How to use search in Photoshop tutorial

Learn how to use the new search feature command in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 to access help / tutorials / command. New in CC 2018 2017 +. To find commands as well as tutorials and stock photos.

Search in Photoshop

new search and help feature in Photoshop
  1. Edit menu in Photoshop to find search feature in Photoshop (search for tutorials, stock photos etc)

  2. Search command

  3. Select photoshop or learn or stock etc

  4. Enter a search tearm into the entry field to see all the results appear in the dialog / panel. Select the entry and you will then be taken to that command or file or help tutorial etc

Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


A great new feature in PS - you can use it in 2017 as well as 2018 and hopefully, 2019 and beyond.


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commandsThe search can be found in the edit menu. It is a tool for application and not the current opened document, it is for content and tutorial etc. Personally I wish it was a panel accessible via the window panel but it is only a dialog where the following options are available as tabs across the top. To use, select the tab / section you want to use such as stock photos etc

1) All

2) PS

3) Learn

4) Stock

5) Just added with 2018, Lr Photos


Goto to the "PS" tab, If you want to find a particular command such as the open command or the art history brush then just type the words "art" . You will then see entries such as the artboard tool but at the top you will see the art history brush (confusingly the custom shapes tool also appears).


Click the command entry in the panel / dialog and you will be taken straight to the command - a quick and easy way to access commands in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 if you can't exactly recall where the command is.


Of course, you can enter any command such as layer and that will list a lot of entries such as layer via copy and also layer and export as and layer comps etc and then just click that entry as required. A really useful and quick way to go through the application if you are not used to where a particular command is


recent files

If you want to access your most recent files then the "PS" section also offers a quick way of accessing those files but only the ones matching the entered text / name of the file


To find the most recent files containing 'pyram' (or any other word, of course) just go the to diaog and type 'pyram' (pyramid etc) in the "Photoshop" section. You will see the dialog / panel results being filled with all the files with the word pyram (containing etc and not just starting with). You will now be able to select and click and open the files with that term such as colorful-pyramid.png etc (the list also shows the path to the file as well as the name).


The recently opened files will appear in the list and you can then quickly select and open those files - all very useful - you can see an example with my most recent opened files on the left. To be honest, not sure how far the recent file list goes back though so it may not include every file you have ever opened in PS.


The only issue with the recent files is that there is no way of sorting them beyond the default sort which may or may not be useful to you.


learn tutorials

The "learn" section gives a quick access to the tutorials from Adobe and in most cases, it is a simple help guide.


Hopefully the "learn" will be extended to include other tutorials in the Adobe universe as well as TV and videos (and perhaps youtube videos ? such as the ones available from graphicxtras). Goto the learn tab / section and type 'custom shapes'.


All the tutorials on custom shapes on will appear and then you can simply click on that and the web page will be displayed in your current default browser

Anyway, if you want to find out about 'custom shapes' then just type that and you should get a whole load of tutorials on that subject.


If there is nothing found for that particular word such as if you enter 'pyram' then nothing is currently returned but if you enter an item such as layers then a lot of tutorials can be found via the Adobe help.


stock photo

The last section in 2017 is the "Stock" and that is fairly clear, it is yet another quick route into the vast selection of photos and images head in their stock collection. You can do much the same via the file menu as well as new command and so on (I am suspecting that Adobe Stock links will end up in all the commands at some point - surely when you run the oil paint filter you will want to look at some more stock images ?)


With 2018, there is now a "Lr Photo" tab / section which is a way to find a particular Lightroom photo (I must admit, something I rarely do but for Lightroom users this is yet another wonderful feature to pull up a selection of files for use in PS)


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