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File compatibility preferences

From: Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview

Video: File compatibility preferences

Photoshop CS6 includes a couple of new Preference Settings related to file compatibility, and I wanted to take just a moment to show those to you. They can be found in the Preferences dialog. So, on Windows, you can choose Edit and then Preferences. On Macintosh, that would be Photoshop and then Preferences, and then you can choose File Handling from the Flyout menu. And in the File Compatibility section, you'll find a couple of new check boxes that relate to new options that are available to you. One of those is an option to ignore rotation Metadata. In other words, if there is a rotation flag embedded in an image, you can ignore that information so that the image is not automatically rotated. In almost all cases, I recommend leaving this option off. Because generally speaking, the Metadata related to rotation is what enables Photoshop to automatically rotate an image to the proper orientation based on the direction the camera was being held when the photograph was captured, for example.

File compatibility preferences

Photoshop CS6 includes a couple of new Preference Settings related to file compatibility, and I wanted to take just a moment to show those to you. They can be found in the Preferences dialog. So, on Windows, you can choose Edit and then Preferences. On Macintosh, that would be Photoshop and then Preferences, and then you can choose File Handling from the Flyout menu. And in the File Compatibility section, you'll find a couple of new check boxes that relate to new options that are available to you. One of those is an option to ignore rotation Metadata. In other words, if there is a rotation flag embedded in an image, you can ignore that information so that the image is not automatically rotated. In almost all cases, I recommend leaving this option off. Because generally speaking, the Metadata related to rotation is what enables Photoshop to automatically rotate an image to the proper orientation based on the direction the camera was being held when the photograph was captured, for example.

But in some cases, you might have an issue. For example, a camera that's misbehaving in this regard or with images that were captured at an odd angle. So in some cases, you might want to turn this option on. But in most cases, I would say that leaving it off is perfectly fine especially since it is so easy to adjust the rotation of an image later. There's also an option to disable compression of Photoshop documents and Photoshop big documents, the two types of proprietary Photoshop image files. Generally speaking, the compression of Photoshop documents is lossless so you don't need to worry about a loss of detail or quality when you take advantage of the automatic compression for these file formats. However, you do have the option to disable that compression if you have any concerns related to it.

But my suggestion is most users will probably want to leave both of these new options turned off. There is really no need for most users to need to enable these features. Once you've established the settings as desired, you can click OK to close the Preferences dialog and continue working in Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview

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Tim Grey and Olaf Giermann
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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 24m 48s
    1. Interface update
      1m 41s
    2. Panel updates
      4m 0s
    3. File compatibility preferences
      1m 57s
    4. PDF presentation
      4m 2s
    5. Contact sheets
      4m 24s
    6. Tool recording in actions
      3m 34s
    7. Print dialog updates
      5m 10s
  3. 9m 10s
    1. Adobe Camera Raw updates
      5m 27s
    2. Auto Brightness/Contrast adjustments
      1m 36s
    3. The new Auto option for Curves and Levels
      2m 7s
  4. 28m 6s
    1. Crop tool overhaul
      6m 41s
    2. The Perspective Crop tool
      3m 5s
    3. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 31s
    4. Patch tool updates
      4m 45s
    5. The Content-Aware Move tool
      5m 45s
    6. The Detect Faces option
      2m 19s
  5. 18m 44s
    1. The Oil Paint filter
      2m 51s
    2. Airbrush tips
      2m 24s
    3. Erodible brush tips
      2m 28s
    4. The Field Blur filter
      3m 51s
    5. The Iris Blur filter
      3m 25s
    6. The Tilt-Shift filter
      3m 45s
  6. 7m 29s
    1. Paragraph and character styles
      4m 50s
    2. Vector layers
      2m 39s
  7. 22m 16s
    1. The Timeline panel
      2m 35s
    2. Video groups and arranging clips
      1m 55s
    3. Trimming and splitting clips and adding transitions
      4m 25s
    4. Creating a transformation with layers
      2m 45s
    5. Adding and animating pictures
      2m 48s
    6. Applying adjustments and filters to frames or whole videos
      4m 24s
    7. Exporting video
      3m 24s
  8. 43m 16s
    1. Goodbye Repoussé: The new 3D workflow
      5m 12s
    2. Improved viewport navigation
      4m 55s
    3. Splitting, rotating, and aligning extrusions
      7m 43s
    4. 3D materials and rendering
      5m 45s
    5. Advanced 3D features
      8m 24s
    6. Live extrusions and shadows and reflections in the viewport
      5m 9s
    7. Painting on target textures
      6m 8s

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