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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.
In this movie, I'll show you how to adjust a few display preferences that aren't technically part of the Workspace. But it's my guess, they'll provide you with an improved experience, here inside Photoshop. Now for starters, notice here inside the Layers Panel, we have some very tiny, image thumbnails. So small that you can't really see what's going on on that specific layer. To make the thumbnails larger, drop your cursor down below the last layer into this empty space right here, and then right click and choose either Medium Thumbnails or my preferred way of working, Large Thumbnails, in order to create nice, big thumbnails that show you what's really going on.
Now, it may be that the image that you're working on contains so many layers that you don't have any empty space below. For example, take this image right here. Notice that we've got a ton of layers going on, and even if I scroll all the way to the very bottom, I cannot see any empty space behind the background. In which case, you want to go up to the Layers Panel flyout menu in the upper right corner, click and then drop all the way down to the Panel Options command.
Then when you choose that command, notice that you can select from four different thumbnail sizes including None. So you can turn the thumbnails off if you'd like, which can sometimes be handy when you're working with extremely complicated images that contain tons and tons of layers. Let me show you what that looks like by selecting the None option and clicking OK. And now you can see that we have just these little icons here, so the Brush icons indicate pixel-based layers. These little squares indicate vector based layers and so forth.
Of course, we're going to see more of what's going on with all of these different kinds of layers in future chapters. But in my case, it's not really the way I want to work. Again, you don't have any room down here below the background, so to make my thumbnails larger, I'll click on the flyout menu icon and choose Panel Options. And then I'll go ahead and select the largest of the thumbnails. I also recommend you turn off a few check boxes, specifically this guy right here, Use Default Masks on Fill Layers, that ensures that when you create a solid color, gradient or pattern layer, that you don't automatically get a layer mask, which is unnecessary and easy to add layer.
Because otherwise, you just end up cluttering the Layers Panel. The other option, that I'm going to turn off, is add "copy" to Copied Layers and Groups. Because otherwise, whenever you create a copy of a layer, it has the word copy after it, and that forces you to rename the layer. In my opinion, it's great not to have the word copy, that way you just have two layers with the same names that may serve different purposes, but that way, you don't have to rename them if you don't want to. Now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change, and notice we now have our large thumbnails once again.
You can also do the same thing in each of these next door panels right here. So I'll go ahead and switch over to the Channels Panel, which you can also get, as with any panel, by going up to the Window menu and choosing the Channels command. Now just so we have something more interesting to look at here inside this panel, I'll press Ctrl+Tab or Cmd+Tab on the Mac in order to switch to this image. And notice at the top of the Channels Panel, we're seeing the RGB composite, that is the red green blue image. And then we're seeing each of the Component Channels, red, green and blue listed down here below.
And you can switch to any channel just by clicking on it. Now at this point, of course, you may not know what channels do. We will see channels in more detail in future courses, but for now, just go and switch back to the RGB image by clicking on RGB up here at the top of the Channels Panel. And let's make these thumbnails nice and big by right clicking down here below the blue channel in this empty area and choosing Large. And now you can make out each one of those channels quite clearly. Now you probably want to do the same thing for Paths.
We'll be discussing paths in all kinds of detail when we look at the Pen tool in the advanced course in the series. But for now, notice that we don't have any paths. If we did, they would appear very tiny. To make them larger, right click in an empty area of this panel and choose Large. All right, I'm going to switch back to the Layers Panel. And now, I'd like to direct your attention to the Color Panel in the top right corner of this screen. By default, you are going to see what's called the Hue Cube. And you can get to it anytime you like by clicking on the flyout menu icon right there and choosing Hue Cube.
And I am going to make this guy a little bigger by dragging the horizontal bar at the bottom of this panel. And notice, that this is essentially a hue saturation brightness chart. Now what I mean by that is we have this vertical bar along the right-hand side, and that represents all of the hue values. And hues are the core colors in the visible color spectrum. So in other words, we're looking at the rainbow, and so if you want a shade of blue, you would just drag this slider triangle down to the blue region.
Then we have this big color field that's divided into two axes. We're seeing the saturation of the color change across the horizontal axis, so in other words, we have bright vivid colors over here in the right-hand side, and we have grayish colors over here on the left-hand side. And the we are seeing the brightness change across the vertical axis. So we are seeing dark colors down here at the bottom, and we're seeing bright colors here at the top. Which makes this Hue Cube a really intuitive addition to Photoshop.
So it may surprise you that what I'd like you to do is switch from the Hue Cube, you can use it any time you like, of course, to HSB Sliders as we work through this course. And the reason I'm having you do that, is this way I can direct you to enter specific values, for example, if I want to get a precise shade of orange, I could tell you to change the hue value to 30 degrees. Then take the saturation value up to 100% and raise the brightness value up to 100% as well. Then you can see that we have a foreground color of orange.
This also allows me to save a little bit of room on screen by dragging this horizontal bar upward like so. So that we have this little field of all the colors in the spectrum, including the various saturation values and the variations in brightness as well. Finally, I'd like you to go up to the Window menu and choose the Adjustments command in order to bring the Adjustments Panel. Then click on its flyout menu icon and drop down to this command right there, Add Mass by Default and turn it off, and that way Photoshop will not automatically assign empty layer masks to your adjustment layers.
The reasoning being that they clutter up the panel, and they're so easy to create later if you need them. And that's it. Now you can go ahead and hide that Adjustments Panel. Now none of these changes are saved as part of the Workspace. They're rather saved as global preferences. And the only way to save preferences in Photoshop is to quit the application. So I'm going to first reset my colors by clicking on this little icon, Default Foreground and Background Colors, which you can also get by pressing the D key, the D being for default colors.
And I'm doing that because of foreground and background colors are saved as a global preference setting as well. And then to save my changes, I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Exit command. If you're working on the Mac, you'd go up to the Photoshop menu and choose the Quit command. You also have a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Q here on the PC or Cmd+Q on the Mac. And not only did that quit Photoshop and return me to the Bridge, but it also went and saved everyone of the changes that we just made.
And that's how you adjust your preferences settings as well as some panel and color settings to achieve what I consider to be the best working experience. Better still, you're all ready to follow along with me in future movies in which we start to get some serious work done inside Photoshop.
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