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Video: Interface preferences

In this movie we're going to continue to talk about preferences. In particular, we're going to talk about the interface preferences. All right, well I have this photograph open. It's a portrait that I took of Lynda Weinman and Lynda is such an amazing, inspiring person. All right, let's take this image to Full Screen View mode, I'll press the F key to do that, Spacebar key to access the Hand tool and then reposition the image. Now there is something that you may have noticed that's new to CS4. Well it's this drop shadow behind the image. We can see that. We also notice we have a gray background. Well, how can we customize that? Well, there are a couple of different ways. Here is one way. You can actually hover over the gray background and right-click or Ctrl- click and then change that. So I'm going to change it to black here, or I can choose a custom color. In order to remember whatever custom color I've selected previously, so I'll go ahead and select a new custom color. Let's make that red.
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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Introduction
      2m 43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 19m 32s
    1. Taking visual snapshots
      2m 33s
    2. What's new in the Photoshop CS4 menus
      1m 24s
    3. The importance of the 30-minute blink
      2m 38s
    4. Isolation
      3m 32s
    5. Taking notes
      2m 29s
    6. Creative memorization
      2m 16s
    7. Verbalize, human, fun
      1m 18s
    8. Lessons from a legend: Douglas Kirkland
      2m 10s
    9. Resources and links
      1m 12s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Is Photoshop CS4 worth it?
      2m 50s
    2. Seeing the new Tools panel
      3m 22s
    3. Working with the Application bar
      2m 51s
    4. Navigating with the Hand and Zoom tools
      4m 27s
    5. Rotating with the new Rotate View tool
      2m 0s
    6. New ways of arranging documents
      5m 41s
    7. Working with the panels
      2m 34s
    8. Customizing your workspace
      2m 11s
    9. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      3m 12s
    10. Creating custom menus
      1m 34s
  4. 39m 36s
    1. Choosing your Color settings
      5m 4s
    2. Setting Image Interpolation preferences
      3m 1s
    3. Zoom preferences
      2m 40s
    4. Interface preferences
      7m 46s
    5. File-handling preferences
      2m 33s
    6. Performance preferences: Memory
      5m 40s
    7. Performance preferences: Cursor
      5m 46s
    8. Performance preferences: Transparency and Gamut
      4m 44s
    9. Reviewing the other preferences
      2m 22s
  5. 21m 14s
    1. Bit Depth 101
      4m 34s
    2. Introducing image size
      2m 47s
    3. Image Resize overview
      7m 54s
    4. Resizing by cropping
      3m 33s
    5. Straightening
      2m 26s
  6. 10m 10s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 3s
    2. Monitor calibration basics
      2m 43s
    3. Advanced monitor calibration
      2m 36s
    4. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 48s
  7. 11m 17s
    1. Using Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom together
      2m 20s
    2. Bridge as a digital light box
      1m 19s
    3. General Bridge preferences
      2m 49s
    4. Thumbnail Bridge preferences
      1m 38s
    5. Advanced and Cache Bridge preferences
      3m 11s
  8. 28m 1s
    1. Creative tip 1: Discarding, the great selection technique
      4m 6s
    2. Introducing the Bridge interface
      3m 27s
    3. Getting photos from your camera
      4m 14s
    4. Choosing a workspace
      4m 16s
    5. Customizing the workspace and the Synchronized window
      4m 10s
    6. Using Bridge to rate and sort
      4m 3s
    7. Sorting with filters
      3m 45s
  9. 33m 53s
    1. Previewing multiple files
      5m 6s
    2. The Bridge Review mode
      7m 4s
    3. The Bridge Full Screen mode
      3m 8s
    4. Bridge slideshows
      4m 25s
    5. Stacking images
      3m 24s
    6. Renaming and batch-renaming
      4m 11s
    7. Adding favorites
      1m 58s
    8. Grouping images with Collections
      4m 37s
  10. 15m 3s
    1. Setting up metadata
      3m 34s
    2. Customizing the workspace for metadata
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a metadata template to add a copyright notice
      3m 55s
    4. Keywording images
      3m 33s
    5. Filtering images based on metadata
      1m 41s
  11. 9m 54s
    1. Recording an action
      2m 16s
    2. Batch-processing an action
      2m 11s
    3. Simplifying repetitive steps using the Image Processor
      2m 21s
    4. Opening multiple images as layers
      3m 6s
  12. 1h 13m
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 47s
    2. Understanding the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 15s
    3. Opening files in Camera Raw
      5m 23s
    4. The Camera Raw interface and essential controls
      5m 13s
    5. White Balance, Straighten, and Tone
      3m 2s
    6. Crop, Rotate, and Vignette
      5m 6s
    7. Improving color and tone
      4m 45s
    8. Saturation vs. Vibrance
      4m 46s
    9. Converting an image to black and white
      4m 7s
    10. Split-toning an image
      3m 32s
    11. Working with tone subjectively
      5m 56s
    12. Adjustment Brush essentials
      3m 19s
    13. Using the Adjustment Brush
      7m 24s
    14. Working with the Graduated filter
      4m 6s
    15. Sharpening and noise reduction
      6m 10s
    16. Working with multiple images
      4m 45s
  13. 38m 42s
    1. Creative tip 2: Worth the risk
      2m 30s
    2. Introducing layers
      2m 53s
    3. Working with layers
      2m 21s
    4. Working with History and the History Brush
      4m 1s
    5. Aligning layers
      1m 56s
    6. Organizing layers
      4m 17s
    7. Layer style effects
      4m 21s
    8. Creating a clipping mask
      4m 27s
    9. Creating a reflection of an image
      2m 37s
    10. Targeting and moving layers
      5m 36s
    11. Reviewing layers shortcuts
      3m 43s
  14. 31m 31s
    1. Introducing masking
      2m 8s
    2. Creating a simple layer mask
      3m 51s
    3. Masking shortcuts
      3m 25s
    4. Using Color Range to create a detailed mask
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a layer mask with Color Range
      5m 5s
    6. Masking and brightening eyes
      3m 35s
    7. Masking and selective sharpening
      2m 58s
    8. The Quick Mask mode
      6m 41s
  15. 24m 15s
    1. Creating a custom border with masking
      5m 41s
    2. Using pre-built borders
      7m 6s
    3. Exploring sample image frames
      4m 59s
    4. Frame plugin highlight: Photoframe
      6m 29s
  16. 51m 47s
    1. Creating a mask with the Quick Selection tool
      5m 39s
    2. Working with the Quick Selection tool
      4m 12s
    3. Creating color range selections
      4m 46s
    4. Advanced selection enhancements
      5m 1s
    5. Using the Magic Wand
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Lasso tool
      5m 37s
    7. Pen and path shortcuts
      5m 20s
    8. Understanding paths
      4m 7s
    9. Creating path selections
      6m 3s
    10. The Magnetic Lasso tool and paths
      8m 29s
  17. 21m 10s
    1. Introducing the Adjustments panel
      2m 26s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the difference between Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Target Adjustment tool
      4m 9s
    5. Hue/Saturation adjustments and masking
      3m 15s
    6. Hue/Saturation blending with Shadow/Highlight
      4m 46s
  18. 17m 45s
    1. Introducing levels
      1m 58s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      3m 3s
    3. Modifying color with levels
      3m 47s
    4. Levels and masking
      3m 13s
    5. Using levels and masking to get the most out of adjustments
      5m 44s
  19. 40m 58s
    1. Demystifying curves
      6m 52s
    2. Using curves for contrast and tone
      3m 33s
    3. Midtones and advanced blending
      2m 50s
    4. Curves and general Hue/Saturation
      2m 54s
    5. Enhancing color with curves
      6m 18s
    6. Curves, color, masking, and tone
      5m 10s
    7. Curves and masking
      4m 54s
    8. Creative tip 3: Using curves for publication
      5m 14s
    9. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      3m 13s
  20. 24m 7s
    1. Creative tip 4: Ordinary ingredients = extraordinary results
      2m 23s
    2. Introducing blend modes
      5m 36s
    3. Blend modes visualized
      6m 48s
    4. Blending multiple images
      6m 9s
    5. Blend modes shortcuts
      3m 11s
  21. 42m 57s
    1. Correcting color with eyedroppers
      4m 37s
    2. Advanced color correction with eyedroppers
      2m 27s
    3. Color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    4. Performing difficult color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 1s
    5. Performing easier color correction with a color chart
      2m 31s
    6. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      3m 42s
    7. Color-correcting by the numbers
      4m 10s
    8. Color correction: Studio shot
      3m 6s
    9. Color correction: Light skin tone
      3m 6s
    10. Color correction: Dark skin tone
      3m 44s
    11. Color correction: Multiple skin tones
      6m 40s
    12. Color correction plugin highlight: SkinTune 2
      2m 50s
  22. 44m 44s
    1. Replacing color with Hue/Saturation
      3m 2s
    2. Replacing a color
      5m 6s
    3. Modifying color with Selective Color
      3m 5s
    4. Color focus
      5m 59s
    5. Experimenting with cool and warm colors
      5m 18s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with sunset colors
      5m 16s
    7. Enhancing a landscape with sunrise colors
      5m 19s
    8. Enhancing a color group shot
      3m 17s
    9. Using photo filters with black-and-white photos
      3m 14s
    10. Using photo filters with color photos
      5m 8s
  23. 22m 3s
    1. Introducing the Burn and Dodge tools
      2m 56s
    2. Using the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 47s
    3. Darkening corners with the Soft Light blend mode
      3m 0s
    4. Adding contrast to the highlights
      2m 30s
    5. Darkening a portion of an image
      2m 45s
    6. Correcting bright and dark tones
      3m 56s
    7. Reducing highlights with the Multiply blend mode
      3m 9s
  24. 19m 30s
    1. Creative tip 5: Seeing beyond the color - your gear is good enough
      4m 58s
    2. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      3m 37s
    3. Portrait black-and-white conversion
      3m 31s
    4. Landscape black-and-white conversion
      2m 40s
    5. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      4m 44s
  25. 11m 16s
    1. Introducing Smart Filters
      2m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      3m 21s
    3. Blending and masking Smart Filters
      5m 19s
  26. 19m 38s
    1. Noise reduction with Surface Blur
      4m 36s
    2. The Noise Reduction filter
      2m 54s
    3. Advanced noise reduction with Channels
      5m 32s
    4. Advanced noise reduction with the Dfine plugin
      6m 36s
  27. 33m 29s
    1. The Dust and Scratches Filter
      3m 57s
    2. Using masking to remove dust and scratches
      5m 10s
    3. Introducing the trio of healing tools
      6m 18s
    4. Using the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      4m 21s
    5. Using the Patch tool
      7m 40s
    6. Cleaning up an image with what's there
      6m 3s
  28. 58m 58s
    1. Creative tip 6: A beautiful mistake
      2m 51s
    2. Cleaning up a background
      3m 21s
    3. Removing blemishes
      4m 19s
    4. Cleaning up backgrounds and blemishes
      3m 46s
    5. Brightening eyes
      3m 12s
    6. Changing eye color
      4m 55s
    7. Darkening the edge of an eye
      1m 32s
    8. Adding makeup
      2m 25s
    9. Correcting distortion
      2m 19s
    10. Reducing eye wrinkles
      4m 4s
    11. Adding height and reducing wrinkles
      7m 55s
    12. Whitening teeth
      4m 6s
    13. Whitening teeth using Quick Mask
      3m 39s
    14. Softening skin
      5m 5s
    15. Removing red-eye
      2m 21s
    16. The next steps in retouching
      3m 8s
  29. 38m 35s
    1. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      3m 23s
    2. Smart Sharpen demystified
      4m 10s
    3. Smart Sharpen and masking
      8m 46s
    4. Using the Unsharpen Mask filter
      5m 19s
    5. Black-and-white High Pass sharpening
      8m 2s
    6. Color High Pass sharpening
      3m 27s
    7. Sharpening and tone
      5m 28s
  30. 28m 38s
    1. Resizing for email and the web
      3m 1s
    2. Image size considerations
      2m 54s
    3. Preparing files for the web
      4m 37s
    4. Sharpening for the web
      2m 12s
    5. Correcting color for the web
      3m 10s
    6. The Save for Web dialog
      3m 51s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      6m 21s
    8. Sharing your photos online
      2m 32s
  31. 23m 33s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 19s
    2. Presenting your photos as a PDF slideshow
      2m 55s
    3. Desktop printing recommendations
      1m 40s
    4. Preparing to print
      5m 53s
    5. Using Soft Proof to pre-visualize printing
      3m 46s
    6. Using the Print dialog
      3m 31s
    7. Print settings
      1m 29s
  32. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers
14h 50m Beginner Nov 04, 2008

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Sharpening a photograph to make it more vivid
  • Reviewing the essentials of retouching
  • Understanding the fundamentals of color management
  • Creating a layer mask to brighten eyes
  • Applying advanced noise reduction using channels
  • Using Bridge CS4 to organize and tag the best images
  • Processing photographs for print and web publishing
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Interface preferences

In this movie we're going to continue to talk about preferences. In particular, we're going to talk about the interface preferences. All right, well I have this photograph open. It's a portrait that I took of Lynda Weinman and Lynda is such an amazing, inspiring person. All right, let's take this image to Full Screen View mode, I'll press the F key to do that, Spacebar key to access the Hand tool and then reposition the image. Now there is something that you may have noticed that's new to CS4. Well it's this drop shadow behind the image. We can see that. We also notice we have a gray background. Well, how can we customize that? Well, there are a couple of different ways. Here is one way. You can actually hover over the gray background and right-click or Ctrl- click and then change that. So I'm going to change it to black here, or I can choose a custom color. In order to remember whatever custom color I've selected previously, so I'll go ahead and select a new custom color. Let's make that red.

Now that's not going to look good, but just to illustrate, again it's going to remember whatever color I picked previously. Okay, well let's go back to the default gray. All right, well so far so good. We've seen now we can change that background color, but what about the Drop Shadow? Well for that, we need to go to our Preferences dialog. Let's open up the Preferences by pressing the shortcut key. On a Mac that's Command+K on a PC that's Ctrl+K. Again Command+K for the Mac, Ctrl+K for the PC, and then we'll click on the Interface option, which will open up our Interface Preferences.

All right, well, up top you will notice that we have some General Interface Preferences. Well, here we have our Standard Screen mode. Well that was the first screen mode that I was in, when the image was floating. So here I can have a gray background color and then a Drop Shadow as well, but I'm in Full Screen mode, right? So here we're in full screen with our menus visible. Now I can change that background color to black. I can also choose a custom color. We are going to go back to this default gray because I like that. I think that works pretty well. Now the only other thing that I might want to change is this Drop Shadow. I'm going to go ahead and select None. That will remove that Drop Shadow in its entirety, or I can choose Line and then I have that black line around the image. Now my preference actually is to choose None. I don't like having that Drop Shadow because it affects on viewing the image. Now my other recommendation for you is to potentially change this background gray. This background gray is actually pretty light. And you know that if you surround an image with a lot of brightness or a white or a light gray, the image feels a little bit brighter. Now, if you surround it with black, it feels a little bit more contrast to the colors, it feels a little bit more saturated.

So this background color that you choose is actually going to be contingent upon the Lighting mode of your work, let me explain. So I'm going to go ahead and choose Select Custom Color. This will then open up the color picker. Now I want to check off Only Web Colors, and what I'm interested in doing here is, going to a Brightness value of 50%, zero Saturation and zero Hue. H stands for Hue, S stands for Saturation, B stands for Brightness. So what I've here's middle gray. Now that's a pretty good option because it's not going to influence the image in huge ways, because it's right in the middle. Yet, that been said, one of the things that I have noticed is depending on the ambient light in your workspace, you may want to change this. You notice that this is a little bit brighter. So if I'm working in a dark office, I tend to want to brighten this off just a touch, and I find that that works pretty well, so I'll go ahead and click OK. Now that gray is a little bit darker than the default gray. Although again that's one of my preferences.

You have to experiment on your own to see what your own preferences. I'll go ahead and take this back to the default Gray, just to keep things simple for me. All right, well we also have the option for the Full Screen and there we can choose a Color and also a Border if you want to use that. All right, well let's jump down to a few other preferences. Use a Gray Scale Application Icon, this is the one option that we'll be able to see updated. We can see that icon is now gray and the reason they have that is, so that you can minimize the colors in the interface, so that you think less about the interface and you focus more on the image.

I'll go ahead and leave that back on because that blue isn't that distracting for me. Now the option to Show the Channels in Color. It's kind of interesting. Now choose that option and click OK, and I go to my Layers palette, and then navigate to my Channels palette and here you can see I now have these Channels in color. Now that's not very helpful for me. So I'm going to turn that preference off. Command+K on Mac, Ctrl+K on a PC to open up the Preferences dialog. Click on Interface and then check that Option off. Next we have the ability to Show menu Colors and Show Tool Tips. Well what are the tool tips? Well it determines whether to show the tool tips that you can see right below my cursor there. If I click that off and then I hover over that same message there or that same item, I'm not going to see that tool tip. So one of the things that I found to be helpful is to leave that on when you are new to Photoshop. Leave that on when you're learning about Photoshop, but eventually turn it off.

Now because this is a training title, I'm going to leave that on because I think it'll help us out. It'll help reinforce some of the things that we are already learning. Next on to panels & Documents. Now Auto-Collapse Iconic panels is pretty interesting. If I turn that on and go ahead and click OK, and then I collapse my panels to icons. What this mean is when I choose one of these options, let's say like Color here. And then I go and click on the image, that panel will auto-collapse. Pretty good option there. Now I can also change that in a number of different ways, and one of the ways that I can change that is by Ctrl-clicking or right-clicking on those double arrows and here you can see that option. I'll turn that off and now when I click on Color and I click on the image, the panel stays open.

So, again this is going to be one of those workflow decisions. If you find that you typically get what you need from the panel correct the first time, and it's kind of handy to have an Auto-Collapse. Yet in my own workflow, I find that I'll make an adjustment to a panel, then I'll do something, I realize that's not very good. I need to continually modify the adjustment, so I prefer to have that option turned off. But again you have to experiment to see what works for you. All right. Well we saw that we could change that by Ctrl-clicking or right-clicking. We can also Auto-Show Hidden Panels. What that means is when you hover over a panel, it'll then appear. We can find those same preferences by navigating to the Interface Options and this will then open up the Preference dialog window, and then again you see that we have those options here. So one of the things that you will discover really quickly about Photoshop is that you can do the same thing at multiple locations. And the reason they've done that is to give you flexibilities, so that you can find the technique that works best for you.

Now the next option you definitely want to have checked on is Remember Panel Locations. What this means is if I customize my panels or move them around, let's say I drag the Layers palette out and it's fully right here in the middle of the screen. Well if I close Photoshop and then reopen Photoshop, it's going to remember the exact layout of those panels. So you definitely want to leave that on it. It kind of helps out a little bit. Now on the other hand, if you find that you arrange your panels and things get a little cluttered and you want it to reset to the essentials or the default settings every time, click that option off. Now here is a new option inside of CS4, Open Documents As Tabs. You remember in previous versions of Photoshop, when you open up an image it could be floating, meaning they would be separated, they wouldn't be consolidated or grouped together. Well if you click this option on, what happens is when you open up new images; they become part of that consolidated group. So again you want to leave that one on because it found that to be really handy.

The next option, Enable Floating Document Window Docking. Again that's just another way to arrange your panels and again that can be helpful especially if you want to have panels on a second monitor. So I recommend you leave that one checked on as well. Last couple of options here, UI Text Options. You can change your UI font size and what that means is the font size we are seeing here for our Layers palette and some of the different areas where you see fonts. My preference is to have a real small font size, now I know other people would like to have it a little bit larger and they go for medium. And again it tells you that change won't take place until you restart Photoshop.

All right well that wraps up our conversation about interface preferences.

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