My Photoshop Program Preferences, Color Settings, & Camera Raw Preferences

Some of these may change slightly here and there.

Photoshop Preferences:

General:

  • Color Picker -Adobe
  • HUD Color Picker – Hue Wheel Large
  • Image Interpolation – Bicubic Automatic
  • Auto-Update Open Docs – Off
  • Beep – Off
  • Dynamic Color Sliders – On
  • Export Clipboard – Off
  • Use Shift Key for Tool Switch – Off
  • Resize Image During Place – Off
  • Animated Zoom – Off
  • Zoom Resizes Windows – On
  • Zoom with Scroll Wheel – On
  • Zoom Clicked Point to Center – On
  • Enable Flick Panning – Off
  • Vary Round Brush Hardness for HUD vert movement – On
  • Save Palette Locations – On
  • Automatically Launch Bridge – Off
  • Place or Drag Raster Images as Smart Obj – On
  • Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid- On
  • History Log – On – Both – Detailed

Interface:

  • Appearance – Dark Gray
  • Standard Screen Color – RGB 70,70,70 – Border, Drop Shadow
  • Full Screen w Menus 70,70,70 – Border, Drop Shadow
  • Full Screen 70,70,70 – Border, Drop Shadow
  • Auto Collapse Iconic Panels – Off
  • Auto-Show Hidden Panels – On
  • Open Docs as Tabs – On
  • Enable Floating Window Docking – On
  • Show Channels in Color – Off
  • Show Menu Colors- On
  • Show Tool Tips -On
  • Enable Text Drop Shadows – On
  • Show Transform Values – Bottom Right
  • Font Size – Small

File Handling:

  • Image Previews – Always Save
  • File Extensions – Lowecase
  • Save As to original Folder – Off
  • Save in Background – On
  • Automatically Save Recovery Info Every: 5 minutes
  • Prefer Adobe Raw – On
  • Ignore Exif – On
  • Ignore Rotation Metadata – On
  • Ask before Saving Layered TIFF – On
  • Disable Compression of PSD & PSB – On
  • Maximize PSD & PSB Compatibility – Never
  • Recent File List – 30

Performance:

  • Let Photoshop use 95% of RAM
  • Optimize Cache for
  • History States 300-1000 (Each History State is Like having Another Open Image, so if computer slows or runs out of memory, reduce number of History States
  • Cache Levels – 4
  • Cache Tile Size – 132k
  • Enable OpenGL Drawing – Normal – Vertical Sync & Anti-Alias
  • Scratch Disks – All but C:

Cursors

  • Normal Brush Tip
  • Show Cross Hair in Brush Tip – On
  • Show only Cross hair while painting – Off
  • Other Cursors – Precise

Transparency & Gamut:

  • Grid Size – Large
  • Grid Colors – Custom – RGB 55-55-55 & 65-65-65
  • Gamut Warning – RGB 180, 180, 180
  • Opacity 100%

Units & Rulers

  • Rulers – Pixels
  • Type – Pixels
  • Width – 15 Picas
  • Gutter – 1 Pica
  • Print Resolution – 600 Pixels/cm
  • Screen Resolution 72 Pixels/Inch
  • Pica Size – PostScript

Guides, Grids, & Slices

  • Gridline every 10 Pixels
  • 2 Subdivisions
  • Show Slice Numbers

Plug-Ins

  • Show all Filter Gallery & Names
  • Allow Extensions to Connect to Internet – OFF
  • Load Extension panels – On
  • Show CS Live – Off

Type

  • Use Smart Quotes – On
  • Show Asian Text Options – On
  • Enable Missing Glyph Protection – On
  • Show Font Names in English – Off
  • Font Preview Size – Huge
  • Text Engine Options: East Asian

3D

  • Let Photoshop use 100% VRAM
  • Allow Direct to Screen – On
  • Shadow Quality – High
  • Rich Cursors :
    • On Hover – On
    • On Interaction – On
  • Axis Control:
    • Inver Axis – Off
    • Separate Axis Controls – On
  • Ray Tracer Threshold – 10 (less if too slow)
  • 3D File Loading:
    • Active Lights Limit – 50
    • Default Texture Limit – 100

Camera Raw Settings:

  • Save image Settings in: Camera Raw Database
  • Apply Sharpening to Preview Image Only
  • Default Image Settings: All Off
  • Set Raw Cache Location off of C Drive
  • Maximum Size – 10 GB
  • Update Embedded JPEG Previews – Full Size
  • JPEG: Auto Open All Supported JPEGs
  • TIFF: Auto Open All Supported TIFFs

Color Settings:

  • Settings – Custom
  • RGB – Adobe RGB 1998
  • CMYK – U.S Web Coated SWOP – (Pinter Specific)
  • Gray – Dot Gain 20%
  • Spot – Dot Grain 20%
  • Color management Policies (all set to Preserve Embedded Profiles)
  • All Ask Options Turned On
  • “More Options”:
  • Engine – Adobe (ACE)
  • Intent – Perceptual (best for Photographs) – (Relative Colormetric best for exporting to Illustrator & Graphics)
  • Use Black Point – On
  • Use Dither – On
  • Compensate for Scene – On
  • Desaturate Monitor – Off
  • Blend RGB using Gamma – Off
  • Blend Text Colors using Gamma – Off
  • SAVE- Color Settings

Setting all Adobe Application Colors to the New Settings (Full Creative Suite)

  • Open Adobe Bridge
  • Edit>Creative Suite Color Settings
  • Show Extended List of Colors
  • Select Saved Settings

Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Application Menus:
    • Variations – Ctrl+B
    • Gaussian Blur Alt+Shift+Ctrl+G
    • Shadows/Highlights Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S
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