As Photoshop is primarily a tool used by designers it is not precisely set for use by photographers.  There are a couple of simple things that can easily be adjusted however, to have a default setup that accommodates professional photography.  These settings consist of:

Curves:

Adjustments > Curves > Set both Clipping percentages to 0%.

Also click the ‘Enhance Monochromatic Contrast’ options and then ‘Save as default’.  This will prevent Photoshop from throwing away shadow and highlight information that could differentiate a masterpiece from an image that gets deleted.

There are also measurements that can be calculated to provide a more accurate visualisation within viewing ‘Print Size’.  To do this simply measure the width of the monitors resolution pixels by the width of the monitor itself, and divide, thus giving the correct Pixels Per Inch (ppi)

Finally, a quick reference concerning colour space:

sRGB – good for websites such as files saved as giff’s that work with a lower degree of colour space.  We can use the Jpeg slider to reduce the image file size when saving ‘Save to Web and Devices’ to assist web pages in accommodating such files.

Adobe RGB – A higher quality colour space than sRGB, good for printing, such as in an editorial locale.

Pro Photo – Super high quality printing, presumably for printing A2 or larger; medium and large format printing.

These settings can be amended according to the project at hand using:

Edit > Colour Settings (As below)

Another interesting feature of Photoshop, that I found quite fascinating, is the Actions tool.  Using Windows > Actions activates the utility box displayed below, with this you can record a number of actions within a task (as many as is beneficial to yourself) and play them back to have Photoshop cutout otherwise repetative, time consuming, monotonous tasks.  Brilliant.  In the case of a series of files or folders where the same actions need to be undertaken in bulk, there is the option of recording through ‘Actions’ then selecting File > Automate > Batch: Job done.

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