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Changing the pasteboard color

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Video: Changing the pasteboard color

In this exercise, we're going to change the color of this light gray area that falls outside of the image. So basically, we're looking at an image that's too small, at least the way it's zoomed out right now, to fill up the entire image window. So we have this excess area out here that I call the pasteboard. Technically, it's not a pasteboard, because you can't put stuff on it. But you can actually have pieces of layers out there if you want. You're just not going to see them the way you would on the pasteboard in something like InDesign. But now, when I prefer to do, notice there is a Drop Shadow around it.

Changing the pasteboard color

In this exercise, we're going to change the color of this light gray area that falls outside of the image. So basically, we're looking at an image that's too small, at least the way it's zoomed out right now, to fill up the entire image window. So we have this excess area out here that I call the pasteboard. Technically, it's not a pasteboard, because you can't put stuff on it. But you can actually have pieces of layers out there if you want. You're just not going to see them the way you would on the pasteboard in something like InDesign. But now, when I prefer to do, notice there is a Drop Shadow around it.

I don't necessarily approve of that Drop Shadow. And the color is just too darn light in my opinion. This gray is too light in order to really see the image effectively onscreen. So I like to darken things up and potentially get rid of the Drop Shadows. So here's how you work. First of all, I clicked OK out of the Preferences dialog box in order to accept my changes. You should know that. And ow I'll press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac to revisit the Preferences dialog box. I'm going to click on Interface in order to move one panel forward.

Notice that gray is my Standard Screen mode color. You can switch between screen modes by pressing the F key, and I'll show you how that works in just a moment. So it's set to this light gray, and then for the Full Screen mode it's set to a light gray. And then for the really super Full Screen mode, it's set to Black. And there's no Drop Shadow on that last mode. Well, tell you what. Here, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to turn off the Drop Shadow for the Full Screen with menus, so that we can tell the difference between the two modes. So we'll know we're in the Standard mode, because they have the same color background.

We'll know that we're in the Standard mode when we see a Drop Shadow. We'll know we're in the Full Screen mode when we have no Drop Shadow. And that way, you can just change your mind back and forth between, yeah, I'd like to see the Drop Shadow, no, I would not like to see the Drop Shadow, by pressing the F key. Now I could also change the colors here, but there's a better way to darken up that pasteboard. So I'll click OK. Now let me just show you what I meant by the screen modes here. If I press the F key, so right now we're seeing the Standard Screen mode, incidentally. If I press the F key, then notice that we're in this Full Screen mode, where we just got rid of the scrollbars.

They just totally disappeared. We also have more flexibility in terms of where we can pan the image onscreen. And we're not seeing the Drop Shadow anymore, because I just requested it go away. Now, if you just want to get rid of everything and just see black in the background, you press the F key again. Now, you're in the super deluxe Full Screen mode, where there is nothing else going on. Now, it may cause you a little bit of panic, the first time you do this, because then it's like, Oh my gosh! How do I get the rest of Photoshop active? I have to restart the program? You can just press the F key again, or - and this is something just to know about Photoshop, in general.

If you get into a place, and you're not sure how to get out, try pressing the Escape key. That works in this case, and it takes us right back to the Standard Screen mode. All right. But what I want to do is I want to change the color of this pasteboard out there, as I was saying. Couple of different ways to work, one is you right-click out there in that big open area. And then you can choose from Gray, which is what we're seeing, very light gray, Black, which is the Full Screen color or Custom. Custom, you never know what it's going to come up as. For some reason, it comes up as blue.

I don't understand the reasoning there. You do not want a color associated with your pasteboard. In other words, you just want a shade. You want it to be dark or light, but you want it to be neutral gray. Anyway, you can choose a color. You can decide what that custom color is going to be by right-clicking and choosing Select Custom Color, like so. Then you would dial in a color, or - and this is just a really cool technique that I'm about to show you. It's a nifty trick. Show it off at dinner parties. What you do is you go ahead and grab yourself the Paint Bucket tool, which you can get from the Gradient tool slot there.

I also gave you a keyboard shortcut if you loaded dekeKeys of K for Paint Bucket. That used to be the old keyboard shortcut for it years ago. Anyway, this tool isn't all that useful on a day-to-day basis, but it's great for changing the background color. What you do is you dial in a color that you want to use. I suggest you go to the Color panel. If you don't see the Color panel, then go to the Window menu and choose the Color command. F6 is your keyboard shortcut. Then I recommend you click on this little menu icon, see that little guy right there in the upper-right corner of the panel.

Click on it, brings up a menu. Choose HSB sliders. That way you can just dial in a brightness value. B stands for brightness. And you're not going to introduce any color using the H and S values. So I assume you're looking at black as your foreground color. If not, press the D key. D is for Default colors. That'll switch the foreground color to Black and background color to White. And then I'm, going to the dial up this B value to my favorite, 35%, works out beautifully.

It's going to be kind of a dark gray. Then you move your little Paint Bucket cursor into the pasteboard, and you press the Shift key and you click. So you've got to Shift-click in that pasteboard area, in order to fill the pasteboard with the foreground color using the Paint Bucket. We have one more opportunity to try this out, because if I press the F key, notice I switch to the Full Screen mode, the first of the two Full Screen modes. And it has its own color, which is this light gray. Let's so ahead and press the Shift key and click again in order to switch it to a dark gray, like so.

Press the F key to go into the big old Full Screen mode. Leave that one black, is what I recommend, And then press the F key again in order to return to the Standard mode. And that's all there is to it. And we have now managed to change the pasteboard color here inside Photoshop.

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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