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Setting General Preferences

Photoshop’s General preferences help you configure some of the more common features of the program. Image interpolation 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 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_circle-01.jpg Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.
  • yellow_circle-02.jpg Click General.
  • yellow_circle-03.jpg Click the Color Picker list arrow, and then select Adobe or another operating system (Windows or Macintosh).
  • yellow_circle-04.jpg Click the Image Interpolation list arrow, and then select Nearest Neighbor (Faster), Bilinear, or one of the Bicubic options.
  • yellow_circle-05.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 Paste/Place. Allows you to resize an image during a Paste or Place.

    • Animated Zoom. (New!)Enables continuous-motion, smooth zooming in and out of your document. Must have OpenGL on your computer.

    • 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. (New!) Centers the zoom view on the clicked location.

    • Enable Flick Panning. (New!)Enables quick mouse movement over the image instead of holding down the mouse.

  • yellow_circle-06.jpg Select the History Log options you want to use.
  • yellow_circle-07.jpg Click OK.
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