An important step to getting good at Photoshop CS6 is becoming familiar with the interface, and that's what I want to focus in on here. I want to highlight a few changes that we may have noticed with the interface. I also want to talk about how we can customize the way that Photoshop appears. But one of the first things that you'll obviously notice is that Photoshop is now dark gray. But then as you look a little bit more closely, you'll notice other changes as well. Well, I find it helpful to try to figure out what are these changes. It's kind of like when a friend walks into a room and something looks different. What is it? Did they get a haircut? Or they're wearing a new jacket. You're trying to really figure out what's going on.
Well, with Photoshop what you'll notice is that many of the icons stay in the Tools panel, or perhaps in some of the other panels--like the Adjustments panel-- or all over the interface. They just look different. Is it just that the background is now dark gray and that's why they look different? Well, that's part of it, right? Because previously the background was light gray and all of those icons were dark. Well, that logic has now flipped. The background is dark and then these icons are bright. But even above and beyond that, over 1800 icons and over 250 cursors, well, they've changed.
They've been modified in this version of Photoshop. And I think knowing that is really important. It will help you become familiar with some of the changes that you're seeing here, and say, "Oh, that's why this looks different." All right. Well, back to the dark tone. How can we change or customize that? Let's say we don't like this shade of gray. Well, there are two different ways that we can do that. You can navigate your Preference dialog, and here in Preferences we'll go to Interface. Inside of our Interface preferences, we have different color themes.
You can click on this little color chip in order to change this background-- or this Photoshop interface I should say--to either something which is darker or brighter. Let's go ahead and choose this option for our color theme and then click OK. Well, that completely alters or changes our experience of Photoshop. Now by doing this we also may want to change the work area, the area behind the image. In order to do that you can Right-click or Ctrl-click on that area. Here I might want to choose a lighter gray so that it matches that interface a little bit more closely.
Again, Right-click or Ctrl-click. Here you can see you have different shades of gray. You can also choose a color for the background. All right. Well, I am going to go back to medium gray for a moment, and let's say that after having viewed Photoshop with this brighter theme, I really want to go back to the darker theme. Well, I could of course go back to my Preferences, or I could use a really handy shortcut. I want to highlight that for you. I have a slide here which shows you that shortcut. It's Shift+F1 or Shift+F2. In other words, if you press Shift+F1, it darkens the interface, or darkens the theme of the Photoshop interface, and then Shift+F2 brightens it.
The reason why I show you that shortcut is because what I think you want to do to really get familiar with Photoshop CS6 is you want to tinker a little bit. You want to look at the menus, at the icons. You want to experiment with these different color themes so that you can modify and customize the interface so that it can suit your needs.
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