- Optimizing Photoshop
- Setting General Preferences
- Modifying File Handling Preferences
- Working with Interface Preferences
- Working with Cursors Preferences
- Controlling Transparency & Gamut Preferences
- Working with Units & Rulers
- Working with Guides, Grid, Slices & Count
- Selecting Plug-Ins
- Selecting Scratch Disks
- Allocating Memory & Image Cache
- Working with Type
- Managing Libraries with the Preset Manager
- Customizing the Workspace
- Defining Shortcut Keys
- Creating a Customized User Interface
- Using Drawing Tablets
Creating a Customized User Interface
Photoshop’s pull-down menus actually contain hundreds of options (yes, I did said hundreds). If you find navigating through menus a hassle, then Adobe has the answer to your problem with a customizable user interface. In Photoshop, you have the ability to choose what menu items appear on the pull-down menus and even colorize certain menu items for easier visibility. For example, if your curious about all the new features in Photoshop, you can create a drop-down menu system with all the new features highlighted. Or, perhaps, you wish to create a menu system that highlights all the specific tools you’re planning to use in a photo-restoration project. In fact, Photoshop includes several predefined user interface sets just to get you started in the right direction.
Use a Predefined User Interface
- Click the Window menu, and then point to Workspace.
- Click one of the predefined sets, such as: Automation, Web Design, or What’s New in CS3.
A dialog box displays asking whether you want to apply the new changes.
- Click Yes to apply the changes.
The Photoshop menus will now display with highlighted options based on your selection.
Create a Customized User Interface
- Click the Window menu, point to Workspace, and then click Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus.
- Click the Menus tab.
- To create a new set, based on the current active set, click the Create New Set button, enter a name, and then click Save.
- Click the Set list arrow, and then select a listing of modified User Interfaces.
- Click the Menu For list arrow and then click Application Menus or Palette Menus with the items you want to modify.
- Click an arrow (left column) to expand the menu that contains the command you want to modify.
- Click the Visibility icon associated with a command to show or hide the command.
- Click the Color list arrow, and select a color for the selected command.
- Click the Save All Changes button to save the new customized User Interface.
- Click OK.