Photoshop CS5:

Advanced, First Look Edition

Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume that each student has a personal computer to use during the class. Our hands-on approach to learning requires that they do. This topic gives information on how to set up the classroom to teach this course.

Hardware requirements

Each student’s personal computer should have:

·    A keyboard and a mouse

·    Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 Processor (or faster)

·    1GB RAM (or higher)

·    1 GB of available hard drive space after the operating system is installed

·    A monitor with at least 1280 × 960 resolution

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·    Microsoft Windows 7

·    Adobe Photoshop CS5

Network requirements

The following network components and connectivity are also required for this course:

·    Internet access, for the following purposes:

   Downloading the latest critical updates and service packs

   Downloading the Student Data files from

Classroom setup instructions

Before you teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   Install Windows on an NTFS partition according to the software publisher’s instructions. After installation is complete, if the student machines have Internet access, use Windows Update to install any critical updates and Service Packs.

     Note: You can also use Windows Vista or Windows XP, but the screen shots in this course were taken in Windows 7, so students’ screens might look somewhat different.

2   For flat-panel displays, we recommend using the panel’s native resolution for best results. Color depth/quality should be set to High (24 bit) or higher.

3   Install Adobe Photoshop CS5 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions. After installation, start Photoshop to complete the activation process, and then close Photoshop.

4   Configure Photoshop CS5 on each student computer as follows:

a   Start Photoshop.

b   Choose Edit, Preferences, File Handling.

c   Under File Compatibility, set Maximize PSD and PSB Compatibility to Always. Click OK.

d   Close Photoshop.

5   Download the Student Data files for the course:

a   Connect to

b   Under Downloads, click Instructor-Led Training.

c   Browse the subject categories to locate your course. Then click the course title to display a list of available downloads. (You can also access these downloads through our Catalog listings.)

d   Click the link(s) for downloading the Student Data files. You can download the files directly to student machines or to a central location on your own network.

e   Create a folder named Student Data on the desktop of each student computer.

f    Double-click the downloaded zip file(s) and drag the contents into the Student Data folder.


Topic B:   Frequently asked questions

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Topic C:   Course notes

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Topic D:   Additional information

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