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Adjusting a few general preferences

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In this movie, we are going to transition from shortcuts to settings, specifically the most important settings that are available in the General panel of the Preferences dialog box. So what I'd like you to do, if you're working on the PC, go up to the Edit menu, on a Mac go to the Photoshop menu and then go down to Preferences, it's higher in the list on the Mac and choose the General command or you can press the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac and that's the universal shortcut across the Adobe applications. Then to switch between panels, you can obviously click on one of these items in the left-hand list or you can take advantage of the Keyboard Shortcuts, which are Ctrl+1 or Cmd+1 for General, Ctrl+2 or Cmd+2 for Interface, Ctrl+3 or Cmd+3 for File Handling, all the way up to Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 for Type.

Adjusting a few general preferences

In this movie, we are going to transition from shortcuts to settings, specifically the most important settings that are available in the General panel of the Preferences dialog box. So what I'd like you to do, if you're working on the PC, go up to the Edit menu, on a Mac go to the Photoshop menu and then go down to Preferences, it's higher in the list on the Mac and choose the General command or you can press the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac and that's the universal shortcut across the Adobe applications. Then to switch between panels, you can obviously click on one of these items in the left-hand list or you can take advantage of the Keyboard Shortcuts, which are Ctrl+1 or Cmd+1 for General, Ctrl+2 or Cmd+2 for Interface, Ctrl+3 or Cmd+3 for File Handling, all the way up to Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 for Type.

Anyway, I am going to switch back to General. Now I am not going to cover every single one of the Preference settings because, frankly, you don't need to know about most of them. However there are a few key settings here that I want you to be aware of, starting with Image Interpolation. I prefer to go ahead and set this one to Bicubic (best for smooth gradients). Now what I've done is I've run a series of tests and in my experience, this setting is just playing the best interpolation setting that's available to you and the reason is, especially for those of you work on the Web, you may find yourself downsampling an image multiple times and if you choose Bicubic Automatic, then Photoshop goes ahead and automatically applies Bicubic Sharper and that setting does incremental damage to images over time.

So as I say Bicubic (best for smooth gradients) is the safest setting, and it's also going to serve you best when you are working with Smart Objects because you don't have immediate control over the interpolation setting, when you're scaling Smart Objects. The next setting I want to draw your attention to is this one right there, Export Clipboard. By default it's on, I recommend you turn it off. Unless you're doing a lot of copying and pasting between different applications from Photoshop that is to something like, I don't even know what Microsoft Word or something, then you don't want Export Clipboard on because what ends up happening is Photoshop lets you copy these gargantuan images and then when you switch to a different application, if Export Clipboard is turned on, then Photoshop offloads that enormous image to the operating system and that can take time, in worst-case scenario, it can even crash the OS.

So I recommend that one gets turned off. This one right here is very interesting, Zoom Resizes Windows, I want you to leave it turned off, but I want to show you what's up with that option. I am going to go ahead and click OK to accept those couple of changes there and I'll grab this image and I'll drag its title tab down into the right a little bit, so that I end up getting this floating window. Now notice if I zoom out, when I am working with the floating window like this, by pressing Ctrl+- or Cmd+- on the Mac, the image gets smaller on screen, however the size of the window does not change and the same happens when you zoom in as well.

If you want the floating window to resize along with the image, then you press Ctrl+Alt+- or Cmd+Opt+- on the Mac and if you want to zoom in and resize the window, you will press Ctrl+Alt++ or Cmd+Opt++ on the Mac. And then of course, if you don't want the window to float anymore, you don't click on the maximize button or anything along those lines because that will go ahead and cover up the entire interface, so I'll go ahead and click on the restore button in order to make the window smaller again. Instead, what you do is you go ahead and drag the title bar up into the left until you see that blue rectangle around the entire screen, and then you drop it into place. All right.

One final option I want to draw your attention to, I'll press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac in order to bring up the Preferences dialog box and then notice down here at the bottom, there is this button that says Reset All Warning Dialogs, the idea is let's say at some point in time, you have seen enough of the dialog box so you turn on the Don't Show Again checkbox and then the dialog box no longer comes up on screen. If you regret that decision and you want to see all the alert messages once again, you click on that button and they will all come back and then you can again decide which ones you want to turn off and which ones you want to keep on. All right.

That takes care of most of the important options here inside the General panel of the Preferences dialog box. There is just one remaining which is the HUD Color Picker and I'll show you how that works in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 5s
    3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    4. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    5. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    6. The interface and performance settings
      5m 31s
    7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
      7m 0s
  2. 47m 0s
    1. Smart Objects
      1m 36s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 11s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 20s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
      2m 44s
    12. Editing originals; updating clones
      3m 41s
    13. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  4. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 57s
  5. 1h 31m
    1. Camera Raw
      2m 11s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 8s
    5. Working with archival images
      7m 54s
    6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
      6m 4s
    7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 23s
    8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
      5m 57s
    9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 17s
    10. Applying manual lens corrections
      5m 14s
    11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 49s
    12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  6. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Noise vs. Details
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 35s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  8. 44m 30s
    1. Blur Gallery
      1m 36s
    2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
      5m 29s
    3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
      4m 57s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      6m 15s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      3m 52s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      7m 29s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 59s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 35s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 18s
  9. 1h 34m
    1. Blend Modes
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  10. 44m 20s
    1. Color Range
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  11. 59m 43s
    1. Refine Edges
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 49s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. The Pen tool
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 57s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 36s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 21s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s

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