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Restoring default preferences

The preferences files store palette and command settings and color-calibration information. Each time you quit Adobe Photoshop or Adobe ImageReady, the positions of the palettes and certain command settings are recorded in the respective preferences file. When you use the Adobe Color Management Assistant, monitor-calibration and color-space information is stored in the Photoshop preferences files as well. Any selections you make in the Preferences dialog box are also part of this type of application file.

At the beginning of each lesson in this book, you will be told to reset the default preferences, using a three-key combination. This deletes any custom color-calibration information that you may have configured earlier in the session. It also deletes any options you may have selected in the Preferences dialog box.

You can ignore the instructions to reset your preferences. If you do so, be aware that the tools, palettes, and other settings in your Photoshop CS application may not match those described in this book, so you’ll have to be slightly more resourceful in finding things. With that in mind, you should be able to do the lesson without other difficulties.

Saving your monitor-calibration settings is a simple procedure that you should perform before you start work on this book. (See “To save your current color settings:” on page 5.) If you have not yet custom-calibrated your color monitor; this procedure is unnecessary.

Saving the options you’ve selected in the Preferences dialog box is more complicated on the newer Windows and Macintosh operating systems and beyond the scope of this book. If you are not sure how to do this yourself, get help from your group’s Network Administrator. Otherwise, you could simply keep a record of preferences that you’ve customized and then restore them manually after you finish these lessons.

To save your current color settings

1.
Start Adobe Photoshop.

2.
Choose Edit > Color Settings.

3.
In the Color Settings dialog box, examine the Settings option.

  • If the Settings option is Custom, go on to Step 4 of this procedure.

  • If the Settings option is anything other than Custom, click OK to close the dialog box. You do not need to do any more of this procedure.

4.
Select the Save button. (Be careful to select Save, not OK.)

The Save dialog box opens to the Settings folder, which contains various files with the .csf extension.

5.
In File Name, type a descriptive name for your color settings. Then click Save.

6.
In the Color Settings Comment dialog box, type any descriptive text that will help you identify the color settings later, such as the date, specific settings, or your workgroup.

7.
Click OK to close the Color Settings Comment dialog box, and again to close the Save dialog box.

To restore your color settings

1.
Start Adobe Photoshop.

2.
Choose Edit > Color Settings.

3.
In the Settings pop-up menu in the Color Settings dialog box, select the color-settings file you defined in the previous procedure.

4.
Click OK.

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