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Upgrading to CS2

Upgrading to CS2

Prepare for Installing the Upgrade

Before installing the upgrade to Photoshop CS2, you'll want to do some preparation, particularly if you have created any custom presets such as brushes or swatches, and/or if you have any actions, scripts, etc. It will make things much easier if you create a folder outside of the Photoshop CS application folder in which you can save all your customized files, using the steps I'll discuss below. Then you can easily load all these settings back into Photoshop CS2 after you've upgraded. For the sake of ease, let's assume that I started by creating a folder on my desktop called “Custom Stuff.” (Note: Although the steps described are intended for an upgrade from Photoshop CS to CS2, to some degree they apply to an upgrade from Photoshop 7 to CS2 as well.)

Remove or Not to Remove

The first question many people ask is whether they need to uninstall or remove Photoshop CS before installing the new version. You don't have to, and many people leave the “old” version on their machine until they feel 100% confident that the new version is working for them—then they remove the older version.

Custom Presets

Here are the steps to creating transferable sets of brushes, swatches, shapes, styles, gradients, patterns, or tool presets.

Step One.
From the Edit menu in Photoshop CS, choose Preset Manager. Starting with Brushes selected in the Preset Type pop-up menu, hold down the Command key (PC: Control key) and click on any brushes that you previously created and now want to save.

Step Two.
Click on the Save Set button, and in the resulting dialog name the set and save it in the Custom Stuff folder you created outside of the Photoshop CS application folder. Repeat that operation with swatches, shapes, styles, gradients, patterns, contours, and tool presets, creating a set for each function.

Step Three.
After you've installed Photoshop CS2, you'll be able to load these sets into the Preset Manager (using the Load button). If you want these sets to be available from a palette's flyout menu for each function, drag them into this folder: Photoshop CS2>Presets>Brushes (Swatches, Shapes, etc.).


Here's another thought: Go through all the Preferences options (Command-K [PC: Control-K]) and write down the settings from each section. Then you'll be able to set up your new Photoshop CS2 settings to mirror the preferences from CS.


It's simple to move actions from one version of Photoshop to another—just save them from Photoshop CS and load them into Photoshop CS2. Note: You don't actually save individual actions, but rather you save sets of actions (which is why it is important to save your custom actions into a separate set when you record them). Here's how:

Step One.
In the Actions palette, click on the set you'd like to save and then use the palette's flyout menu to choose Save Actions. In the resulting dialog, name the file and save it in your Custom Stuff folder. If you come across actions that are not in a separate set but are in the Default Actions set, you can move an action into a different folder by clicking-and-dragging it, or copy the action by holding down Option (PC: Alt) as you click-and-drag it. Then you'll be able to combine those actions as a set without saving a bunch of other actions you don't really want.

Step Two.
After you've installed CS2, just return to the Actions palette's flyout menu, choose Load Actions, and then select the actions you saved in your Custom Stuff folder.

An important note about actions: Although this procedure will allow you to load previously recorded actions into Photoshop CS2, this does not guarantee that they will work. Since some operations have changed, particularly in the Layers palette, there is a chance that some steps in actions will not function the way they are intended. This means that after you have loaded the actions into Photoshop CS2, you need to be prepared to do some testing to see if the actions need to be “tweaked” in any way to accommodate the changes in CS2.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Theoretically, you could take your set of Photoshop CS custom keyboard shortcuts and use them in CS2 (and I'll discuss momentarily how to do that). However, it's important to note that a number of new shortcuts have been added in Photoshop CS2, so your custom shortcuts may actually conflict with these new shortcuts. So, here's my suggestion: Go ahead and save your keyboard shortcuts, but before you load them into CS2, check out the new built-in shortcuts. Although it's not as automatic, you can always add any shortcuts you want later. With that said, here's how you “transfer” your shortcuts:

Step One.
In Photoshop CS, go to the Edit menu and choose Keyboard Shortcuts. Click on the Save Set As icon (it looks like a small disc), and then in the resulting dialog name your shortcuts and save them into the Custom Stuff folder.

Step Two.
After installing Photoshop CS2, open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog from the Edit menu and click on the Save Set As icon again to import your previous shortcuts. Navigate to your Custom Stuff folder and then choose the set you want to appear. Your CS shortcuts will then be available from the Set pop-up menu in the dialog. Remember to check first, though, to make sure the new shortcuts and your old shortcuts “get along.”


If you have been adventurous enough to create your own scripts in Photoshop CS or have downloaded some of the freebie scripts that are out there, you can simply drag-and-drop them from the Photoshop CS>Presets>Scripts folder into your Custom Stuff folder (or press-and-hold Option [PC: Control] as you drag to copy the script into the folder). After installing the upgrade, drag the scripts from the Custom Stuff folder into Photoshop CS2>Presets>Scripts. As with actions, you may need to do some testing to make sure these “old” scripts work.

Picture Package Layouts

If you took the time in Photoshop CS to create your own layouts for the Picture Package automated command (File>Automate), the last thing you want to do is create them over again. Instead, look in Photoshop CS>Presets>Layouts, find your custom layouts (and I'm sure you carefully named them so you know they're your custom layouts), and drag them into the Custom Stuff folder (remember to hold down Option [PC: Control] while you drag, if you want to create a copy). Then, you know the drill: After upgrading, drag the Picture Package layouts into Photoshop CS2>Presets>Layouts, launch CS2, go to File>Automate>Picture Package, and then choose your custom layout from the Layout pop-up menu.

Web Photo Gallery

It's the same story with the Web Photo Gallery layouts as it is with Picture Package: If you've created or customized a WPG layout, you'll want to copy the entire folder that contains the layout into your Custom Stuff folder on your desktop by Option-dragging (PC: Control-dragging) it. You'll find the WPG layouts in Photoshop CS>Presets>Web Photo Gallery. After the upgrade, you'll move your layout into Photoshop CS2>Presets>Web Photo Gallery, launch CS2, go to File>Automate>Web Photo Gallery, and then choose your WPG from the Styles pop-up menu.


Any custom workspaces you've created can also be transferred, although it's a little trickier to find them. Rather than looking in the Presets folder, you'll find workspaces in a settings folder. Here's where to look, depending on your platform:


Hard Drive>Users>[username]>Library>Preferences>Adobe Photoshop CS Settings>WorkSpaces.


C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop\8.0\Adobe Photoshop CS Settings\WorkSpaces.

After installing the upgrade, you'll have to move the custom workspaces into the location that is created by the installer (which should be very similar to the location listed for CS). Now go to Window>Workspace and your custom workspace should appear at the bottom of the submenu. Note: If you have any workspaces that include the File Browser, those will not work in Photoshop CS2.

New Doc Sizes

If you saved any custom preset document sizes that appear in the File>New dialog, you can save them too for transfer into Photoshop CS2. Like Workspaces, you'll find the settings—called New Doc Sizes.psp—in the settings folder. Option-drag (PC: Control-drag) the file into your Custom Stuff folder. You can find the file under:


Hard Drive>Users>[username]>Library>Preferences>Adobe Photoshop CS Settings.


C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop\8.0\Adobe Photo-shop CS Settings.

Again, after you install CS2, drag the file from your Custom Stuff folder into the CS2 settings folder (it should be near the same location, depending on the path chosen by the installer).

Third-Party Plug-ins

If you have any third-party plug-ins installed in Photoshop CS, they may or may not work with Photoshop CS2. The best bet is to use the original disc to reinstall the plug-in after you've installed the upgrade to Photoshop CS2. Although it's better to reinstall the plug-in if you can, you could Option-drag (PC: Control-drag) to copy it from the Plug-Ins folder (found in the Photoshop CS application folder) into your Custom Stuff folder, and then move it into the appropriate folder (e.g., Filters, Import/Export, etc.) within the Photoshop CS2>Plug-Ins folder. I'd also check with the manufacturer of the plug-in to see if it will work with CS2—and if not, check to see when they expect to introduce a version that is compatible with CS2.

Drivers (Printers, Scanners, Etc.)

When Photoshop CS was introduced, many people encountered problems with keyboard shortcuts that were traced to the driver software for their keyboard. It's too early to tell if similar issues will come up with Photoshop CS2, but it's not a bad idea to use this opportunity to check with the manufacturers of your printer(s), scanner, and keyboard to ensure that you have the latest driver. If you don't, you'll have to follow the manufacturers' instructions for installing a newer driver.

File Info & Metadata Templates

As long as you haven't uninstalled Photoshop CS, any metadata templates or file info you've created will automatically “carry forward” to Photoshop CS2. If you want a backup plan—just in case—you'll find your templates here:


Hard Drive>Users>[username]>Library>Application Support>Adobe>XMP>Metadata Templates (or Custom File Info Panels).


C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Adobe\XMP\Metadata Templates (or Custom File Info Panels).

Color Settings

If you have customized your Color Settings, you can transfer them to Photoshop CS2 using a method that's similar to some of the other custom settings. Save your settings in Photoshop CS and load them in Photoshop CS2. In this case, press Command-Shift-K (PC: Control-Shift-K) in CS to open the Color Settings dialog. Click Save, and then in the resulting dialog name your settings and save them into your Custom Stuff folder. After installing Photoshop CS2, use the same keyboard shortcut to open the Color Settings dialog. Click Load and navigate to your saved settings. If you want your settings to appear within the Settings pop-up menu in the Color Settings dialog in CS2, move your Color Settings file into this location:


Hard Drive>Users>[username]>Library>Application Support>Adobe>Color>Settings.


C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Adobe\Color\Settings.

Note: One of the changes to the Creative Suite 2.0 is that the Color Settings are shared by all applications, so this is another example of “checking first” before you change to your transferred settings.

What's different?

Here are a few things that have changed from Photoshop CS to CS2:


The Mac and Windows versions of Photoshop CS2 require activation, and both have restrictions on installation and transferring between machines. Activation is a one-time process that is required within 30 days of purchase of the product. According to Adobe, all they get during activation is the software serial number and a random number that is a unique ID for your computer.

You can install the software on two computers, but can only use one at a time. In addition, it is possible to deactivate the software on one machine—that's not the same as uninstalling—so you can activate it on another computer. Let's say that you have one workstation at your work office and another workstation in your home office, and you install Photoshop CS2 on both machines. Then you purchase a laptop for on-the-road work. In order to use Photoshop CS2 on your laptop, you would transfer the activation (using Help>Transfer Activation). So you're really deactivating Photoshop CS2 on one workstation and then activating it on the laptop. If you needed to work on the two office workstations again, you would have to deactivate the laptop and activate the workstation.

In Their Words

Here's what Adobe says about activation from their FAQ page:

Q1:May I use the software on more than one computer at a time?
A1: The activation process supports installation on two machines. The Adobe product license agreement allows the primary user to install the product on a primary computer and also on a home or laptop computer for his or her use, provided that the two copies are not used simultaneously. While the activation process supports installing and activating Adobe software on two machines, the usage of the product on the second computer is restricted to the user who licensed the software. Allowing others to use a second copy of the software violates the product license agreement.
Q2:Do I have to reactivate if I reformat my hard drive?
A2: As long as you don't perform a “low-level” reformat of your hard drive, you will not be required to reactivate your Adobe software. Please note that utilities (provided by the operating system vendor) typically used for reformatting the hard drive do not perform a “low-level” reformat.
Q3:Will I be required to reactivate Adobe software if I perform regular backups or restore my system? What about system upgrades?
A3: Backups and restoring your system using standard tools will not require reactivation. While reactivation after backing up or restoring the system was required in Adobe Photoshop CS software, Adobe has continued to improve the activation process with new technology that eliminates the need to reactivate after system restoration. In complex situations where the system is being upgraded, we recommend transferring activation before commencing the system upgrade. Once the system upgrade is completed, the subsequent install/restore will require reactivation, which is typically accomplished without difficulty.
Q4:Is activation related to registration? Does activation replace registration?
A4: Activation is completely separate from product registration, which is optional. Registration is for customers who want to receive information about product updates and other special offers from Adobe. In fact, the data for activation and registration reside on separate servers, and there is no linking of these separate sets of data.
Q5:How will the activation information be used?
A5: The unique serial number assigned to each copy of Adobe software is combined with a “machine identifier” for the user's computer. When the product is activated on a computer, this machine identifier and the product serial number are provided to Adobe to help ensure that each genuine copy of its software is not activated more than the permitted number of times. Adobe's activation system does not collect, transmit, or use any personal information.

Adobe Bridge

The File Browser is gone, replaced with Bridge. Although Bridge is very similar in many ways, there are some significant differences, including the following:

  • Bridge is a separate, standalone application that can be accessed from any application in the Adobe Creative Suite.

  • You no longer flag files but now use a star ranking system and/or color coding.

  • There are four built-in workspaces and the ability to make your own, plus you can use the View menu to hide any panel in Bridge.

  • There's a different keyboard shortcut to open Bridge as opposed to the File Browser: Command-Option-O (PC: Control-Alt-O).

  • You can work with Camera Raw within Bridge or launch it in Photoshop.

  • Folders now appear in alphabetical order and can be deleted (in the File Browser it was not possible to delete a folder unless it was empty).

  • The result of pressing Command-D (PC: Control-D) has changed: In the File Browser it deselected all selected thumbnails; in Bridge it duplicates the selected thumbnail(s). To deselect, you now press Command-Shift-A (PC: Control-Shift-A).

  • Bridge has a Slide Show feature that lets you rank images as you view the slide show.

  • The Search feature in the File Browser is now the Find command, with the easy-to-remember shortcut Command-F (PC: Control-F).


There have been some fundamental changes to the way that the Layers palette operates—and therefore how you work with layers. Changes include:

  • Sets are now known as Groups, but otherwise function in the same way.

  • There is now a keyboard shortcut for creating a Group. Select the layers you want in the Group and then press Command-G (PC: Control-G).

  • The shortcut for creating a clipping mask was Command-G (PC: Control-G); now it is Command-Option-G (PC: Control-Alt-G).

  • The Links column in the Layers palette (beside the Eye icons) is gone—instead you now have two options: If you need to move multiple layers at once, you do not need to link them. Simply select the layers in the Layers palette and move them using the Move tool (V) within your document. How-ever, the layers are not linked, so as soon as you select another layer, the originally selected layers will not move together. If you want a more “permanent” form of linking, select the layers and then click on the Link icon, which appears on the bottom-left corner of the Layers palette. The Link icon will then appear to the right of the layer, indicating that these layers are linked—and will remain linked until you unlink them. To unlink layers, select any one of the linked layers and click on the Link icon at the bottom of the palette.

  • To perform Stamp Visible (sometimes referred to as Copy Merged), it's no longer necessary to make a blank layer first. Now just hide any layer you don't want to include, target the top layer, and press Command-Option-Shift-E (PC: Control-Alt-Shift-E).

  • It's much easier to copy a layer mask from one layer to another—just hold down Option (PC: Alt), click on the layer mask thumbnail, and drag-and-drop it onto another layer.

  • Now you can simply move a layer mask to a different layer by clicking on the layer mask thumbnail and dragging it to the appropriate layer.

  • In Photoshop CS, you dragged a layer style to copy it to another layer. Now if you drag the layer effect, it will move it to the other layer. To copy the layer style, hold down Option (PC: Alt), click on the Layer Effects icon (it looks like the letter “ƒ”) to the right of the layer, and drag it to the appropriate layer.

  • Another method of duplicating a layer has been added to Photoshop CS2—just hold down Option (PC: Alt) and drag the layer within the Layers palette to duplicate it (and position it).



  • Color Replacement tool was J, now it's B.

  • To cycle through Brush/Pencil/Color Replacement, press Shift-B.

  • Spot Healing tool is J.

  • Red Eye tool is J.

  • To cycle through Spot Healing/Healing/Patch/Red Eye, press Shift-J.

File Menu:

Browse (launch Bridge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-O (PC: Control-Alt-O)—Changed.
Close and go to Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Shift-W (PC: Control-Shift-W)—New!
Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . As Command-Option-Shift-O (PC: Control-Alt-Shift-O)—New!
File Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-Shift-I (PC: Control-Alt-Shift-I)—Changed.

Edit Menu:

Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-Shift-M (PC: Control-Alt-Shift-M)—New!

Image Menu:

Canvas Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-C (PC: Control-Alt-C)—New!
Image Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-I (PC: Control-Alt-I) —New!

Select Menu:

All Layers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-A (PC: Control-Alt-A)—New!


Create/Release Clipping Mask . . . . . . Command-Option-G (PC: Control-Alt-G)—Changed.
Group Layers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-G (PC: Control-G)—Changed.
Ungroup Layers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Command-Shift-G (PC: Control-Shift-G)—Changed.
Select Previous Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Option-Shift-[ (Left Bracket key) (PC: Alt-Shift-[)—New!
Select Next Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Option-Shift-] (Right Bracket key) (PC: Alt-Shift-])—New!
Select Bottom Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Option-, (Comma key) (PC: Alt-,)—New!
Select Top Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Option-. (Period key) (PC: Alt-.)—New!
Select Layers to Bottom Layer . . . . . . Option-Shift-, (Comma key) (PC: Alt-Shift-,)—New!
Select Layers to Top Layer . . . . . . . . . Option-Shift-. (Period key) (PC: Alt-Shift-.)—New!


Add Composite Selection . . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-Shift–~ (Tilde key) (PC: Control-Alt-Shift–~)—New!
Add Layer Mask Selection . . . . . . . . . Command-Option-Shift-\(Backslash key) (PC: Control-Alt-Shift-\)—New!
Add Selection from Channel 1–9 . . . Command-Option-Shift-1 (2, 3, etc., through 9) (PC: Control-Alt-Shift-1 [2, 3, etc., through 9])—New!

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