Photoshop CS6

Advanced, ACE Edition

Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Note for Adobe Creative Cloud users

This course as originally written and published was designed for the release version of Photoshop CS6. Adobe’s new Photoshop CC, while based on CS6, is a constantly evolving product, and software updates may frequently add or change features.

This book has been tested with Photoshop CC version 14.1.2, current as of October 7, 2013. Most features and activities will be identical in behavior to Photoshop CS6, though not all screenshots and commands will be exactly the same. Additionally, Photoshop CC no longer supports Windows XP. These are detailed in the following Course Notes topic, and instructors using Photoshop CC should review the course against their own software before class.


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

·   A graphics display card chip (GPU) that supports OpenGL (Note: Activities will still work without OpenGL support, but some features won’t be enabled.)

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·   Microsoft Windows 7

·   Adobe Photoshop CS6

·   A display driver that supports OpenGL 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0 (Note: Activities will still work without OpenGL support, but some features won’t be enabled.)

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
(if necessary)

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 XP, but the screenshots in this course were taken in Windows 7, so students’ screens might look somewhat different.

2   With 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 CS6 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions. After installation, start Photoshop to complete the activation process, and then close Photoshop.

4   Configure Photoshop CS6 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   Install Adobe Reader for the default browser by visiting and following the software manufacturer’s instructions.

6   Install Adobe Flash Player for the default browser by visiting and following the software manufacturer’s instructions.

7   If you have the data disc that came with this manual, locate the Student Data folder on it and copy it to the desktop of each student computer.

     If you don’t have the data disc, you can 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

There are no frequently asked questions for this course at this time.


Topic C:   Course notes

Photoshop CC changes

When using Photoshop CC, there will be minor changes to setup and activities, as detailed below:

Course setup

·         Photoshop CC is compatible with Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8. Windows XP and Windows Vista are not supported.

·         Photoshop CC is required for this course, and should be installed as usual from the Adobe Creative Cloud application. After installation, choose Help, Updates from within Photoshop to install all updates to the application.


·         The “View, Actual Pixels” command has been renamed “View, 100%”.   This is only a change in menu text and not software functionality, and affects Activity C-1 of Unit 3, “Masks.”


Topic D:   Additional information

There is no additional information for this course at this time.