How to close images in Photoshop

Opening Images Into Photoshop

Chapter 2 of our Photoshop Basics training series. Learn how to create new documents and how to open images from both Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. Also covers how to open images into Camera Raw, how to move images from Lightroom into Photoshop, and more!

In this second chapter of our Photoshop Basics series, we learn the many ways of opening images into Photoshop. Before we can do anything with our photos, we first need to get them into Photoshop. Opening images may not sound like a topic that needs an entire series of tutorials. But Photoshop is no ordinary program. And like pretty much everything we do in Photoshop, there's more than one way to open an image.

In this chapter, we take you through each of them. We start by learning how to set Photoshop as our default image editor in both Windows 10 (Part 1) and Mac OS X (Part 2). We then learn how to create new Photoshop documents (Part 3) and how to open existing images from within Photoshop (Part 4). In Part 5 of this chapter, we look at Adobe Bridge, the file browser included with Photoshop, and why it's a better way to select and open our images. The only problem with Bridge is that it can sometimes open a file in the wrong program. We learn how to easily fix that in Part 6.

In Part 7, we learn how to open images directly into Photoshop's powerful image editing plugin, Camera Raw. And, if you're an Adobe Lightroom user, you'll learn how to move raw files (Part 8) and JPEG files (Part 9) from Lightroom into Photoshop for further editing. Finally, in Part 10, we finish off this chapter by learning how to close our images in Photoshop, including how to close multiple images at once!

Some of the lessons in this chapter build on previous lessons. To learn Photoshop from the beginning, be sure to read through the tutorials in Chapter 1, Getting Started with Photoshop, before starting Chapter 2.

All of our tutorials, including the lessons in this chapter, are available to download as print-ready PDFs! Let's get started!

03. How To Create A New Document In Photoshop

There are two ways to start working in Photoshop. One is to open an existing image. The other is to create a new document. New documents start out empty but let you import images, graphics and other design elements into them, making them great for layouts and photo collages. In this tutorial, we learn how to create new documents using Photoshop's redesigned New Document dialog box.

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04. How To Open Images In Photoshop

We've learned how to create new documents in Photoshop. Now let's learn how to open an existing image. In this tutorial, we learn how to open images from directly within Photoshop itself using the Start workspace!

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05. How To Open Images Into Photoshop From Adobe Bridge

Photoshop's Start workspace makes it easy to re-open images we've already worked on. But it's not so great for opening new images. In this tutorial, learn how Adobe Bridge, the file browser included with Photoshop, makes it so much easier to find the images we need and open them into Photoshop.

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06. How To Change File Type Associations In Adobe Bridge

As we learned in the previous tutorial, using Adobe Bridge is a great way to open our images into Photoshop. But sometimes, Bridge can open a file into the wrong program, or even into the wrong version of Photoshop. Learn how to quickly fix the problem with an easy-to-use option in the Bridge Preferences.

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07. How To Open Images Into Camera Raw

Photoshop is extremely powerful. But these days, if you're a photographer, it's not where you want to start editing your images. Instead, you'll want to begin in Photoshop's image editing plugin, Camera Raw. Learn how to easily open raw files, JPEG and TIFF images directly into Camera Raw using Adobe Bridge.

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08. How To Move Raw Files From Lightroom To Photoshop

Many photographers these days prefer to use Adobe Lightroom for all of their initial image editing work. But as powerful as it is, Lightroom can only do so much. At some point, you'll need to move your image into Photoshop for further editing. In this tutorial, learn how to easily move a raw file from Lightroom into Photoshop. Then, how to move it back into Lightroom when you're done.

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09. How To Move JPEG Images From Lightroom To Photoshop

In the previous tutorial, we learned how to move raw files from Lightroom into Photoshop and back. We can also move JPEG image and TIFF images, and even Photoshop's own PSD files! Learn how to easily pass these other popular file types into Photoshop and then back into Lightroom.

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10. How To Close Images In Photoshop

The tutorials in this series have all taught us how to open our images into Photoshop. But knowing how to close them is also important. In this final tutorial, learn how to close a single image, how to close multiple images at once, and more!

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