Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Photoshop Global Light Settings Tip

Hi!! I hope you all had a fantastic iNSD! I am working on drawings for a new kit for release later in May and I’ll be back shortly with a little sneak peek and a give away contest!!

Today while I was working, Photoshop crashed on me. When I restarted I realized that my preference settings had reset to default. Most of the default settings are just fine for me, but I have a few modifications to Photoshop that make the program more workable for my purposes. One of the modified settings I love the most is the default global light setting. Did you know you can change your global light angle default setting for new documents?

My personal preference for shadows is not the default 120 degree angle. I usually change my shadow angle to match (as closely as possible) the angle of the bevels and inner shadows that the designer chose when designing  kit I’m scrapbooking with. When scrapping with my own kits, I prefer to use a 135 degree angle and since I most often scrap with my own products, I set my global light settings to default at 135 degrees for all new documents. This is a very simple and quick change that you can make to your own settings if you have a preferred shadow angle as well!

Start by opening up Photoshop. Make sure that there are no documents open. Click on Layer, and select Global Light…


Next, in the Angle: box, type the angle you wish to have as your default global light setting for new documents. Click OK.


Now whenever you open a new document, the default will be your preferred shadow angle.

Hope you enjoyed this quick tip!! See you soon with a sneak peek!


Carolyn L. said...

Wow, thanks for the tip! I didn't even know what a global light setting was! I always use 141 because that is what the designer used in her tutorial on learning to digi scrap. Have any more useful tips?

Can't wait to see what I am buying next!

Kristin said...

Thank you! Glad it's helpful to you Carolyn!! I'm sure I could come up with more tips if people like them! I'll try to think of some that I can add every couple weeks! :)

Kathryn said...

Thank you for the tip. I love learning these shortcuts.

Carolyn L. said...

Oh phooey, it doesn't work in PSE11. Maybe I should pay more attention when I read??? ;)

Ponytails said...

I had no idea you could do that! I love it... thanks!

A said...

Nice little tip! Thank you!