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Setting General Preferences

Photoshop’s General preferences help you configure some of the more common features of the program. Color picker, image interpolation, and image Smart Object settings, as well as the History log, are set up in General preferences. Other options, such as beeping when an operation is finished, auto-updating open documents, and using the Shift key for tool switching, can all be turned on or off in the Options area. The Color Picker options allow you to select a color picker, either Adobe or the OS, and a HUD color picker (in 8-bit and 16-bit documents). The History Log lets you save all the History States performed on a particular document. For example, when you open an image, all the adjustments and actions performed are saved in a text file. This gives you access to valuable information, and lets you reproduce the steps performed on one image to correct another.

Work with General Options

  • yellow_1.jpg Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, point to Preferences, and then click General.
  • yellow_2.jpg Click the Color Picker list arrow, and then select Adobe or another. operating system (Windows or Macintosh).
  • yellow_3.jpg Click the HUD Color Picker list arrow, and then select a color picker style, such as Hue Strip or Hue Wheel.
  • yellow_4.jpg Click the Image Interpolation list arrow, and then select Nearest Neighbor, Bilinear, Bicubic, Bicubic Smoother, Bicubic Sharper, and Bicubic Automatic.
  • yellow_5.jpg Select the various options you want to use:

    • Auto-Update Open Documents. Creates a link between the open image and the image file on disk.
    • Beep When Done. Makes a sound when an operation is complete.
    • Dynamic Color Sliders. Previews color effects within the slider bars.
    • Export Clipboard. Transfers a copied image to the operating systems clipboard.
    • Use Shift Key For Tool Switch. Allows you to use the keyboard shortcut when two tools share the same slot in the toolbox.
    • Resize Image During Place. Allows you to resize an image during a Place.
    • Animated Zoom. Enables continuous-motion, smooth zooming in and out of your document, and Scrubby Zoom.
    • Zoom Resizes Windows. Forces the image window to resize when zoom is selected.
    • Zoom With Scroll Wheel. Determines whether zooming or scrolling is the default operation of the scroll wheel.
    • Zoom Clicked Point to Center. Centers the zoom view on the clicked location.
    • Enable Flick Panning. Enables quick mouse movement over the image instead of holding down the mouse.
    • Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD Vertical Movement. Enables brush variations (hardness and opacity) when vertically moving brush HUD.
    • Place or Drag Raster Images as Smart Objects. Converts raster images to Smart Objects when you place or drag them.
    • Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid. Enables the snapping of vector tools and transformations to the pixel grid.
  • yellow_6.jpg Select the History Log check box and then set the log options you want to use.
  • yellow_7.jpg Click OK.
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