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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, we're going to take a look at a few important interface preferences. We'll explore how we can customize the way that Photoshop appears. Yet before we navigate to our Preferences panel, what I want to do is take a look at three different screen modes that we have in Photoshop, because we'll be looking at later how we can customize these different modes. In order to access the different screen modes, you can navigate to your View pulldown menu. About halfway down you'll see an option for Screen mode. Here, we either have Standard, Full Screen With a menu Bar, or Full Screen where we just going to view the image itself.
Now we can navigate to the different screen modes by simply clicking on one of these menu items, or we can use a few helpful shortcuts. If you just click out of that menu for a moment, what you can do is press the F key to move forward through the different screen modes. Or you can press Shift+F to move backwards. Let's try these out. If I press F, you can see I'm now moving to Full Screen mode and then the next full screen mode, this one really without anything. Press F again, and it will go back through this cycle. So again, F moves forward, Shift+F, that move backwards through those different screen modes.
Well, now that we've seen these screen modes, let's take a look at how we can customize those and also other interface elements. To do that, we're going to go back to our Preferences dialog. You can access that by pressing Command+K or Ctrl+K or just navigating to Preferences, and then click on the Interface tab. We're going to be working right here. I'm going to go ahead and drag this down for moment so we can see a little bit more of the Photoshop interface. The first thing we can customize is the overall color theme appearance. We can make Photoshop darker by clicking on one of these chips here, or we can make it brighter. And here you can really see how it's changing the overall characteristics of Photoshop.
Well, as I make these changes, you notice that one of the things that really isn't changing is this area here in the image. Well, this is the standard screen mode. I can change that. Let's say I want to change it to match a brighter tone by clicking on this pulldown menu. Here, I'll select something like Light Gray. Now you can see that matches a little bit more accurately. So, as you choose your color theme, you also might want to customize these modes here as while. Here, I'll choose a darker color so that it's a little bit more of a seamless perspective. We can also control the way that our image appears in this area.
Let me go to Light Gray for a moment and then move this off to the left. As I do that, you can see that there's a drop shadow around the edge of the photograph. That's determined by this Border field right here. We can change this to have just a Line which will show a line around the photograph. Or if you prefer, you can turn this all the way off. Now I know a lot of photographers that prefer to have no border because they find the border distracting, especially because eventually when they print their picture, there won't be a border or drop shadow. Therefore they remove that option.
Again, though, you want to choose the option which best suits your needs. All right! Well, let's go ahead and take this back say to a Medium Gray here, and let's go back to that default color theme. Well, what about this? Full Screen with menus. Well, in order to access that, we saw that we would press the F key. Well, everything got darker when we went to that mode. You can see that's because of the default setting. We could also customize this here as well and then also choose our border. My preference is to use None. Full Screen mode, we can either have that really dark, or we could have that bright or even use a custom color.
So here, you can see you can customize the interface so it really suits your needs. So choose the options which will work well with your own workflow.
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