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In the third installment of the Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One series, author Deke McClelland shows how to build, light, and render realistic 3D scenes in Photoshop CS5 Extended. Providing a systematic approach to scene building, the course explains how to produce reflections and refractions, balance the interplay of light and shadow, and frame scenes with 3D cameras.
Prerequisite course: Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals
The purpose of this movie is to show you Macintosh people how to establish Photoshop as your default image editor, so that you can double-click on a JPEG file, a TIF file or a native PSD file and have it open up inside Photoshop and not the wrong application. I am looking at the contents of my 00_setup folder which is found inside the exercise_files folder that's available to those of you were premium members or have access to the DVD. And you'll notice, if you have this folder, that I've got three files, all of which are called Welcome. There is Welcome.jpg, Welcome.tif, Welcome.psd; if you can't see those three letter extensions, then go to your finder level which is the desktop at the Mac, go to the Finder menu and choose the Preferences command, then go ahead and click on this little gear icon that takes you to the Advanced panel and turn on this check box Show all file name extensions.
You might also, if you work the way I do, you might want to turn off, Show warning before emptying the trash just, because I think that is stupid. How often do you accidentally empty the trash, you don't need a warning; but that's entirely up to you, it has nothing to do with his course. Then when your done, go ahead and click close box in order to close the dialog box and save your changes, and you should now see the extension. So here's the big problem and this must be our most common tech-support question where Photoshop is concerned. Somebody wants to just double- click on one of these files. For example, I'll double-click on Welcome.jpg and it opens up inside, my case, the Preview Application.
Well, that's obviously not what I want, it gives me a chance to see the file, but I can't work on the file and I'm certainly not going to come to terms with 3D inside Photoshop CS5 Extended, if I'm not using Photoshop CS5 Extended. So here's how to cure the problem, go up to the Preview menu and choose Quit Preview, to get out of that program, then we are going to have to perform this step incidentally on each of these three files; right-click on Welcome.jpg or any JPG file you have lying around it, it doesn't matter, and then choose the Get Info command, or you can press Command+I, the Command key being that key that has that has little clover leaf/propeller on it.
All right, I am going to choose the Get Info command, it brings up this file info strip, and make sure, you can see the contents of this Open with area. If Open with is collapsed like so then, you need to click on the little twirly triangle to twirl it open. Then go ahead and click on whatever the name of the wrong application is there and choose Adobe Photoshop CS5.app from the list. Now if you don't see Photoshop CS5 in this list, you are going to have to choose other and then locate Photoshop on your hard drive. In any case, I am going to go ahead and choose the application, because there it is, and then you click on the Change All button, to make sure all JPG files open inside Photoshop for all time; and when you do, you'll get this alert message fine click Continue, and you're done and then, you can close out of Get Info and if you want just to make sure it works, you can double-click on that JPG file in order to open it up inside Photoshop and I'm going to go ahead and press Command+Plus in order to zoom in on the image.
Let's switch back to the Finder here, and just so that I'm not seeing Photoshop in the background, I'm going to go up to the Finder menu and choose Hide Others, we'll press Command+Option+H, and then I'll drop down to the Welcome.tif file, right-click on it, choose Get Info, and do that exact same thing again. Here inside the Open with area, click on Preview.app, in my case, choose Adobe Photoshop CS5.app, instead, click on a Change All button and then, click Continue, you can open the file if you want to, don't really need to at this point. I am going to click the close box and then, run that step one last time for Welcome.psd, right-click on it, choose Get Info, inside the file info strip.
Go ahead and click on the name of the wrong application choose Adobe Photoshop CS5.app click on Change All, click Continue, and then close File Info once again. Now this time I am going to open this document because, I want to show you another error message you might encounter. And once, it opens inside a Photoshop, notice the program tells you, hey, wait a sec, there's text layers inside this file for which I don't have the right fonts. In other words, I use fonts that are not available on your system. That's not a problem. You go ahead and click OK, zoom in on the image if you want to, and notice, here, in the Layers panel, there's all kinds of text layers that have little warning next to them, little caution icons, and that's telling me every single one of my text layers in this case, doesn't have an equivalent font here on this particular system, and yet, notice that all my text looks great here on screen.
Well, that's because, unless you are going to edit the text, you don't need the font. Photoshop is that rare application that goes ahead and shows you your text just fine, because it has a pixel-based equivalent of those letters saved along with a file. All right, one other thing I want to show you is that we're seeing things different on the Mac than we do on a PC, most of my movies will be recorded on the PC. It's not because of any preference for the PC over the Mac, not at all. It's a preference for the movie editing software that I use on the PC, and that's it. But you will notice, that the background is all covered up and that's because of this thing called the Application Frame that runs by default on the PC; if you want that same feel on your Macintosh system, then go up to the Window menu and choose Application Frame, and then, you'll have one big application frame that seals you essentially inside a Photoshop and covers up all the background applications.
If you don't like that, which most Macintosh people don't, I should say, you go up to the Window menu and you turn Application Frame off, and that's it, just want you to know there's one more thing, this series, Photoshop CS5 Extended one-on-one 3D is divided into four parts. There's Part 1 Fundamentals, Part 2 Objects, Part 3 Scenes, and finally, Part 4, Type Effects. So that's how you establish Photoshop as your default image editor. In the next, movie, I'll show you both Macintosh and Windows people how to install my custom DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts.
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