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Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

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Adobe Preferences

Khara Plicanic

Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

Khara Plicanic

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7. Adobe Preferences


Class Trailer
1 Class Introduction 08:02 2 Tips for Success 05:53 3 How To Undo Mistakes 06:05 4 Adobe Workspace 16:01 5 Using The Brush Tool 03:33 6 Using The Zoom Tool 04:25 7 Adobe Preferences 02:27 8 Correcting Exposure 19:15

Lesson Info

Adobe Preferences

So now we're gonna move right along and talk about preferences real quick. Just you know where they exist and how to get him in on a Mac. It's under photo shop preferences on a PC. It's under edit. Preferences will be way down at the bottom of things, so I don't think there's too much. You really need to change just out of the box. But, um, one that is handy that's been bothering me lately is this export clipboard option. So once you're in your preferences, there's different categories over here of preferences and then all kinds of things. So just know, like, if there's something that's really bugging you, you might be able to change it. There's probably a preference for that. This export clipboard option. I like to turn that off because, um, otherwise, if you ever copy and paste things and we would have a lot of large documents today with ah high rez cameras, um, you'll get warning messages all the time that, say, your clipboards to big export every time you try to leave Photoshopped,...

and it's just super irritating, so you can turn that off. You do, However, I think you need to do it while you don't have any open documents. Otherwise, the preference will only apply to that document. So keep that in mind. But you might wanna check that. You can also change your units. Um, if we go under units and rulers, you know whether you want your rulers to be millimeters, centimeters, pixels, inches, whatever. You can change that here. But there's other ways to do that. Change that as well. There's some performance things that you can tweak. Here's where it keeps track of your history, states. So in that history panel, it keeps track of the last 50 things that you've done. You can change this more or less, but just know that fifties like a good amount to much more than that, you're probably just gonna waste memory and performance on your computer. So just things to know your color settings can be found under the edit menu, um, under edit color settings. So I'm not gonna get into all of this. I think you're probably fine with defaults, but if later you ever run into trouble or need to make changes, that's where you can do it

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® is a versatile tool that gives you incredible power, but it can be daunting in the beginning. Get your beginner’s guide to Adobe Photoshop from Khara Plicanic in Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. This class will take you through the Adobe Photoshop program—starting at square one. You’ll master the workspace, conquer basic image edits, and dominate the art of making selections and will finally understand the layers panel, once and for all. 

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • Simple image retouching
  • Making Selections
  • Working with layers
  • Saving your work
  • Resizing images
  • Using layer masks
  • Brush tool basics
  • Adding and styling type
  • Building composites
  • and so much more!

Khara will show you how to complete everyday real-life client projects like holiday cards, save-the-dates, Facebook banners, and instant albums. You’ll learn best practices for a basic workflow and how to save time with automation.

This class is a rock solid overview for people brand new to Adobe Photoshop basics or those who first started on their own and are ready to learn a better way to get things done.


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I would highly recommend Khara Plicanic's Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. The name of the class, implies that the class is for beginners, but that's not exactly true. Most of us learn Photoshop by the features we need to know at any given time. As many will agree, there are a number of ways to get to the same end. I can only speak for myself, but... I would bet that many of us don't know all the strategies that are taught in this class! Check it out, I doubt you'd be disappointed! Khara brings a fun and relatable approach to everything she does. She is very entertaining, while being a superb instructor. Last, but not least... This class brings with it a ton of useful bonuses. Warm Regards, Roz Fruchtman aka @RozSpirations