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Resetting the preferences

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Video: Resetting the preferences

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.

Resetting the preferences

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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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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