Essential general and interface preferences

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Essential general and interface preferences

Welcome back. You're looking at an image that I captured on a recent trip to Mexico, and it's a photo of a parasail. I saw a bunch of people parasailing down there, and it reminded me a lot of jumping out of an airplane, which I've done a couple of times. It's absolutely amazing, and one of the things that's incredibly important is that you get everything set up right before you jump out of an airplane, and so it is true in {italic}Photoshop,{plain} we got to get our preferences and our color settings set up correctly before we begin our work so, that we make sure everything's dialed in and perfect and set and ready to go. So, let's take a look at our preferences first, and we'll do that in a sequence of movies. Okay, for our first movie, let's go ahead and open up preferences, and we can do that one of two ways. One way is to press the shortcut key Cmd or Ctrl + K, or you can navigate to Photoshop > Preferences > General. In this movie, we'll look at our General Preferences, and our Interface Preferences. Alright, in regards to our General Preferences, Color Picker, use the Default Adobe.

Image Interpolation, we're going to talk more about this when we get to our exercise on image size, but for now, what I want to do is change this to Bicubic Sharper (best for reduction), because my particular workflow tends to be that I work with large images, and then I'm sizing those down. It's not very typical that I'm sizing up, so I want it to default to Bicubic Sharper. Again, it's going to be contingent upon your own particular workflow. Next, UI Font Size, now I want to leave this on Small, because I like the UI to be as small and minimal as possible.

If you're having a hard time reading the UI Fonts, go ahead and crank that up, Note that you'll have to restart {italic}Photoshop{plain} in order to see those changes. The next set up Preferences, the only one I recommend here is that you check on Automatically Launch {italic}Bridge,{plain} because what that will do is every time you fire up {italic}Photoshop,{plain} it'll simultaneously start up {italic}Bridge,{plain} and you want to have both of these programs running side-by side because you're going to be jumping back and forth between these two programs. We're going to leave all of the rest of the default settings there as is. Let's go to our Interface Preferences, and we can do that by clicking the Next button, or clicking over here, Interface. We have the ability to choose Use Grayscale Toolbar Icon. Now, I actually do that, because I want my Interface to be as minimal as possible. So, the icon that they're talking about is this PS icon with the blue background. If we check that on, and then restart {italic}Photoshop,{plain} that icon will be Grayscale.

Alright, the next option is very contingent upon your own workflow. I don't want my Channels in Color, so I'm going to leave that off, and then I'm going to leave my other default options on. Palettes, now we've talked about these before. Here we have the ability to Auto-Collapse the Icon Palettes. I have that checked off. Remember Palette Locations checked on, so that I can stay as organized as possible. Alright, well, we have more ground to cover in regards to our Preferences. Let's do that in the next movie.

Essential general and interface preferences
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Essential general and interface preferences provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chris Orwig as part of the Photoshop CS3 for Photographers

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