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Hacking Preferences and Documents part 1

Photoshop, ImageReady, and Bridge all use preference files to store application settings. For example, the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Prefs file contains all the options for general display; history logs; file...

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Using Palettes – Brushes

While working in Photoshop, you will be hard put not to use the brush tools in an editing session. Most tasks require some form of painting, even if it's not...

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Using Palettes – Channels

The Channels palette acts as a sort of container for the pixels in a layer. Each time you activate a layer; the channels associated with the layer automatically come into...

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Using Palettes – Color

The Color palette provides an alternative way of choosing foreground and background colors to the Color Picker (Figure 3-8). In contrast to the Color Picker, it comes with an assigned...

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Using Palettes – Layers

The Layers palette is where all the action takes place. From it, you can control the position and the appearance of all the data in your image. It would not...

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Using Palettes – Levels

When people first start to use Photoshop and want to lighten or darken an image manually, most people gravitate toward the Levels command. Nothing wrong with that; the design of...

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Using Palettes – Navigator

When you magnify your image's view by a percentage higher than 100%, you can use the Navigator palette to show the hidden areas of the image. There are three ways...

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Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts – Tips & Resources

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts - Tips & ResourcesIn this tutorial I'll show you how to use Photoshop CS and CS2 to change your keyboard shortcuts, how to save sets of...

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Using Palettes – Swatches

When you are working with a strict color scheme on a project, the Swatches palette is indispensable. The palette allows you to create, save, and store colors that are particular...

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Optimizing Performance in Photoshop CS2 – part 1

Disabling Plug-ins Each time you launch Photoshop, it loads plug-ins and presets into memory. The problem is that you may or may not need many of the plug-ins during the...

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Managing your Photoshop workspace

Hi there and welcome to this tutorial. I'm going to show you some quick and dirty tips on managing your webspace in Photoshop (CS but it also applies to other...

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Perspective Shadow

For this tutorial I am going to use a shape that I created from a 3d render. You can see the shape below. Let's start by applying a Drop...

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