Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Five pro-level Preferences settings, part of Photoshop CC 2018 One-on-One: Mastery.
- [Instructor] In this movie, we'll take a look at five preference settings that I think every professional image editor should know about. And we're gonna start off with the History Log. By now you've probably had experience with creating a really awesome effect one day and then two weeks later, not having any idea how you came up with it. And so the question becomes, wouldn't it be great if everything you've ever done to a file was captured in its Metadata? And that is exactly the purpose of the History Log.
To get to it, you press Ctrl+K or Command+K on a Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box, and then you wanna press Control+5 or Command+V to select the History Log in this left hand list. Now, turn it on. Now, you might figure having the History Log turned on would be a default setting, but the problem is that you may be sacrificing security. Because after all, from this point on, everything is going to be record. So, if you're comfortable with what you're doing and you want to remember it, then turn History Log on.
If you don't, then leave it off. Next, what I suggest you do is save your log items to Metadata so it's part of the file. It's not going to take up much room, so there's nothing to worry about there. And then, you wanna decide how much information you wanna save. Do you just wanna save the open and close information? Do you wanna save concise information? Which is, in my experience, gonna be just enough to drive you crazy. You're gonna see that you perform certain operations, but you're not gonna see the settings, for example. Or, do you want everything that Photoshop can capture? In which case, select detailed and then click OK.
Alright, now I'm gonna perform a few modifications here by once again creating a hue saturation, which I can now do by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U or Command+Shift+U on the Mac. And Ill just call this guy color shift, let's say, and then click OK. And now, I'll just go ahead and make my panel a little taller right there and I'll select my targeted adjustment tool, just by pressing the K key. Or of course, I could click on it. And then as opposed to dragging inside Sam's face, which is going to modify the saturation value, which I'm not really interested in doing, I'm gonna press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and drag inside his face, and that will allow me to modify the hue of the face.
And now, I'll do the same thing to the background so that I have independent control of these two portions of the image. And at a hue value for about +15, where the cyans are concerned, I think things are looking at least a lot different than they were looking before. Now notice, if I go ahead and grab the rectangular marquee tool and I select a random portion of the image, that darn properties panel stays up on screen, which is not really the way I like to work. I like this panel to disappear when I'm done with it.
Now, by default, I had to click that double arrow icon to hide it. But as you might imagine, there is a preference setting for that, and I'll get to it by pressing Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac. And then, you want to press Ctrl+3 or Command+3 on the Mac, in order to switch to the workspace item and now turn on Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. And now notice, if I were to click OK and then double-click on the Sundale for the color shift layer, to once again, bring back at the properties pedal, might make it a little wider, as well.
And now, Ill select that targeted adjustment tool. Its not working right now and that's because the hue value is highlighted, so I'll press the Escape key, and then press the K key to select that tool. And now, Ill Ctrl+drag once again in Sam's face. And notice as soon as I do, that properties panel goes away. So, I guess I'm demonstrating the downside right off the bat because what that means is now I need to double-click again, in order to bring up the properties panel. So, it's ideal if for example, I went to the Reds right here and I said, "You know what, "I want this value to be exactly +15, "and then I want the saturation value to be restored to 0." And now, as soon as I click inside the image window the panel disappears.
Well, that's the way I prefer to work. You might want to give it a try and see how it performs for you. Alright, here's a fairly notorious one. Let's say I zoom out a little bit and then I press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac in order to select the entire image, and then I go up to the edit menu and choose Copy Merged, or you can press Ctrl+Shift+C or Command+Shift+C on the Mac. Now, that's great if what I want to do is for example, create a new image by pressing Ctrl+N or Command+N on the Mac and notice by default, the image is set to the clipboard.
So, I'll just go ahead and click Create and then I'll paste it by pressing Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac, and I have a flat version of that image file. And so, that's gonna work beautifully inside Photoshop, but things can break down if you switch to a different application. At which point, Photoshop has to transfer its local clipboard to the OS level clipboard so that the operating system can then hand it off to that other application. And that sometimes bogs down the work, especially when you're working with extremely big image files.
So, if you notice some kind of lag when you're switching applications or if you get a message saying that the clipboard failed to transfer, then what you wanna do is press Ctrl+K or Command+K on a Mac and turn off this check box, Export Clipboard, and that way you will have a much more seamless experience. Now the only reason to leave Export Clipboard on is if you routinely copy small images and then paste them into let's say, Microsoft Word, or some other rinky-dink application that makes it easier to copy and paste than it does to save and place.
But again, for pro-level purposes, Export Clipboard should be turned off. Alright, now here's another time saver. Go ahead press Ctrl+4, Command+4 on a Mac or just click on Tools right there, and then notice this checkbox, use Shift Key for Tool Switch. So, as you may recall, if you're working with the rectangular marquee and you want to switch to the elliptical marquee, you have to press Shift+M. If you don't want to press the Shifty, you just want to press the M key, which for any purposes other than 3D inside Photoshop is a great way to work, then just turn this checkbox off.
At which point, I'll go ahead and click OK. And now I'll demonstrate that if I press the M key, I'll switch to the elliptical marquee. If I press the M again, I'll switch to the rectangular one. If I press L, Ill switch to the lasso. Press L again, I get the polygonal lasso. Press L a third time, I get the magnetic lasso. And then press L a fourth time, and I'm back to the standard lasso tool, So again, it's up to you how you work, but that can save a little bit of time and effort. And then finally, I'll press Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac and Ill press Ctrl+9 or Command+9 for Scratched Discs, and the Scratch Disc is Photoshop's way of essentially backing up the Ram as you're working.
And so, you may have noticed that as you're working inside Photoshop, that you start running out of room on your hard drive, especially if you have a lot of stuff on your portable. So, if all you have is one internal drive, then there's not much you can do about it. But if you have two or more drives that are readily available, then you ought to select the non-system drive, and hopefully the one that has more free space. So, notice my C drive is really running low at 17 gigs, where my D drive has almost half a terabyte. So, what you can do to change the order of these drives is select one, and then click these little arrow icons.
You can also turn a drive on or off by selecting the checkbox, and any changes you make incidentally, are gonna manifest the next time you launch Photoshop. So, if you do make some changes, you'll wanna quit the program and then restart. In my case I didn't, so I'm just gonna go ahead and click OK. Alright now, if only for the sake of the History Log, let's make a few additional modifications. Back to this flat pasted image, or rather to the original. So, we'll go ahead and zoom in here. And I'll go up to the Image Menu choose Image Rotation, choose 180 degrees, and let's say I don't really want him to be upside down.
So, I'll return to the image menu, choose Image Rotation, and choose Flip Cameras Horizontal, which has a keyboard shortcut of all the modifiers, H. And notice that vertical is all the modifiers, Y. This is thanks to D Keys, once again. So, Ill just go ahead and choose this command this time and then I'll press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Y, Command+Shift+Option+Y on the Mac in order to flip the image vertically. So, we're back to where we were before, and choose Save As. Eh, Ill call this guy, Young man with history, let's say and click on the Save button.
I'm gonna turn off Maximize Compatibility because generally speaking, you don't need that unless you're going to take your images into Lightroom. After which point, I'll click OK. And by the way, that checkbox dramatically increases file size. And now, to take a look at the History Log, I'll go up to the File Menu and choose File Info, which itself has the default shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+I or Command+Shift+Option+I on the Mac. At which point, to see the History Log, go ahead and switch to Photoshop. After which point, you'll see every single modification that you've made to that image, including this autosave which happened sometime in the middle of recording this movie.
And that friends, is my collection of five preference settings that are gonna make a big difference to those of you who consider yourselves to be pro-level Photoshop users.
For the 2018 version, Deke has added all-new tutorials and exercise files, so there's something new for even long-time fans.
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- Using blur and noise to focus attention, simulate motion, and more
- Reducing noise in Camera Raw
- Using alpha channels as layer masks
- Masking subjects on a green screen
- Tracing and drawing with the Pen tool
- Creating panoramas
- Editing video
- Adding soundtracks and voiceovers
- Creating layer comps
- Using the Libraries panel
- Actions and batch processing