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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 CS2, you have the ability to choose what menu items appear on the pull-down menus and even colorize certain menu items for easier visibility (new.jpg). For example, if your curious about all the new features in Photoshop CS2, 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

oneyellow_icon.jpg Click the Window menu, and then point to Workspace.
twoyellow_icon.jpg Click one of the predefined sets, such as: Automation, Web Design, or What's New in CS2.

A dialog box displays asking whether you want to apply the new changes

threeyellow_icon.jpg Click Yes to apply the changes.

The Photoshop menus will now display with highlighted options based on your selection.

Create a Customized User Interface

oneyellow_icon.jpg Click the Window menu, point to Workspace, and then click Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus.
twoyellow_icon.jpg Click the Menus tab.
threeyellow_icon.jpg To create a new set, based on the current active set, click the Create New Set button, enter a name, and then click Save.
fouryellow_icon.jpg Click the Set list arrow, and then select a listing of modified User Interfaces.
fiveyellow_icon.jpg Click the Menu For list arrow and then click Application Menus or Palette Menus with the items you want to modify.
sixyellow_icon.jpg Click an arrow (left column) to expand the menu that contains the command you want to modify.
sevenyellow_icon.jpg Click the Visibility icon associated with a command to show or hide the command.
eightyellow_icon.jpg Click the Color list arrow, and select a color for the selected command.
nineyellow_icon.jpg Click the Save All Changes button to save the new customized User Interface.
tenyellow_icon.jpg Click OK.
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