Managing Presets in Photoshop CS6
Adapted from Photoshop CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit Press)
By Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas
|In the Export/Import Presets dialog, for each selected library we decided to export, we clicked the right arrowhead. (Our next step will be to click Export Presets.)|
Using the Preset Manager
Using the all-inclusive Preset Manager dialog, you can save and load Photoshop presets of any variety.
To save presets as a library via the Preset Manager:
- To open the Preset Manager, do one of the
Choose Edit > Presets > Preset Manager.
Choose Preset Manager from the menu of any picker or panel (e.g., the Custom Shape picker or the Swatches or Styles panel).
On the Brush or Brush Presets panel, click the Open Preset Manager button.
- From the Preset Type menu, choose the category of presets for which you want to create a library, or press the shortcut that is listed on the menu.
- From the menu in the dialog, choose a view option for the scroll window (such as Small Thumbnail or Small List). For Brushes, you can choose Stroke Thumbnail view to display a sample of the brush stroke alongside each thumbnail.
- Shift-click or Ctrl-click/Cmd-click the presets to be saved in a library, then click Save Set.
- In the Save dialog, enter a name for the new library, keep the default extension and location, then click Save.
- Click Done to exit the Preset Manager.
- Relaunch Photoshop.
To rename a preset when the Preset Manager is in a thumbnail view, double-click the thumbnail, then change the name in the dialog. If the Preset Manager is in a text-only or list view, double-click the preset name. You can also select multiple presets and then click Rename, in which case naming dialogs will open in succession.
You can reset any category of presets to the factory defaults, append (add) more presets to the current ones on the picker or panel, or replace the current presets with those in a library. Presets on the pickers and panels remain there when you relaunch Photoshop. Changes made in the Preset Manager appear in the corresponding picker, and vice versa.
To load presets via the Preset Manager:
- Open the Preset Manager by following step 1 in the instructions above.
- From the Preset Type menu, choose a category of presets.
- Any unsaved presets on the chosen picker will be deleted in the next step, unless you select the Append option. To save the current presets as a library before proceeding, follow steps 4–5 above.
- From the menu in the dialog, choose a library
name; or to reload the default library, choose
Reset [preset type]. In the alert dialog, click
Append to add the new library to the current
ones on the picker, or click OK to replace the current presets with the new ones.
If the picker contains any unsaved presets (you didn’t follow step 3, above), another alert will appear. Click Don’t Save or Save.
- Optional: To delete presets from the picker (not from the library), click a preset to be deleted or Shift-click or Ctrl-click/Cmd-click multiple presets, then click Delete. This can’t be undone (but of course you can reload any library).
- Click Done to exit the Preset Manager.
|In the Preset Manager dialog, choose a category from the Preset Type menu, select all the presets to be saved in a library, then click Save Set.|
Creating Tool Presets
For any tool, you can choose a preset (such as a brush), Options bar settings, and a Foreground color (if applicable), then save that collection of settings as a tool preset. Thereafter, upon selecting that tool, you can simply choose your preset from the Tool Preset picker on the Options bar or from the Tool Presets panel; it contains all your saved settings. Although tool presets take some time and effort to set up initially, it’s time well spent.
To acquaint yourself with the Tool Presets panel, uncheck Current Tool Only. The tool presets for all tools display. Click a tool preset; the tool with which that preset is used becomes selected automatically. Check Current Tool Only; only presets for the current tool display. Via the panel or picker menu, you can load additional presets.
To create a tool preset:
- Select a tool and choose Options bar settings for it. For some tools, such as the brush and shape tools, the current Foreground color can be included in the preset; for the Gradient tool, you can include the currently selected gradient. If you opt to do this, choose that color or gradient now.
- Do either of the following:
At the far left end of the Options bar, click the Tool Preset picker thumbnail or arrowhead.
Show the Tool Presets panel.
- Click the New Tool Preset button on the picker or panel. The New Tool Preset dialog opens.
- Optional: Rename the preset, if desired.
- Optional: Check Include Color or Include Gradient (if listed).
- Click OK. The new preset appears on the Tool Preset picker and the Tool Presets panel.
- The presets that are on the Tool Presets panel
(for all tools) will still be there when you relaunch
Photoshop, but will disappear if you replace
them with a library. To preserve your custom pre-sets for future use, see "To save the presets currently on a picker
as a library" at the beginning of this article.
To restore the default tool presets, follow the steps shown above. Don’t confuse the Reset Tools command with the Reset Tool Presets command.
To create a variation of an existing tool preset, click a preset, choose custom settings for it, then follow steps 3–6, above (rename it in step 4).
Some Ideas for Tool Presets
Take note of which tools you use most often, and which settings you normally choose for them. Here are a few ideas for custom presets:
- Brush panel settings, Options bar settings, and a Foreground color for the Brush tool or Mixer Brush tool (for the latter tool, remember to choose Wet, Load, and Mix settings)
- Custom Options bar settings for the Crop tool
- Character panel and Options bar settings for the Horizontal Type or Vertical Type tool, including a color
- Frequently used Options bar settings for healing tools, such as the Healing Brush or Spot Healing Brush tool, or for the Clone Stamp or Sharpen tool
- Oft-used settings for the selection tools (e.g., Fixed Ratio settings for the Rectangular Marquee tool)
- Options bar settings for the Gradient tool, with the “Black, White” gradient preset chosen
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|Excerpted from Photoshop CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas. Copyright © 2012 Used with permission of Pearson Education, Inc. and Peachpit Press.|