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Posted on 12/07/22 9:33:06 PM
George H Pearson
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How to save preferences of everything file before going back to factory result defaults
I have been having problems with Photoshop, and I want to set it back to its factory Defaults, by pressing the Ctr, alt, and shift key when I start it up, but before I do that, I want to save my preferences, and keyboard shortcuts, paint brushes, custom shapes, etc. file folder?
I don’t want to go back to factory default setting without saving this folder, But I don’t know how to do it. I am running Photoshop CS6.
Any advice will be very much appreciated…
Thank you
George H Pearson
07-11-2022


Posted on 13/07/22 10:00:17 AM
Steve Caplin
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Re: How to save preferences of everything file before going back to factory result defaults
Glad you made it here, George!

Do you have all your brushes, shapes and so on saved? I can’t remember how this is done with CS6, but each saved file will have its own extension - .abr for Brushes, .atn for Actions, .kys for Keyboard Shortcuts, .aco for Swatches. Give each saved file a name, so for instance your Brushes might be called GHP Brushes.abr.

Purging Photoshop’s preferences is usually the best way to clean it out and deal with minor errors. Then when you restart, just load each of the files you saved and you should be back to how you were before.

Does anyone with CS6 have more specific instructions for saving these files?

Posted on 13/07/22 10:18:07 PM
DavidMac
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Re: How to save preferences of everything file before going back to factory result defaults
Hi George

It's a while since I used CS 6 but I think you will find the ability to export all your own preferences in the palettes for each aspect or tool. Click in the top right of the palette for the drop down menu and you should find an export option and an import option. You can export/import brushes, gradients, shapes, actions, colour palettes, etc. from their individual palettes. Workspace should be exportable from the drop down top right on the Options bar.

Keyboard, menus and toolbar are exported from their respective sub menus at the bottom of the Edit menu. The only one I am not sure of is exporting your general preferences. I think that is system dependent. But losing them is not too hard to redo if push comes to shove.

You may find this link useful. It may no longer be entirely valid for older versions but it should set you in the right direction.

Good luck!

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