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How To Add Presets To Photoshop

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Working with Presets

Once yous go comfortable in Photoshop, y’all can customize the behavior of near every tool in the Tools panel. For example, if y’all discover yourself entering the same Options bar settings over and over over again for a certain tool, then saving those settings tin save you lot fourth dimension. In fact, Photoshop includes a bunch of congenital-in tool recipes, called

presets
, such as frequently used crop sizes, colorful gradient sets, patterns, shapes, and brush tips. You tin admission ’em through the tool’s Preset Picker at the far left of the Options bar, equally shown in Figure one-17 (top).

Click a preset in the listing to activate it, then use the tool as you lot commonly would. To save a new preset, enter your custom settings in the Options bar, then click the Create New Preset icon labeled here. Requite the preset a proper noun in the resulting dialog box, click OK, and it appears in the Preset Picker listing. To reset a tool to its manufacturing plant-fresh settings, load additional presets, or access the Preset Manager (Effigy ane-17, bottom), click the gear icon.

Top: To access a tool’s presets or create new ones, open its Preset Picker at the far left of the Options bar (circled).Bottom: The Preset Manager gives you access to presets for all of Photoshop’s tools (except for the Convert Point tool—see page 575). Click the gear circled here to open this menu, which lets you change the size of the previews, as well as reset, replace, and otherwise manage presets. To save your eyesight, set the preview size to Large List so you can actually see what your options are. Changing the preview size here also changes it in the Preset Picker.

Figure 1-17. Top: To admission a tool’s presets or create new ones, open its Preset Picker at the far left of the Options bar (circled). Bottom: The Preset Managing director gives y’all access to presets for all of Photoshop’south tools (except for the Catechumen Point tool—see page 575). Click the gear circled here to open this bill of fare, which lets you change the size of the previews, equally well as reset, supercede, and otherwise manage presets. To save your eyesight, gear up the preview size to Large List and then you can actually see what your options are. Irresolute the preview size here also changes information technology in the Preset Picker.

The Preset Manager (Effigy 1-17, bottom) handles loading, saving, and sharing Photoshop’south built-in presets, too equally any you lot create yourself. Y’all can open up it past choosing Edit→Presets→Preset Manager. Each group of settings, similar a category of brushes, is called a

preset library
. To see a certain preset library, choose it from the Preset Type drop-downwards menu at the top of the Preset Director.

Clicking the gear icon labeled in Figure 1-17 (lesser) lets you lot set the category of presets yous’re viewing to the factory-fresh settings (cull “Reset [name of category] Presets” and and so click OK) or load new ones. You can make these adjustments when yous’re using the tools themselves, but the Preset Manager gives yous a bigger preview space, which makes these organizational chores a little more tolerable.

Note

Photoshop’s Migrate Presets characteristic lets yous hands transfer presets from the previous version of the program (in CC, it only transfers presets from the most

current

version of Photoshop; other versions are only ignored). The starting time time you crack open Photoshop CC, the program kindly asks whether you want to transfer your presets from the about recent version hanging effectually on your car. If you lot accept, your goodies are copied over to CC (if the older presets have the aforementioned name as the newer ones, Photoshop copies only the newer ones). If you don’t encounter the Migrate Presets choice when you kickoff launch CC, it means the installer didn’t detect any presets to copy over.

If yous didn’t migrate your presets when y’all start launched the Photoshop, yous can do it someday by choosing Edit→Presets→Migrate Presets, or by resetting your preferences (the first Note on Notation explains how). Happily, migrating presets in CC doesn’t require you to

restart

the program before using ’em.

Sharing Presets

Once y’all’ve got your ain custom settings for tools, styles, or what accept you, feel free to share them with the masses. Yous tin share them with other computers (handy when the whole team needs to utilize the same color swatches or brushes, say) and upload them to the Web (for the whole world to download).

In Photoshop CC, managing and sharing presets is piece of cake:


  • To share

    all

    your presets

    —including actions, keyboard shortcuts, menu customizations, workspaces, brushes, swatches, gradients, styles, patterns, contours, custom shapes, and tools—choose Edit→Presets→Export/Import Presets. In the resulting dialog box, use the Consign Presets tab to tell Photoshop which goodies you want to share (say, actions and workspaces), and so click Export Presets (see Figure ane-eighteen). Photoshop opens the “Choose a Folder” dialog box—just selection a spot that’due south piece of cake for you to find, and then click Open. Photoshop creates a new folder named Exported Presets in the location you picked and dutifully lets yous know that it has put your presets there.

    To

    import

    presets, click the Import Presets tab, and then click Select Import Folder. In the resulting dialog box, navigate to where the presets live on your hard drive and click Open. Back in the Export/Import Presets dialog box, cull the presets you desire to import from the left-hand list (or click the Add All button), and then click Import Presets.

    Using the Export/Import Presets command is a great way for big companies, schools, and design firms to share their presets across a whole army of computers. Doing this ensures consistency and accuracy in the artwork they create, and can boost production speed through the use of carefully crafted actions (see Chapter 18).To choose an item for exporting or importing, double-click it in the column on the left, or single-click it and then use the direction buttons (circled) to add or remove presets from the list.

    Figure 1-eighteen. Using the Export/Import Presets command is a peachy way for big companies, schools, and design firms to share their presets beyond a whole ground forces of computers. Doing this ensures consistency and accuracy in the artwork they create, and can boost production speed through the use of advisedly crafted actions (see Chapter 18). To choose an item for exporting or importing, double-click information technology in the column on the left, or unmarried-click it and so use the management buttons (circled) to add or remove presets from the list.


  • To share just a

    few

    presets


    (excluding deportment, keyboard shortcuts, bill of fare customizations, and workspaces) create a preset library of your own by opening the Preset Manager (Edit→Presets→Preset Manager) and choosing the presets you desire to share (Shift-click or ⌘-/Ctrl-click to highlight ’em). Next, click the Salvage Prepare button, and in the resulting Save dialog box, requite your custom library a name. Unless you choice a unlike location on your hard drive, Photoshop automatically saves it in the folders where it stores

    all

    custom settings. When everything looks practiced, click Save.

    One time you’ve saved your custom library, you tin can email it to folks or upload it to a website for others to download. If you’re uploading information technology to the Web, make sure the file keeps the extension Photoshop gave it (.abr for brushes, for example), and that information technology doesn’t take any spaces in its name (use “DragonScalesBrush” rather than “Dragon Scales Brush,” say).

    If you lot’re on the receiving end of a preset library, open the Preset Manager and click Load. Navigate to where the library lives, and then click Open. (Alternatively, you lot can choose Edit→Presets→Export/Import Presets, and so click the Import Presets tab shown in Figure 1-18.) The adjacent time you lot use a tool that has custom presets, you’ll see the new library’due south options in the tool’southward Preset Picker menu.

    To add together to the fun, you can also rename individual presets. In the Preset Manager dialog box, choose the relevant library from the Preset Type menu, and so click the before longhoped-for-renamed preset to activate it. Click the Rename push, type a new moniker in the Proper noun field, and then click OK.

    To delete a preset library you never apply, choose it from the Preset Manager’s Preset Blazon menu, and then click Delete.

Tip

If you’ve managed to mess up one of Photoshop’s built-in preset libraries by adding items that don’t piece of work the way you want, you lot can easily restore information technology: Open the Preset Manager and choose the library yous want to reset. Then, click the gear icon circled back in Figure 1-17, bottom, and choose “Reset [type of preset]” (for instance, Brushes). Photoshop asks if you lot want to supplant the current brushes or append (add to) them. Click OK to replace the brushes, and you lot’ll be back to the factory-fresh settings.

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