Viewing All Tool Presets at Once
By default, the Tool Presets picker on the options bar lists only the presets for the tool selected in the Tools palette. If you'd rather see all presets for all tools, disable the Current Tool Only checkbox at the bottom of the Tool Presets list (
). Showing presets for all tools can be useful if you want to change to a different tool and preset with just one click;
Figure 4.21. Disable the Current Tool Only checkbox to list tool presets for all tools.
If you become a total preset junkie, you can display the Tool Presets lists as a palette (
). Click the Tool Presets tab in the palette well or choose Windows > Tool Presets. In the Tool Presets palette, tool presets are always visible and you can position the palette
Figure 4.22. The Tool Presets list
Save your frequently used type specifications as tool presets for the type tools. Photoshop doesn't have paragraph or character styles, so you can use tool presets to store combinations options bar settings such as font, type
Viewing and Managing All Presets at Once
Performing overall administration of your presets throughout Photoshop can be a bit of a challenge if you're trying to do it by going from palette to palette, because presets are spread out all over the place. Although the Tool Presets palette lists only tool presets, the Preset Manager ( Figure 4.23 ) lists all presets of all types in one place, while also giving you the ability to rename and delete presets, save them to disk as files, and load them from disk. Saving presets to disk is useful for things like distributing standard presets throughout a workgroup, or simply storing backup copies of presets separately from Photoshopa good idea in case you need to reinstall or upgrade Photoshop.
Figure 4.23. You can manage all presets in the Preset Manager dialog box.
Some types of presets are easier to view as
In the Preset Manager you see a column of buttons along the right side of the dialog box: Load, Save Set, Rename, and Delete. You can use those