Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing interface settings, part of Time-Saving Tips Using Photoshop.
- We all use Photoshop but we don't all use it the same way. Some of use may be retouchers, others compositors and others are using Photoshop for any number of different purposes. So it goes to say that no two of us have the same visual preference for how we want Photoshop to appear when we open an image to view it. In Photoshop we have the ability to adjust the Photoshop interface quite easily, If you're on Windows, you would go to the Edit menu and choose preferences. and choose interface. Now you'll notice way up here at the top we have the ability to adjust the color theme So the default is this option right here we can go with kind of like a medium interface and then we can go lighter as well. And honestly this all depends on what you prefer. Right? So I kind of like the default interface that's pretty good. Now the other thing I'm going to show you is, we have three different screen modes that we can choose when we're viewing images in Photoshop. And I'll show you how to access them in a second. But right now we're in the standard screen mode and you can see that the color, which is this outer color here, is set to the default. Now if I click on this I can choose say, like a light gray color and you'll notice that when I do that, this outer color changes to reflect that modification. You can make that adjustment for all three screen modes. Okay? if you're doing color correction or re-touching, is a neutral color. So that you don't inject a color variation Now one of the cases that has been made from one of my clients was they were creating content that was going to be put up on a TV in different rooms. And they had noticed that in some of the rooms, the wall that the TV was on was a periwinkle color and they realized some of the images with that background. is for their screen mode adjustment so I'm going to go to full screen with menus and if I click on that I can also choose a custom color. And I'm actually just going to choose select custom color. And I'm going to plug in a periwinkle color here. And I'll go ahead and click okay. And now you can see that the full screen with menus Now I'm just going to go ahead and click okay and if you come way down here I'm actually going to convert my toolbar to a double column view by clicking on this here. You'll notice that if you click and hold on this button, And you'll notice the shortcut is simply the letter F. Okay. So if I choose full screen mode with menu bar, you'll see that now it's showing us this image to kind of analyze that image and you know, see if there's a problem with that image on that background color. Now what you can also do if you want to go back to the default, just go back to those preferences and on that option just click on that and then choose the default and that'll change it back to the default color. Now for some users if you're not using an updated version of Photoshop you can still change that color if you want to because that preference may not be available. I don't know, that way as well so even if you don't have that preference you can still make that adjustment. And then if you want to take it back to the default color, you can just set it to a medium gray you know set the RGB values to like 128 across the board. And then you can do the same thing So basically change the Photoshop interface preferences to how you prefer to work. Make it your own so when you open an image, it appears using the interface that you prefer.
- Customizing Photoshop
- Zooming and panning techniques
- Using Photoshop tool shortcuts
- Selecting, moving, showing, and merging layers
- Adjusting brush size
- Transforming selections
- Adding a color adjustment
- Changing type properties
- Working with Smart Objects