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Adobe Photoshop Q and A

Adobe Photoshop Q and A

What are the Mac and Mac LCD anti-aliasing options in the Type menu used for?

There may be times when you’re designing a project in Photoshop CC and you’d like the type in the design to mimic what it would look like if it appeared in a Web browser. Simply choose either Mac or Mac LCD (PC: Windows or Windows LCD) under Type>Anti-Alias. This will create semitransparent/ shaded pixels around the text that will give it a crisper look, mimicking what you’d see in the browser.

What’s the difference between the Adaptive Wide Angle and Lens Correction filters in Photoshop?

Lens Correction (found under the Filter menu) is a feature that’s built into Photoshop to correct common problems that you have with lenses. We’re talking about vignetting, distortion, chromatic aberration—things like that. It covers many types of lenses, wide and small. When it encounters a wide-angle lens, something like a 14–24mm lens, the filter will do some distortion correction but not really straighten an image out completely. Adaptive Wide Angle (also found under the Filter menu) focuses on one thing—really wide angles. Not only does it read the lens information to attempt to correct the distortion in your image, but it also gives you a Constraint tool to draw a line along an area you believe should be straight, and it then distorts the image to follow that line. It doesn’t focus on vignetting and chromatic aberration.

I see that there’s a Remote Connections option under the Edit menu. What is that used for?

In an effort to take the Photoshop experience further, Adobe designed a set of tools that allows users to take control of the program remotely using apps on tablets and smartphones. To do this, you’ll need two things: access to a network connection to get to Photoshop, and a secure way of doing so. When you select this option, you’ll be taken to the Plug-Ins section of the Preferences dialog. The Remote Connection settings let you name this connection and set up a password so that others won’t be able to access it maliciously. Two apps that were made to take advantage of this technology were Adobe Nav and Adobe Color Lava, both can be found on iTunes.

I’m doing a lot of detail work on a graphic. What’s the best way for me to quickly zoom in and out to see my progress?

I recommend two ways of doing this. First, with the document open, go to Window>Arrange>New Window for [filename]. This will create what looks like a duplicate document window. In fact, this is the same document that can be zoomed to a completely different size. Separate the two windows, and one can stay really zoomed in while the other one shows the overall progress. The second option is to use the Bird’s Eye view in Photoshop. Once you’re zoomed into a document, press-and-hold the letter H to temporarily activate the Hand tool. Click-and-hold anywhere on the document, and it will immediately zoom out to a full view of the image. A white rectangle will appear around your cursor. Move this to a different area of the image and release the mouse button. It will zoom into that area at the zoom percentage you were originally using.

The Color Picker is set to a weird color. What happened here?

Chances are you inadvertently clicked on one of the radio buttons in the Color Picker. By default, the H (or Hue) radio button is selected. When H is selected, the color ramp (the thin vertical bar in the middle of the dialog) shows all of the hues that you can choose from, and the big box to the left is dedicated to shade. If you click on any other radio button, let’s say the S (or Saturation) button, the ramp will change. In the case of S, it will show shades of the currently selected color, representing the saturation of that color, and the big box on the left will look completely different. Just click on the H radio button and it will go back to normal.


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