web. You’ll see the Learn link in the list along the left side.

Learn panel: Choose Window > Learn to open interactive tutorials that load sample files into Photoshop and lead you step by step through fundamental skills and features. (If Photoshop is displaying the Home screen, click the Ps icon in the top left corner to be able to open the Learn panel.)

Photoshop tutorials: lists online tutorials for beginner and experienced users. You can go there directly from Photoshop by choosing Help > Tutorials.

Photoshop blog: brings you tutorials, product news, and inspirational articles about using Photoshop.

Julieanne Kost’s blog: is where Adobe product evangelist Julieanne Kost posts useful tips and videos that introduce and provide valuable insights on the latest Photoshop features.

Adobe Forums: lets you tap into peer-to-peer discussions, questions, and answers on Adobe products.

Adobe Photoshop CC product home page:

Adobe Add-ons: is a central resource for finding tools, services, extensions, code samples, and more to supplement and extend your Adobe Creative Cloud tools.

Resources for educators: and offer a treasure trove of information for instructors who teach classes on Adobe software. Find solutions for education at all levels, including free curricula that use an integrated approach to teaching Adobe software and can be used to prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate exams.

Adobe Authorized Training Centers

Adobe Authorized Training Centers offer instructor-led courses and training on Adobe products.

A directory of AATCs is available at

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