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Working with the File Browser

The File Browser preferences give you control over what goes into the File Browser window, and how to display it. The File Browser is a great tool for organizing and accessing your image files. The display options control the size and type of image displayed in the File Browser window. The additional options helps you fine-tune the quality and type of the images displayed in the File Browser window, including how the document's metadata is processed. Metadata preserves information about the contents, copyright status, origin, and even the history of the document file. Metadata can be used by meta search programs to locate a specific file, and is saved and transported as part of the document.

Work with the File Browser

  1. Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.

  2. Click File Browser.

  3. Select the File Browser options you want to use:

    • Do Not Process Files Larger Than. Let's you decide the maximum size of files processed and displayed in the File Browser Window. You can enter a value from 0 to 2047.

    • Display Most Recently Used Folders in Location Popup. Displays the last 1 to 30 folders accessed with the Filer Browser.

    • Custom Thumbnail Size. Lets you choose a custom size in pixels for the Thumbnails displayed in the File Browser. Select a value from 128 to 1024.

    Figure 3.17Figure 3.17

  4. Select the Options settings you want to use:

    • Allow Background Processing. Allows Photoshop extra processing power to produce metadata, and image cache files (may degrade performance on slower computers).

    • High Quality Previews. Generates higher quality previews, which, in turn, creates bigger image cache files. Unless you are experiencing abnormally slow performance in Photoshop, leave this option selected.

    • Render Vector Files. Generates previews of vector graphics in the File Browser. Select this option if you work with a lot of vector material such as, EPS and PDF documents.

    • ParseXMP Metadata From Non-Image Files. Displays metadata from non-image files.

    • Keep Sidecar Files With Master Files. Helps other applications process the metadata associated with Photoshop files. Keeping the sidecar file with the master file creates a larger file. However, it does not impact Photoshop's performance, and it will allow other applications access to the associated metadata.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Figure 3.18Figure 3.18


Organizing Images in the On-Screen Lightbox - You can use the File Browser window as you own personal lightbox. Photographers use a lightbox to sort and arrange images. Open the File Browser window click the Sort menu, and then click Custom. You can now select an image folder, and drag and arrange the images just like a photographer's lightbox. In addition, you can create a new folder on your desktop, and drag selected images from the File Browser into the new folder. Photoshop does not move the images, but creates a copy in the selected folder.

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