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Saving custom default settings

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Video: Saving custom default settings

In this movie, I'm going to show you how to change the default settings for any given layer effect. But, I will warn you up front the your changes are permanent. That is they take effect until, the next time you change the default settings. And the only way to reset the factory default settings, that ship with Photo Shop, is to quit the program. And then restart it, while pressing the control shift and alt keys on the pc or the command shift and option keys on the mac in order to reset the preferences. But I'm not a big fan of the default settings so I see no problem in changing them.

Saving custom default settings

In this movie, I'm going to show you how to change the default settings for any given layer effect. But, I will warn you up front the your changes are permanent. That is they take effect until, the next time you change the default settings. And the only way to reset the factory default settings, that ship with Photo Shop, is to quit the program. And then restart it, while pressing the control shift and alt keys on the pc or the command shift and option keys on the mac in order to reset the preferences. But I'm not a big fan of the default settings so I see no problem in changing them.

Anyway, it's up to you whether you want to work long with me or not. But let's say that I really like the shadow effects that are associated with the shire layer. I'd go ahead and select it, and then double click on the drop shadow in order to bring up the layers style dialogue box. Now I just want you to note the opacity is 70%, we've got a dark shade of brown here. This distance value is 1 pixel, and the size is 20 pixels. If I want to save those settings, as my drop shadow defaults then I would click on this button here, make default.

And even though nothing seems to have happened, I just modified the default settings for my drop shadow. Now click on inner shadow. I've dialled in a opacity value for 75% here. We have distance choke, and size values of 1030 and 35 respectively, to save them off as my default. I'll once again click the made default button. And then I can just click the cancel button or okay, it doesn't matter because the deed is done. And just to demonstrate, I will click cancel. And then I'll go ahead and switch over to this file.

And now let's say I want to apply those default shadow effects to this craving layer. Then I double click on the drop shadow. Notice the opacity is 100%. We have different distance and size values. As soon as I click Reset to default. I load those default settings I saved just a minute ago. An opacity of 70 percent. A distance of 1, and a size of 20. Now, I'll click on inner shadow. And I'll click reset to default for it as well. And that goes ahead and loads those settings I saved just a moment ago.

Now this time I'll click okay. Because I want to apply those effects to my text. Some other settings you might want to change. I've never been a big fan of that pale yellow, which is assigned by default with the glow effects. To change those drop down to the effects icon and choose outer glow. And we've got a really dinky glow as you can see here. So I'll click inside the signs value and crank it up to 25 pixels. Then I'll click on the pale yellow color swatch Change it to white and click ok.

And now you want to click on make default. Very important that you perform that step in order to change those default settings. Now click on inner glow, and do the same thing. I can't even see the inner glow effect on screen. So I'll take the size value up to 25 pixels to make it more or less visible. Then I'll click on a pale yellow swatch and change it to white and click OK. Then click make default in order to save out those default settings. Finally, I'm going to switch to stroke. And just so I can see the stroke better, I'll click on 100 percent button up here in the options bar in order to zoom into 100 percent.

Then I'll just drag the window over. I don't have to press the space bar. Now, notice that the stroke is rounded at the corners of the letters, and that's because the position is set to Outside. If you want to avoid that rounding, then change it to inside, which is generally, a safer way to work. And notice now, we get these sharp corners. And I really see no reason to start with size of 3 pixels, that seems arbitrary to me. So I'm going to take that value down to 1 pixel and click the Make Default button in order to save out those settings.

And now I can just click Cancel because after all I don't want to apply any of these effects to my text. And just to confirm that I managed to save out those defaults, I'm going to click on the fx icon and choose Outer Glow, sure enough 25 pixels white. Click on Inner Glow, 25 pixels white once again, click on Stroke, Position Inside and Size 1 pixe. And that friends is how you change the default settings associated with any layer effect here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 29m 46s
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    3. Using Content-Aware Patch
      5m 42s
    4. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      2m 5s
    5. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      3m 9s
    6. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    7. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    8. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    9. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      5m 58s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 10s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 7s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 36s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 32s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 57m 13s
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting paths and isolating layers
      4m 11s
    6. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      5m 59s
    7. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      5m 50s
    8. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    9. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    10. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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