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■ If you have Save Palette Locations turned on, each time you close Photoshop 7, then open it again, all palettes will be in the same location they were before closing Photoshop 7. If the option is off, palettes will be displayed in the default layout. This feature may not seem particularly good, but for those who use lots of palettes, having the tools show up where you left off last time is a very nice feature indeed.

■ If you have set the preferences as suggested, your Preferences dialog box should now look like the one shown in Figure 1.6.

■ Click Next to get the File Handling dialog box shown in Figure 1.7. If you find that you frequently open previously opened files, which you have recently closed, you may want to set the Recent files list box to an appropriate number. This setting determines the number of files that appear in a menu when you choose File ^ Open Recent. I use this feature all the time so I set it for ten files.

■ Click Next to get the Displays & Cursors dialog box shown in Figure 1.8. I suggest that you experiment with each of the different cursor styles to decide which ones you most like. The default settings work for me in most cases. ■ Click Next to get the displays and Transparency & Gamut dialog box shown in Figure 1.9. These settings are generally fine just as they are.

■ Click Next to get the Units & Rulers dialog box shown in Figure 1.10. If you work on images for Web pages, you want to set Rulers to pixels. Should you plan on using guidelines or want to measure images that will be printed, set Rulers to inches.

While we're on the subject, when you want to use rulers while editing an image, choose View ^ Rulers (Ctrl+R) to display rulers. To turn off the rulers, choose View ^ Rulers again.

■ Setting Print Resolution to the correct setting for the printer you use most often saves you from having to change the print resolution field each time you create a new document.

■ Click Next to get the Guides, Grid & Slices dialog box shown in Figure 1.11. If you use grids, guidelines, or slices (for Web pages), then this dialog box allows you to determine how they will appear in your document window. For example, if you are laying out images to be printed out as a photo album, guides and grids set in the appropriate intervals and in an easily viewable color can be very useful.

To show a grid in a document window, choose View ^ Show ^ Grid. To add guidelines to a document, you must first make the rulers visible. To display the rulers choose View ^ Rulers (Ctrl+R). To make a vertical ruler, click inside the ruler along the left side of the document window and drag the ruler into the document where you want it to be placed while watching where it is on the ruler at the top of the document window. For horizontal rulers, do the same except click in the ruler at the top of the document window. Drag it down while viewing the ruler shown at the left side of the document to place the guide where you want it. Should you want to snap precisely on one of the ruler's marks, press and hold Shift while you are dragging the guide. You notice that this causes the guides to snap to the marks shown on the ruler. You can also change the color of the grid so that it may more easily be seen against the colors shown in your image.

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