- Open the tool presets palette
- Experiment with standard tool presets
- Create your own instrument presets
- Preset Tool Palette Options
Open the tool presets palette
Creating tool presets in Photoshop is a great way to speed up your workflow and remember your favorite and most used settings. A tool preset is a named, saved version of a tool and specifically related settings such as width, opacity, and brush size.
To work with tool sets, first open the tool preset palette by going to “ Window > Tool Presets “. Depending on the current tool selected in the Photoshop toolbar, a list of presets will appear in the presets palette, or a message stating that there are no presets for the current instrument. Some Photoshop tools have built-in presets. , others don’t.
Experiment with standard tool presets
You can customize presets for almost any tool in Photoshop. Since the crop tool has a few simple settings, it’s a good starting point. Select the Crop tool on the toolbar and note the list of default presets in the tool’s presets palette. Standard photo sizes are available, such as 4×6 and 5×7. Click on one of the options and the values will be automatically filled in in the Height, Width and Resolution fields of the Crop Toolbar. If you click on some of Photoshop’s other tools, such as the Brush and Gradient, you’ll see more default presets.
Create your own instrument presets
While some of the default settings are certainly useful, the real power of this palette lies in creating your own tool presets. Select the crop tool again, but this time enter your own values in the boxes at the top of the screen. To create a new clipping preset based on these values, click the create a new toolbox at the bottom of the toolbox palette. This icon is highlighted in yellow in the screenshot. Photoshop will automatically recommend a name for the preset, but you can change the name to suit your needs. This can be useful if you often crop images to the same size for a client or project.
Once you understand the concept of a preset, it’s easy to see how useful they can be. Try making presets for different instruments and you will see that you can save any combination of variables. This feature allows you to save your favorite fills, text effects, brush sizes and shapes, and even eraser settings.
Preset Tool Palette Options
The small arrow in the top right corner of the Tool Preset Palette, which is highlighted in the screenshot, gives you several options to change the look of the palette and your presets. Click the arrow to open options for renaming presets, viewing different list styles, and even saving and loading presets. Often you don’t always need to list all your presets, so you can use the save and load options to create groups of presets for specific projects or styles. You will see that Photoshop already has default groups.
If you use tool presets all the time, you can save a lot of time from the need to enter detailed variables for each use of a tool, especially when you need to scroll through tasks and styles.