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Nov 3, 2005

Upgrade plug-ins, shortcuts, and layouts from Photoshop CS to Photoshop CS2

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

What’s covered:
Custom Presets (Brushes, Gradients, Patterns, Shapes, Styles, Swatches, Tools)
Preferences
Actions
Keyboard shortcuts
Scripts
Picture Package layouts
Web Photo Gallery layouts
Workspaces
New document sizes
Third-party plug-ins
Metadata templates
Color settings

When you upgrade from Adobe Photoshop CS to Adobe Photoshop CS2, make sure you save the files and preferences that you created during your Photoshop sessions.

Note: These instructions assume you have both Photoshop CS and CS2 installed at the same time, and can move files between their folders. If you need to remove Photoshop CS before you install Photoshop CS2, create a folder on your desktop, name it Backup Photoshop Presets, and then move your Photoshop CS files into that folder. When you install Photoshop CS2, move your presets from that folder to the appropriate Photoshop CS2 folder.

Custom presets (Brushes, Gradients, Patterns, Shapes, Styles, Swatches, Tools)

To export custom presets from Photoshop CS:

1. Choose Edit > Preset Manager.

2. Choose the Preset Type you want to export from the Preset Type pop-up menu.

3. Choose the presets you want to save, by Ctrl-clicking (Windows) or Cmd-clicking (Mac OS) on the individual presets displayed.

4. Click Save Set.

5. Specify a destination to save the Selected Preset and note this location.

6. Click Save.

7. If you want to save more than one set of presets, repeat steps 2 through 5 with each preset type you want to export (for example, brushes, gradients, patterns).

To import custom presets to Photoshop CS2:

1. Choose Edit > Preset Manager.

2. Choose the Preset Type you want to import from the Preset Type pop-up menu.

3. Click Load.

4. Navigate to the folder you exported your preset to in step 5 of the export process.

5. Select the preset file you exported.

6. Click Load.

Preferences

Reset your preferences manually in Photoshop CS2. To reset your preferences manually, write down what you have set in Photoshop CS, and then recreate those settings in Photoshop CS2.

Actions

To save actions, you must put them into an action set. Put the actions you want to bring into Photoshop CS2 into their own action set in Photoshop CS.

To export actions from Photoshop CS:

1. Select the action set you want to migrate in the Actions Palette.

2. Choose Save Actions from the Actions palette menu.

3. Specify a destination to save the ATN file.

4. Click Save.

To import actions to Photoshop CS2:

1. Choose Load Actions from the Actions Palette palette menu.

2. Navigate to the folder where you exported your action set in step 3 in the export process.

3. Select the action file you want to import.

4. Click Load.

Keyboard shortcuts

Recreate you keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop CS2. Note that there are new keyboard shortcuts in CS2 that might conflict with the shortcuts you specified in CS.

Scripts

To import scripts to Photoshop CS2:

Drag (to move) or hold Ctrl (Windows) or Opt (Mac OS) while you drag (to copy) scripts from the Photoshop CS/Presets/Scripts folder to the Photoshop CS2/Presets/Scripts folder.

Note: Test your scripts to make sure they still work in Photoshop CS2.

Picture Package layouts

To import picture package layouts to Photoshop CS2:

1. Drag (to move) or hold Ctrl (Windows) or Opt (Mac OS) while you drag (to copy) your custom layouts from the Photoshop CS/Presets/Layouts folder to the Photoshop CS2/Presets/Layouts folder.

2. In Photoshop CS2, choose File > Automate > Picture Package, and choose your custom layout from the Layout pop-up menu.

Web Photo Gallery layouts

To import Web Photo Gallery layouts to Photoshop CS2:

1. Drag (to move) or hold Ctrl (Windows) or Opt (Mac OS) while you drag (to copy) your custom Web Photo Gallery layouts from the Photoshop CS/Presets/Web Photo Gallery folder to the Photoshop CS2/Presets/Web Photo Gallery folder.

2. In Photoshop CS2, choose File > Automate > Web Photo Gallery, and choose your custom Web Photo Gallery layouts from the Styles pop-up menu.

Workspaces

To import workspaces from Photoshop CS (Windows):

Drag (to move) or hold Ctrl while you drag (to copy) your custom workspace files from the Documents and Settings/ [username] /Application Data/Adobe/Photoshop/8.0/Adobe Photoshop CS Settings/WorkSpaces folder to the Documents and Settings/ [username] /Application Data/Adobe/Photoshop/9.0/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings/WorkSpaces folder.

To import workspaces from Photoshop CS (Mac OS):

Drag (to move) or hold Opt while you drag (to copy) your custom workspace files from the Users/ [username] /Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS Settings/WorkSpaces folder to the Users/ [username] /Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings/WorkSpaces folder.

New document sizes

To import new document sizes to Photoshop CS2 (Windows):

Drag (to move) or hold Ctrl while you drag (to copy) the New Doc Sizes.psp file from the Documents and Settings/ [username] /Application Data/Adobe/Photoshop/8.0/Adobe Photoshop CS Settings folder to the Documents and Settings/ [username] /Application Data/Adobe/Photoshop/9.0/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings folder.

To import new document sizes to Photoshop CS2 (MacOS):

Drag (to move) or hold Opt while you drag (to copy) the New Doc Sizes.psp file from the Users/ [username] /Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS Settings folder to the Users/ [username] /Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings folder.

Third-party plug-ins

Third-party plug-ins may not be compatible with Photoshop CS2. Contact the plug-in manufacturer to find out if the plug-ins are compatible. The safest way to install third-party plug-ins is to reinstall the plug-ins using the original disk. If you drag your plug-ins from Photoshop CS to Photoshop CS2, various problems might occur.

Metadata templates

If metadata templates are not automatically transferred from Photoshop CS to Photoshop CS2, then locate the templates in one of the following folders:

– Mac OS: Users/ [username] /Library/Application Support/Adobe/XMP/Custom File Info Panels or Metadata Templates

– Windows: Documents and Settings/ [username] /Application Data/Adobe/XMP/Customer File Info Panels or Metadata Templates

Color settings

To export color settings from Photoshop CS:

1. Choose Photoshop > Color Settings (Mac OS) or Edit > Color Settings (Windows).

2. Click Save to save your current settings.

3. Name your color settings file, and click Save. Add a comment to describe your color settings if needed.

Note: Adobe recommends that you save the file in the default location, which is the Users/ [username] /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Settings (Mac OS) or Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Color/Settings (Windows) folder.

4. Click OK to close the Color Settings dialog box.

To import color settings to Photoshop CS2:

1. Choose Edit > Color Settings.

2. Click Load, locate your color settings file and click Load.

3. Click OK to close the Color Settings dialog box.

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