Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC

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Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC

Now, the purpose of this movie is to show you how to make Photoshop your default image editor. So you can double-click on an image file at the desktop level and have it open by default inside Photoshop. Now this specific movie is designed for you Windows users. I am working on a PC right now, if you are a Macintosh user, skip to the next movie instead, where I show you how to do the exact same thing on a Mac. Now I am looking at the contents of the 00_setup folder found inside the exercise_files folder that's available to those of you who are premium members or have access to the DVD, and you can see we have got three files all of which seem to be called welcome.

Well, they actually have different extensions. To see those extensions, you have to go over to the Organize menu here, under Windows 7 and choose Folder and search options. If you're using an older version of Windows, then, just ahead and tap the Alt key and that will force the display of this little menu here, inside of the folder. Click on tools and then choose Folder options then, inside, the Folder Options dialog box click on the View tab and then, drop down here to the check box, hide extensions for known file types and turn it off, so that you can see the extensions and now click the OK button and you will see the extensions after every one of these file names.

Now it's time to make Photoshop our default imaging application and we have to repeat the process I am about to show you for each one of these file types, for JPEG files, TIF files and PSD files. So I am going to go with the JPEG file first. Right-click on it and then, choose Open with, now you could choose Adobe Photoshop CS5 at this point, but if you do that you'll open the JPEG image inside of Photoshop this time and this time only. Instead what you want to do is Choose default program, then, inside the ensuing dialog box hopefully, you'll see Photoshop at the top here, if so just go and click on it.

If you don't see it then, click on this down pointing arrowhead next to Other Program, scroll down the list and see if you can find Photoshop. If you still can't find it, you have to click on this Browse button and locate Photoshop on your hard drive. In my case, I can see that at the top of the list. So I'll go ahead and click on it, then make sure, this check box Always use the selected program to open this kind of file is turned on and click OK, and that will go ahead and automatically open the image inside of Photoshop then, I'll press Control+Plus to zoom in on the image. All right, lets go ahead and replay that stuff for the TIF image.

I'll minimize Photoshop, right-click on Welcome.tif and you can do this, by the way, with any JPEG image, any TIFimage, any PSD image, you don't have to use mine; choose Open with go down here, to Choose default program and then, locate Photoshop and list, make sure, the check box is turned on click OK, same thing happens again, you'll go ahead you'll go ahead and zoom in on the image if you want to, to see it up close and personal. All right, so now its time to repeat that step for the PSD file, I am going to go ahead and minimize Photoshop once again, right-click on Welcome.psd choose Open with, Choose default program, find Adobe Photoshop CS5 inside the dialog box, make sure, the check box is turned on and click OK.

Now this time we're going to receive a special error message inside a Photoshop and here, it is, it's telling us that some of the text layers contain missing fonts. So it's very likely that your system doesn't have the fonts that I used to create this layered PSD file. Turns out that's not a problem, just go ahead and click OK, and you'll, notice if you zoom in on this file, that even though here in the Layers panel, we have got three layers in all that have little warning icons next to them and that's telling us the fonts are missing even so, all of the fonts look great on screen and that's because Photoshop is that one application out there that even if you're missing a font, as long as you don't edit the type everything is hunky-dory, because you're seeing a pixel equivalent of that type is well.

The final thing I want to mention is that this is a four-part series. We've got part one Fundamentals, part two Objects, part three Scenes and part four Type Effects; I just want you to be aware of that. In the next movie, I am going to show you Macintosh people, if you're still with me for some reason how to do the exact same thing we saw here, you Windows people don't want to see that so, go ahead and skip to the movie after that in which I'll show you how to install my custom Deke keys keyboard shortcuts.

Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC
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Making Photoshop your default image editor on a PC provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes

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