File Handling Preferences
How do you save your work in Photoshop. In Photoshop you can save using different file formats. (TIFF, EPS, JPEG, BMP). File Handling preferences provide several options that modify what information is saved with your file, and set options to automatically save the file based on time interval in CS6. You can save the file in the background in CS6, while you keep working in Photoshop. The progress information appears in the Document tab and Status bar. If an unexpected crash happens in Photoshop, the program automatically tries to recover and open your file in CS6. After you complete and save your project in Photoshop you may want to open, print, and maybe modify the image using a different image-editing program. By setting the file compatibility options you will be able to transport to other programs.
To open the File Handling Options:
Edit > Preferences > File Handling
Photoshop menu, go to Preferences > File Handling
• Select the File Saving Options you want to use:
○ Image Previews. Select from: Always Save, Never Save, or Ask When Saving.
○ Icon. Saves previews of the images (Mac).
○ Windows Thumbnail. Saves previews viewable when using the Win File Open command (Mac).
○ Append File Extension. Lets you choose whether or not to append the file extension (Mac).
○ Use Lower Case (Mac) or File Extension (Win). Choose to have upper or lower case extensions.
○ Save As To Original Folder. Saves the file to original folder as the default.
○ Save in Background. Photoshop automatically saves while you work (New! to CS6).
○ Automatically Save Recovery Information Every. Saves current document information for recovery based on a specified interval (New! to CS6).
• Select the File Compatibility options you want to use:
○ Camera Raw Preferences Click to choose from options such as default image settings, cache size, DNG file handling, and whether or not to open JPEG and TIFF files with Camera Raw.
○ Prefer Adobe Camera Raw for Supported Raw Files. Open supported raw files in Camera Raw.
○ Ignore EXIF Profile Tag. Ignores color space metadata attached to digital camera images.
○ Ignore Rotation Metadata. Ignore metadata attached to digital camera images (New! to CS6).
○ Ask Before Saving Layered TIFF Files. Lets you create multi-layered documents, and then save them using the TIFF format.
This is a distinct advantage when you need to use multi-layered files and you don’t want to save them using Photoshop’s proprietary format (PSD).
○ Disable Compression of PSD and PSB Files. Disables compression of files (New! to CS6).
○ Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility. Lets you save PSD files that can be opened in earlier versions of the program and PSB (Large Document Format) files.
• Select the Enable Adobe Drive check box to enable Adobe Drive in your work process.
• Enter the number of files (up to 30) to keep in the Recent File List box.
The Interface preferences offers control over how Protoshop displays or hides user interface features. New to CS6 changing the user interface display by color theme or some elements by a selected color and border.
• For PC: Edit > Preferences > Interface
For Mac: Photoshop (Mac) menu, point to Preferences, and then click Interface.
• Select the Interface options:
○ Color Theme. Choose from four shades of gray (New! to CS6). (The Dark is the default).
○ Screen Modes. Choose background and border colors for the three screen modes.
○ Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. Automatically collapses icon panels when you click away.
○ Auto-Show Hidden Panels. Hidden panels will temporarily appear when you point to the edge of the application window.
○ Open Documents as Tabs. Opens documents in one window with tabs.
○ Enable Floating Document Window Docking. Allows floating document windows to dock when you move them.
○ Show Channels In Color. Allows you to view channels in the Channels panel in color.
○ Show Menu Colors. Displays menu items in user-defined colors.
○ Show Tool Tips. Shows labels when your cursor is placed over an option.
○ Enable Gestures. Allows the use of gestures with a tablet and pen.
○ Enable Text Drop Shadows. Select to have text drop shadows on panel labels (New! to CS6).
○ Show Transformation Values. Select where to show transformation values near the cursor (New! to CS6): Never, Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Left, or Bottom Right.
• To restore all Photoshop panels back to their default workspaces, click Restore Default Workspaces.
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• Select the UI Text settings you want to use:
○ UI Language. Choose a default language.
○ UI Font Size. Choose a size for interface fonts.
• Click OK.
Note: You can turn a text box into a slider. You can use any text box which displays a numerical value, such as font size, like a slider. Point to the name of the box (which changes the cursor to a hand with arrows), and then move the mouse left to decrease or right to increase the displayed number.
More next time.