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Getting familiar with and customizing the interface

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Video: Getting familiar with and customizing the interface

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.

Getting familiar with and customizing the interface

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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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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