Now, there is another great level of customization that you have here inside of Photoshop CS3 and that is the ability to customize your menus. Now a great example of this is located inside of one of the workspaces actually here inside of Photoshop CS3. So I am going to go ahead and show that to you now under Window>Workspace and then choose What's New in CS3.
Now when you do this, it is going to tell you that the selected workspace will modify menu and our keyboard shortcut sets, would you like to apply this workspace? I am going to go ahead, this time I am going to select Don't show again, because I do not want this each and every time I switch workspaces, because I already know that it is going to overwrite keyboard shortcuts and menu items. So I am going to go ahead and say don't show that again and will go ahead and click Yes.
Now, you are not going to see a real big visual change from this, simply because this is only a menu set change here, none of the interface items change on screen, obviously, but there are some different menu things to change. For instance, I open up the Filter menu here. You are going to see several different things that are in light blue and what those are, are things that are new in CS3.
So, for instance, if you are new to the program here to CS3, go ahead and turn on this workspace and you are going to be able to cycle through all of these areas and find things that are new, things that have changed. This is a great example of both how to get more familiar with the CS3 interface itself and also the ability of customization you have with the menu items.
So by creating custom menus you have the ability to highlight different areas of menus, you also have the ability to control the visibility of certain menu items. So how exactly do we go about changing this? Well, I am going to go back first to the default workspace just to kind of get rid of these and we will go back to Window>Workspace>Default Workspace, like so.
What we are going to do now is we are going to come up here underneath the Edit menu and we will choose Menus. Now inside of the Menus dialog box, which by the way is just an extra tab that is associated with the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box, what we are going to do inside of here is we are going to mess around with some of these menus just to give you an idea of exactly how to do this.
For instance, I am going to go up underneath the Filter menu here, I'm just going to twirl that open by clicking little triangle icon and then I will cycle down to maybe one of the Artistic filters here. So inside the Artistic filter portion of that menu, if you find yourself using one of these commands more so than others, like let us say you used Neon Glow a little bit more than the rest of them.
Let us say you want to associate a color with this, you could do so simply by clicking right here underneath the Color tab and selecting from any of these colors in here. Let's go ahead and say that we want to put it in green, and let us also say that maybe I do not really want to see the Colored Pencil option every single time I open that dialog box because it just kind of gets in my way. Go ahead then and turn off this little eyeball icon which toggles Visibility.
Now what we are going to do is we are going save this as a menu set. So we are going to click on the little disc with the green arrow because remember we do not want to overwrite our defaults, I will just call this Justin.mnu and I will go ahead and click Save. Now when I twirl-open this dialog box here you will notice that I have Justin listed inside of here as well as my Photoshop Defaults and then many other presets that ship with CS3.
So I am going to go ahead then, I will click OK, I now have my custom menu set invoked here inside of Photoshop. So, for instance, if I were to go to -- let me target this layer here so I have the ability to go to the Filter menu. I will choose Artistic, you see there I do not have Colored Pencil at the top of the dialog box anymore, you go straight to Cutout and then also have Neon Glow highlighted in green.
So you could see how this would be useful in specific instances where if you are just doing portrait retouching or something you could highlight the blurs or highlight the sharpening setting. So this is a great way just to limit what you see and to highlight what you use often.
So I am going to go ahead then, we'll click out of there and I am going to go back to the Edit menu. I am going to choose Menus again and I will select Photoshop Defaults and click OK just so I am right back on the same page as I was when we first started this lesson.