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Changing settings and updating the workspace

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Video: Changing settings and updating the workspace

Let's make a few more modifications to the interface, and then we'll update our workspaces. But first thing I want to do is I want to change my Layer thumbnail, so that they are nice and big, and the advantage here is that you can see them easily inside the video. You may want to leave yours small, it's totally up to you, or you could change them out to medium, but I like them big. So, I'm going to go over to the layers panel here, and I'm going to click on this menu icon and choose panel Options. You long-time users will notice that the Merlins have gone, the little Merlins that used to be around the Paint palette up here at the top of the dialog box, instead we have flowers.

Changing settings and updating the workspace

Let's make a few more modifications to the interface, and then we'll update our workspaces. But first thing I want to do is I want to change my Layer thumbnail, so that they are nice and big, and the advantage here is that you can see them easily inside the video. You may want to leave yours small, it's totally up to you, or you could change them out to medium, but I like them big. So, I'm going to go over to the layers panel here, and I'm going to click on this menu icon and choose panel Options. You long-time users will notice that the Merlins have gone, the little Merlins that used to be around the Paint palette up here at the top of the dialog box, instead we have flowers.

I am going to select the biggest flower. Then I'm going to drop down to this check box and turn off Use Default Masks on Fill layers so that we don't automatically get masks on Solid Fill layers, and Gradient layers and Pattern layers, which are fairly rare layers inside of Photoshop, but still getting a Default Mask if you don't have a selection outline isn't particularly helpful, and does junk up the layers palette. And speaking of junking up the layers palette check out this new option inside Photoshop CS5, this is one of Adobe's "Just Do It" features, which means that they were responding to user requests, actually, on this one.

And you know how if you create a new layer it's called Layer 1, and if you don't know how, that's how it works. It just comes up as Layer 1. And then if you copy it, it comes up as Layer 1 copy. And then you can have double copies and basically then you got Layer 2 and Layer 2 copy and all this other stuff going on. So, somebody decide it would be a good idea if copy doesn't come up, so you're not trashing out your layers palette to the same extent. My experience is, it doesn't really help very much instead you just end up with Layer 1 and a copy of Layer 1 is also called Layer 1, and it doesn't really force you to rename your layers, which is a good habit to get into.

So totally up to you, but it's there if you want to turn that check box off. I'm going to leave it on. Click OK. Now I have big thumbnails inside the layers panel. I am going to do the same thing inside the Channels and Paths panel. So, I'll move over to Channels, and I'll just right-click in this area, this empty area below the layers, and I'll choose Large. Then I'll move over to Paths. You can, if you want to, you could go to the panel Options instead. So, that works too, and then you just select the big. This time these are a little Merlins against the Paint panel still, this big thumbnail right there.

Anyway I redid it so I'll move over to Paths, and then I'll right-click anywhere inside the Paths panel because after all there's nothing here, and I'll choose Large here as well. So once I do make a path, it'll appear large inside the panel. One other thing I want to show you, speaking of those Merlins, this is completely beside the point, but if you press and hold the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, click on this panel menu icon and choose panel Options. With Alt or Option down, we still get the old Easter egg. You have Merlin, the flower with the eyeball in it and Begone, just good to know some things stand the test of time. All right.

So, I'm going to make some other modifications here. I'm going to go over to the Adjustments panel, and you know what, these guys are just not going to fit here. Every time I open this darn panel, notice if I double-click, it collapses the Layers panel, and we're not going to be able to get any work done that way. It's probably not that way on your screen so you're probably okay, but my screen, I got to make a change. So, I'm going to drag these guys out and over into the single column strip here, and I'm going to do that by dragging this empty area, so that I get both panels together, then I'm going to drag them right up there between Mb and the History panel right below it.

So, right on that horizontal line it'll drop, and it will become its own new panel group. And then I'll double-click to the right of Paths in order to expand the Layers panel again. And that means that I've got too many panels opened now. They're stretching off the bottom of the screen. So, I'm going to get rid of a couple. I'm going to go ahead and get rid of Navigator and drag it off because we don't really need the Navigator panel, and I'll close it. And then I'm also going to get rid of this guy down here, Notes, because I'm not going to be using it in this entire series, and really in my entire life, and I'm going to go ahead and close it out as well.

And now we have a manageable series of panels here. I'm going to bring open Adjustments panel. Now even though it is gargantuan, and does take up way too much room onscreen, at any given time, it is a very important panel. So, I'm going to go up to its menu icon right there, click on it, and I'm going to turn on - make sure Auto-Select Parameter is turned on. This is a great new feature inside of Photoshop CS5. It means any time you create a new adjustment layer, the very first numeric option inside of that panel is active and ready to go.

So you don't have to click around the way you did in the past. So go ahead and choose that command. Then click on the menu icon again, and this time I want you to drop down to Add Mask by Default and turn it off. So it should look like this when you're done. You should see that Auto-Select Parameter is on, right below of my cursor, and then down here Add Mask by Default is off. All right. So we're good to go there, and the one final thing you want to do in this panel is expand it, so it's even more massive. So go ahead and click on that Expand icon to increase its size. We have to do this though, because otherwise we don't have enough room inside the Levels panel or the Curves panel.

So it's better to have a big massive panel where Adjustments is concerned. Although you can switch back and forth between the expanded and standard view sizes if you so desire. Now, I'm going to collapse that panel, and I'm going to update my workspace by going up to the double-arrow icon, clicking, and notice there is no command for managing your workspaces. You can delete a workspace if you want to, as long as it's not the active workspace. But otherwise, there's nothing for updating a workspace, or managing workspaces, or anything like that. Instead, you choose New Workspace.

You give it the same darn name. Call it One-on-One again. You turn on Keyboard Shortcuts. You click Save. It asks you if you want to save over the original One-on-One workspace. You say Yes, and you've done the deed. Now you have updated the One-on-One workspace by virtue of the fact you just saved over it. That's how it works. In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to reset Photoshop in case something goes dreadfully wrong.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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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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