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2.2K Points

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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52 Points

8 years ago

Allow color swatches to be stored in drop down folders to visually see different color pallets in custom groups.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Color Swatch Palette idea.

10 Messages

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200 Points

8 years ago

I'll add to this here instead of a new topic.

We already have a Layers filter in CS6. It would be great if we had this kind of filter for Tool presets (I personally only ever use Mixer brush, Eraser and Smudge while painting for example). Instead of the single ON/OFF "Current Tool Only" toggle as it currently is, I'd love to see Tool icons across the top of the palette for filtering.

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104 Points

8 years ago

Definately need better preset library management/workflow features. Some ideas:

- \Presets\Brushes\ file folders of brushes should be reflected in the preset loader. Surely divider lines could be implemented to delineate "groups" without too much technical investment. I was surprised this doesn't already happen and have to prefix brush sets that are already organised into folders.

- Overhaul the whole brush preset system so it loads all brushes and use a "live search" to filter persistently (keeps search through closing/opening panel). So typing "gr" could provide a list of all [gr]unge brushes.

- Proper metadata from brush sets so that title, author, uri, tags, etc can be embedded for sharing/organisation.

- Soft grouping/separation of brush sets in the brush picker with brush set title as a small heading.

- Modifications to a brush should remain unless that brush is reset. This would be better as a toggle option as not everyone may like this workflow tweak. For example, it is annoying to have to create a new preset just so that one can have a brush's spacing set from 25% to 5% between brush changes. Encourages brush sets to become messy and unmanageable.

- Arbitrary folders and smart folders. I think most people understand the old sidebar that contains these.

1 Message

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62 Points

8 years ago

I feel that with the growing number of collections of glyps and autoshapes now available, and the number I myself have (thousands), and no doubt many other people, the ability to live search in the autoshapes window would be incredibly helpful and a huge time saver.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Live Search in Photoshop Autoshape's Window.

4 Messages

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104 Points

8 years ago

Group brushes. Instead of making "presets" and then the presets being lumped in all together OR you having to load in your presets every time you need to switch brushes, you can create your own custom groupings of brushes. This would make it WAY easier to find the brush you need.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Brush grouping.

6 Messages

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134 Points

8 years ago

I like this idea but personally it should be redesigned way much more. Using just dividers is not enough as this panel is really outdated.

First, let's try with Tabs or any other Groups which will be displaying brushes. So I can move brush to various folders and jump between them on the fly (and so PS don't have to render everything every time I scroll brush panel).

Allow tagging and filtering, just like Bridge does with images (Filter panel).

Allow quickly change preview, stroke/thumbnail with buttons appearing already in the panel. Brush stroke/thumbnail preview is too small, even if it's set to large. This should be able to be scaled up down on the fly.

Also in CS6 dark theme brushes looks almost different than on bright background. Bright background for this panel might be an option but not sure...

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104 Points

8 years ago

I absolutely agree. I was just giving a basic example of something really simple that would help a lot.

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134 Points

8 years ago

Evaluation Unit - of course! Don't take me wrong, I just wrote all ideas I had on my mind for a while.

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450 Points

8 years ago

I would like to see separate taps inside Photoshop for my various brushes. Would be much easier to handle than when I have 350 different brushes in one window. Just like the Brush loads in Adobe Illustrator.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Seperate tabs for Brushes..

1 Message

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80 Points

8 years ago

yes, please, add folders to brush presets

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150 Points

8 years ago

I would like a total overhaul of the presets and pallets, specifically the Properties, Actions, Brushes and Styles. I want folders, search fields, ability to leave notes, and color coding.

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82 Points

8 years ago

I have a suggestion regarding brushes. Brushes should be a organized better in a collection for specific project needs. This is especially important for artists working in a production environment. It should be organized by project, type ( trees, clouds, rocks, etc). Would be great to color label the brushes or add project icons. Brushes should be easily pulled into favorites selection. Favorites are brushes that are being used all the time and should be easily accessible in the interface. Corel Painter does something similar where you can drag the brush into a special folder or area on the interface. Brushes should be easily organized by deleting and adding too a collection. Currently brushes can only be deleted ONE brush at a time. This is time consuming and you should be able to hold down "shift" or edit by selecting multiply brushes to delete with one click. Do you think features to improve the brushes menu will be worked on in the near future?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Brushes.

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195.8K Points

You can access favorites by loading the preset file via the menus.
You can delete, move, save, etc. multiple selected presets in the preset manager.

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2.3K Points

This is not the same. He is asking for a visual ability to sort and organize brushes and/or tools within the panel. The preset manager does not have that functionality and is external. If you are unclear about the concept, ask so we can explain it more, rather than provide an incorrect answer. The Brush or Tool presets panels do not have the ability to create sub-folders or sort brushes/tools. This would be extremely valuable.

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195.8K Points

There are multiple requests in there, and some indicate that he may not know about the menus or the preset manager - I just want to make sure he know the functionality that already exists, then hear from him whether that is sufficient or not.

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712 Points

8 years ago

I was making brushes today... and I realize by default I tend to put some brush presets on the brushes. I'd like a triangle or a separate tab in order to set the presets as I'm making the brushes. This includes scattering, spacing, etc. What you get in the panel.

Help me not create duplicates for the users I try to cater to.

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162 Points

7 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Better organization for your palettes......


Why don't you guys add the ability to organize the gradient, brushes, shapes in photoshop? You end up with a hundred brushes that all look the same - instead they should be grouped: "grunge brushes", "light effects", "textures", etc....wouldn't that be so much easier? The same logic can be applied elsewhere. This just seems like a no-brainer to me and would make so many of the palettes easier to manage and use.

15.1K Messages

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195.8K Points

You can already do most of that by organizing your brushes into files by type of brush, then loading just the files you need.

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162 Points

I guess, but then you are loading and unloading, replacing, appending all the time. Seems like a long way to go to organize your tools.

15.1K Messages

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195.8K Points

Loading and replacing from the existing menu... no worse than switching the menu in your example.

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712 Points

@Chris Cox That's more clicks and more problems. Shouldn't you know more about UX than that? The whole point is to make it easier. (Jakob Nielsen's UX website...)

Besides, the way that Painter set up their palate would solve both issues which is much more UX friendly in either case.

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122 Points

7 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: better organizing of the action-palette.


Hello!

I have some (hopefully simple) ideas/suggestions for improvement of the actions palette in Photoshop. I’m using Photoshop CS5, so I don’t know if these issues already are taken care of in the latest version. In that case, happy joy! And please excuse my bad english...

Please add:

- The possibility to use folders or sets (+ show/hide, i.e open/close folder/set) in button-mode.

- The possibility to change the color of the actions for a whole set.

- The possibility to use a custom color.

- Nested folders.

- Perhaps a search-box to quickly find actions nested in some closed folder or stuffed away way down at the bottom of the palette.

- Multiple-selection of actions (in normal mode), so you can change the color of a bunch of actions at the same time.

- Make it possible to save/backup all folders/sets in the actions palette.

I feel that these improvements is very much needed. The actions palette is a pain in the a** to organize right now. You have to double-click each action to assign it a color, and you can’t hide sets in button-mode that you don’t wan’t to use at the moment (this is only possible in normal mode, but folders/sets could be able to be used in button-mode as well).

Button-mode is the fastest way to use the actions, but if you have a great number of actions, the palette will very quick be a complete mess.

Thanks in advance, and best regards!