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Customizing Page Sizes in Adobe Photoshop

How to create new document presets By Dave Nagel
When you create a new document in Adobe Photoshop, are you bothered that you can't simply open up a preset for an image format you commonly use? I mean, let's say you work almost exclusively with one particular image size--maybe a widescreen DV resolution or a custom size for laying out quarter-page magazine ads or some such. But every time you want to create a new document, you have to enter the dimensions and resolution manually. Here's a simple way to solve this problem.

This handy, little tip may or may not be documented somewhere. I haven't seen it, and, at any rate, it's fairly well hidden. In fact, I probably would never have discovered it at all if it weren't for one particular user--Ken Crost--from our Adobe Photoshop user forum, and I give full credit to him for elucidating me on it.


Now, as I say, this method is fairly well hidden, but it's not particularly difficult. You just have to know where to look. So follow these few simple steps, which I'm breaking out for you so that you can understand what's going on along the way.

1. Locate the file called "New Doc Sizes.txt" on your hard drive. It should be located in your Presets folder within the Adobe Photoshop folder.



2. Open up this document and scroll to the bottom after reading the instructions.



3. To create a new custom file size, start a new line at the bottom of the document. Begin by giving the new preset a name in quotes, such as "Dave's 480" or "Dave's 486." Just something to let you know what the preset is.



4. Hit your Tab key, and then type the width of your document. Enter it in whatever form you like, whether you'll be using inches, centimeters or pixels. for example, you can type in 720 or 8.5 or whatever. Then hit tab again and enter the height of the image. (You can also use multiple tabs, if you'd like to line things up better for future reference.)




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