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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
The next preference that I want to highlight is Guides, Grid & Slices. This is going to be a quick one. But what I want to highlight here is that our guides are set to a default color of cyan. Now, you may be thinking, well, what is a guide? Let me show you. I will go ahead and click OK. And I will go back to an image. Then I am going to navigate to the View pulldown menu and choose Rulers. Now, once I have a ruler, what I can do is click and drag a guide out. And I can do this from either ruler, so that I have a horizontal or a vertical guide.
Now, what's really interesting about this is that if I hover over this guide, I can double-click it, and it will open up my preferences for these guides. Now, here I could change this. And I will go ahead and just change it to something different. It's yellow. And we can see that change in the background. To apply that, all that we would need to do would be to click OK. Now, the one time when you may want to change your guide color is if that cyan color isn't really visible enough in your image, or for some reason you just prefer to have a different color.
Now, the other thing that I want to point out in regards to guides is that, to remove guides, you can hover over them and simply click and drag them back to the Ruler in order to put them away. And now there's a new feature inside of Photoshop CS5, and this is really fun. If I go ahead and click and drag a guide out, and on a Mac hold down the Option key, on a PC, hold down the Alt key, you can see here that I can rotate that guide. And I can do that in either direction. Click and drag, press Option or Alt, and there you can see that it rotates or flips that guide. All right.
Well, let's double-click one of those guides. We will hover over it until our cursor changes. Double-click that. It will reopen our preferences. And I am going to go ahead and set this back to the default of cyan, because that's the one that I prefer. The last preference that I want to point out here briefly has to do with type. I will go ahead and click on that option. What I am going to do is enable the Font Preview Size. And this is really helpful when you are trying to determine or pick a font that will work best with one of your projects.
Currently it's set to Medium. I will click OK. And let's take a look at where we will find that in Photoshop. If we click on the T icon to select the Type tool, here you are going to see that I have my Type in my Options bar. When I click on this pulldown menu, the preview is located over to the right. And that is a medium-sized preview. Now, you can make that smaller or bigger from right inside of the Preference dialog. For example, like with this font here, I can't really see what it would look like, so it might be nice to make that a little bit bigger.
Well, let's go back to our preferences and do that. So here what we are going to do is press Command+K on a Mac, Ctrl+K on a PC. That will re-launch the Preferences dialog. Next, we will click on Type and here I am going to choose Extra Large. And then I will go ahead and click OK. And then go to my Type pulldown menu, and here you can see I have a much larger preview of these fonts. A little bit easier to read this particular font. Now, the only trick with this is that when you have larger previews, you have to do more scrolling in order to find the font, although sometimes it's worth it.
Yet again, this is one of those preferences that is simply based on your own personal taste.
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