Opening and Saving Images in Adobe Photoshop

A true Photoshop masterpiece has to start somewhere right? In order to create that masterpiece you have to be able to open and navigate to your various image assets, and then fire them up in Photoshop in order to begin working on them. Here's a quick guide on how to open new photos and images in Photoshop, and then save your edits.

Photoshop is no different to many other programs in that it allows you to bring up a browser window in order to find the files you require. It also has its own methods for both managing and locating your images in the form of Adobe Bridge, which lets you search for images as well as keyword them making future searches much easier.

Step 1 – Since we’ve covered how to create a new document, it seems worthwhile just touching on the other options available. One of which is simply to open a base photo. You have the Open option on the Home screen, or, from the top file menu, you can choose File > Open (Cmd + O).


Step 2 – This calls up a new window where you can browse your computer’s folders for any stored images. It makes sense to try and keep all your image files in a centralised repository, rather than casting around the darkest corners of your hard drive.

Step 3 – Once you have found your image, it is simply a case of either double-clicking the image in question, or highlighting it (or several images at once) and then clicking on the Open button at the lower right of the browser window. They will then open in Photoshop.

Step 4 – If we can step back to the Home screen for a moment. Rather than using the File > Open menu command, you can choose instead to use the File > Browse in Bridge (Alt + Cmd + O). Bridge is Adobe’s image management, cataloguing and key wording application.


Step 5 – Rather than just using a standard browser window, you can use Adobe Bridge to find your images, display them, arrange them in date order and even add specific keywords making them that much easier to search for, and find, if you need them again.

Step 6 – You can click single images and add keywords or you can select images in bulk, and, in the Keywords section of Bridge, click the New Keyword button and add keywords specific to those you have currently highlighted. They will then be displayed alongside the images.

Step 7 – In Bridge, you can browse your images in much the same way as in a browser window except you have a lot more control over what you can do with them. You also have a lot more image data available to you, which is found in the Metadata section.


Step 8 – When you have found your image, click on it to highlight it and then right-click it to bring up a context menu where you can choose from a number of options. In this case, we would go for the Open With > Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 (default) option.

Step 9 – If you open a Jpeg and do not add any new layers, when you save it after editing, it will be saved in its original Jpeg format. If, however, you make edits that involve layers and adjustments, then it will need to be saved in PSD format to retain those layers.


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Mark Frost

Mark started work as a commercial artist during the good old days of Letraset, spray mount and having to process your photos at a local chemist. Having discovered his passion for photography, Photoshop and the wonders of digital image manipulation, he has not looked back. He is well on his way to owning more cameras than he’s had hot dinners.

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