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In this course, Adobe Photoshop experts Tim Grey and Olaf Giermann look at the new features available in Photoshop CS6 and show you how to incorporate them into your workflow. They take you on a tour of the interface, which has a new look and different controls in some of the panels, and introduce you to all the new features in areas like adjustments, image cleanup, creative effects, text and graphics, video, and 3D.
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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