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Photoshop Personalization Tips

Have you taken the time to personalize your Photoshop Performance settings yet?  If not, it could be that you need a few good tips on the best settings to customize.  If you’ve forgotten to do these important steps, may we remind you that tweaking your settings to fit your personal specifications can save time and effort in the long-run – something we definitely appreciate in the design.  Take a look at the tips below, and consider improving your Photoshop experience with just a few extra conveniences.

 1. Adjust The Number Of History States

Its quite possible you’ve tried a countless number of times to “undo” your work on Photoshop as you normally for say, a Word document.  By now, then, you should know it doesn’t quite work that way.  Photoshop won’t provide more steps to undo, but don’t lose hope.  We’ll give you an easy way to fix this.
Head to the History States setting in the “Edit> Preferences> Performance menu, and simply add the number of history states you prefer – even up to 1000 history states.

2. Turn Off the ‘Font Preview’

As a designer, you’ll want your activities streamlined as much as possible so that the things that impede forward progress are eliminated.  This may include turning off certain features, like the font previews that clutter your workspace and slow down Photoshop’s overall performance.  Get this done, easily in two steps.  First, head over to the menu of ‘’Edit> Preferences > Type’’.  From there, unclick the ‘’Font Preview Size check mark’’.  Simple!

 3. The Small Thumbnails

If you choose to place thumbnail previews in certain palettes, you’re certain to eat the much needed RAM that could be used more efficiently elsewhere.  This is because Photoshop continuously updates thumbnails in the Channels, Layers and Paths palettes once changed.  Here’s a good solution.  Choose panel options in every palette and select either the smallest or not any thumbnail size.  This should enhance the performance of your Photoshop by eliminating a few of the memory capacity issues.

 4. Maximize the Compatibility of PSB and PSD File

Do you want your PSD and PBS files to open in previous versions of Photoshop?  If so you should adjust the maximum compatibility function of PSB and PSD File to “Ask’ ’or “Always”.  When you allow it, this function will add the extra data needed to enable your PBS and PSD files in older versions. It will also allow the use of ‘Edit in the Photoshop feature’ in ‘Photoshop Lightroom’.  To do so, select the “Photoshop’’ > ‘’Preferences’’ > ‘’File Handling”.

5. Don’t mess Your Photoshop

With an eye toward increasing performance, be wise in your choice of free features and plug-ins to install.  Too many will unnecessarily burden the software.  A simple set of brushes and fonts adhering closely to personal style or choice is all that is needed.  If selections and choices are kept versatile, fewer devices will be needed for good design.

 6. Reorganize your Default Settings

The final tip can help if you’ve gone just a little too far with all the customizing and would like to take things back their original state.  For each application, at it’s launch, press the ‘’Alt + Control + Shift (Windows)’’ / ‘’Command + Option + Shift (Mac)’’.  This will create a pop-up window which will ask whether you’d like to reset all preferences to default. 

Let these six tips guide your Photoshop personal settings.  It just may pay off big in the long run.


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