Changing the theme in Photoshop CS6

One of the new updates to Photoshop CS6 is the brand new look to the interface. Adobe gave Photoshop a brand new dark look that is a very similar look to Lightroom and works great for images so your eye isn’t distracted by the menus and other items but lets you focus on the image. But what if you don’t like the new look, the great thing is Adobe gave us some control over the theme.

To get into the theme settings click on the Photoshop menu –> Preferences –> Interface.
Here it’s pretty straightforward, at the top you can choose from 1 of 4 different themes ranging from Black to Light Grey. Underneath that you can also set the color of the main screen as well as if you want the border of the image to be a drop shadow, line or no border.

You can also set some additional options here like how documents are opened and if you want to see tool tips. Another one of my favorite settings that isn’t turned on by default is the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. If you check this on then any panels you open like the history panel, property panel or tool presets will automatically close once you click outside of the toolbar. Keeps your screen nice and minimal and clean.

Just a quick little tip today, but stay tuned for much more with Photoshop CS6 coming soon!

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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