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Adjusting a few screen preferences

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Adjusting a few screen preferences

In this movie I'll show you how to adjust a few display preferences that aren't technically part of the workspace but its my guess that they'll provide you with an improved experience here inside Photoshop. Now first of all, notice that the thumbnails inside the layers panel are extremely small by default, so small that you can barely make out what's going on. If you want to make them larger, then you can right-click in this empty area below the last layer In which case you'll get this shortcut menu, and you can choose either medium thumbnails to make the thumbnails a little bit larger. Or, you can right-click and choose large thumbnails in order to make them a large as possible.

Adjusting a few screen preferences

In this movie I'll show you how to adjust a few display preferences that aren't technically part of the workspace but its my guess that they'll provide you with an improved experience here inside Photoshop. Now first of all, notice that the thumbnails inside the layers panel are extremely small by default, so small that you can barely make out what's going on. If you want to make them larger, then you can right-click in this empty area below the last layer In which case you'll get this shortcut menu, and you can choose either medium thumbnails to make the thumbnails a little bit larger. Or, you can right-click and choose large thumbnails in order to make them a large as possible.

Now it may be that if you have enough layers inside of a document, there will be no empty area at the bottom here. For example If I switch over to this file here and I've gone ahead and rasterize the text, by the way, converted the text to pixels, so you won't get a font warning. But notice that we have just gobs and gobs of layers. So there's no emptiness down here at the bottom. In that case, you click on the little fly-out menu icon In the upper right corner of the layers panel. And you choose this command way down here at the bottom panel options. And then you'll see the sunflowers here that allow you to set the size of the thumbnail.

Now you do have the option of nine. You don't have to have any thumbnails at all. If I click OK now you'll see that we don't have any previews of our layers. We just see paintbrushes if they're pixel-based layers, and we see these little squares for vector layers, and so forth. All of which we'll explore in more detail in future chapters and courses. But I really don't like working this way. Some folks do and you might as well. But what I prefer to do is click on the fly-out menu icon once again, choose panel option, and go ahead and select The biggest sunflower so we get the big thumbnails.

Also notice these checkboxes down here at the bottom. I reccomend you turn two of them off. First of all turn off add copy the word copy to copied layers in groups. Because that's really not very helpful, just to add the word copy. You know it's a copy cause you just made it. And all that does is force you to rename the layer something different. So this way the copied layer, will be named exactly the same as the original. I also recommend you turn off this check box, it's not a biggy but, what it does is it ensures that fill layers, including solid colors, gradients and patterns.

We'll see more of these guys in the future. That they don't automatically have layer mass, which is not necessary and it just clutters up the panel. Alright, now I click okay and you can see that we got our great big thumb nails now. Alright, I'm going to switch to a more colorful image, this one here and I'm also going to switch to the channels panel, which you can get just by clicking on its tab. You can also ends with all panels. You can go to the Window menu and choose its name. Now, notice that the channels panel shows the various color channels required to create a full color composite image.

So, we've got RGB at the top, which stands for red, green, and blue. And then we have each of the independent channels that are required to make up and RGB image. So, there's the red channel, there's the green channel. And there's the blue channel. Again, we'll visit this topic in more detail in a future course, but notice that we do have the very small thumbnails. If you want to make them bigger just right click in the empty area below. And I'm going to choose large. You can choose some other size if you like.

And then I'll click on RGB to switch back to the composite color image. Next, click on Paths or choose Paths from the Window menu. We don't happen to have any paths in this document, but if we did they would be very small. At least, they would appear small inside this panel. To make sure they appear larger in the future, just right-click anywhere here and choose Large. And, in the future Any passage you draw will now be large regardless of the image you are working in. All right, two more changes here inside the color panel.

Notice that you were seeing the RGB sliders. I find those very difficult to work with in terms of dialing in colors and a lot of other folks do as well because For example, in order to get yellow, you crank red and green up to their maximums. So you have to mix red and green to get yellow which to a lot of people doesn't make much sense and besides even if you know what you're doing you just kind of have to track these colors. That are constantly updating inside the sliders to figure out where you're going. Whereas a much easier to work is to step away from RGB or even CMYK and instead click on this fly-out menu icon and choose HSB sliders, which stand for Hue, Saturation and Brightness. Hue by the way, we'll see more of this in the future. But hue is the core color, measured almost as if we were working on a rainbow. And it's measure from zero to 360 degrees.

And saturation is the intensity of the color from gray, or white, or black depending on the brightness value, all the way to the most intense version of the color possible. And then, brightness is what you would think it is. It goes all the way down to black, and then all the way up, to the brightest version of whatever color we're working on. And to me, that's a lot easier way to create colors because even if you don't understand hue, which is the hardest of the sliders to predict, that is to say, you might not know right off the bat that 90 degrees is green, but you can actually see the colors right there in that slider bar.

And then finally, I want you to go up to the Window > Adjustments to bring up the Adjustments panel. Then, click on its fly-out menu icon and choose Add Mask by Default to turn it off. And that way you're adjustment layers won't automatically receive layer masks. And that will help to reduce clutter inside the layers panel once again. You can always add layer masks later if you want to. It's very to do and I'll show you how that works later. In any case, that's all of our changes.

Now, none of these changes are saved as part of the workspace. They are rather saved as global preferences. And the only way to save preferences in Photoshop is to quit the application. So I'm going to re-set my colors here by clicking on this little icon, Default Foreground and Background Colors, which you can also get by pressing the D key down here at the bottom of the toolbox because that's a global preference setting as well. And then, I'll go up to File > Exit.

On a Mac, you would go up to the Photoshop menu and choose the Quit command, you also have the keyboard shortcut of Control+Q here on a PC. Or Command+Q on the Mac. And not only did that quit Photoshop, but that also went ahead and saved every one of those changes that we just made. And that's how you adjust your display preferences, as well as some layer mask settings to achieve what I consider to be the best working experience inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 35m 44s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 NEW
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    7. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 20s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving UPDATED
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time UPDATED
      49s

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