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.
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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!
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.
When I have several images that are all tiled and I need to zoom in or out on one of them without changing the size of the window, I toggle off Preference / General / Zoom Resizes Window. If you prefer to leave your preference toggled on, then you can temporarily stop the window from resizing by adding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) key to the old standby – Command (Mac) / Control (Win) “+” (plus) to zoom in, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) “-” (minus) to zoom out. If I remember correctly, I believe that this default behaviors are reversed on the Windows platform (ie zooming doesn’t resize the window by default) but you can still customize your preference on either platform.
The Tool Box can be displayed as either a single or double column. Clicking the double arrows at the top of the tool box will toggle their layout. Any tool in the toolbox can be selected with a single letter shortcut key. Type that letter, get that tool. Some tool slots in the toolbox have more than one tool in them. If you want to cycle through nested tools hold the Shift key and type the shortcut for the tool. If you prefer to cycle through the tools in a group without using the Shift key, this option can be turned off by selecting (Mac) Photoshop > Preferences > General (Windows) Edit > Preferences > General) and unchecking “Use Shift Key for Tool Switch”.
Use Preferences / Guides, Grid & Slices to control the Style, Color, and Grid line spacing and subdivisions. Yes, this means that guides can be a soothing neutral gray, not Cyan or Magenta!
To customize the display of the Brush, 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). Choose to “Show Cross hairs in Brush Tip” if desired. To display precise cross hairs for brushes, use the “caps lock” key.
For all of the “power” features in Photoshop CS4, there are dozens of subtle refinements that never make the A-list. Watch as Julieanne Kost uncovers these little known secrets and hidden gems – all built to make you more productive – in this video tutorial (Little Known Feature Enhancements in Photoshop CS4).