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Saving formatting attributes as a preset

From: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Saving formatting attributes as a preset

All right I still have TV movie ad.psd opened. I have also selected the Type tools, you can see right here the Horizontal Type tool, which you can get by pressing the T key and I established the default formatting attributes. Now let's select some of our own custom formatting attributes, but we are going to be changing the defaults that are associated with the Type tool which is A-OK because I'm going to set things up so that you an switch back and forth between the default defaults, the ones that ship with Photoshop and these new defaults, the ones that I'm telling you to create using a tool preset, which is a really fantastic thing to know about. We haven't gotten to them yet, and they are just terrific as you will see.

Saving formatting attributes as a preset

All right I still have TV movie ad.psd opened. I have also selected the Type tools, you can see right here the Horizontal Type tool, which you can get by pressing the T key and I established the default formatting attributes. Now let's select some of our own custom formatting attributes, but we are going to be changing the defaults that are associated with the Type tool which is A-OK because I'm going to set things up so that you an switch back and forth between the default defaults, the ones that ship with Photoshop and these new defaults, the ones that I'm telling you to create using a tool preset, which is a really fantastic thing to know about. We haven't gotten to them yet, and they are just terrific as you will see.

All right, so what I want you to do is I want you to go to the Font option right there, Click on it in order to bring up a big old menu of every single font included on your system. Now your fonts and my fonts are going to be different. Everybody's system accumulates different fonts over time. Some fonts we share but most fonts, we don't, I'm afraid. So what I'm going to do though is I'm going to suggest one of two fonts for you to use, those of you who are following along with me. The first one is a great looking font that's included along with many skews of the Creative Suite. So if you have the Design Premium collection, then you will have this font. If you have the Master Collection, well certain Creative Suite skews have it and certain ones don't but it's a great looking font and we will use it together if you got it. If not, I'll suggest a different font that you definitely have.

So I'm going to scroll up my list to the Cs and here they are the bunch of C font's right there and I want this guy Adobe Caslon Pro. Notice that even though it starts with the word Adobe, it is organized with the Cs right there. Caslon Pro is a really popular font these days. Now if you don't have Adobe Caslon Pro, I recommend then you turn your attention to a font way down here, Times New Roman which should be on your machine and it's one of the default fonts that I think is included with all Window systems and I believe all Mac systems as well. So one or the other works very well for our purposes.

I am going to go back up here to Caslon Pro; I want to show you this wonderful trick that's available to you when you are changing the font. I'll go ahead and Click on Adobe Caslon Pro to make it active, there it is. All right, let's say, I want to switch over to Times, I would Click on the words some place Adobe Caslon Pro and I would enter TIM and that should get me Times New Roman presumably and then press the Enter or Return key in order to accept that modification just like that. So you can just type in characters if you want to. Now I want to go back to Caslon. What I'd like to be able to do since it was organized with the Cs, it was alphabetized by Caslon, I should be able to type in CAS but that's not going to work for me because the first word is Adobe. So instead, I'll just go ahead and Click back on it like so, and I'll type in Adobe and then I might have to type in space C but in my case Adobe Caslon Pro, it's the first font that begins with the word, Adobe.

All right, now Tab over here, should Tab to the styles that are available for this specific font family, and Photoshop is smart enough like all Adobe applications to give you access to just those styles that are available to the font family. So you don't always get Bold and always get Italic, and never get anything else which is a way a lot of lesser applications work. Instead, you get those styles that are really available and the style that I want you to choose is this guy right there, Bold. So go ahead and Click on it. You could also type it in too if you wanted to, but might as well just choose it.

Then I'm going to Tab over to the Type Size value, also if I wanted to highlight the value, I could Click on this double T icon right there and I'm going to change it to 33. Now if you are using Times New Roman, then change that Type Size value to 38 and you will get very similar results. Then I'm going to change the anti- aliasing and we will discuss this a little more later but right now it's set to None, which is not what we want. What that's going to do is it's going to give us jagged type and we do not want jagged type. Something along the lines of either Sharp or Crisp is going to do us better.

I am going to go with Crisp Bright here and that will soften the outline, so that they are not jagged and it will make our type look nice and smooth on screen. Then I'm going to switch to Center type by Clicking on the Center icon and next, I want to make my type White. Now notice that the type is going to be black even though for some reason, I have got my foreground color set to white here, my text is going to show up as black and I could switch that by either Clicking on this little Swatch right there and that will bring up the Color Picker dialog box and then I would Click on white basically establish that I was using white inside of the Color Picker like so, and I just kind of Click and drag up into that upper left corner and then I would Click OK, or here is another thing you can do, I'm going to cancel out.

You could press the D key to establish the default colors down here, the bottom of the toolbox and then press the X key to swap them and now foreground color becomes white but that also tells Photoshop that white is the color that you want to use for the text. Then I'm going to urge you to bring up the Character palette for just a moment, and you do that by Clicking on this little palette icon right there in the Options bar and I just want you to make sure that your Leading value, this guy right here is set to Auto and we will discuss Leading in more detail in just a moment but you want to make sure you have got Auto for Leading and you have got 0 for Tracking.

We will talk about all of these stuffs and 100% for both the Scaling options, 0 for Baseline Shift and so on. We're just checking just to make sure. All right, go ahead and hide the palette now and we are now ready to create the text but before we do, I want you to save out your own Custom tool preset. Now other applications out there like Illustrator, InDesign, and so on, they have these things called Style Sheets and what Style Sheets allow you to do is accumulate a bunch of different formatting attributes, save them as a custom style that you are going to use over and over again, and then apply that style to text in mass, so you apply a bunch of formatting attributes altogether.

You can't do that in Photoshop, Photoshop doesn't have Style Sheets but it does have Custom tool presets and those tool presets can be used as poor man style sheet that affect not text that you have already created, but text that you are going to create. So here is what you do, now that you have established these formatting attributes, you go ahead and Click on this down pointing arrowhead next to the T over here in the left side of the Options bar, and then you Click on this little Page icon in order to create a new tool preset and then you want to name it. Notice that the default name starts off with the name of the tool, that's fine, and then the typeface. Now I just don't want this name to get too long, so I'm going to delete the word, Adobe. I'm actually going to get rid of the word Pro too. So it's just Caslon Bold, 33 point, and then I'm going to delete 1 which is just telling me this is the first of such styles that I'm creating such tool presets and I'm going to change that to white and that's going to be the name of my preset. Then I Click OK.

Now, notice you can switch between your presets. You can Click on Horizontal Type tool, Myriad Pro, Regular, 24 point, and that will establish those settings including this bad None anti- aliasing style up here in the Options bar and then you can Click on Type tool Caslon Pro, 33 point White in order to get your good settings back. Also, I'm going to show you one more thing about tool Preset that just rocks in my opinion. If you go to the Window menu, you will see that there is a command tool Presets, that brings up the tool Presets palette, a very few people know even it exists inside of Photoshop.

You can also Click on this little screwdriver and wrench icon right there and you will see your tool presets for the active tool by default. Now if you go down to this Checkbox and turn it off, so that you are not just seeing the current tool, you will see all of the presets for all the different tools. Every single tool in Photoshop can have presets associated with it, and by Clicking on one of these other tool presets, you are not only switched to the preset, you're switched to that tool. So you can do all that work in one little Click. I am now switched over to the Crop tool. I could do my 5x3 cropping if I wanted to, and then I could go back to my Type tool and create my Caslon Bold 33 point White text. Isn't that awesome? All right, so anyway, let's go ahead and hide that.

We are now poised on the verge of creating text. In the next exercise, we are going to create some text for this TV movie ad. You stay tuned.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 22m 32s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced
      1m 43s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 17s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      6m 4s
  2. 2h 43m
    1. Highlights, shadows, and midtones
      49s
    2. Low contrast, bad meter
      5m 57s
    3. Auto tone, contrast, and color
      8m 1s
    4. Cache levels and the Histogram palette
      7m 16s
    5. How the auto commands work
      10m 15s
    6. A first look at Levels
      6m 11s
    7. Target colors and clipping
      9m 6s
    8. Modifying input levels
      9m 44s
    9. Adjusting the gamma value
      7m 34s
    10. Previewing clipping
      7m 17s
    11. The futility of output levels
      4m 56s
    12. Channel-by-channel edits
      11m 54s
    13. When levels fail
      4m 34s
    14. A first look at Curves
      8m 46s
    15. Static Curves layer tricks
      7m 45s
    16. Dynamic Curves layer tricks
      7m 25s
    17. Correcting the composite image
      8m 30s
    18. Neutralizing a color cast
      6m 52s
    19. The Target Adjustment tool in Curves
      8m 29s
    20. Correcting an image in Lab
      10m 7s
    21. The Shadows/Highlights filter
      4m 18s
    22. Radius and tonal width
      8m 11s
  3. 1h 48m
    1. Edge-enhancement tricks
      1m 13s
    2. How sharpening works
      3m 48s
    3. The single-shot sharpeners
      4m 29s
    4. The Unsharp Mask filter
      7m 57s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      6m 25s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 47s
    7. Previewing how sharpening will print
      3m 37s
    8. Measuring and setting screen resolution
      6m 56s
    9. Tweaking the screen resolution
      4m 28s
    10. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 23s
    11. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      4m 23s
    12. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      5m 50s
    13. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 16s
    14. When to leave More Accurate off
      3m 48s
    15. When to turn More Accurate on
      4m 23s
    16. The advanced options
      7m 57s
    17. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 23s
    18. Accounting for camera shake
      7m 7s
    19. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      9m 8s
  4. 2h 16m
    1. Why would you blur?
      1m 8s
    2. Fading after an undo
      3m 27s
    3. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      5m 43s
    4. The linear Box Blur
      3m 6s
    5. Add Noise vs. Median
      4m 50s
    6. Despeckle vs. Dust & Scratches
      6m 31s
    7. Smart Blur vs. Surface Blur
      8m 13s
    8. The Motion Blur filter
      4m 33s
    9. Radial Blur's Spin and Zoom variations
      5m 48s
    10. Mixing filtered effects
      3m 56s
    11. The "Captain Kirk in Love" effect
      5m 4s
    12. Diffusing focus with Blur and Overlay
      8m 50s
    13. Simulating Vaseline and film grain
      8m 2s
    14. Filling a layer with a neutral color
      2m 55s
    15. Old-school contrast reduction
      3m 39s
    16. Three steps to diffused focus
      7m 36s
    17. Averaging skin tones
      9m 45s
    18. Addressing the stubborn patches
      5m 26s
    19. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      6m 1s
    20. Blurring surface details
      3m 2s
    21. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      8m 6s
    22. Reducing digital noise
      8m 47s
    23. Striking a smooth/sharpen compromise
      4m 36s
    24. Smoothing over JPEG artifacts
      7m 38s
  5. 2h 31m
    1. Independent layers of color adjustment
      1m 7s
    2. Undersea color channels
      4m 2s
    3. Inventing a Red channel with Lab
      8m 20s
    4. Mixing color channels
      6m 55s
    5. Making shadows with Levels
      7m 5s
    6. Applying small color adjustments
      6m 0s
    7. Further modifying Levels in Lab
      8m 50s
    8. Creating a dynamic fill layer
      4m 38s
    9. Brushing and blending color
      4m 42s
    10. Working with "found masks"
      7m 31s
    11. Saturation, sharpen, and crop
      8m 9s
    12. Mixing a monochromatic image
      7m 2s
    13. Masking an adjustment layer
      4m 45s
    14. Working with Opacity and blend modes
      3m 39s
    15. Adding a black-and-white adjustment
      5m 53s
    16. The Target Adjustment tool in black and white
      6m 12s
    17. Tinting a monochrome photo
      3m 19s
    18. Introducing Gradient Map
      4m 17s
    19. Adjusting both color and luminance
      5m 44s
    20. Infusing elements with different colors
      6m 22s
    21. Adjustment layers as creative tools
      4m 33s
    22. Inverting and brightening the background
      5m 14s
    23. Blurring live, editable type
      5m 43s
    24. Hue, saturation, and darkness
      6m 51s
    25. Filling type with a color adjustment
      3m 24s
    26. Using one adjustment to modify another
      3m 21s
    27. Breathing color into the title
      3m 38s
    28. The Hue/Saturation humanoid
      3m 44s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 23s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 16s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 46s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      6m 4s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 8s
    7. Darken, Multiply, and the Burn modes
      6m 33s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with Fill
      4m 43s
    9. Saving a blended state
      4m 18s
    10. Lighten, Screen, and the Dodge modes
      8m 22s
    11. Linear Burn = Add minus white
      5m 31s
    12. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 52s
    13. Fill Opacity takes priority
      6m 19s
    14. Difference and exclusion
      5m 21s
    15. Using difference for golden highlights
      4m 2s
    16. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 8s
    17. The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear
      10m 31s
    18. Layer groups and the Pass Through mode
      8m 54s
  7. 1h 53m
    1. It's all about the presentation
      58s
    2. Moving a layer a specific number of pixels
      6m 59s
    3. Adding a pixel mask to a layer
      5m 48s
    4. Editing a layer mask
      7m 19s
    5. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      6m 19s
    6. Introducing the Advanced Blending options
      4m 45s
    7. Using the luminance blending sliders
      7m 26s
    8. Forcing through underlying luminance
      4m 32s
    9. Masking with a path outline
      5m 45s
    10. Refining a mask from the Masks palette
      7m 18s
    11. Creating and modifying a layer group
      3m 29s
    12. Establishing a knockout group
      5m 29s
    13. Fixing last-minute problems
      6m 23s
    14. Introducing layer comps
      6m 40s
    15. Exploring layered states
      6m 43s
    16. Deleting layers and updating comps
      6m 18s
    17. Saving a basic composition
      6m 21s
    18. Assigning and saving appearance attributes
      7m 15s
    19. Layer comps dos and don'ts
      7m 27s
  8. 1h 56m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      56s
    2. Establishing default formatting attributes
      4m 5s
    3. Saving formatting attributes as a preset
      8m 5s
    4. Making a point text layer
      6m 18s
    5. Editing size and leading
      6m 44s
    6. Working with vector-based text
      6m 12s
    7. Formatting area text
      4m 16s
    8. Creating a layer of area text
      3m 20s
    9. Resizing the text frame
      4m 34s
    10. Changing the anti-aliasing setting
      3m 58s
    11. Obscure but important formatting options
      6m 31s
    12. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      8m 44s
    13. Creating a cast shadow
      6m 1s
    14. Blurred shadows and beveled text
      7m 16s
    15. Drawing a path outline
      4m 51s
    16. Creating type on a path
      6m 39s
    17. Flipping text across a circle
      3m 18s
    18. Vertical alignment with baseline shift
      4m 16s
    19. Warping text
      4m 57s
    20. Scaling your text to taste
      3m 33s
    21. Applying a custom warp
      6m 24s
    22. Creating an engraved text effect
      5m 11s
  9. 2h 17m
    1. Bending an image to fit your needs
      53s
    2. Creating a canvas texture
      6m 48s
    3. Masking objects against a white background
      5m 42s
    4. Scaling an image to fit a composition
      8m 9s
    5. Aligning one layer to fit another
      3m 51s
    6. Changing the Image Interpolation
      8m 10s
    7. Merging faces
      5m 32s
    8. Rotating the first clock hand
      7m 17s
    9. Adding hands and pasting styles
      6m 40s
    10. Series duplication in Photoshop
      4m 35s
    11. Masking objects against a black background
      6m 34s
    12. Skews and perspective distortions
      7m 57s
    13. Envelope-style warps
      9m 2s
    14. Old-school distortion filters
      8m 50s
    15. Introducing the Liquify filter
      4m 9s
    16. Reconstructing an image
      6m 55s
    17. Using the Warp tool
      5m 16s
    18. The Pucker and Bloat tools
      5m 53s
    19. Push, Turbulence, and Twirl
      6m 41s
    20. The Freeze and Thaw mask tools
      5m 45s
    21. Saving and loading a mesh file
      3m 59s
    22. Creating and applying a texture layer
      8m 30s
  10. 1h 28m
    1. Effects vs. styles
      1m 11s
    2. Of layer styles and masks
      4m 37s
    3. Everything about drop shadow
      8m 2s
    4. Adding a directional glow
      4m 39s
    5. Colorizing with Color Overlay
      5m 18s
    6. Stroke and fill opacity
      5m 48s
    7. Creating a multicolor Outer Glow
      9m 22s
    8. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      7m 48s
    9. Contour and Texture
      4m 35s
    10. Simulating liquid reflections
      6m 28s
    11. Saving layer styles
      6m 18s
    12. Applying and appending styles
      4m 36s
    13. Saving and swapping style presets
      3m 16s
    14. The five effect helpers
      3m 47s
    15. Blending the effect before the layer
      5m 1s
    16. Colorizing a signature
      3m 30s
    17. Clipping an effect with a mask
      4m 5s
  11. 1h 50m
    1. Welcome to the digital darkroom
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw in the Bridge
      5m 44s
    3. The Camera Raw 5 interface
      4m 39s
    4. Adjusting the white balance
      5m 0s
    5. Finessing and saving changes
      7m 55s
    6. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 43s
    7. Working with the Exposure controls
      7m 34s
    8. Straightening and cropping a raw image
      5m 53s
    9. Applying automatic exposure adjustments
      6m 6s
    10. Exposure warnings
      5m 44s
    11. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      4m 47s
    12. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 33s
    13. Dodging with the Adjustment brush
      9m 24s
    14. Tone Curve adjustments
      6m 54s
    15. Using the Spot Removal tool
      2m 48s
    16. Removing noise and sharpening detail
      4m 5s
    17. Adjusting HSL values
      4m 18s
    18. Adjusting luminance, color by color
      4m 14s
    19. Black and white and split toning
      5m 16s
    20. Camera Raw tips and tricks
      7m 32s
    21. Correcting JPEG and TIFF images
      4m 42s
  12. 57s
    1. Until next time
      57s

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