March 13, 2015
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.
This 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.
May 17, 2012
• After creating your own custom Stroke patterns (using the Stroke Options), save them as a preset. Don’t forget that you can save a Tool Preset in order to save all of the Options for the shape tool (fill, stroke, size etc.).
• To copy and paste the Fill or Stroke attributes from one shape to another, click the color swatch next to Fill or Stroke in the Options bar. Then, click the gear icon and choose Copy Fill (or Copy Stroke). Then select another Shape layer, click the color swatch next to Fill or Stroke, select the gear, and choose Paste Fill (or Paste Stroke).
• An even easier way to quickly apply the fill and shape from one layer to another is to Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) on the layers panel (to the right of the layer name), and select Copy Shape Attributes (this will copy both the stroke and the fill unlike the tip above that copies one or the other). In the Layers panel, select the layer(s) to paste the attributes and Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) and select Paste Shape Attributes. Note: you can also Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) directly on the layer in the image area, but it might be more difficult to select the layers to paste the attributes on.
• All shapes on a shape layer will have the same Fill and Stroke attributes. To apply different attributes to different shapes, put each shape on its own layer by selecting the shape and choosing Layer > New > Shape Layer Via Cut or use the shortcut: Command + Shift + J (Mac) | Control + Shift + J (Win). Note: when cutting a shape to its own layer and/or when merging 2 (or more) shape layers to the same layer, they no longer rasterize but remain vectors!
September 21, 2011
In this episode of the Complete Picture (Create and Save Your Own Tool Presets in Photoshop CS5) I will demonstrate how to eliminate repetitive tasks and increase efficiencies in Photoshop by customizing the tools you use the most and saving them as Presets.
April 1, 2011
I neglected to mention yesterday that you can choose to display tool presets for all of your tools or only the currently selected tool by clicking the “Current Tool Only” box on or off on the Tool Presets panel (and/or by clicking the Tool Preset icon on the far left of the options bar).
The Tool Preset icon on the Options bar can also be used to reset the tools to their defaults. Select the desired Tool and Control -click (Mac) or right mouse click on the Tool Preset Picker to select “Reset Tool” or “Reset All Tools”.
March 31, 2011
Tool presets can save hours of time a week depending on the tools you use. For example, if you have three different fonts that you use for different clients all at certain sizes with specific alignment options, colors etc., simply set those options and, at the far left of the Options bar, click the tool icon to display the Tool Presets Picker (or select Window > Tool Presets to view the Tool Presets panel). Click the New Preset icon (the dog-eared page icon) to save your preset. You can also click the arrow for a variety of additional options such as saving and loading tool presets that you may share between machines and/or with friends. Obviously Tool Presets go far beyond fonts, as they can save any tool’s options such as cropping sizes, dodge and burn settings,paint brushes etc.
December 2, 2009
In order to reset a Tool’s options, select the Tool and Control -click (Mac) or right mouse click on the Tool Preset Picker to select “Reset Tool” or “Reset All Tools”.
December 1, 2009
When saving a tool preset for a brush (using the fly out menu from the Tool Presets panel or from the Tool Presets Picker), check “Include Color” to save the foreground color.
November 30, 2009
To avoid having to constantly reset commonly used values for your tools, set up your preferred options for the tool, then click on the Tool Presets picker icon (in the upper left of the options bar) and save the preset. These Tool Presets can be accessed at any time from either the Options bar, or the Tool Presets panel. To view only those presets available for the currently selected tool, check the “Use the Current Tool Only” option on the Tool Preset panel (or picker).