Defining a New Tool Preset

Defining a new tool preset is straightforward: Select a tool and define its settings on the options bar. Next, click the Create New Tool Preset icon at the bottom of the Tool Presets palette (Figure 3-39) or choose New Tool Preset from the palette menu or by clicking the tool's icon in the options bar and selecting New Tool Preset from the pop-up palette menu. In the New Tool Preset dialog box, enter a memorable name and select the options presented (they differ according to the tool). Click the OK button.

If the preset is important to you and you intend to use it repeatedly, make sure that you save it. To save a preset, enter the Preset Manager (Edit ^ Preset Manager), choose Tools from the pop-up menu, select one of the presets, and then click Save Set.


Using custom tool presets can catch you off guard because the settings remain in force until you select another custom preset or reset the tool. For example, if you just used a brush preset that had the blend mode set to Overlay and you then selected the Brush tool, it will still have the blend mode set to Overlay! To revert to the default tool setting, Right-click (Windows), Ctrl-click (Mac OS) the tool icon in the options bar (the first icon from the left) and select Reset Tool.

Figure 3-39: The Tool Presets palette, showing presets for an assortment of tools.
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