Adobe® Photoshop®: Productivity

 

Adobe® Photoshop®: Productivity

 

Lesson Info

Presets Part 1

This segment is on the wonderful world of presets and the concept of presets are another way to save you time by doing work ahead of time or pre and then when you want to do something, the work is done for you and there's a whole bunch of presets and photo shop and we're going to talk about a bunch of them here they're all over the place. This is another one of those examples where same thing same rule apply doesn't mean anything to just say oh yeah that that's a cool concept of making a preset but actually implementing them so when I say presets here's what I mean when I started looking through photo shopped for example, the swatches panel has a bunch of colors in it those were pre set by adobe but you can make your own and we look at these things called stiles these are precept by adobe most of them really how should I say this politely are not terribly practical in everyday life, but they least give us some idea so but you could make your own and presets extend all these different p...

laces. So whenever you look at a panel that has a bunch of things in it generally those air presets because they are previously done the way we find them, control them under the edit menu and then presets there's something called preset manager now, previous versions of photo shop before cia six it was just you went directly to the preset manager. There wasn't this will preset sub menu. The precept manager does two things, and for now we're going to talk about the first one, which is it controls the contents of any panel that has preset senate. So for example, over here on the right, you can see my style's panel, it looks that way because when I go to styles, here are the priest that's that air in there. So if you go through and think I can't ever imagine in my lifetime using this particular preset, you could delete it, and then it would no longer be in this panel and as we'll see, when we start making our own presets, weaken them, control the order of them, weaken exports sets of presets so we can give them to other people. So there's a lot of power in this precept manager, but the first thing is, if you go through and say I never use certain ones, then you can always go back and, like, reset them to the way they come in photo shop if you want to go back to the beginning so there's never any danger of oh, I've deleted something that's gone forever, so we'll come back and revisit the precept manager but that's the first thing that kind of make note of is that if you ever look in a panel that has grady ints or brushes or swatches or styles and go, I don't why are they there? I don't like those that's where you control it is the precept manager as we start making our own, then you can also control that from the precept manager and then share them with other people. So probably the first example that I usually start with because it's such a useful premise is tool presets concept of a tool preset is this normally when you click on a tool like, say, the type tool, my first thought is I need to go the options bar and look at the options for this tool and choose things like font and style and size and alignment all those things. But every tool is like that almost every tool you click on the brush tool they're setting. So one of the habits I usually suggest to people is you got to get a habit of clicking on a tool and then checking the settings for that tool because that will determine how it operates, what most people I think find whether they realize it or not is that there's a certain amount of commonality where whenever I use this tool, I usually use one or two settings kind of the same so when I'm using the clone stamp tool, I like to have sample all airs and fifty percent of passes or whatever it might be and rather than constantly changing that all the time, you can make a preset where all that work is done for you, so I usually use example of type just because it's there's a lot of settings in there so long just come over here for a second and so I'll I'm going to do is I want to create a type tool presets so any time doing some project, I wanted to look like this so I take my text tool and I just put any old text on there although here's an extra tip if you put the type the same colors your background kind of hard to read so perhaps picking a different one might be a little better but doesn't matter what the type says because this point I'm just formatting it so now I'm going to go in and say, all right, I want to be this type face whatever it might be let's use this one and I wanted to be this big and I wanted to be a line centered so all I'm doing is kind of formatting it I can choose the color, I want everything else, and once I'm finished I commit the type either by hitting enter or this check mark but the key is, if I just did that, then this is a stand alone type player, which is fine, but then if I ever want to make my type look like this again, I have to try and remember, what fun was that? What size with that? And I want to make my life easier, so if you look in the options part, the very far left, where you see the symbol for whatever the tool you're using, a lot of people, I think, just think that's an indicator that I'm using the type tool, but it's more if you click there's, a tiny little trying will decide it, and you pop that up. Here is where you will see the tool presets, so I want to make a new type tool preset. And in typical adobe fashion, I used the little turning page icon, which means new, and I click on it, and it says, ok, we'll make a new tool preset now one of things that is, to my mind, unnecessary, but it's, just the way it works is that they'll be tries to help us by naming the tool, preset name of the tool and then something else. Now, to my mind, because it's got a big letter t decided, I know it's, the horizontal type tool, so personally I don't usually delete that whole part because I don't need it and then I'll call it something which makes sense to me either font and size and I might I have my own little codes like, ah line center or things just sort of glance I know what it is, but you could either name it that or what some people do is they name the the type tool preset what they're using it for like I use this for my copyright notice at the bottom so they might call it copyright notice that's a personal choice, but really what we're doing is we're saving this all these settings in here when I click ok, now let's, jump ahead and we'll get rid of that type player and just to make a point, I'm going to pick some something else. I've got a very different looking bunch of type going on and now I want to enter some type, but I want that type to be based on that pre set that I've already created and the key to this working is I have to choose my pre set before I start typing. Hence the word pre or the pre part of the word preset is do that first, so you see right now it says like rockwell, whatever regular seven, I think I'll wait, I want to use that other one so I pulled down this menu as soon as I click on it it fills in all the blanks and now aiken type away and no, whatever I'm doing is in those new settings, but again the key to this working is you have to do it ahead of time so in other words you cannot enter type and then go away let me apply that preset it's too late he got to that first that's why preset is actually good name for it because you do that pre from the latin click this first you know what I mean? So you've got to do that first also won't work so what a lot of people do is they highlight the type and then they trying and they can't even I'm getting that symbol see that will symbol what's appearing that saying no, you can so you can't even do it so you know that's? Why it's important to do that first? Now, one of things said I think is important to note by default. Luckily, I went to my type tool to my title presets, and it says current tool on ly I recommend in this panel keeping that on because if you didn't have that on it's going to show you every preset, so if you're trying to find where are my type tool presets, you gotta scroll through all these different ones just to find the tool you're working on now, there's another place where I would use that but not here because I've chosen I want to use this tool therefore I only want to see the presets that come with that tool some of them there are some built in for example, if I go back to current toe on lee here's the crop tool and you'll see there's already a bunch of presets pre done for you this is another good example to me of where presets air useful with the crop tool before presets you're always going in typing for by six five by seven you know the same things over and over again now you just choose the preset and it fills in the blanks for you so it's kind of a different approach and the to me kind of scary part of this whole thing is a tool precepts of around for an awful long time and I know many people are seeing this for the first time going is that new like no donna dole but if you didn't know to click on this and say what is this, then why would you just I mean, some people I suppose do that in his clique everywhere but tool presets air not obvious, but once you see what they do, there is a ton of ways of using them and basically comes down to a personal choice where you look it's ok when I use the clone stamp tool I often find myself changing it between these two settings you know fifty percent one hundred percent whatever it might be I don't know darkened mode light mode something setting that the way you like to work I would create a tool preset for each of those and I would also suggest for any tool like the clone stamp tool or one like it first created tool preset that's just normal so just do like one hundred percent normal nothing different cause that way if you ever need to kind of reset the tool back to square ones you're not always switching between your kind of more unusual presets there's no limit to how many preset well there probably is some limit but it's some ridiculously high limit so theoretically you could have as many of these presets as you want and again these are photoshopped presets not this document so the fact that I made this type tool preset with this document open mean doesn't mean anything and I could use it for any document from then on and if I close and quit photoshopped the next time I opened at those preset should be there for me to continue working on and later on we'll talk about how to create a backup plan just to make sure that those presets are always there and available to you so I remember as soon as I saw presets that's like these are awesome, I wonder why more people don't use them. And one day I decided just out of curiosity to see what type of presets adobe chose to provide for us and founds one like this fill with bubbles pattern, which is awesome because I need to fill with bubbles pattern almost every day. So, thanks, adobe for giving us a preset for something we've never, ever, ever, ever use, so my worry is people see that and go, why would I use presets when they're goofy things like that? So I don't know what they were thinking other than maybe saying, if we put in really bad ones, you'll be forced to make your own, I don't know, I don't get it, but, you know, maybe some people do fill with bubbles pattern I know I don't start out like e, just with my two year old, like here, learn photo s o I would make a set of priest that's called for two year olds, and that would be right at the top of my list, but beyond that, I mean that's. The point is, I guess they're just trying to say, look there's a whole bunch of these, so normally what I would suggest is when you're have already chosen the tool make sure it says current tool on lee that way, you're on ly seeing the presets that are available to that tool, but there is a really interesting way to use this in a different kind of way and actually on lee realize this more recently now, I uses all the time now. This is not my full version of photo shop tonight I brought some of my presets over, but not everything. And by the way, if you've ever had a situation where you have to use photo shop on someone else's machine, I equate that toe like cooking and someone else's kitchen it's kind of familiar, but things aren't exactly in the same place, so I didn't load all my presets, but normally I would have them so here's an example, so I'm currently on the clone stamp tool with certain settings, I go to the tool presets panel, which is different than when I'm on the tool, so the difference is when I've already clicked on the tool, I only want to see the presets for that particular tool, but here I would definitely uncheck current tool on lee, because this is actually pretty cool. So again, take no the fact I'm on the clone stamp tool, and now I think, oh, I need to crop putting to crop using these settings, so when I click on this tool preset, it automatically switches, tools and applies those settings so now, in one place, I can switch tools on the fly instead of going in clicking on the crop tool and then clicking on the pre set this cuts to the chase and says, switch tools using this preset. So if your tool preset panel was on ly filled with presets that you have created it's actually a really nice way to jump between tools with the settings that you want, and it cuts out that extra step of going switch to this tool. Now let me figure out what settings to use. So, honestly, I never even thought about using the tool preset panel I almost thought it's almost overkill because I've got it up here until I looked at it through a different light and said this is actually really interesting way in photo shop to switch around and say yes let's jump to fill with bubbles pattern ok, that was a good example, but you know what I mean, so cut to the chase and get to the tool you want with whatever settings aaron, that tool presets so, like a lot of things in voter shop, the tool presets come with a whole bunch already made for you, which I would view more as examples of things that are possible not to suggest that you should use them, which reminds me by the way to say something I used early on in a photo shop class and that is just because there are settings or defaults in photo shop doesn't make them good, it just means that job he had to put something in there, so in this case they chose people apparently don't use photo shopped to make presets like filled with bubbles so just kidding I'm sure they do. So anyhoo, where it's starting to get interesting is, for example, here's a tool that's fairly new called the mixer brush tool probably one of the more confusing tools to use because there's like a zillion options in here and they're all confusing well, when you look at the tool presets for this one, they actually hired a well known artist who uses his tool. He created all these options for using the mixer brush with slight tiny little explanations that help you understand what it does. So instead of completely shooting in the dark and going, I have no idea what this does. These pre sets are actually quite useful because they're kind of narrowing down your choices almost everywhere in photo shop if you pop up this little gear menu you will see all of these are additional presets on top of the ones that are already showing here, so there extra ones like a whole bunch of artist brushes and brushes and ones for the crop tool and various one so if the ones that are built in art enough for you and you don't feel like creating your own, you can also do it this way as well. So that's going be a very useful way of working again, I would suggest most people find it's easiest to have current toe on ly up here, so then they can see whether I have any and then down on this one, I unchecked that so now I have a very quick way to switch between tools and functions with my presets already made at a certain point, and we'll talk about this later on. I would want to make very sure that I back those up because if I invested the time to say define all these presets, I wouldn't want to do that again so later on, once we've talked about some different presets, then I would go and say, ok, now that I've done that, now let me save a backup so I don't have to do it over again. Quick question for you today from the internet so some other guy asks, can you carry your own photoshopped configurations? Actions priefer presets as you just showed shortcuts around on a thumb drive and then install them? Yes, you can and if you would all probably remember, but just in case, if you ask that question again towards the end, because once I made a bunch of presets, then we'll talk about how to do that and it's easier now and see a six and it was in the past cia six made a leap upwards to do that much more easily. Now anything is possible here, so let's here's a type layer just make a little bigger, she'll see it. This is my forgot to show this girl this is my twitter handle this in case you and I said, um and I want to apply some look to it which in a look by that I mean, all these different layer styles, so I want to, for example, at a beveled and boss and colored overlay and all these sort of things, so I would like this text, for example, toe look like it's out of made out of polish gold as an example, so I want to do that in a way that's very easy to reuse, so I do it using layer styles. So first of all, let's go to color overlay, which of course, defaults to read because you know that's what they'll be likes red, I'm going to try and pick some color that's more at least somewhat gold ish and then we'll go back to bevel in boss and I'm going to change this to chisel hard and try and change the size so I kind of get this nice kind of edge to it and let's just really quickly change my background to blacks you compare see what I'm doing okay so back to hear devilment boss so here's one of the things that's interesting to me about when I watch people work in photo shop in a dialogue box like layer styles and this one bevel the boss there's like a zillion things going on here and it's like what are all these settings do so remember our little tip about preview and cancel? This is a prime example I watched people teach a lot of hands on classes and I say let's explore layer styles and devilment boss and what usually happens is people are more than happy to explore this top part but this bottom part because it looks more challenging it's like the forbidden zone they just don't go down there and they don't know I don't want to try something because what if something goes wrong? Well using our philosophy it's like, well, why not? So a number of years ago I decided I was going to take my life in my hands that actually click on gloss contour I didn't know what it did but I knew I was in preview and I was like ok, still know what these things do, but I started clicking on them and as I did, I was like, that's kind of cool, you know what that's doing but it's creating a look that I want and that's kind of the point, you don't have to understand what these things do. You can just click on things and kind of go, what does that do? What does that do in terms of the look that I've created? So I'm going to say, I think I like this one may be like that now I don't have any idea, really, I've done double in boston color overlay, and I've got this nice polish goal looking type. The last thing I want to have to do is a month from now remember how I did that? Because that would just be too much effort, especially since there's a button right here says new style, and it was a bigger button, it would say new style preset because that's what it is it's letting you create a preset so I click on that and I call it my first ever gold effect that's kind of cool or whatever you want to go, so once you've done that now, you look at some other text. That's just normal and instead of going through all that trouble to say, how did I do that you just find your styles panel and down at the bottom should be the one just created it's one click and it's done and again this carries forth from one document to another so it's not I could start a whole brand new document and that style would be there until I decided not to have it there so that's what all these little buttons are these are layers style presets and here is another reason why I think people don't use presets him and, you know, give full credit to adobe they do some things really well, this is not one of them the's presets have not changed in eight years and they're still so for example I mean, isn't that lovely? I can imagine using that on my website or perhaps this and these air the built in presets I was actually not too bad, but some of them are just syria very easy to read I would want to have all of my website buttons looked just like this so it's kind of an odd concept to me is these are the ones that adobe that air you see initially what's bizarre is if you pop up the menu and go to these they're fantastic there's some great presets in the air but they're hidden away behind the really weird ones my feeling is they hired the same people who make power point templates to create these because a lot of those power point templates air just like the really so they must freelances style creators and they keep promising all well next time next time yeah, whatever the important thing is you know how to do them yourself and then can also delete the ones you don't want and improve upon the ones that are already there what's great about it I think this is my favorite part of these presets is let's say for the sake of argument that eyes I do try one of these ones and kind of go it's almost what I want but not quite just use your imagination for a moment when I clicked on that button, the styles got added down here so there's still layer styles and I could still click on any one of them and go this is not quite what I had in mind. So the one saving grace of even these styles that are a little bit unusual is it still could be the seed of an idea. And you could say, I don't quite want that exactly, but at least you're seeing how did they do that? And then you can turn things on and off and change the settings so even these kind of awkward ones might still give you a start and that's the only reason I could think of that they're still in there because otherwise they're just kind of odd that with everything else they change these ones haven't but the good news is like I said, you can try anything some of these styles were designed for really big objects, so on a small object it might not look is good so that's when you need to go back in and tweet the settings a little bit so that's anything to do with layer styles and what's kind of need about this uh let's just get rid of this and I'm gonna put this background back to a different color too, so you can see what I'm doing here. So remember when we were talking about actions? One of things that said is one things you might want to consider doing is creating a siri's of single actions that you could do different things with. I tried applying that theory too these layers style presets and discovered something really interesting because I realized I suppose I could create all these different combinations in variations that had this color and this drop shadow in this stroke and everything else but then I started trying the same approach is as we talked about with action so I would for example, go and just go to color overlay and change it to some color let's just choose blue and then I create that is a new style and just call it blue and that's all that style includes is make it blue that's all nothing else and then I would make another one that has a drop shadow and I would decide the settings for the drop shadow and click new style and call it drop shadow so in a similar concept what I'm doing is investing a bit of my time to say I'm going to make single style presets that have drop shadow color beldon boss whatever it isthe ok so let's just do one other one even though it might not look all that great in this case but we will anyway now you made decide to call these styles on ly something so when you're hovering over there reminds you that's what these are but I just kind of know these are the ones that I've done right at the bottom ok so now fast forward it's a few days later I'm working on some other project and I make a new layer add some color to it and now decide oh I want to do those other things well normally if I clicked on this preset it changes the colored overlay to blue but the problem is as soon as I click on the drop shadow it overrides the blue and on lee does the drop shadow and if I go to the stroke it on lee does the stroke so the trick is you hold down the shift key so if I want blue and a drop shadow and a stroke so now I can start applying individual styles one of the time so I sat there one day and came up with probably ten little many styles that were like drop shot a left drop shot a right stroke and things like that now and I'm looking I could just go shift click click click and click and instead of trying to remember and it still adds them here so if you look at it go and not sure about the stroke in this case you can still go in and change it and say maybe little better if it was white so just the fact that it's a style priest that doesn't mean it's permanent it just means it's doing most of the work for you ahead of time or pre so you just click the style agok get me started now let me edit it so it's a different way of thinking because most people think this they think I need a complete packaged look and that's one way to use it but I like this way a lot better because its variations on a theme for this particular project I only want the drop shadow in this color so I could see myself making a series of styles where the colored overlay was the four corporate colors that I use or whatever it might so a lot of these things, and I think you're hopefully seeing recurring theme, is I'm willing to invest a bit of time up front to create these because once they're created, they're always there it's, not like they go away. I mean, given a back up plan, we'll have just to make sure, but it's not like you have to think, oh, gosh, will have to create these again. If you do it the right way, you'll create them once, create a backup file, and then they'll always be available to you. And as we'll see later on, you can take it to another machine, so they had to work on someone else's often say, bring my presets with me. So when I met this new place, aiken do that automatically. So that's style presets there's, another type of priest. I wish I don't personally use as much, but I know some people do. And that's, when you're using the grady in't tool, the grady, and has all these presets let's, reset it back to the way it would normally look. So normally this is how the grady in't picker looks to say, these are the built in ingredients, and you could say, gosh, I love this one so much that I would really like to use it, but I would think I would like to vary it slightly, so if you double click on it, she's made click on the actual grady, and this is the grain. Enter where you can create your own. This one is a little bit well, it's misleading, I would say, because when I see a new button, I would think clique that first and then edit my grady of this, it almost should say, save so what you need to really do is say, I want to change this color to this, and I want to change this color. Hollander is double clicking to this, and then you click knew so it's, almost like once you've entered the grady it that's when you click the new but most people do you look at and think, oh, I should click new first and then edited so it's kind of backwards to what you might think. But once you know that you just do that. So now when I click new, I've created another type of pre set, which is for grady ints, so you can create radiance that have colors in them and transparency and all these different combinations, and like the recurring theme of presets, they will stay there until you delete them, but even here, so imagine this is now some time later, I'm working and photo shop, and I think I want to kind of do a variation on this, so once again, I just come and I can still edit this and make a new one out of it. So these air all in the whole world of this theme of non destructiveness, we'll talk about mme, or this is another example where even a preset doesn't mean that stuck that way just means it's starting that way, so it anytime you go, I really think I want to use something just like this, but with this variation that I would start with this, make some variation and they make a new one out of it, and everyone has their own way of working. I'm a very visual person, so I wouldn't bother naming this grady int brown, yellow, gold. I mean, some people do, but I don't in these, I might, because when I hover over, I want to make sure that it's I realized this, these air, my single function presets as opposed to these other ones that air we have more to them. So that's another option, which is interesting, probably not as useful, but here's one that I use all the time and in the second class, on creativity and a goal. Way more into the world of brushes but this just gives you a preview of what we're and talk about and kind of an idea is I want to be able to add my signature or my copyright notice to my photos very quickly and easily and instead of always trying to remember, where did I put that logo? I'd like to build it into photo shop as a brush, so all I did here was I signed a piece of paper and I, uh took a photo of it and deliberately kept it fairly large because one of things with brushes you can always scale a brush size down without losing to my quality but generally don't want to scale up too big so this is a relatively large file and the way of brush works is whatever is black is going to be the brush whatever's white is going to be nothing now this because I took a photo of a pen it's blue, which is clearly not black. So that means if I defined the brush out of this by nature, my brush would be semisi through because you have to think of it as like a shade of gray, so what I really would need to do is make this ah, a black and white kind of effect and we could do that in a variety of ways probably the simplest way would be to initially ad an adjustment layer like black and white, so I can start playing with it, and I'm trying to make the writing as black as possible, and the background is white is possible. So however you do it, the bottom line is you get to this stage and then all you do is under edit and define brush preset it's going to define it at whatever size you have, which is this case quite large, just good. Now I'm working away weeks, months later, whatever it is and I want to add my signature, I add a new layer, take my brushed you'll find the priest said, this is the mixer brush money, the regular brush, the presets you create are usually at the bottom. We're not usually they are at the bottom, so I click on it now, it's coming in quite large and I also wanted to be white. I think so. I have a couple of choice, like either apply it this size and then transform it down after which is fine because on a separate layer or uses little trick of the left bracket. Jesus, I want a brush around this big and I just click once and now my brushes on there and I could do whatever I wanted in terms of adding a little drop shadow, anything I want now our recurring theme of presets you do this once, and it takes a bit of effort, but it's always there, so you don't have to worry about creating this over and over again, because it's, just there as one of the built in tools last time I was showing this idea, actually made a brush out of a text file. So let me show you that real quickly just to show you khun really make a brush out of anything, so I just make a new document. How I'm gonna do is make it fairly wide, but don't need it to be really all that tall, because I'm just adding some text, so I take my text tool. I just have to make sure that I have my text as black, and then I would put, uh, copyright me, and just make sure I can see it now. Even I got all this white space, it doesn't matter, because white is nothing, so you would put whatever you want, your copyright, notice, or your text to say, and then once again, and then the key thing of this is black is the brush white is the background, and the reason I always defined the brush and black, as opposed to some color, is I want my brush to always be capable of painting a one hundred percent if I define the brush in gray, it could no never go higher than fifty percent because it came in that way, so by defining it one hundred percent, I can choose to make it lower if I want so in this case, I would use the same thing and choose defined brush preset click ok and now, same idea, new layer let's, just hide this other one, go back to my brush and find the one I just created. Dave quick question did you did you have to rast arise? Your text now for you created it now because what's happening is it just looks of whatever is black, so at that moment in time now this point it's not really text of course anymore is just a brush, but while you're in the process of defining it, it doesn't matter doesn't care, so I click and then I've got my little copyright ready to go now I have to be a little careful. I maybe should have made that rational but bigger because if later on on a higher resolution photo, I decided a bigger brush. The quality is not quite as nice if you increase the size of the brush, so I was showing this toe to a bunch of photographers and someone asked sort of a related question said now forgive me because I knew this whole thing if you put a copyright notice on your photo and then put it on like you know your web page or facebook does that really stop someone from taking? I said, well no, but if you did this, it might because then they'd be much less likely to steal your photograph of you just completely covered up with copyright so that's another option but the main point is if you have a brush, then it becomes one click away so instead of you going, I know somewhere on my hard drive I save my logo or I saved this copy right now is instead it's just in my brushes and the on ly other note that's really important about these brushes is you can on ly paint with anyone color in other words, if your logo is two colors, you can't make a two color brush because the brush tool on lee uses your current foreground color so you can't paint red and blue at the same time you have to come up with some work around for that but this so this has meant for anything where you can live with it being one color but member I said define it one hundred percent capacity here's why? Because I added and then I realize it's a little bit much so I can always lower the layer opacity to make it less obvious but at least I have the option this way of going all the way back to a hundred percent if I change my mind, if you define the brush as being semi see through, you can never go up, you can always come down and that's another recurring theme for me a photo shop is give yourself more opportunities by deliberately making it bigger than you need because you've been scaled down one hundred percent opacity because you can make it lower if you want. If you define a small little brush that semisi through that's the best it's ever going to get, you're not going to have the option of just saying, oh, well, I can always he's changed this later on, okay, all right, so we go back here for the preset manager. Now you'll start to see, for example, there's the couple of brushes that I created. If I go back to the styles, here is the styles that I created, so as soon as you're adding them it's showing up in the panel, but this is also where you have the opportunity to edit them and change them. So there's another option for presets, which is custom shapes the custom shaped tool, which is here comes with quite a few shapes and let's get them all in here and there's a lot of them music you know, there these are all built into photo shop so if you want access to a bunch of shapes and I kind of doubled up let's do that again because there are already some in there so let's reset that, ok let's do it again so these are all different shapes? I'm just gonna load them all in a pen means ad on okay, so area so there's all the shapes that are built into photoshopped if you have a program like adobe illustrator and you have your logo in that program, then you have the potential to turn your vector illustrator logo into one of these custom shapes that suggests that you have to start that way or else it won't work quite as well. So let's uh, open and if I go back to my folder here so I'm going to open on illustrator file that logo I used before so I can take an illustrator file and open it in the photo shop this is going to open it it's going toe rast arise it. So this won't give me the ability. I really want to show you right now, but I don't want to launch illustrator if I had copied and pasted from illustrator, it would come in and display as a vector shapes and then I'd be able to go on to edit and choose defined custom shape because I don't have it will share running I'm not going to bother to do that at this point, but that's what you basically do is copied from illustrator pace in photo shop as paths and then define it as a custom shape but even this is another example even a starting illustrator I could bring him to photo shop and at this point turn into a brush so that's their various ways of getting the information, whether it's the text tool or taking a photograph or something or copying and pasting. But as long as you're keeping that same principle of black is my brush white is transparent you khun make this about anything into a brush and as well, if you hang around or come back on the weekend in that creativity class we're actually doing up I use the royal we like we're all doing it, but I'm doing a photo shop or a photo shoot taking photographs of smoke to turn them into brushes so you can actually look at anything that's physical that exists and say this might make a brush so there's all kinds of possibilities there, you see there was a maximum well there I didn't but there is and it's changed up until cs fi there was I think I want to say like twenty, five hundred and now it's I want to say double that like five thousand pixels or something like that, so the maximum size of the brush has increased dramatically because last time I saw that done, they had it was the two thousand that was one of the things that one of things that happen in photos up cia six was, which is quite interesting, that happened a little bit, and c s five muchmore and c s six is adobe didn't just worry about saying here's some great new features like content aware patch, they said, and we're going to fix or tweak or improve upon a bunch of little things that people been asking for. So somewhere enough people said, I wish you could make the maximum brush size bigger they went okay? And some engineer was given the task of doing that. So there's, when you see that a new version of photo shop often people focus on here's, the five or six really big features, but under the hood there's probably sixty five of those little things where it's like, oh, now this works better, or this gives you more options or there's a check box that does this that wasn't there before, like default layer styles, that was an example of one of these little tweaks that they did so a lot of people, when they're considering, should I upgrade my version of photo shop? Understandably, look att the big features, but to me there's this secondary and yet very important list of a lot of small things that longtime users will go. Ah, well, gosh, that's so much easier, because now I just click this button or I check this box, and a lot of them are things that, frankly been people are asking for for a long time, and they finally got around to adding them in so that's that's a really nice plus toe have available to you, let's imagine for a moment that we have gone through and I've created brush, presets and swatches and stiles and all these things, and they're very nicely appearing in my individual panels like swatches, panel and styles panel. But the last thing I want to have happen, history may have to do these again, especially there was something like I took a photograph and I tweeted I made it into a brush or something like that. I want to do that again, so I want to create a backup plan that lets me either share the files with someone else or as we talked about before, put them on a thumb drive and carrying around with me now, if you're using a version before cs six, sorry. It's much harder because cia six they added a function that makes it really easy and c s five and earlier it was a very manual process so I'll show you both just because many people don't have the latest version so it still happens from the preset manager so I'm going to use brushes but the theory of how you do it applies to any type of precept using in here whatever it might be so what I do is I look and say which of these process that I create I'm going to use pretend that I made all of these even though I just made two brushes let's say that all of these last five or six so in the preset manager I click on one I hold on the shift key and say these ones here that I've selected are my brush precepts that I've created and I want to back those up so I'm going to do it in two different ways or I should say I'm going to do in two different times to give me more options so the first time I'm going to choose save set and what happens is it prompts you to save it in the brushes folder within photoshopped so when you do that there's an advantage to doing that because now the next time I quit and restart photo shop it's going to appear under a menu so don't go looking for them so I would always start by saving them this way because then it kind of really build him into photo shop, but if I was doing this before cs six, then I go back a second time do the same thing, but this time when I shoes save set, I would say now let me go outside photo shop and make some folder called my presets and save it into their that way. I've got an outside of photo shop back up in case photo shop has some horrible crash and burn I lose everything I know I've got that set up out there now that's before soc s five and earlier you had to do with this kind of manual way of each one of the time going say first, do my brushes, then do my swatches so it was time consuming and unfortunately, what also meant is when you upgraded aversion, you'd have to do that bring your presets from your previous version two the new version and for years a love adobe don't get me wrong, but there are some times where I'm like hello because they were having a meeting about what should we add? I said, can you please allow me to just import my presets from old version to the next version? And the response was you think people would want that and I was like, oh, perhaps or they might want to do it all manually, you know? I mean anyway, the good news is and c s six and how it's a whole lot easier so to give him credit, they did a wonderful job in here you go toe presets. Now the first time you launch c s six it should actually ask you, would you like me to migrate your presets means I'll find them all for you and move them over, which is wonderful if you chose to ignore that the first time, then you can come in and say my great aunt will go searching for them in this case, I didn't find any the other option, which gives us the ability to shane import our process from other programs or other versions, but also that question we had about putting your presets on a thumb drive is you can go back here and there's an option called export import. So this looks through and says here's, all the presets I confined that you created you created the set of actions you created these brushes, this custom shape couple of styles and something called a work space, so I could say, well, I like to take all of those and then hit export and then stick him in a folder on like a thumb drive so then as I travel around, I'll be able to say like I did here, I have a few presets I wanted to use, so this is exactly what it in preparation I took files off my laptop stuck him in here and I knew now these were available to me that I could just load into whoever's version of photo shop I'm using in the reverse let's say you don't want all your custom presets on somebody else's computer and you want to remove it is it just is easy to remove it. Yeah, I mean it well, wantyou important, I mean that the export function is almost like saying take a copy so you'd have to physically go and find them to delete them actually, you know, you have to because this is more to say find the ones they're there and just export them so I could take a copy with me. So if you wanted to remove them, you'd have to go into the folder and say, you know physically, no, not in the same way because I think this is frankly, mostly used by people who are moving from one of their own machines to another one of their own machines or versions of photo shop where they don't really care what happens to what was there previously what's good about this in particular is actions used to not be considered a preset because technically it isn't I mean, it kind of is but it zone separate thing now photoshopped recognizes that even in action as a preset because in the past you have to go preset manager for all everything and then switch to the actions panel and export those. So the fact that it all appears in this dialog box is extremely valuable because in one place you can move everything over the way you want. David quick question, I know nowadays you can purchase priest debts on the internet, you can purchase actions are people going to start putting some who's going to start selling this entire like a work it's the whole kitten caboodle, right workspace, actions presets like a jump start? Well, that's an interesting concept my people ask me all the time, can I buy your presets unlike? Well, you could, but I don't know why you want to because minor, the way I work and I don't I'm never suggest you should work exactly like me it's like here's a concept you should think about. So personally, I'm not as big about saying, oh, yeah, by all my actions and stuff because I create them for my own specific need. Having said that, I know there are lots of companies that have a really nice action collections where they've looked at people's workflow and said here's actually a really useful collection of actions that are meant for this type of wedding photography, or whatever it might be. I get that that makes perfect sense. But whether anyone will say here's, everything you want, and I wouldn't be shocked if they did. But it won't be me. I'm much happier to say the whole, give a man a fish, whatever that whole expression is to say, here's, how you make a preset that you want rather me saying here's, one that I have created, the you may or may not like, so I'd be much happier if everyone out there went, I'm going to start making my own presets that be cool. I save money that way, too.

Class Description


Time means money. If you can work quickly and efficiently in the competitive world of professional photography, your dream of turning your passion for photography into a lucrative business are always within reach.

Adobe® Photoshop® master Dave Cross is teaming up with creativeLIVE to teach you practical techniques that you can use every day to be more productive, giving you more time to focus on interacting with and finding new paying clients. During this 2-day course, you will learn how to use built-in automated features in Adobe® Bridge and Adobe® Photoshop® and timesavers such as Layer Comps, Adjustment Layer Presets and Tool Presets. Dave will simplify all of the Adobe® Photoshop® Actions and show you easy ways to utilize this powerful automation tool. You’ll also get tips on how to take advantage of many outside the box methods in Adobe® Photoshop® that will give you additional ways to streamline your photo editing.

If you are spending too much time on laborious Adobe® Photoshop® processes, you won't want to miss this comprehensive, 2-day course with Dave Cross.


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS6