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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Okay, this video is for the control freaks, when you absolutely want to control every visual aspect of the Photoshop interface. Some of you have noticed that when you're in the Full-Screen Mode, your image is displayed against a particular background, in this case it's a neutral gray, but it also has a slight drop shadow behind the image. Some of you may find that distracting or you may want to customize that. So to do that, you go to your Preferences, Command+K, Ctrl+K and in your Interface section, you've got up here in the General, all sorts of ways to customize this. If you want top change the default color for the Standard Screen Mode and the Full Screen Mode from Gray to something else, you can either choose Black or you can choose a Custom color, it's up to you, you can change that.
And if you want the Drop Shadow to go away or there to be a Line or None, you can do that as well. So I'm going to change the Standard Screen Mode to have no Drop Shadow and the Full Screen with menus to have just a line and then we'll leave the Full Screen at None for the border. Go ahead and click OK and you can see now it's drawing without that Drop Shadow there. When I press the F key one more time, it goes into the Standard Screen Mode and now I see black edge around my image. Some people don't like that either, but again, it's up to you and if I press the F key one more time, just a standard black background with no edge treatment at all. F one more time to go back to the Standard Screen Mode.
So, you can customize that. It's great to play practical jokes on people, you can go in their Preferences, and if they leave Photoshop open when they go to lunch, their problems are their own, go in there and change their Standard Screen color to Green. Yeah, that's always a nice trick. Anyway, that's how you customize your application background via your Preferences.
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