September 22, 2011
After yesterday’s post I was reminded that I had previously created a much longer video that covered not only Tool Presets but also the customization of Workspaces, Menus, Keyboard shortcuts, Preferences, Palette Options, the Preset Manager and more! Although it was recorded with Photoshop CS4, the tips and techniques that I cover are just as useful today as they were then. Click here to enjoy!
September 19, 2011
To preview images quickly when moving from folder to folder, Bridge creates and stores cached thumbnails either in a global database or in a local file in each folder. When burning CDs or DVDs it is beneficial to change the Bridge Preferences > Cache to Automatically Export Cache to Folders when Possible so that the when the CD is accessed at a later time, the File Browser accesses the saved cache file, instantly propagating the File Browser with the necessary thumbnails, ranking, and rotation information.
September 2, 2011
In order to put the emphasis on the image and not on the interface in Lightroom tap the “L” key to enter Lights Dim mode. Tap it again to toggle to Lights Out. Tapping it again will toggle back to Normal mode. To toggle in the other direction add the Shift key. Choose to set the “Dim” level in Preferences > Interface to 50, 70, 80 or 90 percent.
June 24, 2011
To toggle the conversion to Black and White tap the “V” key in either the Library or Develop Module. To apply an Auto black and white conversion adjustment to images, select Preferences and check the “Apply auto mix when first converting to black and white” option.
June 17, 2011
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + U to set Auto Tone
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + U to set Auto White Balance.
• Shift + double click on either the Exposure or Blacks slider (in the Basic panel) to set the slider to what the Auto button would do.
• To always apply an Auto Tone adjustment to images, select Preferences and check the “Apply auto tone adjustments” option.
May 17, 2011
The option to store presets and templates with a specific catalog is particularly useful when there is a need for the photographer to work on several different computers. For example, in an educational “lab” environment, a student might have all of their images and catalog on an external drive making it easy to move from one machine to another during each “open lab” session. If they choose Preferences > Presets > Location and check the “Store Presets with Catalog” option, any user-created preset (such as metadata templates, develop presets etc.) will be stored within the same folder as the associated catalog (instead of in the default location). The advantage is that whichever computer you launch your Lightroom catalog on, you will see your presets and only your presets (as opposed to all of the other students’ presets).
If, however, you are working on a single computer, I would suggest that you do NOT check the “Store Presets with Catalog” option. Instead, save your presets (and templates) to the default location so that your presets will be accessible if you decide to create multiple catalogs.
May 16, 2011
Lightroom’s presets can be found/copied/deleted here:
• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom
• Win (user)/ Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom
Or, Control (Mac) / right mouse (Win) -click on any preset in Lightroom’s Develop module (or any Template in the output modules) and choose Show in Finder (Mac ) / Reveal in Explorer (Win) to automatically display the corresponding presets folder. Then, copy and paste (using the operating system) the preset files to the same location on the other machine.
February 23, 2011
If you need to change the New Document Preset Resolution settings, select Preferences > Units and Rulers and set your preferred defaults for your Print or Screen work.
June 16, 2010
PSCS5 – In order to save a layered Photoshop file with a high resolution preview for other applications to use (Lightroom for example), it is necessary for Photoshop to create a “flattened” version of the image and save this flattened version within the file. I would recommend that you enable the option even though it will make the file size larger. To have Photoshop automatically save the flattened version, choose Preferences > File Handling > Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility… choose Always. In PSCS5, we added a “Don’t Show Again” check box when saving which will set the preference to Always.
October 21, 2009
When launching Bridge, Command-Option (Mac)/Control-Alt (Win) + Shift to choose “Reset Preferences”, Purge Entire Thumbnail Cache”, and/or Reset Standard Workspaces”.
October 20, 2009
When launching Photoshop, Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) prompts you to choose an additional scratch disk folder. Note: there is a very short window between clicking the PS icon to launch it and needing to hold down the keyboard shortcut, so get your fingers ready ahead of time!
October 19, 2009
When launching Photoshop, Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) + Shift prompts you to delete the Adobe Photoshop settings file (which stores your preferences). Note: there is a very short window between clicking the PS icon to launch it and needing to hold down the keyboard shortcut, so get your fingers ready ahead of time!
September 21, 2009
In this video tutorial (Top 10 Little-Known Features in Photoshop CS4), Julienne Kost covers the top 10 little-known features in Photoshop CS4 that can make a huge difference in the way you work.
August 28, 2009
To improve batch processing performance, in the History panel,select History Options from the fly-out menu and deselect Automatically Create First Snapshot. Depending on the length of your action, you might also want to reduce the number History States in the Preferences > Performance panel. Just don’t forget to increase the number of states when you finished batch processing!
May 8, 2009
Select Preferences > Cursors to control the look of your painting tool icons. Choose between Standard, Precise, Normal Brush Tip (which displays the brush size based on those pixels in the brush that are painting with 50% or greater opacity), and Full Size Brush Tip (which displays the cursor size around any pixel that is painted regardless of opacity). With any of the above options, you can also chose to Show Crosshair in Brush Tip to display a center point in a brush. Personally, I use set the painting Cursors to Normal Brush Tip and then use the “caps lock” key to display precise cross hairs for brushes as needed.
For Other Cursors, choose to see the Standard Photoshop icon, or choose Precise to display the cursor as a target with crosshairs. Note: clicking on any of the radial buttons will show a preview in the preferences.