Change Mode on Photoshop CS6 on Windows 7
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You're watching VisiHow. In this video, we're going to show you how to change the mode on Photoshop CS6 on Windows 7.
To begin, we should have Photoshop open, which can be accessed via the blue and black "PS" icon on our taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
Once we've done that, we should have either a new document or an existing document open as well. We've demonstrate how to do this in other videos on this website.
The open document in our example is listed on a tab on top the left-hand side of the screen. If we opened another Photoshop document, it would be listed in a separate tab along the top.
To change the mode, first click on "Image" on the menu at the top.
Then click on the "Mode", which is the first option on the menu that appears.
Bring the cursor across to make a selection. We can either choose "Grayscale", "Indexed Color", "CMYK", "Lab", "Multichannel", etc. this will depend on which one of these were selected when the document was created.
It is important to remember when changing the "Mode" that "RGB Color", which is the current one selected in or demonstration, is generally a universal mode. It is very compatible with printers and is quite easy to use for beginners.
Other options are much more technical, such as "Lab Color". It's more specifically used for photography labs.
"CMYK" has slightly different printing options.
"Grayscale" turns everything black and white.
If we go ahead and click on "Grayscale", it double checks to be sure we want to make the change. Since we have a smart object in this image, it is letting us know that "Changing modes can affect the appearance of smart objects."
It suggests we "Rasterize", so we'll click on that option. We'll go through that in more detail in another video.
Another window appears suggesting that we flatten image layers.
The next "Message" asks if we should "Discard color information", to which we'll agree to "Discard". These pop-up Windows all appeared because I had specific image layers.
As we can see now, the image is changed to Grayscale, and it is all black and white.
We can also see on the right-hand side panel that our layers have all merged into one.
If desired, click on "Edit" on the menu at the top of the screen.
Then we can choose to "Undo Grayscale" to come back to the original image.
When we go into "Mode" again under "Image", we'll note that it is back on "RGB Color". In case we made the change accidentally, this shows us how to come back out of it.
We also have the option to change the Channels. For now, it is recommended to leave this on the default setting, which is the top one. However, if we are certain of the other settings, we can make those changes. We can also change these settings when we create the document, but if we do want to make any changes, it is useful to know that we can edit the Mode within the open document as well.
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