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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Now I'm going to show you how to reset the program. And the idea here is if Photoshop starts wildly misbehaving, like you lose a command, or you are not able to follow along with what I'm doing because the tool isn't working the same, or you can't find the same option, or the program just seems to be misbehaving. You can reset the Preferences, because what sometimes happens is the Preference Settings get corrupted. And there're preferences all over the program. It's not just in the Preferences dialog-box. They're all over the place. Changing the size of the thumbnails in the Layers panel, for example, is a preference setting.
And so if you've been using the program for months and months, and you've been changing preference settings back and forth, sometimes they become corrupted. And that can really affect Photoshop's behavior. So the thing is when you reset the Preferences, the program ostensibly is going to run better. However, you're going to have to reestablish all those preference settings, with the exception, the things that are going to be saved for you are your Keyboard Shortcuts, which you can come back to really easily, your Color Settings, which you can come back to really easily as well, and your workspace, One-on-One here, which you can come back too.
But those Preference Settings inside the Preferences dialog box and the size of the Layers thumbnails and all those things, you'll have to reestablish. And we'll do that in this exercise. We'll run through the whole thing. So I just want you to know that this is an option that's available to you if need be. It doesn't really hurt anything. All it means is that you're going to have to spend some time reestablishing preference settings as I say. All right. So step number one is to quit out of Photoshop. And you do that by going up to the File menu, and choosing the Exit command here on the PC. On the Mac, you go to the Photoshop menu and choose the Quit command.
That's Ctrl+Q on the PC and Cmd+Q on the Mac. So that quits out Photoshop. You might be asked to save some changes. If you want to, go for it. In my case, I would've said no or don't save. Anyway, here I am back at the Desktop now. And you want to relaunch the program and mash a bunch of keys. And you can relaunch the program in any way, shape, or form you want. You can go down to the Start menu here on the PC. You can go down to your Dock on the Mac. You can locate the program in the Applications folder, or you can just go ahead and double-click on a file that you know will launch Photoshop, such as this guy right here, Welcome.psd inside the 00_setup folder, inside the exercise files folder.
So if I double-click on it, I will open Photoshop. But you have to be right ready to go with some keys. And the keys are these: Ctrl+Shift+Alt on the PC, Cmd+Shift+Option on the Mac. So in other words, basically all of your modifier keys. You're going to mash them down with your fist. But first you're going to double-click on this file. So double-click and then mash the keys. Now you may see this alert message, or you may not. The times I've tried it before it was covered up by this window like this. It ended up coming to the back.
And it will only appear, by the way, if you successfully press those keys right after restarting the program, so Ctrl+Shift+Alt once again, Cmd+Shift+Option on the Mac. I'm going to minimize this window so there it is. I can see my alert message. Photoshop is asking me asking should it delete the preference settings file. The answer is Yes. And then Photoshop will launch. And it might take a little longer on your system. But it's pretty speedy, and then in my case, I'm going to see this font warning, which is fine. I'll just click OK to say yes I understand that I don't have all the fonts. And notice that everything's changed back.
So we're back to the Essentials workspace. We don't have any of our Keyboard Shortcuts. If you go to the File menu, you'll see that the Place command, for example, does not have a keyboard shortcut. And you should see, however, if you go up to the Edit menu and choose Color Settings or press Ctrl+Shift+K, Cmd+Shift+K on the Mac, you should see that you're still working with Best Workflow CS5. That should stay in place. All right. So we'll Cancel out there. If not, go ahead and choose it. But I'll go ahead and Cancel out. But we've lost the paste board color and all that stuff.
So let's reestablish everything. It actually goes pretty quickly. Press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box. Turn off Export Clipboard, turnoff Use Shift Key for Tool Switch. If you're a Mac person, turn off Zoom Resizes Windows. And if you're a PC person, make sure it's off. We want that off. Interface, we want to go ahead and turn off the Drop Shadow for the Full Screen with menus mode. And then we can adjust the Color as well. Now you may recall last time, we Shift-clicked with the Paint Bucket tool.
This time we'll just do it here inside this dialog box. I'll just say Select Custom Color. And I'll dial in these values here inside the Color Picker, 0 for Hue, 0 for Saturation. And I'm pressing the Tab key to advance to the next value. And then I'll change the Brightness value to 35%, like so, click OK. Now go to the next option down this Gray, choose Select Custom Color. It should well, I was hoping it'd be set to the same thing, but it's not. 0, 0, 35 once again. And then click OK. We don't need to worry about the other values.
They'll change automatically. So just Hue, Saturation and Brightness, HSB. Click OK. We're done there. Now we'll go ahead and move on to File Handling. Change Maximize Compatibility here to Never. And then Performance, you can change your Performance settings, if you've changed them in the past, if you wanted to turn on more Scratch Disks or something like that. Cursors, I like the Crosshair. It's up to you. Then move down Units & Rulers and change Rulers to pixels, very important in my opinion. And we're done. Click OK in order to accept your changes to the Preference settings.
And we are now good where the background is concerned. If I press the F key, I should see that drop shadow just appear, I do. Then press F to go to the Full Screen mode. Press F again to cycle around to the Standard Screen mode. I'll press Ctrl+Plus to zoom on it there. Now I'll go up to your workspaces. You should see One-On-One still sitting there. Click on it, and that should not only bring back all your panels the way that you had them, but also including my moved adjustments and masks panels right here. But also it should change your keyboard shortcuts.
So if you go to the File menu, you should see that place has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D or Cmd+Shift+Option+D on the Mac. Now we can confirm that we have custom Keyboard Shortcuts by going to the Keyboard Shortcuts command. However, it's going to look a little strange potentially. I'm not sure if this is the way it's really going to be. But it's showing up for me as One-On-One (modified). I might just go ahead and switch that back to dekeKeys just to make sure I have really got dekeKeys there. And if it asks you save changes just say No, because there's no reason to save changes. It's kind of a ghost file.
It goes away, notice that. Now I'll click OK. And we've reinstated our keyboard shortcuts. Now I'll go the layers panel. Click on its menu icon, choose panel Options. And we'll select the largest thumbnail, if that's what you want. That's what I want. Use Default Masks on Fill Layers, turned off. Click OK. Go to Channels. Right-click. Large. Go to Paths. Right-click. Large, like so. Back to Layers, just to establish Layers is our default panel. Then bring up the Adjustments panel by clicking on the little icon.
It is already expanded. So that's great. Then I'll go up to the panel menu here. And I'll turn on Auto Select Parameter. And then I'll turn off Add Mask by Default. And I am back exactly where I left off with a clean, non-corrupted preference settings file that should serve me well for months and months into the future. All right. That's it folks. We have now successfully set up Photoshop, you and I, in exactly the same way. And we're ready to visit the exercises inside the series.
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