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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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Using Palettes – Tool Presets

The tool options that appear on the Option bar when you select a tool can be saved in a preset and stored in the Tool Presets palette for easy access....

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Optimizing Performance in Photoshop CS2 – part 2

Setting Preferences Photoshop ships with factory settings, known more popularly as Preferences, sometimes shortened to Prefs, that you have the option of accepting or rejecting and, in their place, specifying...

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Using Palettes – Info

The Info palette displays color values of the pixels beneath the pointer and, depending on which tool is currently active, measurements for tools. For example, it can provide instant feedback...

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Optimizing Performance in Photoshop CS2 – part 3

Reducing Palette Thumbnail Size Leaving the Preferences dialog for the time being, the palettes also have options that can affect performance. For example, the Layers, Channels, and Paths palettes all...

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Using Palettes – History

As you apply changes to your document, the histories feature creates snapshots and stores them in RAM or on your hard disk that you have assigned as the scratch disk....

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Optimizing Performance in Photoshop CS2 – part 4

Assigning Scratch Disks Photoshop uses a temporary file for storing data and performing computations when there is insufficient RAM. It places this temporary file, commonly referred to as a scratch...

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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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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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