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The dark vs. the light interface

From: Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: The dark vs. the light interface

For those of you who have worked in Photoshop in the past, the most obvious change will be this dark interface with the text and icons set in white. Now, I happen to like the dark interface. I feel like it allows me to focus in on my image without being distracted by the interface. However, you don't have to accept it if you don't want it. So in this movie, I'll show you how to set the interface to another shade of gray. If you're working on the PC, you go to the Edit menu. On a Mac, you go to the Photoshop menu in the upper left-hand corner, and then you drop down to the Preferences command--this command isn't that far down the menu on the Mac, and then choose Interface from the submenu.

The dark vs. the light interface

For those of you who have worked in Photoshop in the past, the most obvious change will be this dark interface with the text and icons set in white. Now, I happen to like the dark interface. I feel like it allows me to focus in on my image without being distracted by the interface. However, you don't have to accept it if you don't want it. So in this movie, I'll show you how to set the interface to another shade of gray. If you're working on the PC, you go to the Edit menu. On a Mac, you go to the Photoshop menu in the upper left-hand corner, and then you drop down to the Preferences command--this command isn't that far down the menu on the Mac, and then choose Interface from the submenu.

And that will bring up the Preferences dialog box which allows you to select from four different color schemes. So I could go ahead and select the next scheme lighter in order to mimic the brightness of the old interface and now I will click OK. Notice now the text and icons are set in black. You also have a keyboard shortcut by the way, to either brighten or darken the interface. If you press Shift+F2, you'll advance to the next brighter interface. If you press Shift+F1, you'll go back to a darker interface, and you can actually go two shades darker than this. This is the darkest interface there is, and again, the text and icons are reversed out in white.

All right, I'm going to press Shift+F2 in order to restore the default interface. You also have control over this pasteboard color. This area of gray outside of the image when you're zoomed out from it. So if you're not seeing it, just go ahead and press Ctrl+- or Command+- on the Mac to back out a little bit. To change that pasteboard, just right- click inside of it and then choose your preferred shade of gray. For example, I could go with light gray or I could right-click inside the image window and I could choose Select Custom Color. Now I like to work with the Hue, Saturation and Brightness values.

You definitely want Hue and Saturation set to 0%, unless you want to end up with a distracting, colorful pasteboard. Presuming that you want to stick with gray, however, you would just modify this brightness value, 20% is the default setting, which is pretty darn dark, so I might go ahead and take it up to 35%, for example, and then click OK. And I'd end up with a pasteboard that more or less matches the brightness of the interface itself. One other little trick that you may want to know about here, I'm going to my Color panel, which I can get to by going to the Window menu and choosing the Color command, but in my case, it's already up on screen, so I don't need to choose the command.

And I'm going to click on the Panel flyout menu icon in the upper right-hand corner, and I'm going to switch to HSB sliders, which gives me control over Hue, Saturation and Brightness. And we'll talk about how those work in more detail in future chapters. But for now I'm just going to change the Brightness value, let's say to 25%, just so we get a different effect. And now, I'm going to drop down to the Gradient tool, click and hold on it and choose the Paint Bucket tool. Then you press the Shift Key and click in the background in order to assign the foreground color to that pasteboard.

So again, it's there if you want to take advantage of it. Don't worry about it if not. And now, I'm going to reset things to their defaults by right-clicking inside that pasteboard and choosing dark gray. And that's how you modify the brightness of the otherwise dark interface, here in Photoshop CS6.

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 19m 15s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 27s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop
      4m 7s
    3. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      4m 9s
    4. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      2m 45s
    5. Opening an image from Mini Bridge
      1m 16s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      2m 32s
    7. Closing one image and Closing All
      1m 59s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      3m 12s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      4m 27s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      4m 29s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Adjusting a few screen prefs
      4m 16s
  3. 45m 58s
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      3m 3s
    3. The Image Size command
      3m 27s
    4. Common resolution standards
      3m 20s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      4m 36s
    6. Changing the print size
      6m 16s
    7. Downsampling for print
      4m 12s
    8. Downsampling for email
      3m 11s
    9. The interpolation settings
      5m 22s
    10. Downsampling advice
      4m 36s
    11. Upsampling advice
      6m 10s
  4. 53m 17s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      2m 58s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 19s
    1. The art of saving
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      6m 0s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 38s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 41s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 19m 36s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      3m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      3m 1s
    4. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    5. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    6. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 42m 6s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      3m 19s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 5s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color cast in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 49s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 58s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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