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Photoshop CS Bible @Team LiB - Stacy C.

Stacy C. Photoshop CS Bible @Team LiB - Wiley Publishing, 2004. - 773 p.
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Part I: Welcome to Photoshop
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writes to it so often. Whatever the reason, if Photoshop starts behaving erratically, trash that preferences file. You'll have to reset your preferences, but a smooth-running program is worth the few minutes of extra effort. It's a good thing that Photoshop saves actions, color settings, custom shapes, contours, and the like separately from the Prefs file. This means that you can delete your Prefs file without worrying about harming your scripts, color conversions, and other custom settings.Tip After you get your preferences set as you like them, you can prevent Photoshop from altering them further by locking the file. On the PC, right-click the Adobe Photoshop CS Prefs.psp file in Windows Explorer and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. Then select the Read Only check box in the Properties dialog box and press Enter. On the Mac, go to the Finder desktop, track down the Adobe Photoshop CS Prefs file, and choose File ® Show Info (z -I). Then select the Locked check box in the Info dialog box. From now on, Photoshop will start up with a consistent set of default settings.
That's a good tip, and I include it in the name of comprehensive coverage. But personally, I don't lock my Prefs file because I periodically modify settings and I want Photoshop to remember the latest and greatest. Instead, I make a backup copy of my favorite settings. After a few weeks of working in the program and customizing it to a more or less acceptable level, copy the preferences file to a separate folder on your hard disk (someplace you'll remember!). Then if the preferences file becomes corrupt, you can replace it quickly with your backup. The Preferences panels
Under Windows, the Preferences command appears on the Edit menu. In Mac OS X, it's found on the Photoshop menu. Choosing the command displays a long submenu of commands, but you needn't ever use them if you remember a simple keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+K (z -K on the Mac).
This shortcut brings up the Preferences dialog box, which provides access to nine panels of options, representing every one of the Edit ® Preferences commands. Select the desired panel from the pop-up menu in the upper-left corner of the dialog box, as demonstrated in Figure 2-16. Or press the Ctrl-key (Win) or z -key (Mac) equivalent for the panel as listed in the pop-up menu. You can also click the Prev and Next buttons or press Alt+P and Alt+N, respectively (z -Option-P and z -Option-N on the Mac) to
cycle from one panel to the next.
Figure 2-16: Select a panel of options from the pop-up menu, or click the Prev and Next buttons to advance from one panel to the next.Tip
Photoshop always displays the first panel, General, when you press Ctrl+K (Win) or z -K (Mac). If you prefer to go to the panel you were last using, press Ctrl+Alt+K (z -Option-K on the Mac).
To accept your settings and exit the Preferences dialog box, press Enter or Return. Or press Escape to cancel your settings. Okay, so you already knew that, but here's one you might not know: Press and hold Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) to change the Cancel button to Reset. Then click the button to restore the settings that were in force before you entered the dialog box.
The following sections examine the Preferences panels, in the order in which they appear in the Figure 2-16 pop-up menu. I explain how each option works, and include in parentheses what I consider the optimal setting. (The figures, however, show the default settings.) Out of context like this, Photoshop's preference settings can be a bit confusing. In later chapters, I shed some additional light on the settings you may find most useful.General preferences
The General panel, shown in Figure 2-17, contains a miscellaneous supply of what are arguably the
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Figure 2-17: The General panel provides access to the most important environmental preference settings. I agree with many, but not all, of the default settings shown here.
Color Picker (Adobe): When you click the foreground or background color control icon in the toolbox, Photoshop displays any color picker plug-ins that you may have installed plus one of two standard color pickers: the Adobe color picker or the one provided by the operating system. If you're familiar with other Windows graphics programs, the system's color picker may at first seem more familiar. But Photoshop's color picker is better suited to photographic work.
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