Advanced Preference Changes for Adobe Photoshop
Alright. This video is about changing some of your preferences to be a bit more helpful when you're using Photoshop. These are just my preferences. We're not going to cover them all. Just the ones that I feel like our Yeah, worth enough to spend some time changing. You'll have your own kind of quirks that you like. The biggest one is this new thing that's appeared it's called rich tool tips. Okay. They're kind of cool. Right? You can see how that would be amazing for new people, explaining what all these tools do. They're a bit annoying eventually, you know, explaining them all. So, to turn them off, it's up here and Photoshop CC and preferences if you're on a pc, it's in a slightly different places. Under edit down the bottom here is preferences but on my Mac there they are, we're going to go to the one that says tools and this one here says use rich tool tips. I turn that off. The other ones that I like are under file handling and not on the final handling. It's gotta performance. An...
d this one here, History States by default it's 50. I like to crank it up to 100. It just means that I'm retouching, I can go on step backwards. Um at least 100 times you could go higher, but that's the higher this is the more the slower Photoshop can start running if it's trying to record all these history states. Now. If your machine is if your laptop is one of those, like it's a hand me hand me down and the fans come on every time you open up. I don't know. Chrome. It's probably not good to raise the history of states, but mine is a pretty good laptop. Like it's maybe a year and a half old now and it was the top of the line. So it's It's pretty good if you're using a big mac or a new PC and you've spent some money on it then crank this up to 100. No problem. Try it. If you find everything is running a bit slow, just drop it down to 50. This one here helps with my paranoia. Where are you file handling this one here? I said to five minutes. So this is auto recovery. So if Photoshop crashes it will have a copy every five minutes. So you've only lost five minutes of work by default. It's at 10. If you're finding machine running really badly like every time you hit like it'll just kind of, I don't notice on my machine because it is pretty fast and I'm not dealing with not dealing with shoe for huge files. So I don't notice it at all. So five minutes is perfect. If you're dealing with a slow computer and a really big file, you might change this because every kind of like five minutes is going to have a little bit of a flicker while it's saving in the background. I don't find it noticeable but and it doesn't crash very often. So there we go. The last one in here in preferences is under a curse. Is what I like to do is when you're using the tips, let's have a look and click. Ok so when I'm using the brush tool, you can see here the brush is represented by a giant circle and if I go save me something like my eye dropper tool, you can see it's represented by the eye dropper and knowing which end of this to use. I guess. I know it's the bottom left but I go through phases of not liking this. So I'm going to show you something that I I do and I don't sometimes I turn it on and then I have to teach a class and I go back to the regular one and it doesn't seem to affect me as much. But if I was working just by myself not having to teach and kind of resetting everything, I'd make sure I go to this one here, it says show crosshairs and the brush tip which does this. Okay, I got my brush tool. Can you see the center of it now has a little target? It becomes really useful when you got a big brush. A nice little small brush, it adds that little extra thing you might be like why are you bothering him? And I like it? The other thing is under curses. Same sort of place is this thing here. So instead of the eyedropper tool looking like that it goes to precise, there's a lot more of you know, I feel like that's more scientific than it is like with the other one. I'm gonna switch it back just so that I don't freak people out in the rest of this course. But as soon as I'm finished I'm going to go turn it back now. There are plenty of other ones will do like speeding up Photoshop and its own little window but there's tons in here and lots of them. I just don't need to change. You might be more fussy than me and you can kind of work through them all. Let's click OK. Another kind of preference is using the crop tool when you are using the crop tool. There's this one here. People don't know you can do so what they changed Photoshop by default when you crop things right? So I crop it here and I remain it to be a PSD. If I make it bigger again you can see it's always still there and that can be a bit of a pain if you just want to crop it off and go away. I just don't want you there. This one hits his delete cropped pixels so hit return now and now I go back to crop and it's just gone forever. There's lots of times where I want that to happen. So you just got to turn that on and off. So it's the crop tool deleted, cropped pixels, especially if you're dealing with file sizes kind of stretching your machine out. All this extra stuff can be just there for no good reason can be piles of it up there. Another thing that I do when I'm working is crap. This is with the move tool is auto select. I make sure auto select is off. Okay, it's on by default, you might like that and it's on group by default when I'm dealing with groups, which will do a bit more in this course it tries to auto select the whole group. I like to have it on layer if I'm using order select but most of the time I have it off and the way I get around this is if I make a new layer actually let's add some text. Yeah, so I've got my name here just cause I got two layers. Instead of using auto select. All I do is hold down the command key on a Mac and it changes the way that you see Auto select comes on. When I hold down the command key on a Mac, it's control key on a pc so I have it off and when I do want it on, hold down command and click on the background layer, you see it jump over here, click on dan jumps over here so you can have a really big file and just holding the command key and click on whatever you want but when you're not it means I can moved in. You can see over here without being actually on it. Okay? Otherwise if water select on it would be moving the background. Another thing that I want to show you is it says show transform controls. This is pretty cool because then it just stops you having to do the command t or control to you on a pc. Okay, they're always there. I'll show you that because lots of people need to turn them off because they accidentally turned them on. That can be a handy one. Another one. I'm going to show you it's not really a preferences. I wasn't sure where to put it and it kind of fits in with this is let's say that you've got an image. Let's say I'm going to open up another image. You found it on your machine or you're working for a client or your freelancing somewhere and you're like, I've got an image are allowed to use this image who owns it allows you to, well some images at least go to file and go to file info there. It is there and allows you to kind of see things like the document title, just kind of like its metadata, it's hidden in the background. It's stuff that the author of this image has added and allows me to do things like figure out who owns the copyright. If it was my own image, I could add my stuff here as well as a photographer. It's a bit slow using Photoshop you do something like lightroom or bridge to add this data to like big groups of images. Plus it has some weird stuff like see the camera data here. It shows me the cat was like, it's kind of not creepy, but it's like I know that this photo of this photograph was taken on a Canon five D. And there's a serial number. Crazy. I could actually track this down. I don't know what to do with that information but so this can be super useful if you're a photographer shows you things like the focal length exposure F stops. So all sorts of cool stuff. Sometimes there's more and more in here. Okay. It was from jennifer Kingdom. Sometimes it doesn't have it. Okay, so this original image here from Unspool Ash do the same thing. File file info and there's nothing in here. One of the biggest ones I guess is to look in here under basic and look under the copyright notice. Okay. Whether it is public domain copyrighted, it might be under the creative commons license, which means you could use it. All right. That's enough of that. Let's cancel a couple more preferences that I like to change is in your layers. Panel hit the burger menu down the bottom here is one called panel options and crank up this to at least the large size like these things are tiny have a nice big screen, you might not have the luxury. Okay, you can see that just more usable, you can go to the super large size. I'd probably do that if I only worked on this big, I've got like a big LG four K monitor and it's awesome. But often I'm working on the laptop that's plugged into it and they're just too big. Then the reason I turned them down is just because the Photoshop courses, I like to have everything looking like yours. One of the things that's really handy in there, it's got a panel options. This one here, I don't know why this drives me mad ad copy two layers. So normally when you duplicate the layer you say I want this one, duplicate them, ends up with copy afterwards and that's fine. But if it annoys you like it annoys me. Just go and turn that off, had coffee, you can edit just to dance. Alright, that's gonna be it for the preferences. We'll look at some workflow tricks in the next video but those are the kind of like settings. Tick boxes, turn on, turn off things that I like to change. Plus we'll look in the next video how to speed up Photoshop if it's running a bit slow for you. Alright onwards