Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC

From: Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes

Video: Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC

Now, the purpose of this movie is to show you how to make Photoshop your default image editor. So you can double-click on an image file at the desktop level and have it open by default inside Photoshop. Now this specific movie is designed for you Windows users. I am working on a PC right now, if you are a Macintosh user, skip to the next movie instead, where I show you how to do the exact same thing on a Mac. Now I am looking at the contents of the 00_setup folder found inside the exercise_files folder that's available to those of you who are premium members or have access to the DVD, and you can see we have got three files all of which seem to be called welcome.

Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC

Now, the purpose of this movie is to show you how to make Photoshop your default image editor. So you can double-click on an image file at the desktop level and have it open by default inside Photoshop. Now this specific movie is designed for you Windows users. I am working on a PC right now, if you are a Macintosh user, skip to the next movie instead, where I show you how to do the exact same thing on a Mac. Now I am looking at the contents of the 00_setup folder found inside the exercise_files folder that's available to those of you who are premium members or have access to the DVD, and you can see we have got three files all of which seem to be called welcome.

Well, they actually have different extensions. To see those extensions, you have to go over to the Organize menu here, under Windows 7 and choose Folder and search options. If you're using an older version of Windows, then, just ahead and tap the Alt key and that will force the display of this little menu here, inside of the folder. Click on tools and then choose Folder options then, inside, the Folder Options dialog box click on the View tab and then, drop down here to the check box, hide extensions for known file types and turn it off, so that you can see the extensions and now click the OK button and you will see the extensions after every one of these file names.

Now it's time to make Photoshop our default imaging application and we have to repeat the process I am about to show you for each one of these file types, for JPEG files, TIF files and PSD files. So I am going to go with the JPEG file first. Right-click on it and then, choose Open with, now you could choose Adobe Photoshop CS5 at this point, but if you do that you'll open the JPEG image inside of Photoshop this time and this time only. Instead what you want to do is Choose default program, then, inside the ensuing dialog box hopefully, you'll see Photoshop at the top here, if so just go and click on it.

If you don't see it then, click on this down pointing arrowhead next to Other Program, scroll down the list and see if you can find Photoshop. If you still can't find it, you have to click on this Browse button and locate Photoshop on your hard drive. In my case, I can see that at the top of the list. So I'll go ahead and click on it, then make sure, this check box Always use the selected program to open this kind of file is turned on and click OK, and that will go ahead and automatically open the image inside of Photoshop then, I'll press Control+Plus to zoom in on the image. All right, lets go ahead and replay that stuff for the TIF image.

I'll minimize Photoshop, right-click on Welcome.tif and you can do this, by the way, with any JPEG image, any TIFimage, any PSD image, you don't have to use mine; choose Open with go down here, to Choose default program and then, locate Photoshop and list, make sure, the check box is turned on click OK, same thing happens again, you'll go ahead you'll go ahead and zoom in on the image if you want to, to see it up close and personal. All right, so now its time to repeat that step for the PSD file, I am going to go ahead and minimize Photoshop once again, right-click on Welcome.psd choose Open with, Choose default program, find Adobe Photoshop CS5 inside the dialog box, make sure, the check box is turned on and click OK.

Now this time we're going to receive a special error message inside a Photoshop and here, it is, it's telling us that some of the text layers contain missing fonts. So it's very likely that your system doesn't have the fonts that I used to create this layered PSD file. Turns out that's not a problem, just go ahead and click OK, and you'll, notice if you zoom in on this file, that even though here in the Layers panel, we have got three layers in all that have little warning icons next to them and that's telling us the fonts are missing even so, all of the fonts look great on screen and that's because Photoshop is that one application out there that even if you're missing a font, as long as you don't edit the type everything is hunky-dory, because you're seeing a pixel equivalent of that type is well.

The final thing I want to mention is that this is a four-part series. We've got part one Fundamentals, part two Objects, part three Scenes and part four Type Effects; I just want you to be aware of that. In the next movie, I am going to show you Macintosh people, if you're still with me for some reason how to do the exact same thing we saw here, you Windows people don't want to see that so, go ahead and skip to the movie after that in which I'll show you how to install my custom Deke keys keyboard shortcuts.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes
Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes

90 video lessons · 11669 viewers

Deke McClelland
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 36m 15s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 36s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC
      4m 2s
    3. Making Photoshop your default image editor on a Mac
      5m 53s
    4. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 10s
    5. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      4m 0s
    6. Establishing the best color settings
      3m 53s
    7. Constructing the ideal workspace
      3m 25s
    8. Adjusting the interface settings
      3m 6s
    9. Establishing the best preference settings
      6m 10s
  2. 1h 22m
    1. Understanding the disciplined approach to scenes
      58s
    2. Beginning an ambitious 3D scene
      6m 41s
    3. Staking your claim with the camera
      5m 51s
    4. Taking the disciplined approach
      7m 19s
    5. Building a complex Repoussé element
      7m 53s
    6. Taking control of Repoussé bevels
      5m 57s
    7. Mastering the spherical panorama
      5m 6s
    8. Opening up a spherical panorama
      3m 42s
    9. Using a diffuse texture as a layer effect
      7m 12s
    10. Embossing text with bump maps
      5m 42s
    11. Partnering bump maps with diffuse textures
      8m 12s
    12. Automating Repoussé with an action
      4m 57s
    13. Combining 3D layers with Merge Down
      8m 34s
    14. Nesting objects in regular increments
      4m 13s
  3. 37m 42s
    1. A scene's best supporting material
      40s
    2. Extruding and positioning glass
      6m 30s
    3. Introducing refraction
      7m 44s
    4. Adjusting a double refraction effect
      7m 45s
    5. Creating a reflective lens
      5m 16s
    6. Creating a "diffuse reflection"
      3m 56s
    7. Adding depth and highlights in 2D
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 53m
    1. Igniting the colors in your scene with light
      1m 35s
    2. Making sense of a single-mesh scene
      5m 43s
    3. Identifying and naming materials
      7m 36s
    4. Establishing a base camera and light
      6m 56s
    5. Creating and positioning point lights
      8m 31s
    6. Precisely positioning lights
      9m 40s
    7. Color, softness, and attenuation
      6m 1s
    8. Capturing a light with Gloss and Shine adjustments
      5m 9s
    9. Making a patterned, textured surface
      6m 48s
    10. Creating a highly polished hardwood floor
      9m 32s
    11. Using the Hotspot and Falloff options with a spotlight
      8m 3s
    12. Placing and pointing a spotlight
      8m 37s
    13. Aligning a light to the camera angle
      6m 34s
    14. Moving cameras and lights
      9m 11s
    15. Adding a 2D sky to a 3D window
      6m 44s
    16. Resolving ray tracing mistakes
      7m 19s
  5. 1h 45m
    1. Darkness conveys depth
      56s
    2. Shining light through a window
      7m 34s
    3. Using a 3D postcard as a light shield
      8m 1s
    4. Adjusting an infinite light source
      5m 41s
    5. Adding two new models to a scene
      8m 15s
    6. Looking through many objects in a scene
      7m 40s
    7. Changing shadows on a mesh-by-mesh basis
      4m 39s
    8. Adding a 3D postcard sky
      6m 52s
    9. Passing light through an opaque object
      3m 24s
    10. Diffuse texture vs. self-illumination
      5m 47s
    11. Designing a custom reflection map
      8m 48s
    12. Shielding the distant edge of a scene
      4m 54s
    13. Casting light through an opacity map
      9m 30s
    14. Employing an image-based light
      7m 5s
    15. Making wall art with a 3D postcard
      7m 41s
    16. Creating a Repoussé picture frame
      8m 56s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Forget the Zoom and Hand tools
      52s
    2. Aligning the ground plane to a photograph
      6m 8s
    3. Creating the perfect straight-on view
      3m 26s
    4. Positioning a 3D scene as an object
      4m 26s
    5. Using an orthographic camera
      6m 34s
    6. Sinking a scene into the ground plane
      6m 27s
    7. Designing shiny surfaces
      7m 32s
    8. Making a seamless image-based light
      9m 49s
    9. Lighting a factory-new 3D car
      7m 42s
    10. Adding metallic paint and tire treads
      6m 36s
    11. Depth of field vs. field of view
      7m 21s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. A scene's most important ingredient
      1m 10s
    2. Importing independently editable meshes
      7m 21s
    3. Integrating a 3D scene into a photograph
      6m 11s
    4. Designing a content-aware diffuse texture
      8m 6s
    5. Creating a tapering horn in Repoussé
      5m 44s
    6. Using the camera to align meshes
      10m 56s
    7. Establishing symmetrical meshes
      5m 51s
    8. Employing a self-illuminated mesh
      8m 4s
    9. Creating a self-illumination map
      5m 38s
    10. Cleaning up jagged highlights
      5m 14s
  8. 23m 33s
    1. Crafting the final 3D product
      35s
    2. Photoshop's 3D rendering presets
      4m 49s
    3. Making line art without re-rendering
      2m 30s
    4. Working with the Face Style options
      6m 31s
    5. Working with the Edge and Vertex Style options
      4m 31s
    6. Rendering a stereoscopic 3D artwork
      4m 37s
  9. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.