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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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So in this video, I would like to take a moment to talk to you about presets and how to manage them a little bit more effectively. What do I mean by presets? So brushes, gradients, styles, textures. There is a bunch of content that can be loaded into Photoshop and used in conjunction with tools or layer styles. So for instance, if I press B for my Brush tool, have you ever noticed that when you click on the little pop up Brushes panel here, these are the brushes that are available by default, but you can add thousands of brushes to Photoshop? In fact, there are websites dedicated to custom presets that you can download and install in Photoshop very quickly. Go to things like the Adobe Exchange website.
Just do a Google for Adobe Exchange. You'll probably be taken right there. And go to the Photoshop Channel or the Photoshop version of the Exchange and then you will be able to navigate to all sorts of different presets that you can download. The trick here is how do you get those presets loaded into Photoshop? Very easy. One easy way, I'm going to go out to my Desktop here and show you that this is the 10 set of brushes that I've downloaded from the web or something like that. When you download them, they'll end up on your Desktop most likely. And to get them into Photoshop, it's as easy as double-clicking. So any preset file, whether it be a set of gradients or brushes or actions or textures or whatever, just simply double-clicking on this will load it into Photoshop for you.
In fact, if Photoshop isn't already open, that will also launch the Photoshop. So how do I know these brushes have actually been added to Photoshop? Well, if I go to the little Brush pop up panel now, you will see there are more brushes at the bottom of the panel that have been added. And if I go to my Brushes separate panel, I can see there has been more brushes added here as well. So I can just click back and forth and see these nice new brushes that I have added to the default set here. Now if you want to get rid of some brushes, like let's say I really don't like that leaf brush and I want to get rid of it, you can use what's called the Preset Manager. Now you can typically get the Preset Manager from any of these content type panels, there is little fly-out menu where you can choose Preset Manager. It's also available under the Edit menu. Edit > Preset Manager. And it's not just for Brushes. This is kind of an indication of all the different types of presets that you can bring into Photoshop, so Swatches and Gradient, Styles, and what not. And if you want to get rid of something, it's pretty easy.
So let's start with our Brushes. Let's say we want to get rid of this leaf brush. If you hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, you will see your cursor turns to a scissors icon. So if I just click on the brush that I don't want, I'll remove that and that will no longer be available to me, taking up space in my preset list here. If there is a particular brush that you want in any particular order, you can also drag, reorder these. So let's say for some reason, I want this wacky leaf brush to be the first brush on my list. You can reorder these anyway you want just by dragging and dropping and deciding the order that you want them to be in.
If I go to Swatches, same thing. If there is a particular swatch I don't want, hold down the Option key, like I really don't want that awful pink, Option-click, Alt-click to delete that swatch. And again, if I want to reorder these, I just drag them to a different order and so forth. So Styles is another one, some of these might be ones that you never intend on using. So rather than have them take up space in a panel, just go ahead and Option-click or Alt-click to get rid of the styles you don't want. So I just wanted to reveal the fact that you are not stuck with the default set of presets or their order. You can customize that by using the Preset Manager.
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