Type a value in the text box, and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).
Drag the slider.
Move the pointer over the title of a slider or pop‑up slider. When the pointer turns to a Hand icon, drag the scrubby slider to the left or right. This feature is available only for selected sliders and pop‑up sliders.
Drag the dial.
Click the arrow buttons in the panel to increase or decrease the value.
(Windows) Click the text box and then use the Up Arrow key and the Down Arrow key on the keyboard to increase or decrease the value.
Select a value from the menu associated with the text box.
A. Menu arrow B. Scrubby slider C. Text box D. Dial E. Slider
Some panels, dialog boxes, and options bars contain settings that use pop‑up sliders (for example, the Opacity option in the Layers panel). If there is a triangle next to the text box, you can activate the pop‑up slider by clicking the triangle. Position the pointer over the triangle next to the setting, hold down the mouse button, and drag the slider or angle radius to the desired value. Click outside the slider box or press Enter to close the slider box. To cancel changes, press the Esc key.
To increase or decrease values in 10% increments when the pop‑up slider box is open, hold down Shift and press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key.
A. Click to open the pop‑up slider box. B. Drag slider or angle radius.
You can also “scrub” some pop‑up sliders. For example, if you hold the pointer over the word “Fill” or “Opacity” in the Layers panel, the pointer changes to the Hand icon. Then you can move the pointer left or right to change the fill or opacity percentage.
In some panels, dialog boxes, and options bars, you can drag scrubby sliders to change option values. Scrubby sliders are hidden until you position the pointer over the title of sliders and pop‑up sliders. When the pointer changes to a Hand icon, you drag to the left or right. Holding down the Shift key while dragging accelerates the scrubbing by a factor of 10.
Pop‑up panels provide easy access to available options for brushes, swatches, gradients, styles, patterns, contours, and shapes. You can customize pop‑up panels by renaming and deleting items and by loading, saving, and replacing libraries. You can also change the display of a pop‑up panel to view items by their names, as thumbnail icons, or with both names and icons.
Click a tool thumbnail in the options bar to show its pop‑up panel. Click an item in the pop‑up panel to select it.
A. Click to show the pop‑up panel. B. Click to view the pop‑up panel menu.
Rename Tool Preset
Lets you enter a new name for the item.
Delete Tool Preset
Deletes an item in the pop‑up panel.
You can also delete an item in a pop‑up panel by holding down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and clicking the item.
Choose the Load Tool Presets command to add a library to the current list. Then select the library file you want to use, and click Load.
Choose the Replace Tool Presets command to replace the current list with a different library. Then select the library file you want to use, and click Load.
Choose a library file (displayed at the bottom of the panel menu). Then click OK to replace the current list, or click Append to add it to the current list.
(Mac OS) Include the extension of the library file name so that you can easily share the libraries across operating systems. Select Append File Extension Always in the File Handling Preferences to append extensions to file names.
Context menus display commands relevant to the active tool, selection, or panel. They are distinct from the menus across the top of the workspace.
Choose Edit > Menus.
Choose Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus and click the Menus tab.
Lets you show, hide, or add color to items in the application menus.
Lets you show, hide, or add color to items in panel menus.
To hide a menu item, click the Visibility button .
To show a menu item, click the empty Visibility button.
To add color to a menu item, click the color swatch (if no color is assigned, it will say None) and choose a color.
To save all changes to the current set of menus, click the Save Set button . Changes to a custom set are saved. If you’re saving changes to the Photoshop Defaults set, the Save dialog box opens. Enter a name for the new set and click Save.
To create a new set based on the current set of menus, click the Save Set As button .
If you haven’t saved the current set of changes, you can click Cancel to discard all changes and close the dialog box.
Choose Edit > Menus.
Choose Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus and click the Menu tab.
It’s possible to temporarily show items that you’ve hidden in a menu. After the menu closes, the items return to their hidden state.
From a menu with hidden items, choose Show All Menu Items.
Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) a menu with hidden items.
To permanently reveal all menu items, choose Window > Workspace > Essentials.