The First-Ever Custom CS4 Palette

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I've been there....

Right click the link and choose "save link as", or whatever your browser prefers. Just as Deke instructed. :-D

good question...

Illustrator does have the Insert Menu Item command for Actions, but I have no idea what the scripting support is like. You'd have to ask someone on the Illustrator ENG team for that. Mordy Golding


Great, thank you =)!

Configurator in non english versions of Photoshop

Here a tipp for all users of non english Photoshop versions which want to play with Configurator and the search feature. ---

Custom pallette

wen Just downloaded and installed Deke's custom pallette. No problems, all went just as it should. Great panel!

That's awesome news!

Thanks wen!

CS4 channels and masks book

wen If ever there is a book that I am waiting for it is this one. Can't wait for it to be released and if I am lucky maybe Amazon will have a nice discount for buyers of this one and the CS4 One to One book.

Off topic: sizing up question for anyone that knows this stuff

I have a 10.1 mp camera, and according to the megapixel calculator (found here:, I can print high res at 300dpi and get an image that's 12.2" (309mm) x 9.1" (232mm), or "photo" at 24.3" (618mm) 18.2" (463mm) - dunno what the print res is for that - 240dpi, maybe? Anyway, I'd like to get a large print of one of my photos on canvas. I'm thinking along the lines of maybe 1000mm or so on the longest edge. What is the best way of resizing (I've heard that it should only be done in increments of 10% at a time), and should I even attempt to do it at all, or will the results be just awful?

Re: Off topic: sizing up question for anyone that knows this stu

I looked at this web site you provided but here is a catch they do not specify the size of the sensor that took that picture. 10.1 MP P&S camera won't give you result as 8 MP full censor camera. Note one thing also. People usually don't realize that if the print is going to be on the wall where no one can go closer than 6-9 feet they will not see any problem. If they go closer they are going to see some artifacts between pixels - jiggled pixels from not having the pixels to fill the canvas. Also don't up sample the original image with extra pixels in PS. If the original camera couldn't add them to the scene, PS definitively can't. It will add only some creepy pixels with no information. One last thing don't let this info from WIKI to mislead you not to try. Again if you are printing something that big, you most likely want people to look at it from distance and not to craw there with microscope. WIKI info about HIGH res print and PHOTO is misleading, since most of all HIGH resolution images are print on same printers as large photos are these days. Unless you go for some graphic stuff with commercial printers. Deke has great series with the PS CS3 Sharpening lesson. Telling you about the resolutions, printing etc. It's good tutorial as always.

Thanks, Archee

The camera I've got is the Canon 400D, and the sensor is a 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS, but I have no idea what that actually means. But I'm always learning! :-D Deke's sharpening series is on my future viewing list, natch - though I have to say that I may be suffering information overload at this point. I've just watched the same video from Actions and Automations (in chapter 4) for the third time and I'm not taking it in anymore. Gah. I should probably go clear my head in the forest, and then come back to begin again. As for the pic - I haven't even chosen a photo yet, but I know I'm getting some vouchers for Xmas that will allow me to print a large canvas (or maybe 2 smaller ones?) for a large feature wall I have in my lounge. It needs a splash of colour, and I love large canvases, so was just wondering what I could get away with without completely ruining it.

Decent camera

Rebel XTI is good camera. It makes nice shots rate 8.5. It's not a full frame Full frame is about 36 x 24 mm (8.64 cm²) but your rebel can do 3888 x 2592 on max resolution so perhaps it could work for you. Also maybe convert your picture into digital painting would give you the benefit of no need for extra high res picture for large print. Put the Wacom in test. huh? As of the learning. Try to implement as many your own scenarios and your own pictures as you can. Try it first on Deke's templates and then use your own. Even though you have let say 10000 pics you probably know all of them and you can recall them in your memory immediately, where they are etc. Deke's pics are nice but you have absolutely no link to these photos. So it might just happened that it comes in and out without a flash. However if you use your own pictures, it stays there. You as many as you can. So you memorized that this lesson did this with your picture, other done something else. Istock photo has great pics but unless you work with them like Deke everyday they are not saved in your head. This works for me.

My practice is done on my own pics

'cos I'm not a premium member at Lynda - just a monthly subscriber - so I dobn't have access to exercise files (which I think is probably a good thing). And to be honest, I've become so overwhelmed with new info as I gobble up the vids at Lynda, that I'm spending too much time watching and note taking and replaying the hard stuff, that it's all becoming rather academic and I'm no longer practising on ANY pics - just kinda taking it all apart, but not doing any rebuilding. Like you try to learn too much all at once and then freeze as you no longer know where to begin with your own images anymore! But you'll be pleased to know, Archee, that I have cleaned the mess in my office and have uncovered the Wacom again. I haven't used it since I last did some restoration and repair work about a year ago. It was just too hard to get to. lol. Much easier now with a clean desk. Anyway, you're very encouraging and full of good info, so thank you. :-)

110% @ the time is faster...

...and it'll give you identical or better results when using bicubic interpolation when compared to 10% at the time. I'm going to assume that you already decided that the image needs to be upsampled. So I'm going to recommend a Photoshop plug-in called Genuine Fractals: "I recommend Genuine Fractals" It does a much better job than anything I was ever able to replicate using Photoshop alone. And I have developed some actions in my day, whose complexity bordered on alien technology (it utilized Velcro). Which is to say, I jammed my foot deep in my mouth by doing so, as I was once a hard-core advocate of Photoshop being THE tool to use for just about anything pixel-based. However, once I played with Genuine Fractals a bit, I quickly discovered two things. One - I was wrong, and two - athlete's foot is not an adequate substitute for Roquefort. Speak of cheesy jokes; Deke, I really miss the approach you had in your Photoshop 7 series. You know - the wood shop ones? I have never seen anyone with such a capacity to make taping an African tribal mask to one's face such a hilarious feat. Not to mention that the whole series was very well perpetuated by the very humorous opening and closing clips, and the Home Improvement-like structure. You need to do more themed stuff like that. And don't get put off by my loose use of the word cheesy. I like cheesy. -iVan __________________________________________________ Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard drive?

Thanks, flyboy

I've heard great things about Genuine Fractals - and upsizing to 800%! wow! But I'll have to give it a miss for the time being - too expensive for me. Maybe I'll just wait till I can afford it. :-)

Insufficient Authority

It wouldn't install for me (got a message about not having the authority to perform the install). Is this because my copy of PS CS4 is still a trial version?

Not sure

Sounds like a system-level permissions issue, which can be gnarly. What platform are you on, Petra?


Cheers, Deke. It could be a system thing. I had to muck about quite a bit to bypass this paranoid system with a few other things, despite the fact that I'm logged on as an administrator. I'll keep playing with it, though. If it doesn't work, I'll leave it on my desktop for when I actually purchase this CS4 baby after Xmas. It looks great and I'm keen to make it my default palette. :-)


Petra if you are the only one who uses the computer disable User Account Control (UAC). This will let you do things without need to run stuff without popping nonsense and asking you all the time. Go here to see it how

Thanks (again), Archee!

Great info there. I'll let you know how I get on. :-)

It worked!

My lif is now complet. :-D You guys are like Santa Claus and happy flowers all rolled into one!

Run as Administrator

Should also be able to right click the .mxp file and "Run as Administrator" to install on Vista with a limited user account.

Awesome work, Deke

Ya DA MAN - this is an awesome example of what you can do with Configurator -- more importantly, it's extremely useful. I was hoping to use Configurator to create some custom stuff for Illustrator, but alas, Illustrator's scripting support isn't optimized for Configurator... yet, anyway. I would create a custom panel for Photoshop too, but it would probably have a single button that says "go to"... :) Mordy Golding

Thanks Mordy!

Coming from you that is high praise. Made my Sunday. (Don't mean to single you out. The other posts made my Sunday too!) Does Illustrator do Flash panels as well? B/c there are other approaches, or so I am told. So, on the topic of automation: Do you know that Cmd-M does nothing in Illustrator? Nor does Cmd-Shift-I. I think we should do an hour on "Common Things That Work in All Other Apps But Not in Illustrator." B/c it's a really great program, as you well know. But it's kinda weird, if you know what I mean. It's like that one kid in school who's secretly a superhero but everyone else thinks is a big geek. Which is why we like it so much. B/c that's us too. By which I mean, ;-) Ooh, speaking of which, check out this terrific movie: Special. It's everything a movie should be: thought provoking, funny, and disturbing. (B/c if you aren't jarred out of the four walls of today, what good is tomorrow?)

Flash Panels in Illustrator

Illustrator supports Flash Panels, but not Configurator panels. The panels need to be loaded via CSXS rather than the simple way that Photoshop supports loading them (i.e. dropping the swf in the plug-in folder called "Panels") Photoshop actually supports both methods of loading a panel.


I'll have to check out that movie. I do remember seeing the previews. But alas, who has time to go see movies? Illustrator definitely has support for Flash panels. In fact, it was the first app to do so (Illustrator is pretty much the lab rat over at Adobe -- it always gets stuff first -- transparency, SVG, SWF, Native MacOS X, Flash panels, etc.). The problem isn't the Flash panel support -- the problem is that Illustrator's scripting model is geared toward content creation. Whereas Photoshop's scripting model isn't about automated content creation, it's about automated functionality in the program. I'll give you an example: In Illustrator, you would never want a script function that would call the actual rectangle tool. You'd have a script that would state "draw a rectangle with the following dimensions". But there's no need for the rectangle tool -- that's just there because we're human and have no other way to instruct Illustrator to do our will. The way that configurator works is that it uses the JavaScript for the tool to allow you to access those tools in a custom panel. But again, Illustrator doesn't have javascript commands for accessing the rectangle tool. It only has javascript commands for drawing actual rectangles. In theory, one COULD make a custom panel for Illustrator that had buttons marked "2x2 square" "3x4 rectangle" etc -- but would that really be useful? Or would our time be better spent going out to the movies and letting the swelling go down on our brains? BTW, Command-M is a keyboard shortcut that Apple stole -- for Minimize, which is what AI does. Also, I have Command-Shift-I mapped to Select > Inverse. Hey, if there weren't any free shortcuts left, we couldn't make our own! Mordy Golding

Not too special

Photoshop isn't that much different that AI. We did add a bit of code to get the tools to work for CS4. Photoshop also has a mechanism for creating actions to "Insert Menu Item" which essentially chooses a menu item in PS. I'm not positive but couldn't you just call a command via AI's DOM and choose an option in the code to display the dialog associated with the command? That's all the "Insert Menu Item" javascript code really does.