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Create a New Image

This is (hopefully) the first page of a series of articles for the Absolute Beginner to Adobe PhotoShop 6.0 (PS).

As soon as you click File -> New in PS, you will be presented with a dialog box somewhat like this image below:

About resolution settings. Create New Dialog Box

Name: A descriptive name to your new file.
Width: IF your images are meant for the web, stick with pixels.
Height: Same as above.
Resolution: Again, if for the web, stick with 72, 75 or 96 pixels/inch.  The reason for this setting.  I personally use 75 dpi (dots or pixels per inch).
Mode: Leave this at RGB Color
Contents:
  • If you choose White, you will get an image with a white background.
  • If you choose Background Color, the "background colour swatch" (marked B in the image) in your toolbox is used instead, e.g. in the image above the colour is black.
  • If you choose Transparent, then your new image will not have a colour in your background layer.

When you click OK, your new image will look somewhat like this in your PS -

New Image Sample Image

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