To quickly change Ruler units, double click in the ruler area to display the Units & Rulers preferences. Or, to simply change the ruler’s unit of measurement, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the ruler area to select from the context sensitive menu.
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Dragging and dropping a file from Bridge or Lightroom on top of an open document in Photoshop will (by default) place the file as an embedded Smart Object.
• Resize Image During Place – this will automatically scale down any file that is placed into a document smaller than it. But don’t worry, because Photoshop converts the file being placed into a Smart Object before it scales it down, all of the original data is there if you need to transform it larger.
• Always Create Smart Objects when Placing – this converts the file to be placed into a Smart Object. If you have reason to place an image as a regular, pixel based layer, uncheck this option.
In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images), Julieanne demonstrates how to prevent Lightroom from automatically switching folders when importing files.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Lightroom 5 Backup Strategies), Julieanne discusses backup strategies for the Lightroom catalog, incremental backup catalogs, photographs, presets, preferences, and additional supporting files. Of course there are many ways to manage files – this tutorial is intended to help you identify the best approach for your workflow.
The new Sync Settings feature in Photoshop CC uses your Adobe ID to synchronize your settings between the two software installs allowed in the license agreement (your home and work computer for example).
To sync settings between your computers, (at work and at home for example), select Photoshop > (UserID) > Sync Settings and choose which settings you want to sync. Available settings include: Preferences, Actions, Brushes, Swatches, Styles, Gradients, Custom Shapes, Patterns, Contours and Tool Presets. This will sync (upload) the settings from this computer to your Creative Cloud account.
Note: You must have internet access and be signed in to your Adobe account to sync settings. To sign in, choose Help > Sign In.
Then, on your second computer, (using your second install of Photoshop), select Photoshop > (UserID) > Sync Settings. This will sync (copy) the settings from the cloud to this computer.
In order to manage what settings to sync as well as what should happen if conflicts arise , select Photoshop > (UserID) > Manage Settings (or, select Preferences > Sync Settings). If you don’t want certain settings to sync, simply uncheck them. When conflicts occur, (meaning that you have settings that are different on the local computer and the cloud), choose to either keep the remote or local settings (local is referring to the local computer and remote is referring to the settings in the cloud).
Note: you are always in control of when you sync your settings (i.e. there is not an option to “auto sync settings” – they will only sync when you select “Sync Settings Now”).
And don’t forget, you can always sync your settings on a single machine/single install which can really save time when upgrading your machine or when bad things happen (like a drive goes down that has your settings/applications on it).
If you’re planning on resetting your Lightroom preferences, please read this technical document first (Recover catalog, images after resetting Lightroom’s preferences). I think it might answer some questions about catalogs and ease the process!
There is a little known feature that can help automatically show and hide panels when working in Photoshop CS6: Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. I find this useful when I have two columns of panels: where the panels on the far right are fully expanded and the second row of panels are collapsed. If you look at the screenshot, you can see that I have my Properties panels in the collapsed, iconic state.
If I have the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels option turned on, and add an adjustment layer, the Properties panel automatically expands so that I can make changes. When I’m finished, the panel automatically closes.
To toggle the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels option on or off, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) in the empty space to the right of an expanded panel’s name.
In this episode of The Complete Picture, (How to Reset Photoshop CS6’s Preferences File), Julieanne demonstrates two methods for one of the most common trouble shooting techniques: resetting the Photoshop Preferences.
Paths and guides are anti-aliased by default in Photoshop CS5 and CS6. This tends to make them appear thinner than in previous versions and for some, more difficult to see on high resolution monitors. To turn off the anti-aliasing, select Preferences and click the Performance category. Under Graphics Processor Settings, click Advanced Settings and uncheck the Anti Alias Guides and Paths option. Note: you won’t see the change until you click OK in both the Advanced Processor settings and Preferences dialog boxes to apply the change.
There are a variety of different tools that enable you to see precise transformation values in Photoshop CS6 including Free Transform and the Crop tool. To change the location of the display, choose Preferences > Interface and, under Show Transformation Values, choose from Never, Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Left, or Bottom Right.
Shift + F1 will darken the appearance of Photoshop CS6’s interface by one step. Shift + F2 will brighten the interface by one step. Note: on a laptop, you might need to add the function key. Note: you can also change the appearance of the interface under Preferences > Interface > Color Theme.
In addition, you can Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) in the grey area surrounding an image to change the color. This changes the interface behind your image, not the background color of your image.
Did you know that you can create your own custom end panel icon to use with Lightroom? Simply create your graphic (using Photoshop or Illustrator), and save it as a .png. Then, in Lightroom, choose Preferences > Interface > Panels. Under the End Marks area, select Go To Panel End Marks Folder. Using the operating system, place your graphic file in the Panel End Marks Folder. Then, close the preferences and return to them – you will see your graphic at the bottom of the list. Select the graphic to display it at the end of each set of panels.
Note: you can also save the file as a PSD file or JPEG however the JPEG file will not support transparency.
You no longer have to wait for the progress bar to creep across your screen when saving large files because Photoshop CS6’s Background Save feature can save files in the background while you keep working on other projects.
Auto Save, another new feature of Photoshop Cs6, can help recover your file if your computer crashes before you’ve had a chance to save. To select the time interval for automatically saving your files, select Preferences > File Handling and choose from every 5, 10, 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
Both of these features are on by default. To disable either of these options choose Preferences > File Handling and uncheck Save in Background and/or Automatically Save Recovery Information.
• On Mac, in the General preferences, you can now choose your preferred Language.
• Under Presets, several features have options to Restore Presets and Templates to their defaults. This may be very useful in teaching environments.
• In the External Editing preferences, you can now choose to “Stack with original”.
• Under the File Handling Preferences, be sure to keep the “Embed Fast Load Data” checked on for DNG. This can enable DNG files to load up to 8x faster in the Develop module and will only cost you approximately 200K per image!
In the External Editing Preferences, you can now choose to “Stack with Original”. Or not. : )