How do I get back to the old (legacy) New Document dialog box in Photoshop?

The New Document dialog

If you’ve updated Photoshop to CC 2017, you will have noticed a fairly big change in the New Document dialog box.  (You can learn how to create new Photoshop documents with the new Start Screen here).

Photoshop New Document Dialog Box

Some long-time Photoshop users are finding the new New Document dialog box to be a bit clunky and would prefer to get back to the streamlined “old school” version where you just type in the dimensions and resolution you want, without wading through presets and templates.

Here’s how you can change back to the more familiar dialog box.

  1. On the mac, choose Photoshop CC > Preferences > General (shortcut is Cmd + K)
    On the pc, choose Edit > Preferences > General (shortcut is Ctrl + K)
  2. Click in the checkbox beside Use Legacy “New Document” Interface to enable it.Photoshop General Preferences
  3. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog box and next time you create a new document, you’ll see the more familiar legacy New Document dialog box.Legacy or old version of the New Document in Photoshop
  4. If you decide at a later time that you would like the new New document dialog back again, just go back into the same option in Preferences and uncheck it.

Hope you find that useful 🙂

How to create a new file with the *new* New Document box in Photoshop CC

The New Document dialog box has been completely redesigned in Photoshop CC 2017. It allows us create new documents from presets, or from our own custom settings, and it also lets us save our custom settings as new presets so we can reuse them. Another new feature in the New Document dialog box is the ability to create documents from templates, but we’ll look at that in a separate post.

Creating A New File In Photoshop

To create a new document in Photoshop, we use the New Document dialog box. There are several ways to get to this dialog box.

1. When you launch Photoshop you can click on the New… button on Photoshop’s Start screen



2. Click File > New on the Menu Bar along the top of the screen.


3. Use the keyboard shortcut, Cmd + N (Mac) / Ctrl+N (Win).

Any of these options open up the New Document dialog box.


The New Document Dialog Box

Along the top of the New Document dialog box, you’ll see a row of categories – Recent, Saved, Photo, Print, Art & Illustration, Web, Mobile, and Film & Video. By default, the Recent category is selected and you will see a set of document sizes that you’ve used recently. If this is the first time you’ve opened Photoshop, or if you have reset Photoshop to factory settings, there will be nothing in this category.

Any recently-used document sizes appear in the Recent category.

Creating New Documents From Presets

A handy time saver when creating new files is to use a preset. A preset is simply a set of pre-determined width and height dimensions, a choice of portrait or landscape orientation,resolution and colour mode. There are other options but these are the options you are most likely to be interested in.

  1. To choose a preset, first pick the type of document you want to make, for example, is it for web, print, a photo? Click on that category name along the top. For this example, I’ve chosen Print.


2. A set of four presets appear in the dialog box. To see more presets click on the View All Presets + link.

3. You’ll see an extra bunch of thumbnails representing various Print presets. Use the scroll bar along the right to scroll through them.

4. Click on the A5 preset. Notice how the Preset Details change on the right hand side to match the A4 details.

5. If you’re happy with this preset, click Create. The New Document dialog box closes and your new document opens in Photoshop.


How To Create A New File In Photoshop With Your Own Custom Settings

Let’s say that you want to make a document at a size that is not already available as a preset. It’s easy to add your own custom settings.

1. Choose File > New in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen.

The same New Document dialog opens as before.

2. On the right hand side, in the Preset Details section,  type in the values 10 inches for width, 3 inches for height and change the colour mode to CMYK.

Now, let’s say that this is a document size that was may want to use again, then it’s a good idea to save it as a preset.


3. Click the Save Preset icon (circled in red).

4. Give it a name by typing in the Preset name field at the top. (It will say something like Untitled initially). Give it a descriptive name to make it easier for yourself to remember what the preset is. I called mine Jen – Banner – 10 x 3.

Then click Save Preset again.

Your new saved preset now appears in the Saved category. This means you can come back to it at any time and it will speed up your workflow by not having to type in the values each time you want a document of that size.

5. Click on the Create button and your new file opens.

And that’s how you make new files in Photoshop.

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How to quickly straighten a photo in Photoshop using the Ruler Tool

The Ruler Tool

The Ruler tool is an often overlooked tool hidden beneath the eyedropper on the Photoshop toolbar. You can use it to to measure lengths, straighten photographs and place objects exact distances apart. In short, it’s very handy. Here’s a video showing you how to quickly straighten a lopsided photo.


How to Straighten A Photograph With The Ruler Tool in Photoshop (Notes)

1. With your photograph open in Photoshop, select the Ruler tool. Ruler-Tool Photoshop

The Ruler tool is hidden under the Eyedropper tool in the toolbar. Press and hold, or right-click on the Eyedropper to reveal the hidden tools, then select the Ruler tool.


2. Click, then drag along the edge of something in the photograph that should be perfectly vertical or horizontal.

2. Click the Straighten button in the Options bar. If you’ve made a mistake when drawing a line with the Ruler, hit the Clear button instead of Straighten and start over.

3. To crop away the areas that have become transparent, select the Crop tool, and use the handles to drag an area that encompasses the part of the photo you want. Then hit Enter/Return on the keyboard or press the Commit button on the Options bar.

You should now have a nicely straightened and cropped photo.

Fingal And The 1916 Rising Map

This illustrated map was created as part of an educational package I designed and illustrated for Fingal County Council. I designed a booklet at A4 size which folded out to the map at A2 size. The illustrated characters represent different groups involved in the Rising, including the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army.



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Astronaut Academy

Through a series of fun and challenging tasks, kids will attend “classes” as part of their special training required to become an astronaut on a mission to Mars: Space Pilot, Space Living, Space Engineer, Space Scientist and Space Gym. Each topic is accompanied by missions—physical and mental challenges, as well activities designed to mimic the skills involved in real-life training! Kids will tackle hand-eye coordination exercises and obstacle courses and learn how to build a balloon rocket as well as first aid skills. There are stickers, a poster and even a model space shuttle!

I drew all the pictures and the cover. 🙂


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Farid’s Rickshaw Ride

Farid’s Rickshaw Ride Picture Book

This is a 48 page picture book I illustrated about a small boy in Bangladesh and the Rickshaw driver he meets one day in the city. The book was written by the very talented Rowan Oberman and created in conjunction with Trocaire. It was developed for use in schools as part of Trocaire’s “Education for a Just World” program. Here’s what the story is about: Farid is a 9 year old boy living in Bangladesh. His cousin is visiting from Ireland! In preparation, Farid journeys around Dhaka to collect flowers, fish and blankets. On the way the rickshaw driver shares some of his experiences which give insight into his life outside the city and prove helpful to Farid in his errands. But an accident brings home how quickly life can change – and a surprise visit shows Farid that there are other kinds of links between Ireland and Bangladesh.











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Farid's Rickshaw Ride Picturebook illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Farid's Rickshaw Ride Picturebook illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Farid's Rickshaw Ride Picturebook illustrated by Jennifer Farley

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