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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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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