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Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider

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Working with Presets

Once you get comfortable in Photoshop, you can customize the behavior of almost every tool in the Tools panel. If you find yourself entering the same settings in the Options bar over and over again for the same tool, then saving those settings can save you time. In fact, Photoshop includes a bunch of built-in tool recipes, called presets, such as frequently used crop sizes, colorful gradient sets, patterns, shapes, and brush tips. You can access ’em through the tool’s Preset Picker at the far left of the Options bar. Figure 2-15 (top) has the scoop.

The Preset Manager handles loading, saving, and sharing the built-in presets, as well as the ones you create yourself. You can open it by choosing Edit→Presets→Preset Manager. Each group of settings, like a category of brushes, is called a preset library. To see a certain preset library, choose it from the Preset Type drop-down menu at the top of the Preset Manager dialog box (Figure 2-15, bottom).

Top: To access a tool’s presets or create new ones, open its Preset Picker at the far left of the Options bar (circled). Click a preset in the list to activate it and then use the tool as you normally would. To save a new preset, enter your custom settings in the Options bar and then click the Create New Preset button labeled here. Give the preset a name in the resulting dialog box, click OK, and it appears in the Preset Picker list. To reset a tool to its factory fresh settings, load additional presets, or access the Preset Manager, click the little gear icon.Bottom: The Preset Manager gives you access to all the presets for all of Photoshop’s tools (except for the Convert Point tool—see page 541). 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, it’s a good idea to 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 2-15. Top: To access a tool’s presets or create new ones, open its Preset Picker at the far left of the Options bar (circled). Click a preset in the list to activate it and then use the tool as you normally would. To save a new preset, enter your custom settings in the Options bar and then click the Create New Preset button labeled here. Give the preset a name in the resulting dialog box, click OK, and it appears in ...

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