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Thu, Mar 31, 2011 12:41 PM

Under consideration

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Photoshop: Better Preset Organization (sub-folders, tag, search)

I'd love a better way to organize brushes, shapes, and styles. Perhaps a way to tag them, then search or sort by tag.

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Adobe Administrator

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288.3K Points

3 years ago

In Photoshop CC 2018:

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Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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184 Points

Over here the search pop up does not show brush categories or names, nor open them in brush panel. it seems it can't access them. It only finds basic tools, brush, pencil etc, or filters.
Typing palette knife will only show the filter and no brush or tool preset with that name.
In contrast Corel Painter's search bar will show brush variants.

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Adobe Administrator

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a year ago

Individual panels and groups were added to most presets in Photoshop 2020: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new/2020.html#improved-presets-desktop

More to come!

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

42 Messages

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1.3K Points

10 years ago

This is an interesting idea -- if you have any more thoughts here on how to make such an addition a better experience please mention it. Thanks!

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418 Points

I've been waiting/ hoping for subfolders for presets for a very long time.It would be also nice to have better organization for camera profiles aw well. I'd love to have subfolders e.g.: Year> Jobnumber> Camera Profiles
Pretty much the same with presets.
This would help a lot and tons of speed for LR please.

The ability of syncing between two machines would help too. 

Cheers, Dan 

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418 Points

and navigation through folder and presets using the arrow keys
would speed up the workflow too. 

Please consider this too and tons of speed for LR.

Cheers, Dan

3 Messages

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164 Points

10 years ago

Add folder support for swatches. As I have to work on multiple projects per day, I would be more efficient than having to load my exernal swatches files (ase). In fact, I could be a little like Illustrator or even better! For instance, importing a folder directly from kuler would be a great addition.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Folders in swatches.

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2.2K Points

10 years ago

There are several 3rd party applications that provide some of what I'm asking for, but it would be better if it could be done within Photoshop: abrView (PC only) can view brushes, but not organize; Brush Pilot can view brushes in folders, but not tag; abrMate (PC only) can view brushes; PresetViewerBreeze is the closest, since it lets you view brushes, patterns, shapes, styles, gradients, contours, swatches, and fonts, but not organize.

The preset manager squishes the thumbnails into a square shape, so that some of the presets are hard to recognize. You can put presets into sets, but you have to load a whole set at one time, not one at a time.

I would like to be able to view and add various tags to each preset that I have on my computer (not just the loaded ones), and then be able to view/search/sort by tag, such as Christmas, Grungy, Watercolor, etc. Each preset could have numerous tags, so it could be grouped differently based on the search criteria. For example, you could have a brush that had a Christmas theme, but was also grungy. You should be able to to find it under both tags. I would also like to be able to load each preset, not the whole set at one time.

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422 Points

10 years ago

It is similar with the way of managing images in Bridge! Have the function of View/Search/Rate/Keywords/Group in presets will be great!

Champion

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882 Messages

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19.2K Points

10 years ago

When I saw the title, I immediately thought about Bridge!
When one knows that Bridge is supposed to be the command central of the Creative Suite, and that third party app are able to do that (never heard of PresetViewerBreeze before, thanks, Constance!), it is a bit sad...

46 Messages

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Yeah it is sad. A lot of useful things come from plugins to provide holes in Adobe's designs. No one knows that Bridge is the command center. Why would it be? It is not intuitive, slow, bloated and a real resource hog. Adobe made that decision–not the users.

35 Messages

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712 Points

9 years ago

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/520465...

A previous topic on this was started a while back. See the link above.

While there are organization tools via third party, hands down, other applications are ahead on this--including Corel, Painter, Manga Studio EX, and also type applications. I'd also like font management to come native to it. Details are in the link and there is a fair amount of support for the idea.

Be great to also be able to manage fonts and resources by project as well, for those of us who do things professionally. So if you use a font/resource, it automatically puts it into a panel. (Painter has similar functionality, so I know it can be done.)

Also, as mentioned in that thread, I'm pressing for being able to give the brush author credit in a meta-type set up, but optional... and also searchable.

Be great to have this across the board in all applications, not just Photoshop.

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Agreed. Painter, Sketchbook Pro and Manga studio have some great functionality, and have had for years. Like mirror/tile painting, real time brush rotation, stroke smoothing, ability to draw along specific angles are huge time- savers. Yet, Adobe tries to shove more lame features like 3D and Video into Photoshop...?

I love your comment. "for those who do things professionally..." yes. Listen to the professionals.

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195.8K Points

Please try to understand that Photoshop serves many professionals in many different areas. Video professionals and 3D professionals also have different needs and requests (including many we have implemented).

35 Messages

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712 Points

9 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRdcQu...

Look at the brush organization in Painter. Not saying Photoshop should do that, but considering that painter has a brush history, and enhancements for sizing, color, etc, some of that might be useful for photoshop users.

33 Messages

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716 Points

9 years ago

It would also be nice to be able to sort presets (such as swatches and styles) in the swatches and styles panel, without using the preset manager. It would be easier to organize them faster by dragging them inside the panel.

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172 Points

9 years ago

It would be great to have folders or groups for patterns in Photoshop. It get's messy when you have a large number.



This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Folders for patterns in Photoshop.

46 Messages

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2.3K Points

Great idea!

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242 Points

9 years ago

Suggestion: Associate color swatch groups with a file or provide controls for showing / hiding multiple swatch groups in the Swatches panel.

I typically deal with over 5 projects a day which all have different color requirements and it would be a great time-saver to be able to select a swatch group quick without importing it. Better still would be when my PSD opens the swatches would update, although I can see that being a preference which some users might want to disable.

Any traction for this one? Feedback is appreciated!

Swatch Panel


This reply was created from a merged topic originally titlted
Improved Swatch Group Management.

15.1K Messages

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195.8K Points

Swatch sets are already files, and there is already a menu for changing them at the top right of the palette.

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242 Points

Chris - I see that now... by copying the swatch into the "Color Swatches" directory and restarting Photoshop, you get the file name as an option from the drop down. I was of the opinion that that folder wasn't for specific, project-related swatch files since it initially contains industry recognized color sets. Thanks for showing me this!

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164 Points

9 years ago

Same for me Brandon. If we could create folders to organize and switch between swatches set, it would be perfect!

35 Messages

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712 Points

9 years ago

Be nice if the program remembered the last few colors used as well per project Setable by user preference.

3 Messages

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164 Points

9 years ago

Flash Pro has the ability to save swatches within each FLA file. It's not useful when you have a project with many files but at least, the swatches follow your document, which is good. Illustrator does the same if I'm not mistaking.

For me, the ability to organize swatches into folders (just like in Illustrator) would be a good start. The best would be some feature that allow us to link swatches with projects or files, like Rachel just said.