Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by 455595jkkawe, Aug 31, 2012.

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    455595jkkawe Guest

    In CS6 is there a way to have the "Adjustments" menu displayed constantly?

    Currently I keep doing the "Image" > "Adjustments" > then I can finally
    pick Curves, Levels etc.
    I generally make about 8 or more adjustments on each picture. It seems
    like a real waste - when in my opinion it would make sense to pick the
    item directly with one click from my second monitor.
    455595jkkawe, Aug 31, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    I have CS4, not CS6, but I'm sure they're the same in this regard.
    The answer is "No" if I understand your question correctly. You want
    the drop-down of "Image>Adjustment" to remain open at all times to
    choose the adjustment in that drop-down.

    What can speed up your work, though, is learning the keyboard
    shortcuts. Levels = Control + L, Curves = Control + M, etc.

    However, when you use the Adjustments drop-down, or the shortcuts like
    this, you are making all of those adjustments to the same layer. If
    you're into your fourth adjustment, and figure out that you don't like
    your third, you have to delete that layer and start over.

    If you use the Adjustment Layers icon at the bottom, you create a new
    layer for each adjustment, and can go back and change that adjustment
    in that layer.
    tony cooper, Aug 31, 2012
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    455595jkkawe Guest

    I do use shortcuts a lot but then there is Vibrance or Channel Mixer that
    have none ( for whatever reason).
    I did use adjustment layers for months but dumped that except in special
    455595jkkawe, Aug 31, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Your choice as far as layers. I wouldn't do it your way, but you do
    what fits your workflow.

    Why not create an action to open the dropdown and assign a function
    key to the action?
    tony cooper, Sep 1, 2012
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    one Guest

    I recall once having a utility for my Mac (or maybe it was part of the
    System) which gave me tear-off menus, though I can't recall if it enabled
    tear-off submenus. Maybe there's something similar for Windows.

    Alternatively, maybe Configurator could produce something to suit you:

    one, Sep 1, 2012
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    455595jkkawe Guest

    I very rarely change my mind - say 1-10 at most. There are plenty of ways
    to go back to earlier versions
    This is one rather than two key strokes. Have not spent any time learning
    actions yet. I like to keep things real simple - if possible.
    455595jkkawe, Sep 1, 2012
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    455595jkkawe Guest

    I'm running W7 and 'plain' CS6. Not sure if configurator will work with
    it and for what I have in mind.
    455595jkkawe, Sep 1, 2012
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    Ülysses Guest

    Adobe Photoshop has a host of automation tools, one of the most versatile
    and powerful of them is called an action. In fact, some of the other
    automation commands, such as batches and droplets, derive their
    functionality from actions.

    An action is like a macro or script; however, while scripts have a
    reputation for being confusing and difficult, actions are very easy to
    create. If you know how to use Photoshop, you know most of what you need to
    create your own actions.

    For example, let's say that you have 100 digital photos that you'd like to
    post on the Internet. Normally, you'd have to load each one, scale, color
    correct, sharpen, and then save them one at a time. Alternatively, you could
    create an action that does all the "dirty work" for you - and best of all,
    you'll get consistent results in far less time than you could've achieved by
    doing it manually!

    Although actions can be used to automate all sorts of tasks, some common
    uses include:

    batch-processing multiple images;
    applying consistent treatments;
    repeating tedious or mundane tasks; or
    distributing reproducible special effects.
    To better understand actions, let's begin with a comprehensive overview of
    the Actions panel, including the commands available in the Actions panel
    menu. We'll then use these commands to create a couple of actions of our
    very own!

    Introduction to the Actions Panel
    The Actions panel is sort of like a "mini action editor": it allows you to
    create (record), edit, load, save, delete and play actions (among other
    things). To show or hide the Actions panel, use the Window » Show Actions
    command or press the F9 key.
    Ülysses, Sep 1, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Reverting to earlier version is the least of the benefits of using layers.
    Perhaps your particular workflow doesn't require layers, but by
    rejecting them you are discarding one of the most powerful and useful
    features of photoshop.

    Consider the effect of blending modes and making subtle adjustment by
    employing the opacity slider.
    Adjustment & effects layers are tools which are worth learning about.
    Since you have already bought PS why not use it fully?

    Consider getting Matt Kloskowski's Layers book, you might learn something.
    Savageduck, Sep 1, 2012
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    pburdett Guest

    I have CS6. This is easy...I have the adjustment menu showing all the time.
    Just select it from the window menu and dock it to any other panels you
    have. It will remain available all the time (make sure you save the

    pburdett, Sep 2, 2012
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    455595jkkawe Guest

    For adj layers only
    455595jkkawe, Sep 3, 2012
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