Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 Read MeThis file contains last-minute product information and troubleshooting tips. Please refer to theUser Guide or the How To Install document for installation instructions. For further troubleshootingand performance information, see the User Guide, Help, or the document "Understanding thePhotoshop CS2 Installation Process" available online. If you acquired Photoshop as part of anAdobe Creative Suite, you will find the Photoshop Goodies folder on one of your Content CDs. Ifyou acquired Photoshop as an Electronic Software Download (ESD), you will not have a CD-ROM, but the folder structure created on your hard drive after decompressing your download willcontain a Goodies folder and other folders described in this document. If you purchasedPhotoshop CS2 through a Windows Tryout, you will receive a URL to download content notincluded with the Tryout on your receipt. Certain instructions in this document may be slightlydifferent for you, such as Serial Number information. Please refer to your Creative Suite ReadMe, or the e-mail confirmation you received when you purchased the ESD version for the latestinformation. Important:Please register your copy of Photoshop online at the end of theinstallation process, or by accessing the Registration item under the Help menu. You can alsocomplete the registration card and mail it today. You must register to receive technical supportand important product update information. Photoshop also requires Activation within 30 days ofinstallation. Please reference the Activation Read Me.html file, located in the same folder as thisRead Me, for more information.Serial NumbersYou can find the 24-digit serial number (e.g. 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000) on the back coverof your CD holder. ESD customers and those who purchased from a Windows Tryout will find theserial number both on the receipt page from the online store, and in the e-mail confirmation youreceived. You will be asked for this number when installing Photoshop CS2. If you are upgradingfrom an earlier version of Photoshop, you will need to use the new 24-digit serial number thatcame with your new Photoshop CS2 product. The serial number you used to install previousversions of Photoshop will not work to install Photoshop CS2. If you are upgrading from a versionof Photoshop prior to Photoshop 5.5, you will need to contact Adobe Customer Service at 800-833-6687 for installation assistance. For those outside of North America, please contact AdobeCustomer Service in your region for installation assistance. If you have purchased PhotoshopCS2 and previously owned Photoshop LE, Adobe PhotoDeluxe ®, or Photoshop Elements®, pleaseuse the serial number that came with your Photoshop CS2 product. If your new 24-digit serialnumber does not work, please contact Adobe Customer Service at 800-833-6687 for assistance.For those outside North America, please contact Adobe Customer Service in your region forassistance.Optional Extensions and Plug-InsThere are several optional plug-ins and extensions included in Goodies/Optional Plug-Ins/.Included in this folder are some additional file format and export plug-ins as well as filter plug-ins.Several extensions are also included in Goodies/Optional Plug-Ins/Photoshop Only/OptionalExtensions/. These extensions let you customize and enhance the Adobe Photoshop program ina variety of ways. For more information, see the Read Me files included with the optionalextensions. Photoshop allows you to set a second plug-in folder in its preferences (Windows: Edit> Preferences > Plug-Ins and Scratch Disk or Mac OS: Photoshop > Preferences > Plug-Ins andScratch Disk). We recommend that you do not choose a folder that contains any plug-ins fromPhotoshop 7.0 or earlier. You will receive error messages if you do this.Working with Third Party Plug-Ins (Mac only)To ensure compliance with future OSX developments, Photoshop has revamped its plug-inarchitecture for the Macintosh. Every effort has been made to test as many third party plug-ins aspossible for compliance with Photoshop CS2; though given the breadth of the third party plug-incommunity, incompatibilities are still a possibility. Please contact the plug-in developer directly torequest updated versions of the plug-in.
Using Adobe Photoshop with Windows®The following sections include useful information about using Photoshop software with differentversions of Windows. (Please note that Photoshop CS2 does not support Windows 3.1.x,Windows 95, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.) Shared FilesMany files installed by Photoshop - such as TWAIN support files and MSVCRT*.* files (Microsoftruntime files) are shared with other programs. When you install or uninstall other programs thatuse these shared files, the file versions used by Photoshop may be overwritten or deleted. If youexperience problems with features that depend on shared files, please reinstall Photoshop.Windows 2000Adobe Photoshop CS2 requires Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or higher.File AssociationsThe Photoshop installer allows you to associate file types with either Photoshop or ImageReady.When you associate a file type with an application, you specify which application will open when afile of that type is double-clicked on the desktop or in the Windows Explorer. Windows allows allits applications to associate themselves to various file types. If you choose the defaults in thePhotoshop installer, you may find that Photoshop or ImageReady will open instead of anotherapplication when you double click on certain files. The Photoshop installer allows you to turn offthis association with Photoshop or ImageReady if you prefer. To do so, click on each file type youdo not want to associate and, for each type, choose "Do not change". If you wish to change yourfile associations after installing Photoshop, please refer to the document, "How to Change FileAssociations in Windows" in the Adobe Systems Technical Solutions Database on the Adobewebsite.Thumbnail Icons for .psd filesPhotoshop CS2 does not provide thumbnail icons of .psd files through operating system folderwindows. Please use the Adobe Bridge to view your .psd thumbnail files.Running Adobe Photoshop Over a NetworkPhotoshop is not designed (nor was it tested) to be run when Windows is multi-launched over anetwork. If you want to run Photoshop on multiple Windows systems, make sure that eachsystem has its own copy of Windows and Photoshop installed on the hard drive.Language SettingsIf you are using the English version of Windows XP or 2000 and add Chinese Traditional,Chinese Simplified, Korean, or Japanese language components, you must set the languagecorrectly in the Control Panel. For Windows XP, set the Language for non-Unicode programs inthe Regional and Language Options control panel Advanced tab. For Windows 2000, set theSystem Locale using the Regional control panel, General tab, Set default button. Both systemswill then require a reboot. If the language is not set correctly, you will experience display problemswith text, file I/O, and Web features.Improving Performance and TroubleshootingThe following sections describe how to improve your systems performance when working withPhotoshop and how to correct some common problems which may occur. For up to dateinformation on optimizing Photoshop performance, refer to the document, "OptimizingPerformance in Photoshop for Windows", or "Optimizing Performance in Photoshop for Mac OS"available online.
Fonts, Color Profiles and Application Startup TimeUpon startup, Photoshop must enumerate all of the fonts that will be available for the Type tools.If you have a large number of fonts installed on your system, this can cause Photoshop to takelonger to start up. If you find the startup time for Photoshop to be too long, you should removeany unused fonts from your system. Likewise, all Color Profiles installed on the system must beread. Uninstall or remove any color profiles you will not be actively using to speed up theapplication startup time.Changing the Plug-ins Folder and/or Scratch Disk at Launch TimeIf you hold down the Control+Shift (Windows), Command+Shift (Mac) keys at launch time, theAdditional Plug-Ins Folder dialog will appear. You can choose an additional folder from whichPhotoshop will load plug-ins. If you hold down the Control+Alt (Windows), Command+Option(Mac) keys at launch time the Scratch Disk Preferences dialog will appear. You can choose tochange your scratch disk preferences using this dialog.Resetting Preferences at Launch TimeIf you would like to reset all of your Photoshop preferences, simultaneously hold down theControl+Alt+Shift (Windows), Command+Option+Shift (Mac) keys as you launch the application.Adobe Save for Web PreferencesPhotoshop retains its Save for Web settings in the Adobe Save for Web Prefs file. You can find itat: WindowsC:Documents and Settings[username]Application DataAdobeSave For Web9.0Mac OS XLibrary/Preferences folder in your home directoryTo restore Save for Web to its default settings, quit Photoshop, rename the file or move it to theTrash, and restart Photoshop.Working with the History LogYou can choose to save a History Log of your work in Photoshop by turning it on in the GeneralPreferences. If you choose to save your log items to the files Metadata, be aware that the log willnot be saved with files saved in JPEG format due to a limit on the amount of text that can besaved in JPEGs File Info fields. (This limitation does not apply to files saved in the JPEG 2000format.)Working with Camera RawCamera Raw 3.0 has Auto settings. To quickly switch the Auto settings on or off, use the shortcutControl+U (Win) or Command+U (Mac). All of the Auto settings are on by default. To select whichsettings use Auto or not, set the Auto checkboxes as desired, then select "Save New CameraRaw Defaults" from the pop-up menu.Accelerated ActionsThe default playback option in Photoshop CS2 is now set to "Accelerated." If youd like to seeeach step of an action on play-back, you can change the play-back option, found in the Actionpop-up, to "Step by Step."Compressed Drives and Virtual Memory (Windows only)Adobe Systems recommends that you do not set either the Windows swap file or Photoshopsscratch disk to a compressed disk drive. For more information, see Assigning Scratch Disks inChapter 1 of the User Guide.