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Save time by creating your own tool presets

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

Application:

Adobe Photoshop 7/CS

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

Keywords:

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.

 

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B

 

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...