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Photoshop Preferences

Before you start working on your images in Photoshop, you need to configure some of the settings that work behind the scenes and control how different aspects of the program behave. We like to think of this routine as being similar to picking up a rental car at the airport. There are always a few adjustments we like to make, such as positioning the mirrors, adjusting the seat, making sure we know where the headlight switch is, checking the gas level, and finding a decent radio station, before we drive out of the parking lot and hit the open road.

Photoshop provides numerous ways for users to customize the program. From actions that record commonly performed tasks to user-defined keyboard shortcuts and saved workspaces, there are different avenues to setting up the program just the way you like it. The first place you should start, however, is the Preferences. On Windows systems, these can be found under the Edit menu; on Mac OS X, they're located under the Photoshop menu. There are a lot of preference settings, but we won't discuss each one in detail. Many of them are specific to tasks and workflows that are intended more for graphic design and Web-related work. Instead, we'll address the most important preferences that pertain to the overall operation of the program in general, and more specifically, to those items that have the most impact on the type of work that digital photographers do.


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