Customizing Photoshop for Web Design

TIPS IN THIS CHAPTER

► Check Your Screen Resolution 8

► Change Your Default Unit of Measurement to Pixels 9

► Customize the Color and Style of Your Ruler Guides 10

► Check Your Color Picker 12

► Use Web Color Sliders 14

► Use Web-Safe Color Swatches 15

► Create Your Own Swatch Libraries 16

► Customize the Info Palette 17

► Make the Color Management Settings Web-Specific 19

► Use RGB for the Default Proof Setup 20

► Make File Extensions Web-Friendly 21

► Determine Whether to Use Image Previews or Thumbnails 22

► Save Copyright Information for Files 23

► Define and Save Your Preferred Workspace 25

► Learn the Keyboard Shortcuts 27

► Enable Workgroup Functionality 31

Just about every program you work with on your computer contains some set of preferences you can customize to suit your specific needs, and Photoshop is no different. This chapter opens with a discussion on how the Photoshop preferences can affect your work as a web designer, and continues with essential tips on customizing your version of Photoshop for the design of web graphics.

Why Customize Photoshop?

When you use a program like Photoshop frequently, you undoubtedly find yourself performing the same or similar tasks over and over again. For web designers, this might mean changing the unit of measurement for each Photoshop file from inches to pixels—the unit of measurement used on computer monitors. Typically, the developers of the program know this and find ways to minimize the time it takes for you to perform tasks such as this one.

By customizing Photoshop for tasks commonly associated with web design, you not only can save yourself time but also make it easier for the program itself to produce your desired results. For example, by changing your default unit of measurement to pixels—a tip included in this chapter—the program will use pixels as its unit of measurement by default, for every file you open. That way, you'll more easily be able to recognize the screen measurements of web graphics than if you had to first translate the measurements from inches or centimeters to pixels.

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