Setting Preferences, Customizing, and Optimizing Photoshop CS
- Accessing Photoshop's Preferences Settings
- General Preferences
- File Handling Preferences
- Setting Display & Cursors Preferences
- Understanding How to Choose Transparency & Gamut Settings
- Setting Units & Rulers Preferences
- Checking Out the Guides, Grid & Slices Preferences
- Getting Some Control Over Screen Appearances of Elements!
- Optimizing Photoshop's Performance with the Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks and Memory & Image Cache Preferences Settings
- More Choices and More Control with the Preset Manager
- Who Wants So Many Palettes in a Group?
- Customizing the Shapes Feature
- Exploring Near-Infinite Brush Variations and Creating Custom Brushes
- Customizing Layers
- Using the Tool Presets Palette
- Using Actions to Add Keyboard Shortcuts
- Setting Selection and Mask Modes
- Spell Checking and Photoshop
- Customizing Your Workspace with the Palette Well
Chapter 3: Setting Preferences, Customizing, and Optimizing Photoshop CS
In this chapter, you'll learn
How to set Photoshop CS General preferences
How to set Photoshop's File Handling preferences
How to customize Display & Cursor settings
How to choose Transparency & Gamut settings
How to choose Units & Rulers settings
How to set Guides, Grid & Slices preferences
How to determine which screen elements will be hidden
How to customize and allocate system resource usage
How to use the Preset Manager
How to group palettes
How to customize the Shapes feature
How to set up and use Brush presets
How to copy and rename layers
How to use the Tool Presets palette
How to customize the assignment of keyboard shortcuts
How to set Selection and Mask modes
How to set up Photoshop's spell-checking feature
How to use the Palette Well
Okay, so you needed a new set of wheels and you picked this century's hottest car, the BMW Mini Cooper S. This popular auto mixes a little bit of the past and a little of today's car style and engineering. But wait, as long as you're spending half your trust fund, you might as well add a pair of fake fur cheetah fuzzy dice to the mirror. And your MP3 file collection on CDs deserves a Blaupunkt stereo system with JBL speakers.
Then you wake up. "What have I done?" you ask. The answer lies in this chapter's title (clever segue, huh?). You've just customized and specified preferences to an awesome piece of machinery. In this chapter, you learn to make the same kinds of "tweaks" to your installation of Photoshop CS. We're going to show you how to customize Photoshop so you can work with it more quickly (and with better results) than if you simply drove Photoshop CS right off the lot.
Photoshop CS has so many preferences from which to choose, you might want to set aside a whole afternoon with PS CS and this chapter.
Accessing Photoshop's Preferences Settings
The good news is that there's an entire menu of preferences in Photoshop; all you need to do to display it is press Ctrl()+K. The not-so-good news, however, is that some of the useful stuff on the Preferences menu is "logically opaque" (in other words, unfathomable) to beginners and even some intermediate users. So our best advice is to follow our lead about which preferences to select. We'll show you examples and perhaps a mini-tutorial or two, and then you can decide for yourself what you're going to hold and what you're going to fold.
In Photoshop, press Ctrl()+K now so you can get started on the following section.