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Photoshop 1: Different Ways to acquire an image in Photoshop

One ot the first things you will need to do is find images! There are several ways you may acquire an image. Here are some of these ways:

  • Create a new image
  • Download an Image from the Web
  • Screen Capture an image -( like the image examples used in this course)
  • Scan an image such as photographs or lecture notes

Download a Web Image

  1. Find your image on the Web.
  2. Right-click your mouse on the image and a pop-up menu appears:
  3. Select 'Save Picture As...'
  4. Choose the folder & save your image.
  5. Now you are ready to open Photoshop and work with your image!

Screen Capture an Image ( like the image examples used in this document)

Sometimes, you may want an image of what you see on the computer screen. The "Print Screen" key will do this. It copies the information into your computer memory called the clipboard. Then you can open applications such as Photoshop and 'paste' it into a new image. From there you can crop it or add text and graphics.

  1. Make sure what you want to capture is the active window on the screen.
  2. Press the "PrintScrn' key (this saves the information to the Windows Clipboard)
  3. Open Photoshop and select File, New (file size should match what is in the Clipboard memory so don't change it)
  4. Select Edit, Paste (your screen capture image should appear...)

There may be times when you save an image it turns out to be only part of the image that you wanted to save. This can happen when the image has been "sliced". This is done in order to make it easier for a graphic designer to create complex and creative images. If an image has been sliced into many small pieces before being published on the web, you are not going to be able to save it as a single image by using your mouse. Instead, you are going to need to take a screen capture of the image as displayed on your screen using the Print Screen key, and then crop that picture to get the image that you want. Macromedia Fireworks or Adobe ImageReady are appplications that do image slicing.

Scan an Image such as Photographs or Lecture Notes

If you have a scanner attached to your computer, you can scan in photos, drawings and text and create an image file. (Some scanners have software where you can scan in text and it will save it as editable text. This is called OCR software - optical character read.)

The IT Student Computer Labs as well as the Digital Media Labs have scanners and are open to faculty and staff using their OUNetID. You can check http://support.ou.edu for more information about these support centers. Just use the search engine.

Note - faculty and staff can get special assistance in the Digital Media Labs. You can make an appointment with staff trained to use scanners and other digital equipment.

One last note...on Copyrights and Restrictions

Some web sites, especially commercial web sites or museums, have very specific rules and regulations about what use you can make of the images that are displayed on their site. Please follow these rules without exception. Provide 'credit' information when you use another's content or graphics. The Web gives us alot of freedom to use anything we see, but we should respect the rights of others. We want to keep this freedom growing!