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How to Create Custom Tool Presets for Photoshop CS6

Tool presets enable you to create tool settings in Photoshop CS6 that you can save and use again. Creating tool presets is a real timesaver if you use specific tool settings on a frequent basis. Follow these short and simple steps to create your own custom tool preset:

  1. Select the tool you want to create a preset for.

  2. Select the option you want for the tool on the Options bar.

    For example, if you selected the Rectangular Marquee tool in Step 1, you may want to select Fixed Size from the Style pop-up menu and then enter your desired Width and Height values.

  3. Click the Tool Preset Picker button on the Options bar (it’s on the far-left side of the Options bar).

    Or you can choose Window→Tool Presets to work through the Tool Presets panel.

  4. Click the Create New Tool Preset button (the dog-eared-page icon).

    Or, if you’re using the Tool Presets panel, choose New Tool Preset from the panel menu. If the tool doesn’t allow for presets, such as the Ruler tool, for example, the Create New Tool Preset button is gray.

  5. Name the preset and click OK.

    Your new preset is saved and ready for reuse.

  6. To select the tool preset, you can do one of three things:

    • Click the Tool Preset Picker button and select a preset from the picker’s pop-up menu.

    • Select a preset in the Tool Presets panel.

    • Select a preset in the Preset Manager (Edit→Presets→Preset Manager). Then, choose Tools from the pop-up menu and select your preset.

The Tool Presets panel contains a trash can icon that enables you to delete a preset quickly. Select the preset and drag it to the trash.

If you’re a collector of presets — tools, brushes, swatches, styles, patterns, shapes, and so on — you’ll be pleased to know that you can automatically migrate your presets into Photoshop CS6. At the initial launch, you are presented with a prompt that asks if you want to migrate your presets from your previous version.

If you miss the prompt, you can always bring in your collected goodies later by choosing Edit→Presets→Migrate Presets. If you want to bring in a new preset, share one you have in your library with a friend, or put it on another computer, you can choose Edit→Presets→Export/Import→Presets.

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