Last week, Colleen and I invited Adobe’s own Jeff Tranberry to join us for our weekly Martini Hour. During the show, we discussed the Configurator, which is a free utility from Adobe Labs that lets you create custom palettes for Photoshop CS4.
If you’ve ever used Configurator, you know that it provides access to just about every tool and command available to Photoshop. Make a new palette, drag a tool or command into it, and you have your own customized interface. Problem is, Adobe left out a few of the new features available to Photoshop CS4, including the Adjustments palette and Vibrance command. I now make them available to you in the form of a palette I’m calling Photoshop CS4 Treasure Trove.
You’ll need to be a member to gain access to this palette.
To download my custom CS4 palette and its supporting files (which you’ll need to build your own Configurator palette), click this CS4 Treasure Trove.zip link and save the attached ZIP file to your hard drive. Then unzip the file to create a folder filled with the following:
- Treasure Trove.mxp: Double-click this file to open it in Extension Manager (pictured below) and automatically install the palette in Photoshop CS4. You’ll also need to restart Photoshop. Then choose Window > Extensions > Treasure Trove to open the palette. If you get a weird message, close the palette and try reopening it.
- CS4 Treasure Trove.gpc: Interested in creating your own custom palette? Open this file inside Configurator. I recommend using this file as a template for your own palette adventures. Delete the buttons you don’t want; add other buttons as desired.
- Line.gif: Your everyday average spacer image, used in the GPC file.
- PsCS4-treasure.png: The header image, which credits Jeff Tranberry and Julieanne Kost for their contributions to the scripts. Without them, this palette would not be possible.
(This is my second Photoshop CS4 palette. My more ambitious Channels & Masks palette is also available for free to members of dekeOnline. Note that you have to own Photoshop CS4 to use either of these palettes.)
Note. At any given moment, I’m bound by a dozen NDAs with Adobe. But I can say this: For the present, CS4’s custom palettes are more interesting novelties than absolute imperatives. But come next year, Configurator appears poised to blossom into one of those tools that separates the power users from the enthusiasts. To ramp up and get ready, download the free Configurator from Adobe Labs.
Missing other functions in Configurator? Add your comments and I’ll look into them.