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Essential file handling and performance preferences

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Welcome back, more on preferences. Here, we're looking at our File Handling Preferences. We have some File Saving options. Image Previews, we always want to save those, heck yeah. I want to have an icon in there, Mac and Windows Thumbnail. And again, this is going to be contingent upon your own workflow depending on what systems these images will be viewed on. I want to Append the File Extension and use lowercase letters. Leave all those as default. File Compatibility, the first couple of options here have to do with the {italic}Camera Raw{plain} capability of modifying JPEG files as well as Raw files. So, if you prefer to have our JPEG files open up with Adobe {italic}Camera Raw,{plain} we can check that on. Now, I don't so, I'm going to leave that checked off. Next, prefer Adobe {italic}Camera Raw{plain} for supported Raw Files. Of course I want to open up my Raw files with Adobe {italic}Camera Raw.{plain} Ignore the EXIF profile tag, and do I want to be asked before Saving a Layered TIFF File about any of my options. And again, this is going to be particular to each workflow. I'm going to check that off, because I don't want to be asked every time I save a TIFF file. Next, Maximize PSD, and PSB File Compatibility. Now, in the past, the logic has been to turn this to Never, because what this has to do with is being able to open up our {italic} Photoshop{plain} documents in versions of {italic}Photoshop{plain} that don't support layers. So, old version of {italic}Photoshop,{plain} so it's really not needed and if there is a case where you need to Maximize Compatibility, you can always do that for that particular file or flatten the file etc., etc.

Essential file handling and performance preferences

Welcome back, more on preferences. Here, we're looking at our File Handling Preferences. We have some File Saving options. Image Previews, we always want to save those, heck yeah. I want to have an icon in there, Mac and Windows Thumbnail. And again, this is going to be contingent upon your own workflow depending on what systems these images will be viewed on. I want to Append the File Extension and use lowercase letters. Leave all those as default. File Compatibility, the first couple of options here have to do with the {italic}Camera Raw{plain} capability of modifying JPEG files as well as Raw files. So, if you prefer to have our JPEG files open up with Adobe {italic}Camera Raw,{plain} we can check that on. Now, I don't so, I'm going to leave that checked off. Next, prefer Adobe {italic}Camera Raw{plain} for supported Raw Files. Of course I want to open up my Raw files with Adobe {italic}Camera Raw.{plain} Ignore the EXIF profile tag, and do I want to be asked before Saving a Layered TIFF File about any of my options. And again, this is going to be particular to each workflow. I'm going to check that off, because I don't want to be asked every time I save a TIFF file. Next, Maximize PSD, and PSB File Compatibility. Now, in the past, the logic has been to turn this to Never, because what this has to do with is being able to open up our {italic} Photoshop{plain} documents in versions of {italic}Photoshop{plain} that don't support layers. So, old version of {italic}Photoshop,{plain} so it's really not needed and if there is a case where you need to Maximize Compatibility, you can always do that for that particular file or flatten the file etc., etc.

Now, the logic has changed a little bit, because those of you who are using {italic}Lightroom,{plain} like myself actually need to have Maximize File Compatibility turned on in order to be able to work with those files inside of {italic}Lightroom.{plain} So, you need to have that turned on in order to have access, and to be able to work on those files inside of {italic}Lightroom,{plain} so again, it's going to be contingent upon your own workflow. So, for mine I going to leave that on. Version Cue, I'll leave the default settings on. Recent file list, I want to crank this up. I like to see what files I've worked on recently. This doesn't increase file size, or slow things down too much. So, I'm going to go ahead and crank that up to 25.

Alright, let's go to our Performance Preferences. This has been upgraded, which is really nice. Here we have a couple of different options: Memory usage, RAM. Now, if there's ever something to invest in when getting a computer, it's RAM. It's going to help {italic} Photoshop{plain} run a lot more smoothly. Now, in this case, I've set my RAM settings to 95%, because currently I'm only working in {italic}Photoshop{plain} while I'm recording these movies, yet in my own workflow, I tend to take this down a little bit to about 85% because a lot of times I have these other applications running as well, and I want to jump back and forth between those, so it's going to depend a lot on your available RAM, and then how much you want to give to {italic}Photoshop{plain} when you're working in{italic} Photoshop. {plain}Now, I have a colleague that when he works in {italic}Photoshop, {plain}it's just {italic}Photoshop,{plain} he's really focused in on it. So, you want to crank this way up. And get the most out of that.

Scratch Disks, ideally you want to have your Scratch Disks set to a hard drive other than the hard drive where {italic}Photoshop{plain} is installed. It'll help things run a little bit more quickly. In this case, it's on the same one, so I'm just going to leave it as is. History States, this is how many States you can go back in time. The higher the amount of History States, which there are a ton there. Look, you can go up now to 1000. That's absolutely crazy. I don't know why you'd want to do that, but you can. And I think default when you open up {italic} Photoshop,{plain} maybe it's around 25, or something. This is going to depend a lot on your own workflow. How big of a safety net do you need or want while working on your files? Remember that if you increase the number then {italic}Photoshop's{plain} performance will slow down a little bit.

So, for starters, we'll go ahead, and set this, let's say to about 30. Our next option is Cache Levels. If we hover over that we can see what that does is that if we increase or Cache levels, what that will do is it'll give us better quality, and better speech. So, I'm going to increase our Cache Levels up a little bit. We'll take it down to about 7 there. That will improve our screen redraw, and our histograms speed. Alright, more to cover on Preferences, we're going to do that in the next movie.

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  1. 16m 47s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Strategies for success pt. 1: Taking visual snapshots
      2m 18s
    3. Strategies for success pt. 2: The 30-minute blink
      2m 4s
    4. Strategies for success pt. 3: Isolation
      2m 32s
    5. Strategies for success pt. 4: Notebooks
      2m 6s
    6. Strategies for success pt. 5: Left and right brain
      1m 43s
    7. Strategies for success pt. 6: Say it out loud
      2m 9s
    8. Resources and photo links
      3m 3s
  2. 18m 27s
    1. What's new in Photoshop CS3?
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding Photoshop CS3
      3m 34s
    3. The Toolbox
      2m 22s
    4. Panels 101
      2m 48s
    5. Customizing your workspace
      3m 32s
    6. Palette View modes
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 42s
    1. Custom menus
      2m 22s
    2. Custom shortcuts
      1m 55s
    3. Essential general and interface preferences
      2m 57s
    4. Essential file handling and performance preferences
      4m 11s
    5. Other essential preferences
      3m 46s
    6. Color settings
      5m 31s
  4. 26m 18s
    1. Bit depth 101
      5m 27s
    2. Introducing image size
      3m 23s
    3. Image Resize
      5m 31s
    4. Crop and Resize
      3m 24s
    5. Crop and Canvas Size
      3m 23s
    6. Straighten
      2m 14s
    7. Crop Rotation
      2m 56s
  5. 12m 41s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 25s
    2. Monitor calibration basics
      2m 14s
    3. Advanced monitor calibration
      3m 1s
    4. Creating a neutral work environment
      3m 16s
    5. Creative tip interlude
      1m 45s
  6. 20m 7s
    1. Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom
      4m 25s
    2. What is Bridge?
      1m 38s
    3. Bridge overview
      4m 19s
    4. General Bridge preferences
      3m 28s
    5. Thumbnail Bridge preferences
      3m 14s
    6. Other Bridge preferences
      3m 3s
  7. 42m 45s
    1. The Bridge interface
      4m 1s
    2. Setting up the workspace
      7m 3s
    3. Customizing the workspace
      2m 58s
    4. Using Bridge for rating/sorting
      3m 14s
    5. Sorting with filters
      1m 41s
    6. Previewing multiple files
      3m 55s
    7. Stacking
      3m 48s
    8. Batch renaming
      3m 4s
    9. The new Bridge slideshow
      5m 12s
    10. Bridge slideshow customization
      6m 44s
    11. The new Bridge window
      1m 5s
  8. 10m 16s
    1. Metadata setup
      1m 40s
    2. Keywords
      2m 39s
    3. Metadata templates
      2m 1s
    4. Filtering based on metadata
      3m 56s
  9. 10m 4s
    1. The amazing Image Processor
      3m 7s
    2. Actions and batch processing
      3m 50s
    3. Creative tip interlude
      3m 7s
  10. 10m 35s
    1. What's the big deal with raw files?
      2m 4s
    2. The Adobe Camera Raw interface
      5m 0s
    3. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 31s
  11. 1h 12m
    1. Camera Raw shortcut
      1m 16s
    2. Understanding raw files
      3m 26s
    3. Raw white balancing
      4m 34s
    4. Raw processing workflow
      6m 39s
    5. Understanding the Camera Raw histogram
      3m 50s
    6. Crop and Straighten
      3m 19s
    7. Vertical Straighten
      1m 30s
    8. Tone
      4m 10s
    9. Sharpen
      2m 54s
    10. Noise Reduction
      2m 7s
    11. Introduction to Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity
      2m 26s
    12. Using Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity to modify color
      1m 52s
    13. Using Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity for focus
      2m 33s
    14. Using Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity for exposure
      2m 13s
    15. Split toning
      1m 13s
    16. Lens Vignette
      1m 37s
    17. Using Lens Vignette for a weathered look
      1m 45s
    18. Saturation
      3m 8s
    19. Vibrance
      2m 42s
    20. Fixing chromatic aberrations
      2m 19s
    21. Import from Camera
      3m 59s
    22. Raw retouching
      4m 25s
    23. Apply Settings to Multiple Images
      4m 19s
    24. Save from Camera Raw
      1m 26s
    25. Open in Photoshop
      1m 26s
    26. Resize Raw in Camera Raw
      1m 40s
  12. 7m 9s
    1. What is the DNG?
      1m 48s
    2. Understanding DNG conversion
      1m 37s
    3. DNG in Camera Raw
      3m 44s
  13. 12m 41s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      1m 53s
    2. Black-and-white Magic
      3m 49s
    3. Digging deeper into raw black and white
      2m 56s
    4. Black and white and split toning
      4m 3s
  14. 28m 22s
    1. Creative color pt. 1: Nostalgia
      2m 45s
    2. Copy and pasting Camera Raw settings
      1m 43s
    3. Creative color pt. 2: Soft and gold
      4m 39s
    4. Color emphasis through reduction
      2m 32s
    5. Cross-processing
      2m 44s
    6. Graphic effect
      3m 39s
    7. Rock star style
      2m 21s
    8. Contrast, edginess, and light
      2m 57s
    9. Creative tip interlude
      5m 2s
  15. 36m 44s
    1. Introducing layers
      1m 51s
    2. Lock Transparency
      4m 18s
    3. Organizing layers
      3m 7s
    4. Understanding your History
      3m 42s
    5. Using the History brush
      2m 10s
    6. Initial layer organization
      2m 38s
    7. Shortcut to copy a layer
      3m 25s
    8. Layer style effects
      2m 11s
    9. Creating a clipping mask
      2m 38s
    10. Aligning layers
      2m 20s
    11. Creating a new layer
      2m 36s
    12. Shortcut to target and move layers
      1m 32s
    13. Creative shortcut 1: Creating a new layer below
      1m 8s
    14. Creative shortcut 2: Layers
      3m 8s
  16. 31m 4s
    1. Introducing masking
      2m 40s
    2. Using masking
      3m 9s
    3. Masking and color
      2m 50s
    4. Masking and desaturation
      3m 29s
    5. Masking shortcuts
      3m 4s
    6. Modifying color
      3m 47s
    7. Masking and sharpening
      3m 47s
    8. Masking and brightening
      4m 29s
    9. Making quick mask selections
      3m 49s
  17. 8m 48s
    1. Creating a custom border using masking
      2m 41s
    2. Using pre-built borders
      3m 27s
    3. Resources and frames file
      2m 40s
  18. 36m 49s
    1. The all-new Quick Select tool
      2m 2s
    2. Refine Edges
      2m 49s
    3. Marquee selections
      4m 29s
    4. The Magic Wand
      2m 28s
    5. The Lasso tool
      2m 18s
    6. Color range selections
      5m 52s
    7. Advanced selections using paths
      1m 28s
    8. Selections and paths
      6m 52s
    9. Paths and masking
      2m 22s
    10. The Magnetic Lasso tool and paths
      3m 48s
    11. Paths and advanced masking
      2m 21s
  19. 13m 15s
    1. Introducing levels
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 18s
    3. Modifying color
      3m 4s
    4. Levels and masking
      2m 23s
    5. Advanced levels and masking
      3m 22s
  20. 40m 53s
    1. Demystifying curves
      3m 25s
    2. Curves and the Color Wheel
      4m 33s
    3. Cool demo with curves
      1m 34s
    4. Curves presets
      2m 27s
    5. Curves for contrast and tone
      4m 9s
    6. Midtone and advanced blending
      2m 14s
    7. Curves and general Hue/Saturation
      1m 53s
    8. Curves and advanced Hue/Saturation
      2m 22s
    9. Enhancing color
      2m 18s
    10. Curves and masking
      3m 51s
    11. Curves, masking, and tone
      3m 38s
    12. Creative inspiration pt. 1: Curves, masking, and tone
      4m 13s
    13. Creative inspiration pt. 2: Using curves for publication
      4m 16s
  21. 16m 10s
    1. Introducing blend modes
      2m 51s
    2. Understanding blend modes
      1m 35s
    3. Blend modes visualized
      4m 32s
    4. Blending multiple images
      5m 7s
    5. Creative tip interlude
      2m 5s
  22. 39m 59s
    1. Introducing color correction with eyedroppers
      2m 46s
    2. Advanced color correction with eyedroppers
      2m 39s
    3. Color correction and midtones
      1m 50s
    4. Color correction with a color chart
      2m 35s
    5. Combining multiple images and using a color chart
      2m 45s
    6. Color correction with the Macbeth color chart
      2m 43s
    7. Introduction to color correction by the numbers
      3m 34s
    8. Details of color correction by the numbers
      3m 38s
    9. Color correction pt. 1: Light skin tone
      2m 55s
    10. Color correction pt. 2: Light skin tone
      3m 28s
    11. Color correction pt. 3: Dark Skin Tone
      3m 45s
    12. Color correction pt. 4: Medium Skin Tone
      3m 19s
    13. Advanced color correction: Multiple skin tones
      4m 2s
  23. 22m 58s
    1. Replacing color with Hue/Saturation
      2m 6s
    2. Image adjustment: Replace Color
      2m 30s
    3. Selective Color
      1m 40s
    4. Color Focus
      2m 36s
    5. Adding color and blend modes
      1m 53s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with sunset colors
      3m 59s
    7. Enhancing a landscape with sunrise colors
      3m 26s
    8. Enhancing color in a group shot
      2m 6s
    9. Using photo filters
      2m 42s
  24. 22m 56s
    1. Introducing to Burn and Dodge
      4m 1s
    2. Burning in the corners
      4m 37s
    3. Bringing down highlights
      3m 16s
    4. Improving composition with burning
      4m 6s
    5. Reducing highlights
      3m 15s
    6. Bonus color modifications
      3m 41s
  25. 19m 22s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 45s
    2. New CS3 black-and-white conversions
      2m 31s
    3. Black-and-white presets
      5m 57s
    4. Advanced black-and-white and color conversions
      4m 15s
    5. Creative tip interlude
      3m 54s
  26. 8m 35s
    1. The all-new CS3 Smart Filters
      2m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      2m 50s
    3. A photographic approach to filters
      3m 9s
  27. 16m 7s
    1. The Noise Reduction filter
      5m 21s
    2. Noise reduction and color range
      5m 18s
    3. Advanced noise reduction
      1m 35s
    4. Advanced noise reduction using channels
      3m 53s
  28. 27m 42s
    1. The Dust and Scratches filter
      4m 30s
    2. The Dust and Scratches filter and masking
      3m 14s
    3. Dust removal with advanced cloning and blending
      4m 3s
    4. Introducing the trio of healing tools
      5m 36s
    5. Clean up with the healing tools
      6m 14s
    6. Image cleanup with what's there
      2m 10s
    7. Removing red-eye
      1m 55s
  29. 57m 0s
    1. Gallery: Removing an extension cord
      3m 56s
    2. Family portrait: Cleaning up the background
      2m 51s
    3. Architecture: Reducing and simplifying
      7m 30s
    4. Surfing: Removing a person
      5m 55s
    5. Retouching by merging layers
      5m 2s
    6. Fashion pt. 1: Removing flyaways
      5m 26s
    7. Fashion pt. 2: Reducing highlights
      7m 33s
    8. Fashion pt. 3: General cleanup
      5m 16s
    9. Wrinkle reductions
      3m 57s
    10. Eye brightening
      3m 45s
    11. Eye color modification
      2m 22s
    12. Teeth whitening
      3m 27s
  30. 27m 40s
    1. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      2m 9s
    2. Smart Sharpen demystified
      5m 3s
    3. Smart Sharpen and masking
      6m 25s
    4. High Pass sharpening
      7m 32s
    5. Advanced High Pass sharpening
      3m 30s
    6. High Pass small detail sharpening
      3m 1s
  31. 23m 29s
    1. Resizing for the web and email
      3m 34s
    2. Image size considerations
      2m 47s
    3. Preparing files for the web
      1m 24s
    4. Sharpening and curves for the web
      2m 16s
    5. Color space conversion: The most important step
      2m 26s
    6. Optimizing images with Save for Web
      2m 50s
    7. New Save for Web and sRGB functions
      1m 22s
    8. Creating a web gallery
      5m 36s
    9. Online photo-sharing sites
      1m 14s
  32. 40m 12s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      3m 16s
    2. Contact sheet creativity
      3m 4s
    3. Saving time and resources with Picture Package
      3m 37s
    4. Multi-page web PDFs
      5m 18s
    5. High resolution, full-screen PDF presentation
      3m 2s
    6. Ordering prints through Bridge
      2m 8s
    7. Desktop printing recommendations
      2m 31s
    8. Printing preparation
      4m 32s
    9. Soft-proofing to previsualize prints
      3m 2s
    10. New CS3 print dialog pt. 1: Introduction
      3m 9s
    11. New CS3 print dialog pt. 2: Color management
      2m 29s
    12. New CS3 print dialog pt. 3: Output settings
      1m 47s
    13. Print settings
      2m 17s
  33. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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