Posts tagged "Preferences"

October 17, 2011

A Dozen of my Favorite Little Known Features in PSCS5

In a recent presentation I was asked to share some “lesser” known features from Photoshop CS5. I have noted all of the following in my blog at some point, but here are a dozen of my favorites all together:

1) Changing Brush Size – With a painting tool selected, Control + Option (Mac) – drag left/right in order to decrease/ increase brush size. To decrease/ increase brush hardness, drag up/down. On Windows, Shift + Alt -drag left right to decrease/ increase brush size and up/down decrease/ increase brush hardness.

2) On Screen Color Picker – To access the new HUD color Picker, with a painting tool selected, Control + Option + Command (Mac) -click and drag to select a color. On Windows, Shift + Alt + right-click and drag to select a color. Or, if that shortcut is too much to remember, to display the color picker using a keyboard shortcut, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Under the Shortcuts for “Tools” scroll to the bottom to locate the “Foreground Color Picker ” line item and enter in your own custom keyboard shortcut.

3) The Eyedropper Tool – Clicking in the image area with the Eyedropper tool now displays a sample ring. The “new” color (the one being sampled) is displayed in the upper half of the ring while the current (or foreground color before sampling) is displayed in the bottom half. The ring is surrounded by grey to help neutralize surrounding colors that may influence color choices. The sample ring can be toggled off/on by unchecking/checking Show Sample Ring in the Options bar. Or, if you’re an avid user of Tool presets, make one with the ring turned on, the other with it off. In addition Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click to select the Sample Size or Copy the Color as Hex Code or HTML

4) Scrubby Zoom – With the Zoom tool selected, click-drag to the right to zoom in, click-drag to the left to Zoom out. This new feature adds the benefit of being able to quickly zoom in AND zoom out to a specific location, however, if you prefer the legacy behavior (click-drag over the area to zoom into), disable Scrubby Zoom in the Options Bar. In addition, when viewing multiple images simultaneously, Shift -drag with the Hand tool to pan all open documents. Similarly, shift -clicking with the Zoom tool will zoom all images simultaneously. To set this as the default behavior, with the Zoom or Hand tool selected, check the “Zoom all Windows” and/or “Pan all Windows” in the Option bar.

5) Saving 16 Bit Images as JPEG – If you’re working with 16 bit files and want to save them as a JPEG, you can now select the JPEG file format from the list in the Save As dialog box. However, you need to know that saving as a JPEG will convert the file from 16 bit down to 8 bit (as the JPEG file format does not support 16 bit). Note: it is also important to note if you’re saving a layered file as a JPEG, Photoshop will flatten the file as the JPEG file format does not support layers.

6) Saving Files to Their Original Folders  – By default, when saving files, Photoshop will automatically navigate to the folder where the last file was saved. To save files to their original folder, select Preferences > File Handling > and check on the “Save As to Original Folder” option.

7) Auto-Select Parameter for Adjustment Layers  – In order to automatically put the keyboard focus onto the first field in the Adjustment panel, use the fly out menu in the Adjustments panel, and select Auto-Select Parameter (this behavior was added as it is similar to the legacy way of working with image adjustment dialog boxes – as oppose to the adjustment panel). Return (Mac) / Enter (Win) + Shift is another way to put the keyboard focus onto the first field in the Adjustment panel. You can also use a keyboard shortcut to select the Targeted Adjustment Tool while using a Hue/Saturation, Curves, or Black & White adjustment layer, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Under the Shortcuts for “Tools” scroll the towards the bottom of the list to locate the “Targeted Adjustment Tool” line item and enter in your own custom keyboard shortcut.

8)The Crop Tool Overlay – With the Crop tool selected, drag out the crop marquee and then, in the Options bar, choose Between Rule of Thirds, Grid or None for the Crop Guide Overlay. Note, you must first drag out the crop in the image area for this setting to appear in the Options bar.

9) Control Change the Opacity/Fill of Multiple Layers  – Simply select multiple layers in the Layers panel and use the Opacity and/or Fill slider to change the Opacity/Fill of all selected layers at once.

10) Layer Styles – In order to customize the default Layer Style settings, select Layer > Layer Style (or click the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel). In the Layer Style dialog, make the desired changes, and click the Make Default button. If you make changes to the style and want to reset the changes to your custom default, click the Reset to Default button.

11) Panorama Stitching  – When using the Auto-Align Layers command Photoshop now leverages lens correction profiles (if applied).

12) Non-rotating Brushes with Rotate View – When using the Rotate View tool to rotate the canvas for easier drawing and painting, the brushes will no longer rotate with the canvas rotation; instead they remain at the orientation of the original artwork regardless of the viewing angle.

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October 5, 2011

Video Tutorial – Opening Files from Lightroom into Photoshop – FAQ

In this episode of the Complete Picture, I hope to help you avoid unwanted or puzzling results by answering the three most frequently asked questions around opening and round-tripping files from Lightroom to Photoshop.

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September 22, 2011

Customizing the Photoshop Interface

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.

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September 19, 2011

Exporting a Cache when Writing Files to CD and DVD

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.

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September 2, 2011

LR3 – Lights Dim/Out

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.

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June 24, 2011

LR3 – Converting Images to Black and White

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.


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June 17, 2011

LR3 – Auto Options in the Basic Panel

• 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.


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May 17, 2011

LR3 – Storing Presets and Templates with a Catalog

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.


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May 16, 2011

LR3 – Moving Presets Between Machines

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.


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February 23, 2011

New Document Preset Resolution

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.

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June 16, 2010

Maximize Compatibility

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.

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October 21, 2009

Resetting Bridge’s Preferences

When launching Bridge, Command-Option (Mac)/Control-Alt (Win) + Shift to choose “Reset Preferences”, Purge Entire Thumbnail Cache”, and/or Reset Standard Workspaces”.

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October 20, 2009

Assigning Additional Scratch Disks

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!

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October 19, 2009

Resetting Photoshop’s Preferences

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!

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September 21, 2009

Video Tutorial – Top 10 Little-Known Features in Photoshop CS4

In this video tutorial, 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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