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Installing the CS4 color settings

From: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

Video: Installing the CS4 color settings

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to install my Best Workflow CS4 Color Settings. And these are the color settings that most professionals use. They ensure consisting color across the Adobe applications, and they also do a pretty good job of making sure that your images print properly. But they are little bit harder to install than dekeKeys, particularly if you are working on Windows. Now this is where you need to install the files, back here in this image that you can see opened in the background, and that image is this file right there, Instructions.tif, that's found inside my 00_settings folder inside the exercise_files folder. But of course you can just read it on screen, in just a moment. The problem is-- you Macintosh people should be fine. You can just go ahead and follow these settings right there while I'm talking to the PC people, I'll come back to you in a moment.

Installing the CS4 color settings

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to install my Best Workflow CS4 Color Settings. And these are the color settings that most professionals use. They ensure consisting color across the Adobe applications, and they also do a pretty good job of making sure that your images print properly. But they are little bit harder to install than dekeKeys, particularly if you are working on Windows. Now this is where you need to install the files, back here in this image that you can see opened in the background, and that image is this file right there, Instructions.tif, that's found inside my 00_settings folder inside the exercise_files folder. But of course you can just read it on screen, in just a moment. The problem is-- you Macintosh people should be fine. You can just go ahead and follow these settings right there while I'm talking to the PC people, I'll come back to you in a moment.

You PC people though, Microsoft doesn't like you to go into the folder structure that I'm about to take you into. It likes to deny you permission to your own computer. It's very fond of doing that to you. And so I'm going to show you how to eliminate that problem. Now you should be able to open any old desktop window and then go to Organize and choose Folder and Search Options. But if you can't see that, another way to get to the folder options is to find your help, and here it's this little button right there. That's how you get help here under Windows Vista. And then you would search for Folder Options, like so, and then go ahead in letter rip, and the first option right there should be Change folder views and behaviors, click on it, and then you should see something that says Click to open folder options. So you have to go through all that folder all right there. And then I'm going to close that Help screen.

And next what I'm going to do is go to here; I'll move this up so you Mac people can still see that thing down there. I'll go ahead and click on View, and this dialog box right here looks just the same under Windows XP as it does here under Windows Vista. You want to make sure first of all this Hidden files and folders option is set to Show hidden files and folders. Goodness! It's so much more useful to be able to see those things. I would turn off Hide extension for known file types, because might not see the extensions, might as well. And then go ahead and turn off Hide protected operating system files (recommended), and it's going to get grumpy at you and say are you really sure you want to do that because just look at you, I don't trust you that's what Windows is saying. But you trust yourself. So go ahead and click on Yes, give me a break. It's my computer. Go away.

So these settings right here are the ones you need to change. So turn on Show hidden files and folders, turn off Hide extensions for known file types, and turn off High protected operating system files (recommended), and then click on OK. And now from this point on, you can actually access the folders. I'm about to tell you to access. So you are going to take this Best Workflow CS4 file, and you are going to copy it into one of these three folders. Now I've got this file right here. I was telling you about Instructions.tif. You copy the Best Workflow CS4.csf file to a location on your hard drive depending on your platform. Under Windows XP, the location is the C:\Documents and Settings\user. That's you.

So whatever user you are logged on as, Application Data\Adobe, and each one of these backslashes mean we are entering another sub-folder, Adobe\Color\Settings. So you have to dig your way through what this is, one, two, three, four, five, six folders deep, and then copy Best Workflow CS4.csf to that location. Under Windows Vista totally different place, C:\Users\you\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\ Color\Settings and of course, user is your computer login name. That goes for both of these items. And then you copy it to this Settings folder.

On the Mac you have to do slightly less digging. You go to the Finder level, which is the Desktop level of your computer, and you go to the Go menu and choose Home. And then it also has a keyboard shortcut of Command+Shift+H, then you'll be inside your user folder, and you'll dig into the folders that you see here. You go to the Library sub-folder then to Application Support/Adobe/Color/Settings. And the reason I use forward slashes for the Mac versus backslashes for the PC is that's what Microsoft and Apple use. So I'm just subscribing to their conventions here. Anyway, once you get that folder open, then what you got to do is you go ahead and grab Best Workflow CS4 sitting here in this 00_settings folder, and you drag it and drop it in order to duplicate it. Then we are not done. That goes ahead and installs the file in the right location but to actually load these color settings into Photoshop. That's a separate step and I'll tell you all about that separate step in the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
      51s
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
      58s
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
      46s
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
      42s
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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