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Save time by creating your own tool presets

Added on Sunday 27th of March 2005 12:10 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Photoshop, Custom, Tool, Preset


When working in Photoshop, I have certain tools I use regularly. I frequently use the same settings each time I use these tools, but I have to reset them the next time I open Photoshop. Is there a way to save my settings so I have my own custom tools to work with?


Creating a custom tool is a great way to become more efficient in Photoshop. Not only can you save one set of settings, you can create as many custom tool settings as you want.


To create a custom tool:

1.          Launch Photoshop.

2.          Choose Window > Tool Presets to display the Tool Presets palette shown in Figure A.

3.          Select a tool to customize from the Toolbox. For our example, we’re going to make a custom brush.

4.          On the tool options bar, set your tool’s options just the way you want them.

5.          Choose New Tool Preset from the Tool Presets palette’s pop-up menu.

6.          In the resulting dialog box, give your tool a descriptive name and, depending on your preference, select or deselect the Include Color check box as displayed in Figure B.

7.          Click OK.





Now, whenever you want to use that tool, you can select it from the Tool Presets palette or even better, just click on the tool thumbna...


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