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  1. Photoshop User Guide
  2. Introduction to Photoshop
    1. Dream it. Make it.
    2. What's new in Photoshop
    3. Edit your first photo
    4. Create documents
    5. Photoshop | Common Questions
    6. Photoshop system requirements
    7. Migrate presets, actions, and settings
    8. Get to know Photoshop
  3. Photoshop and other Adobe products and services
    1. Work with Illustrator artwork in Photoshop
    2. Work with Photoshop files in InDesign
    3. Substance 3D Materials for Photoshop
    4. Photoshop and Adobe Stock
    5. Use the Capture in-app extension in Photoshop
    6. Creative Cloud Libraries
    7. Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop
    8. Use the Touch Bar with Photoshop
    9. Grid and guides
    10. Creating actions
    11. Undo and history
  4. Photoshop on the iPad
    1. Photoshop on the iPad | Common questions
    2. Get to know the workspace
    3. System requirements | Photoshop on the iPad
    4. Create, open, and export documents
    5. Add photos
    6. Work with layers
    7. Draw and paint with brushes
    8. Make selections and add masks
    9. Retouch your composites
    10. Work with adjustment layers
    11. Adjust the tonality of your composite with Curves
    12. Apply transform operations
    13. Crop and rotate your composites
    14. Rotate, pan, zoom, and reset the canvas
    15. Work with Type layers
    16. Work with Photoshop and Lightroom
    17. Get missing fonts in Photoshop on the iPad
    18. Japanese Text in Photoshop on the iPad
    19. Manage app settings
    20. Touch shortcuts and gestures
    21. Keyboard shortcuts
    22. Edit your image size
    23. Livestream as you create in Photoshop on the iPad
    24. Correct imperfections with the Healing Brush
    25. Create brushes in Capture and use them in Photoshop
    26. Work with Camera Raw files
    27. Create and work with Smart Objects
    28. Adjust exposure in your images with Dodge and Burn
  5. Photoshop on the web beta
    1. Common questions | Photoshop on the web beta 
    2. Introduction to the workspace
    3. System requirements | Photoshop on the web beta
    4. Keyboard shortcuts | Photoshop on the web beta
    5. Supported file types | Photoshop on the web beta
    6. Open and work with cloud documents
    7. Collaborate with stakeholders
    8. Apply limited edits to your cloud documents
  6. Cloud documents
    1. Photoshop cloud documents | Common questions
    2. Photoshop cloud documents | Workflow questions
    3. Manage and work with cloud documents in Photoshop
    4. Upgrade cloud storage for Photoshop
    5. Unable to create or save a cloud document
    6. Solve Photoshop cloud document errors
    7. Collect cloud document sync logs
    8. Share access and edit your cloud documents
    9. Share files and comment in-app
  7. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics
    2. Learn faster with the Photoshop Discover Panel
    3. Create documents
    4. Use the Touch Bar with Photoshop
    5. Tool galleries
    6. Performance preferences
    7. Use tools
    8. Touch gestures
    9. Touch capabilities and customizable workspaces
    10. Technology previews
    11. Metadata and notes
    12. Default keyboard shortcuts
    13. Touch capabilities and customizable workspaces
    14. Place Photoshop images in other applications
    15. Preferences
    16. Default keyboard shortcuts
    17. Rulers
    18. Show or hide non-printing Extras
    19. Specify columns for an image
    20. Undo and history
    21. Panels and menus
    22. Place files
    23. Position elements with snapping
    24. Position with the Ruler tool
    25. Presets
    26. Customize keyboard shortcuts
    27. Grid and guides
  8. Web, screen, and app design
    1. Photoshop for design
    2. Artboards
    3. Device Preview
    4. Copy CSS from layers
    5. Slice web pages
    6. HTML options for slices
    7. Modify slice layout
    8. Work with web graphics
    9. Create web photo galleries
  9. Image and color basics
    1. How to resize images
    2. Work with raster and vector images
    3. Image size and resolution
    4. Acquire images from cameras and scanners
    5. Create, open, and import images
    6. View images
    7. Invalid JPEG Marker error | Opening images
    8. Viewing multiple images
    9. Customize color pickers and swatches
    10. High dynamic range images
    11. Match colors in your image
    12. Convert between color modes
    13. Color modes
    14. Erase parts of an image
    15. Blending modes
    16. Choose colors
    17. Customize indexed color tables
    18. Image information
    19. Distort filters are unavailable
    20. About color
    21. Color and monochrome adjustments using channels
    22. Choose colors in the Color and Swatches panels
    23. Sample
    24. Color mode or Image mode
    25. Color cast
    26. Add a conditional mode change to an action
    27. Add swatches from HTML CSS and SVG
    28. Bit depth and preferences
  10. Layers
    1. Layer basics
    2. Nondestructive editing
    3. Create and manage layers and groups
    4. Select, group, and link layers
    5. Place images into frames
    6. Layer opacity and blending
    7. Mask layers
    8. Apply Smart Filters
    9. Layer comps
    10. Move, stack, and lock layers
    11. Mask layers with vector masks
    12. Manage layers and groups
    13. Layer effects and styles
    14. Edit layer masks
    15. Extract assets
    16. Reveal layers with clipping masks
    17. Generate image assets from layers
    18. Work with Smart Objects
    19. Blending modes
    20. Combine multiple images into a group portrait
    21. Combine images with Auto-Blend Layers
    22. Align and distribute layers
    23. Copy CSS from layers
    24. Load selections from a layer or layer mask's boundaries
    25. Knockout to reveal content from other layers
    26. Layer
    27. Flattening
    28. Composite
    29. Background
  11. Selections
    1. Select and Mask workspace
    2. Make quick selections
    3. Get started with selections
    4. Select with the marquee tools
    5. Select with the lasso tools
    6. Select a color range in an image
    7. Adjust pixel selections
    8. Convert between paths and selection borders
    9. Channel basics
    10. Move, copy, and delete selected pixels
    11. Create a temporary quick mask
    12. Save selections and alpha channel masks
    13. Select the image areas in focus
    14. Duplicate, split, and merge channels
    15. Channel calculations
    16. Selection
    17. Bounding box
  12. Image adjustments
    1. Perspective warp
    2. Reduce camera shake blurring
    3. Healing brush examples
    4. Export color lookup tables
    5. Adjust image sharpness and blur
    6. Understand color adjustments
    7. Apply a Brightness/Contrast adjustment
    8. Adjust shadow and highlight detail
    9. Levels adjustment
    10. Adjust hue and saturation
    11. Adjust vibrance
    12. Adjust color saturation in image areas
    13. Make quick tonal adjustments
    14. Apply special color effects to images
    15. Enhance your image with color balance adjustments
    16. High dynamic range images
    17. View histograms and pixel values
    18. Match colors in your image
    19. How to crop and straighten photos
    20. Convert a color image to black and white
    21. Adjustment and fill layers
    22. Curves adjustment
    23. Blending modes
    24. Target images for press
    25. Adjust color and tone with Levels and Curves eyedroppers
    26. Adjust HDR exposure and toning
    27. Filter
    28. Blur
    29. Dodge or burn image areas
    30. Make selective color adjustments
    31. Replace object colors
  13. Adobe Camera Raw
    1. Camera Raw system requirements
    2. What's new in Camera Raw
    3. Introduction to Camera Raw
    4. Create panoramas
    5. Supported lenses
    6. Vignette, grain, and dehaze effects in Camera Raw
    7. Default keyboard shortcuts
    8. Automatic perspective correction in Camera Raw
    9. How to make non-destructive edits in Camera Raw
    10. Radial Filter in Camera Raw
    11. Manage Camera Raw settings
    12. Open, process, and save images in Camera Raw
    13. Repair images with the Enhanced Spot Removal tool in Camera Raw
    14. Rotate, crop, and adjust images
    15. Adjust color rendering in Camera Raw
    16. Feature summary | Adobe Camera Raw | 2018 releases
    17. New features summary
    18. Process versions in Camera Raw
    19. Make local adjustments in Camera Raw
  14. Image repair and restoration
    1. Remove objects from your photos with Content-Aware Fill
    2. Content-Aware Patch and Move
    3. Retouch and repair photos
    4. Correct image distortion and noise
    5. Basic troubleshooting steps to fix most issues
  15. Image transformations
    1. Transform objects
    2. Adjust crop, rotation, and canvas size
    3. How to crop and straighten photos
    4. Create and edit panoramic images
    5. Warp images, shapes, and paths
    6. Vanishing Point
    7. Use the Liquify filter
    8. Content-aware scaling
    9. Transform images, shapes, and paths
    10. Warp
    11. Transform
    12. Panorama
  16. Drawing and painting
    1. Paint symmetrical patterns
    2. Draw rectangles and modify stroke options
    3. About drawing
    4. Draw and edit shapes
    5. Painting tools
    6. Create and modify brushes
    7. Blending modes
    8. Add color to paths
    9. Edit paths
    10. Paint with the Mixer Brush
    11. Brush presets
    12. Gradients
    13. Gradient interpolation
    14. Fill and stroke selections, layers, and paths
    15. Draw with the Pen tools
    16. Create patterns
    17. Generate a pattern using the Pattern Maker
    18. Manage paths
    19. Manage pattern libraries and presets
    20. Draw or paint with a graphics tablet
    21. Create textured brushes
    22. Add dynamic elements to brushes
    23. Gradient
    24. Paint stylized strokes with the Art History Brush
    25. Paint with a pattern
    26. Sync presets on multiple devices
  17. Text
    1. Add and edit the text
    2. Unified Text Engine
    3. Work with OpenType SVG fonts
    4. Format characters
    5. Format paragraphs
    6. How to create type effects
    7. Edit text
    8. Line and character spacing
    9. Arabic and Hebrew type
    10. Fonts
    11. Troubleshoot fonts
    12. Asian type
    13. Create type
    14. Text Engine error using Type tool in Photoshop | Windows 8
  18. Video and animation
    1. Video editing in Photoshop
    2. Edit video and animation layers
    3. Video and animation overview
    4. Preview video and animations
    5. Paint frames in video layers
    6. Import video files and image sequences
    7. Create frame animations
    8. Creative Cloud 3D Animation (Preview)
    9. Create timeline animations
    10. Create images for video
  19. Filters and effects
    1. Use the Liquify filter
    2. Use the Blur Gallery
    3. Filter basics
    4. Filter effects reference
    5. Add Lighting Effects
    6. Use the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
    7. Use the Oil Paint filter
    8. Layer effects and styles
    9. Apply specific filters
    10. Smudge image areas
  20. Saving and exporting
    1. Save your files in Photoshop
    2. Export your files in Photoshop
    3. Supported file formats
    4. Save files in graphics formats
    5. Move designs between Photoshop and Illustrator
    6. Save and export video and animations
    7. Save PDF files
    8. Digimarc copyright protection
  21. Printing
    1. Print 3D objects
    2. Print from Photoshop
    3. Print with color management
    4. Contact Sheets and PDF Presentations
    5. Print photos in a picture package layout
    6. Print spot colors
    7. Duotones
    8. Print images to a commercial printing press
    9. Improve color prints from Photoshop
    10. Troubleshoot printing problems | Photoshop
  22. Automation
    1. Creating actions
    2. Create data-driven graphics
    3. Scripting
    4. Process a batch of files
    5. Play and manage actions
    6. Add conditional actions
    7. About actions and the Actions panel
    8. Record tools in actions
    9. Add a conditional mode change to an action
    10. Photoshop UI toolkit for plug-ins and scripts
  23. Color Management
    1. Understanding color management
    2. Keeping colors consistent
    3. Color settings
    4. Work with color profiles
    5. Color-managing documents for online viewing
    6. Color-managing documents when printing
    7. Color-managing imported images
    8. Proofing colors
  24. Content authenticity
    1. Learn about content credentials
    2. Identity and provenance for NFTs
    3. Connect accounts for creative attribution
  25. 3D and technical imaging
    1. Photoshop 3D | Common questions around discontinued 3D features
    2. Creative Cloud 3D Animation (Preview)
    3. Print 3D objects
    4. 3D painting
    5. 3D panel enhancements | Photoshop
    6. Essential 3D concepts and tools
    7. 3D rendering and saving
    8. Create 3D objects and animations
    9. Image stacks
    10. 3D workflow
    11. Measurement
    12. DICOM files
    13. Photoshop and MATLAB
    14. Count objects in an image
    15. Combine and convert 3D objects
    16. 3D texture editing
    17. Adjust HDR exposure and toning
    18. 3D panel settings

  Discontinuation of 3D features in Photoshop

Photoshop’s 3D features will be removed in future updates. Users working with 3D are encouraged to explore Adobe’s new Substance 3D collection, which represents the next generation of 3D tools from Adobe. Additional details on the discontinuation of Photoshop’s 3D features can be found here: Photoshop 3D | Common questions on discontinued 3D features.


In Photoshop CS6, 3D functionality was part of Photoshop Extended. All features in Photoshop Extended are part of Photoshop. Photoshop does not have a separate Extended offering.

Change 3D render settings

Render settings determine how 3D models are drawn. Photoshop installs several presets with common settings. Customize settings to create your own presets.


Render settings are layer-specific. If a document contains multiple 3D layers, specify separate render settings for each.

Select a render preset

The standard render preset is Default, which displays the visible surfaces of models. Wireframe and Vertices presets reveal the underlying structure. To combine solid and wireframe rendering, choose the Solid Wireframe preset. To view a model as a simple box reflecting its outermost dimensions, choose a Bounding Box preset.

  1. At the top of the 3D panel, click the Scene button .

  2. In the lower half of the panel, choose an option from the Preset menu.

Photoshop 3D render presets
Installed render presets

A. Default (Quality set to Interactive) B. Default (Quality set to Ray Traced and ground plane visible) C. Bounding Box D. Depth Map E. Hidden Wireframe F. Line Illustration G. Normals H. Paint mask I. Shaded Illustration J. Shaded Vertices K. Shaded Wireframe L. Solid Wireframe M. Transparent Bounding Box Outline N. Transparent Bounding Box O. Two-Sided P. Vertices Q. Wireframe 


The Two-Sided preset applies only to cross sections, displaying a solid model on one half of the section, and a wireframe on the other.

Customize render settings

  1. At the top of the 3D panel, click the Scene button .

  2. To the right of the Render Settings menu, click Edit.

  3. (Optional) To see the effect of new settings as you make changes, select Preview. Or, deselect this option to slightly improve performance.


    To specify unique settings for each half of a cross section, click the cross section buttons   at the top of the dialog box.

  4. Enable Face, Edge, Vertex, Volume, or Stereo rendering by clicking the checkboxes on the left side of the dialog box. Then adjust the related settings below.


For information about Volume options, used primarily with DICOM images, see View the 3D volume in different render modes.

Face options

Face options determine how model surfaces appear.

Face Style

Draws surfaces using any of these methods:


Draws without shadows or reflections using the GPU on an OpenGL video card.

Unlit Texture

Draws without lighting, instead displaying only the selected Texture option. (Diffuse is selected by default.)


Applies the same surface normal for all vertices in a face, creating a faceted look.


Replaces textures with currently specified color.


To adjust face, edge, or vertex color, click the Color box.

Bounding Box

Displays boxes reflecting the outermost dimensions of each component.


Displays X, Y, and Z components for surface normals in different RGB colors.

Depth Map

Displays a gray model, using luminosity to reveal depth.

Paint Mask

Displays paintable regions as white, oversampled regions in red, and undersampled regions in blue. (See Identify paintable areas.)


When Face Style is set to Unlit Texture, specifies the texture map. (See 3D Materials settings.)

Render For Final Output

For exported video animations, produces smoother shadows and realistic color bleeds from reflected objects and environments. This option requires more processing time, however.

Reflections, Refractions, Shadows

Show or hide these Ray Traced rendering features.

Remove Backfaces

Hides surfaces on the back of two-sided components.

Edge options

Edge options determine how wireframe lines appear.

Edge Style

Reflects the Constant, Flat, Solid, and Bounding Box options described for Face Style above.

Crease Threshold

Adjusts the number of structural lines that appear in the model. A crease, or line, is formed when two polygons in a model come together at a particular angle. If edges meet at an angle below the Crease Threshold setting (0‑180), the line they form is removed. At a setting of 0, the entire wireframe is displayed.

Line Width

Specifies width in pixels.

Remove Backfaces

Hides edges on the back of two-sided components.

Remove Hidden Lines

Removes lines that foreground lines overlap.

Vertex options

Vertex options adjust the appearance of vertices (intersections of polygons that make up the wireframe model).

Vertex Style

Reflects the Constant, Flat, Solid, and Bounding Box options described for Face Style above.


Determines the pixel radius of each vertex.

Remove Backfaces

Hides vertices on the back of two-sided components.

Remove Hidden Vertices

Removes vertices that foreground vertices overlap.

Stereo options

Stereo options adjust settings for images that will either be viewed with red-blue glasses or printed to objects that include a lenticular lens.

Stereo Type

Specifies Red/Blue for images viewed with colored glasses or Vertical Interlaced for lenticular prints.


Adjusts the distance between the two stereo cameras. Higher settings increase three-dimensional depth but reduce depth of field, making items ahead or behind the focal plane appear out of focus.

Lenticular Spacing

For vertically interlaced images, specifies how many lines per inch the lenticular lens has.

Focal Plane

Determines the position of the focal plane relative to the center of the model’s bounding box. Enter negative values to move the plane forward, and positive values to move it backward.

Save or delete a render preset

  1. At the top of the 3D panel, click the Scene button .

  2. Click Render Settings.

  3. Do either of the following:

    • To save a preset, customize settings, and click the Save button .

    • To delete a preset, select it from the Preset menu, and click the Delete button .

Render a 3D file for final output

When you’ve finished working with your 3D file, create a final render to produce the highest quality version for output to web, print, or animation. Final rendering uses ray tracing and a higher sampling rate to capture more realistic lighting and shadow effects.

Use final render mode to enhance the following effects in your 3D scene:

  • Image-based lighting and global ambient color.

  • Lighting from object reflectance (color bleed).

  • Reduced noise in soft shadows.


A final render can be time-consuming, depending on the model, lighting, and maps in your 3D scene.

  1. Make any necessary adjustments to your model, including lighting and shadow effects.


    You don’t need to change Anti-Alias settings for the scene before rendering. By default, the Best setting is used.

  2. At the top of the 3D panel, click the Scene button , and then click the Scene entry in the list below.

  3. From the Quality menu in the lower half of the panel, select Ray Traced Final.

After the render is complete, you can flatten the 3D scene for output in anther format, composite the 3D scene with 2D content, or print directly from the 3D layer.


For exported video animations, Render For Final Output is available as an option in the 3D Render Settings dialog box. See Customize render settings.

Save and export 3D files

To preserve the 3D content in a file, save the file in Photoshop format or another supported image format. You can also export a 3D layer as a file in a supported 3D file format.

Export a 3D layer

You can export 3D layers in all supported 3D formats: Collada DAE, Wavefront/OBJ, U3D, and Google Earth 4 KMZ. When choosing an export format, consider the following factors:

  • Wavefront/OBJ format does not save camera settings, lights, or animation.

  • Only Collada DAE saves render settings.

To export a 3D layer, do the following:

  1. Choose 3D > Export 3D layer.

  2. Choose a format for exporting textures:

    • U3D and KMZ support JPEG or PNG as texture formats.

    • DAE and OBJ support all Photoshop-supported image formats for textures.

  3. (Optional) If exporting to U3D format, choose an encoding option. ECMA 1 is compatible with Acrobat 7.0; ECMA 3 is compatible with Acrobat 8.0 and later and provides some mesh compression.

  4. Click OK to export.

Limitations while exporting to the U3D format

Ensure that any 3D layers that you're exporting as U3D have only triangular object geometry. Additionally, while exporting 3D layers as U3D, keep the following limitations in mind:

  • Higher-level primitives, such as NURBS, splines, and curves, are not supported.
  • Texture mapping is limited to only one diffuse map per material. Ambient, specular, luminous, or opacity texture maps are not supported.
  • Material animation is not supported.

Save a 3D file

To preserve 3D model position, lighting, render mode, and cross sections, save files with 3D layers in PSD, PSB, TIFF, or PDF format.

  1. Choose File > Save or File > Save As, select Photoshop (PSD), Photoshop PDF, or TIFF format, and click OK.

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