The Layer menu allows you to apply various settingsand modifications to the layers in your document.
Use the Layer command to create a new layer, duplicate a layer, delete your layer, adjust layer properties, apply layer styling, hide layers, arrange layer stacking order, align layers, lock them, link them together, merge your layers, and finally flatten your image.
You can also create a new layerthrough your selection.
Layer > New You can either create a new layervia Copy or via Cut.
There's a fun feature in Layers menu: Layer Style command.
It allows you to create different effectsfor your layers like Drop Shadow, Inner Glow, Contour your layer.
We will be covering these featuresin more details.
However, just like anything else I encourage you to play with this featureand explore it on your own.
While Layer menu is very useful, most of its features and commandscould be found in the Layers palette.
If you click on the option arrowon the top right corner or right click on the layer, use icons at the bottom of the palette, as well as some tools.
Use Selection tool, right-click and I can "Layer via Copy" or "Layer via Cut", and Move tool, give me accessto aligning layers in the option bar.
And finally, Layer Styling can be accessed by simplydouble clicking on the layer.
The Select menu controls how imagesand areas of images are selected.
Use the Select menu to select all of an image, to deselect the selection, inverse your selection, select areas by color range, and apply transformation to selected boundaries.
Next to the Select is the Filter menu.
It is used to change the appearanceof images by applying various effects The Filter menu containscategories such as Artistic, Blur, Brush Strokes, Distort and more.
All of that could be accessed through Filter Gallery.
This feature's hardly used in fashion industry but it allows you to be creative and maybeadd a WOW! factor to your presentation.
We encourage you to play with it on your own.
The View menu allows you to managehow the document is viewed.
Use it to zoom in or out of your document, or my favorite "Fit on Screen" that allows me to maximize my workspace, preview actual image pixels or print size.
Set different modes, I prefer Standard Screen Mode, and display Extras, like Grid.
You can access Grid preferences like subdivisions and color through the Preferences menu.
I prefer eight subdivisions whichwill equal one-eighth of an inch and change color to slightly darker.
You can also hide or display your Rulers.
And finally, manage your Guides by locking them,creating new or deleting.
In the Window menu, you can arrangehow document windows are displayed.
You can cascade them,tile them horizontally or vertically.
As you can see, all my open documentsare now nicely arranged in my workspace.
In addition, you can createa new window for the active document.
This feature is very useful when youwork on an image in the zoom mode but still want to see how the changes that you've made affect the entire document.
Workspace submenu can be very useful.
Everything that you seen on the screen, asidefrom your documents, is the part of the workspace like tools, menubar and palettes.
Right now we are working in theDefault Photoshop Workspace which can be customized to meet your own needs and saved for the future use.
Your custom workspace presets will belisted at the bottom of the menu.
I will be talking more about workspacewhen we get to Palettes.
The next important segment in theWindow menu is the list of palettes that can be added to orremoved from your workspace.
Whenever you need to work with a specificpalette and it's not displayed on your screen, you can find and activate itin your Window menu.
At the bottom of your Window menu you will find the list ofcurrently open documents with the active document checked.
You can change it by clicking andselecting another document to activate.
Just like any other software,the Help menu has all the information about the program, tools and features.
That concludes our section about the top menubar and in the next segment we willexplore the Tool Palette.