Even though I have spent the past 10 weeks talking about all of the new features and product enhancements that the Photoshop team has added since Photoshop CC launched, there are still great features that I wasn’t able to cover! So to make sure that I’ve covered all of the topics, I’ll extend the project through the end of the week.
Today we will start with four hidden gems including:
• When creating new documents, the Background Contents option can be included as part of a script and will also be saved as part of a New Document Preset.
• Clicking the lock icon next to the Background layer on the Layers panel converts the Background to a layer.
• The Swatches panel now displays the recently used swatches across the top of the panel.
• The Color sampler tool can now add up to ten different samples. You can click on the eyedropper in the Info panel to change the color readout values for each sampler individually, or Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) click the eyedropper to change them all at once.
To create custom New File presets, enter the desired settings into the New dialog and then click the Save Preset button. Your custom settings will appear near the top of the list. (Be sure to name them well so that you know what they are – for example 12 x 12 in at 300 ppi 8 bit RGB).
If you’re constantly creating the same size document, don’t forget that you can create your own custom presets, by entering your preferred values in the New Dialog box and clicking the “Save Preset” button. In addition, you can change the defaults for Photoshop’s “New Document Preset Resolution” in Preferences > Units & Rulers for both your Print and Screen work.