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Use Preview on Photoshop files Apps
I've never seen this mentioned before...

If you drag a Photoshop file to the Preview application, you get a full size image with all visible layers. Useful for Photoshop users (since it's quite a bit faster than opening the file in Photoshop) and for others who are sent .psd files but don't have Photoshop.
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Authored by: judge_fire on Jun 04, '02 10:29:12AM

On my system, 10.1.4, this applies only to .psd files which were saved with a composite image in addition to the layer data. Pics saved with this option disabled show a standard error image.

Many people like to disable this function from Photoshop's preferences, because it's basically like saving two copies of the pic, taking up a lot of space.

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more .psd stuff....
Authored by: salty on Jun 04, '02 10:30:44AM

You can also use layered photoshop files as desktop backgrounds, and drop them on iPhoto successfully...



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Preview is my favorite pal!
Authored by: soosy on Jun 04, '02 12:09:34PM

I am a web site designer and I am absolutely addicted to using Preview. I use it all day long everyday. It's just faster and more convenient than opening up stuff in Photoshop when you just want to get a look at a file. In OS 9 I used Quicktime's PictureViewer which generally worked better actually. I have sent feedback to Apple about Preview and am glad to hear that a new version is coming with Jaguar (though my problems with it don't seem to be addressed from what I've read).

Probs with Preview:
-doesn't seem to open up as many formats as PictureViewer used to. I think CMYK jpgs are a problem. Some PSDs show up with large white areas where the same PSD in PictureView is fine. (not to mention the whole prob with metadata...)
-View at actual size is not actual size. This is my #1 complaint with Preview and agonizes me daily. Images saved at higher than 72 dpi open up in Preview as their "Actual Size" which means large scans show up as tiny tiny thumbnails. This would almost be okay if there was a menu option to "fill screen" but there is not. They really really need a preference to scale images up automatically rather than having to zoom in manually... picture viewer is so much nicer in this regard.

But I love Preview. It is my special pal. Try using it, like Command-H in OS X, it'll quickly grow on you!

hee hee



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Preview is my favorite pal!
Authored by: Peganthyrus on Jun 04, '02 12:53:59PM
I use Goldberg instead of Preview. It shows everything Preview does (since I think both just call system Quicktime picture-display routines), and doesn't have the annoying insistence on showing everything at the 'proper' DPI; it shows stuff pixel-for-pixel as a sensible image displayer should.

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Images higher than 72 dpi
Authored by: echo on Jun 04, '02 03:03:31PM

"Images saved at higher than 72 dpi open up in Preview as their "Actual Size" which means large scans show up as tiny tiny thumbnails."

That explains the mystery I'd been trying to figure out, thanks! Mail does this too, I get photos sent from one person, and they display fine inline in Eudora, but tiny in Preview. Then he reported someone using Mail viewed them too small. I couldn't figure out what was different about his jpegs until I read your comment. They are at 150 dpi.



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Images higher than 72 dpi
Authored by: hisbonenus on Jul 16, '03 04:26:41PM

Did you try checking the "ignore DPI for actual size" checkbox in Preview's preferences?



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I'll check out Goldberg
Authored by: soosy on Jun 05, '02 12:56:20PM

Thanks. I'll have to check it out.



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