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It might sound stupid to cover this stuff, but it’s the basics that make all the difference.  If you know this already just hang on, with time, this will get more complex.  Many of these menus are self explanatory, but others just need a short explanation, then the penny should drop.

File: This menu is similar to the file menu you will find in most applications.  This is mostly the Save, Save As, Open operations, with a few extras.  You can change the number of recent files being shown by changing the preferences in the Edit menu.

Edit:  Again, pretty standard.  On top of the usual copy, paste and preferences, there is some more complex stuff here that we’ll cover later on.

Image: Anything to do with changing an image is found here, for example, changing the size of an image is done through this menu.

Layers: To add, change, align or do anything to do with a layer, check out this menu.

Select: This is home to all sorts of selection tools and will prove to be very useful.

Filter: Great effects and filters for your image are right here.

View: Zoom, rulers, guides.  What you do, or don’t want to see on your document.

Window: This is a vital tool… any of those docked windows that you need on your worktop can be selected, or deselected here.  Awesome stuff ig you’re in a panic!  If you want to clear or show all the open toolbars, hit the tab key.  They will appear/disappear.

Help: It’s all about the F1!

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