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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.
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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