Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
Now let's talk about navigating your document itself. We're gonna end up needing to zoom in and our image and move around. There are many different tools for doing that, one of which would be the zoom tool. Looks like a little magnifying glass. With that, I can click in my image, and each time I click, I zoom up. I never use that tool because you need a zoom up on your image so frequently that I really don't wanna have to move my mouse to the left side of my screen. So instead, under the window menu, actually the view menu. There's the choice of Zoom in and zoom out, and I get used to these keyboard shortcuts Command plus in command minus. So I'm gonna do that right now. Command minus to zoom Out Command Plus to zoom in. There's another special keyboard shortcut, and it's right next to those plus and minus keys, and that is zero. Command Zero was going to fit in window so I can see the entire image filling screen. Those are the ones I get used to now on Windows that would be holding on...
the control Key Control Plus and minus two. Zoom in and out and control zero to fit on screen. Once you've zoomed up, you could use the hand tool on the left side of your screen to move around. But you need to do that so often I'd rather have you get used to keyboard shortcuts. In this case, the keyboard shortcut is just pressing and holding the space bar with a space bar held down, we can scroll around and easily navigate our document. All right, then. The only other things really need to know right now is any time you use a painting tool, you're always gonna be painting with your foreground color. So on the left side of my screen, here are two colors overlapping each other in that top color is my foreground color. If you click on it, you're gonna get a color picker, which looks like this to choose a color click anywhere in this vertical bar. So if you want blue click on blue, if you want yellow, click down here and then drag around in the big square area to choose a shade of that color. Either a really vivid one or a dark one. Whatever you'd like When you're done, click OK. You can see your foreground color in the left side of your screen, and that's gonna be used by all your painting tools and will be used by many other features. Like If you want to fill or use certain filters and Photoshopped, certain filters will end up accessing that as well. All right, then, let's quickly go to our preferences because there's just a few preferences I'd like to tweak. There are a lot of preferences and photo shop. We're gonna ignore the vast majority of them. And let's just look out the ones I considered to be the most important. And we're gonna do that by starting out in this section called Interface Eyes. You can see there's a whole bunch of categories and left side of my screen for preferences. And then here are the settings in under interface. First off, there is a color theme. If you like the interface in Photoshopped very dark, so it matches other night kind of themed programs. You could do that, or if you prefer to be very bright, you can change it here. You also, if you find that your eyes aren't that great, you need reading glasses all the time. Then in here there's a choice called you. I font size. That means user interface font size. You could make the text that shows up in panels larger, but this is only gonna affect it. After you restart Photoshopped, you can also have its scale some of the other interface up along with the fund by turning on this check box. Then, if we go under workspace, there are a couple settings to be aware of. There's one here called large tabs, which defaults is being turned on that makes it so. The tabs that make up the interface and photo shop are easy to tap on with your finger. If you have a tablet, I don't have a tablet. So I turn that off and therefore my screen will be more efficient if you don't like tabs in general, where if you open more than one document shows up is separate tabs. You could turn off this check box and also the one below it. But I like taps, so I leave that turned on. Then if we come down here to the section called Tools, we have a few choices. I like to have one turned on called over scroll, which will allow me to scroll my document so it doesn't have to stay two centered within my view. And then there's another one about rich tool tips that I turn off. If you end up seeing me mouse over things like the paint brush tool, and you saw a large, colorful tip appear that's going to cause those two no longer show up. Eso that's under tools. Let's go down then to file handling and under file handling. There's a choice here toe ask before saving layered tiff files. I save all my layered files and tiff file format in, so I don't want to ask me every time eso I'm gonna turn that off and then one other setting here. Maximize compatibility. Should it ask me or always do it? I want to choose always. What does that do? Well, if you happen to use adobe Light room or any other program that doesn't understand what layers are, that will save a version of your picture that doesn't contain any layers. So those other programs, like light room, can still display your picture. It does it in one file though. But if you don't have that turned on than other programs that can't understand what layers are, won't be able to show that picture. Click OK, those air, the general preferences that I think are most important then finally, when you're done working on a picture, you go to the file menu. If you've already saved the image once, just choose save, and that means save it in the same file format in the same location and just update the file with any changes you've made. If you've never saved the image before, where you want to create a secondary version of the file, like in a different file format, you can choose save as and when you first do this and newer versions of federal shop. This will come up because you can now save your documents in two different locations. One is on your computer's hard drive, and the other is on adobe servers as part of your creative cloud account. So here I could choose saved the cloud documents. If I use that, then when I save my images there, they're stored on the Internet, and if I have more than one computer that uses the same adobe I d. I'd be able to access those images from all the computers that use the same adobe I d or I can save to my local computer, which is what I'm gonna do here. I'm gonna turn the don't show again, check box and then say save to my computer. When this comes up, you're gonna find a button right over here. It says safe the cloud documents. And that's where it would send me to a different screen to save to the Internet, to adobe servers instead of saving on my local hard drive. And if I did that, there be another button to send me right back to here where I can save in my local computer. Then here is where I choose the file format I'm going to use. And I have a separate bonus video if you purchase the class that describes the file formats to give you a better idea of which ones to use. For now, I'm just gonna tell you in general what I use if my image contains layers. I know we haven't talked about layers yet, but we will have a separate session on that. Then I'm going to use either Photoshopped file format or tiff. They have both the exact same quality, so you could flip a joint coin to choose between the two. I personally used Tiff because it has a larger maximum file size, so he ever worked with huge images. Sometimes you'll run into the limit of what Photoshopped can handle, So I used. If if, on the other hand, you're going to deliver a picture to someone else, then I would use J. Peg. If it's a photograph, uh, and I would use please find it in here PMG if it is a graphic, like a logo or some text, and then we can save our images. But that should give you a general overview off how to think about the interface of photo shop.