Posts tagged "Preferences"

June 27, 2016

Preference for Legacy Healing Brush In Photoshop CC 15.5

Photoshop CC 2015 introduced a new real-time healing brush algorithm. However, if you prefer the behavior of the older healing brush algorithm you can now use Preferences > Tools > Use Legacy Healing Algorithm for the Healing Brush to return to the previous behavior.

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February 29, 2016

Multiple Undo in Photoshop

• Command + Z (Mac) | Control  + Z (Win) will toggle undo/redo of the last command.

• Option + Command  + Z (Mac) | Alt + Control + Z (Win) will step you back through history.

• Command + Shift + Z (Mac) | Control + Shift + Z (Win) will step you forward through history.

To change the number of history states (multiple undo’s) that Photoshop keeps track of while an image is open, select Preferences > Performance and enter a value for History States. Setting a higher number (100 for example) will save more changes, and allow you to step farther back in time, however it will also require Photoshop to keep track of more information in RAM (or, when all of the RAM is in use, using the scratch disk). Making large changes to the entire document (adding layers, running filters etc.), requires keeping track of more history than smaller changes (such as small, localized strokes with the Healing Brush). Therefore, if you increase the number of states and notice a performance hit, trying lowering the number again.

You can also manually set the Cache Levels and Cache Tile Size in the Performance Preferences. If you use relatively small files—roughly 1 megapixel or 1280 by 1024 pixels—and many layers (50 or more), set Cache Levels to 1 or 2. Setting Cache Levels to 1 disables image caching; only the current screen image is cached (however, you may not get high-quality results with some Photoshop features if you set Cache Levels to 1). If you use files with larger pixel dimensions—say, 50 megapixels or larger—set Cache Levels higher than 4. Higher cache levels speed up redrawing.

Click here for more information about optimizing Photoshop’s performance.

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February 10, 2016

Adobe Bridge CC Version 6.2 Available

The update to Adobe Bridge CC includes improved performance for metadata and thumbnail generation, along with automated cache management for faster display and search of assets. Thumbnail generation will be on-demand, allowing you to start viewing thumbnails sooner (instead of waiting for all thumbnails to be generated before any are available for viewing), and thumbnails and metadata generation/search are performed only when needed. Select Preferences > General to self-manage the cache for faster display of thumbnail previews and quicker metadata search of assets.


You can save time by automatically organizing sets of images into stacks for processing high dynamic range (HDR) images and panoramas (Stacks > Auto Stack Panorama/HDR).


Bridge understands how to organize images based on an image’s capture time, exposure settings, and image alignment. If exposure times vary and content overlaps, Bridge CC interprets the photo as HDR, if not, then it is recognized as panoramic. Stacked images are identified by the number of images in the stack, displayed at the top left of the thumbnail.


• Command + right/left arrow (Mac) | Control + right/left arrow (Win) expands/collapses a stack

•Command + Option + right/left arrow (Mac) | Control + Alt + right/left arrow (Win) expands/collapses all stacks

You can now import media directly from your mobile phone and digital cameras that use PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) and MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) by selecting File > Import from Device. (This is a fix for OSX 10.11x (El Capitan) customers.)


This release also includes stability and performance updates, modernized code, and technology components for a stable platform for the next generation of Bridge.

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August 26, 2015

The Activities Center in Lightroom CC

Hovering the cursor above of Lightroom’s Identity Plate displays a white disclosure triangle. Click on the triangle to reveal the Activities Center in Lightroom CC. The Activities Center displays the progress of background operations including Lightroom mobile sync, address lookup (GPS), and indexing for face tagging. You can manage each of these tasks independently.


• Turn on Sync with Lightroom mobile to sync collections with other Lightroom mobile clients. Only the collections that you have enabled (by clicking the empty well to the left of the collection name) will be synchronized.

•Turn on Address Lookup to have Lightroom look up new GPS coordinates to provide city, state, and country suggestions.

•Turn on Face Detection to have Lightroom index the faces of people in all of your photos. Note: if you enable this and let Lightroom index all of your photos in the catalog, then when you enter People view, it will load faster.

Right-click within Lightroom’s Identity Plate to switch Identity Plates, control which background tasks show in the ID plate area, and edit an Identity Plate.


In addition, in the Catalog Settings > Metadata, you can set preferences for Address Lookup and Face Detection.

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July 13, 2015

Lightroom CC – Book Module Basics

Learn the basics of book creation in the first of a three-part series on the Book module in Lightroom.

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May 28, 2015

How to Reset Photoshop Preferences File

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates two methods for one of the most common troubleshooting techniques: resetting the Photoshop Preferences.

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April 21, 2015

Additional Tips and Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC

Here are a number of hidden gems that were easier to include in list form than in my video. Enjoy!

Import, Library and Collections

• In addition to adding images to a collection on Import, you can automatically add images to a collection when shooting tethered.

• You can show badges in the filmstrip, but have them ignore any accidental clicks (Preferences > Interface > Ignore clicks on badges).

• Flag and Rating categories have been added to the metadata filters.

• “Camera + Lens” and “Camera + Lens Setting” have been added to the Loupe info options (via the View options).

• Moving photos to another folder is faster than in previous versions.

The Develop Module

• When using the Radial and Graduated Filters to make local adjustments, Shift + T will toggle between editing the filter and the brush.

• You can now reposition edits created using the Adjustment Brush by dragging the pin. Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) reverts to the older behavior (“scrubbing” the applied adjustments when click-dragging left or right on the pin).

• Shift-drag to constrain the Adjustment Brush movements vertically or horizontally.

• Click once, then Shift -click in another area with the Adjustment Brush to draw a straight line between the points.

• Hover the cursor on top of the pin to display a Mask overlay for the Gradient and Radial filters.

• When cropping, there is a new Auto button (in the Angle area), that will try to do an auto level similar to the Upright command.

• Control + Tab allows you to cycle through the Upright modes.

• You can now choose CMYK profiles when using the Soft Proofing controls in the Develop Module.

• The Lens correction panel indicates if a photo has built in lens correction applied. (This can be especially helpful for micro 4/3s and mirrorless lenses that can be automatically adjusted using opt codes.)

Additional Preferences

• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) allows resetting of preferences when launching Lightroom. (Launch the app and then immediately hold down the keyboard shortcut keys.)

• The Pinstripe texture option in the Interface preferences has been replaced with a “Darker” gray”


• Percentage options have been added to the image resizing section of the Export Dialog.

The Book Module

• Photo text metadata settings will now be saved with custom pages.

Touch Enabled Devices

• There is a new workspace for touch enabled devices which is very similar to Lightroom on mobile devices. When a keyboard is removed, Lightroom automatically enters this mode. Many of the same gestures that are found when using Lightroom on mobile devices are available for touch enabled devices including;  triple touch to show info, swipe to assign flags and stars,  swipe to move from one image to the next etc. These gestures are also available when the keyboard is attached so that a combination of mouse/gestures can be used at the same time.

• In addition, touch enabled devices have access to all of the panels in the Develop module (they’re not limited to the basic panel like Lightroom on mobile), including local adjustments (spot healing, graduated filter etc.), and custom presets.

Lightroom on mobile devices

Lightroom1.4 for iOS devices now includes the Auto Straighten option and an improved cropping experience.

Lightroom 1.1 on Android now supports device-created DNG files, support for Android tablets and support for micro-SD cards.

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March 13, 2015

Custom Panels and Workspaces in Photoshop

I find it to be well worth my time to configure the panels that I am going to be using for a project or specific type of task and then save them as a custom workspace. For example, when I am compositing multiple images together, I use very different sets of panels than I might when working on a document that is text heavy.
Below is a screenshot showing how I arrange my panels for compositing. I dock the panels that I use most often to the Tools (on the left side of the screen). This saves significant time over the course of the day by eliminating the need to travel back and forth across my monitor to select different panel options, tools, and tool options. I have also placed the Properties panel below the Layers panel so that when I add an adjustment layer, my cursor is automatically above the options for that layer.

03_08PanelsThis video (although recorded a while back) demonstrates how to streamline Phostoshop for your specific needs through the customization of Workspaces, Menus, Keyboard shortcuts, Preferences, Tool Presets, Palette options, and the Preset Manager.

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February 3, 2015

Resizing Brushes and Customizing Cursors in Photoshop

If you’re tired of tapping the left and right brackets to increase / decrease your brush size, try using the drag-resize brush cursor keyboard shortcut in Photoshop to make rapid changes to the brush size. Ctrl + Option (Mac) / alt + right click (Win) -drag left to right to decrease/increase brush diameter while displaying a red overlay of the density and feather of the brush for visual reference. Drag up and down (using the same shortcut) to increase/decrease the hardness/softness of the brush. If you prefer to change the Brush Opacity (instead of the Brush Hardness), based on the vertical drag movement, select Preferences > General and uncheck “Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD vertical movement”. By disabling this preference, Photoshop enables a change in Opacity when dragging up/down.

To customize the display of the Brush (as well as other cursors), select Preferences > Cursors. Select one of the following: Standard (the small iconic cursors), Precise (cross hairs), Normal Brush Tip (size represents pixels to be painted with greater than 50%  effect), Full Size Brush Tip (size represents all pixels to be painted). Check “Show Cross hairs in Brush Tip” to easily see the center of the brush. To display only the cross hairs in the brush enable Show Only Crosshair While Painting.

Other Tool icons can also be set to Precise in the Preferences > Cursors dialog, or can be temporarily invoked by enabling the “caps lock” key.

Finally, the red color overlay can be customized in Preferences > Cursors > Brush Preview.

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November 24, 2014

Customizing the Default Settings in Lighroom’s Develop Module

When using the Post-Crop Vignette panel in the Develop Module in Lightroom, if you prefer Color Priority or Paint Overlay (instead of Highlight Priority) to be the default style, you can change it by customizing the Develop module’s Default Settings.

This video, Working with Camera Profiles, explains how to customize and save new default settings in the Develop module. Because the video was recorded when Adobe announced Camera Matching profiles (in LR2!), the first six minutes of the video discusses these profiles. However, it then it goes on to explain how to set your default settings in either Lightroom or Camera Raw and even though a lot has changed since then, you can still use the same method today for changing default settings for panels other than Camera Calibration – including Post Crop Vignettes and Lens Correction.


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October 22, 2014

Save and Save As States now Recorded in History Panel in Photoshop CC 2014

In Photoshop CC 2014, when you save a document (or Save As), the command will be  added as a state in the History panel in case you want to access it after making additional changes. Just remember, the number of history states (listed in the History panel) depend on a setting in your preferences (Preferences > Performance > History States). Depending on your preferences and the number of changes made to the file, the Save (or Save As) state might eventually “roll off the top” of the panel. If you need access to the “Saved” state – regardless of how many changes are made to the open document, select the fly out menu on the History panel, select History Options, and enable “Automatically Create New Snapshot When Saving”. The snapshot will remain available (regardless of the number of changes made), until the file is closed.

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April 1, 2014

Changing Ruler Units in Photoshop

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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March 27, 2014

Resizing Files While Placing into Photoshop

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.

2014_03_25DragDrop01For more control over how the image is added, select  Photoshop Preferences > General:

• 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.


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March 26, 2014

Quick Tip – How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images

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.

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November 6, 2013

Video Tutorial – Lightroom 5 Backup Strategies

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.

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