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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 is a video-based tutorial designed for professional photographers and enthusiasts who want to get professional results. Chris Orwig, a professional photographer and instructor at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, shares the secrets and techniques that he uses to enhance his own photography in Photoshop. The training follows a photographer's digital workflow, starting with essential color management decisions and organizing images with Adobe Bridge. Chris moves on to cover processing Camera Raw files, enhancing tone and color, and correcting imperfections. He then demonstrates how to prepare the images for output and client reviews. Chris shares examples of his work as exercise files that accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
>>Male Speaker: Okay, here we are in the Preferences dialog window, we'll click the Next button. Here most of the default settings are good. There are a couple that we want to change. We want to go ahead and go to the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility, and change that to Never. By default it's on Always, we want to take that to Never. Pretty much what this will do is it will save a flattened version of your file, and this would be helpful if you're working with someone who had Photoshop 2.5 or previous versions. And that just is kind of silly, there's really no need to do it. Basically it makes your file size bigger, and it doesn't help out in any way, shape, or form, so you want to take that to Never.
Another thing that I like to take up is Recent File Lists. I like to take this up to a high number, maybe 10, 20, or 30. And what this will do is give you in your File menu; it will show you the files that you recently opened. Sometimes it's a real quick way to jump to those files and it helps out quite a bit. Clicking the Next button, Cursors. There is a new option here; we have this full brush size tip. And what this tip is, as you can see it has jagged edges. I'm going to show you that, clicking OK. Going to my Brush tool, and then I'm going to make a bigger brush size here real quick.
And you'll notice that the brush now has this rough edge. And what this is going to show me if I go ahead and paint, is that if I click with the soft brush and then keep clicking, eventually the brush's reach is going to hit that outer edge of the circle. Now that's not very effective to me, because when I use a soft edge brush I paint like this, or actually with a Wacom tablet, so I don't need to know where it goes to because my brush doesn't actually go all the way to the edge. So my preference, in regards to the brush size, is to go to the normal brush tip, clicking OK now, and then go ahead and clicking.
And I know it's going to expand a little bit beyond that, and yes, if I were to hold down, and hold down and keep clicking, it would expand much more than that. But that's not distracting to me. I don't find that problematic. So I go ahead and turn that off. But you may want to experiment with that and see if you want to use that feature. Okay, going ahead and clicking the Next button, Transparency and Gamut, those default settings are great. That's how the transparency will be displayed if there are transparent pixels. Clicking Next, Units and Rulers, again all of the presets here are pretty good to go. Guides, Grid, and Slices, those are good to go, and then Plug Ins and Scratch Disks, we want to modify something here.
For the Scratch Disk, you want this to be on a disk other than a disk where the application is installed. So in this case, I'm running Photoshop off of the Macintosh hard drive A, so I'm going to select Macintosh hard drive B, and that will help Photoshop run quite a bit faster. Clicking the Next button, the Cache Settings, it's really critical that you take these up. Cache Levels, I like to take this up to 5, 6, or 7, and then RAM, to take that up to a percentage of about 70, 75 percent. Now this is going to depend on the way that you use Photoshop.
I have one colleague that when he works in Photoshop that is the only application he has open. In that case he takes his percentage up to 95 percent. That's a little bit extreme. I tend to have four or five applications open, my email program, maybe Microsoft Word, a Web browser, ITunes, so I take this down a little bit. One hardware consideration is, that if you're buying a computer, the one extra you want to invest in is RAM. It's one of the most important things. RAM is Random Access Memory, and it will really help Photoshop run a ton quicker by increasing your amount of RAM.
But even without making the investment in more RAM, you want to take those Cache levels up and then increase the amount of RAM that you're dedicating to Photoshop, and it will really speed things up. Clicking the Next button to Type. There is a new, added preference here, which I really like, Font Preview Size. You're going to go ahead and click OK. You're going to choose the Type tool. And when I choose the Type tool, I can navigate up to the Options bar. And new in CS2 are type previews; in this case they're set to small. But now finally, I can see which font I'm selecting and what that font will probably look like.
Although that is a little bit small, I'm going to take this up. So I'm going to go back to the Photoshop > Preferences > General, or Command+K or Control+K, go down to the Type. And there I'm going to take my Font Preview Size to Large, this is a great addition to CS2. Go ahead and click OK and now grab your Type tool, and navigate to the Options bar, and you'll notice that you now have large previews of the fonts. There are a few people that I've talked to that actually don't like this because they have their fonts memorized.
I don't have fonts memorized and I'm always adding fonts and changing fonts, so I find it to be a really helpful feature in CS2. Well that takes us through our Preferences. The next step is to look at our Color settings, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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