Closing all the Photoshop layer groups at once

The great thing about Twitter is the ability to ask all my talented friends for solutions to immediate problems, in the same way as I might turn around in an office and ask questions of my nearby colleagues. All well and good, but the question and the answer aren’t collated which is mildly frustrating and not Google friendly. Here’s a recent useful exchange:

Me: Is it possible in Photoshop to collapse all layer palette groups in one single judo UI operation?

McJim: Command + click on little triangle thingy

…closely followed by…

Strawbleu: Liking the term ‘Judo UI Operation’

Thought some of that might be useful to someone, as I did Google for it but couldn’t find an answer. Thanks to McJim for the answer.

Disappearing Photoshop cursors

I’ve had a problem for some time now: my cursors in Photoshop CS3 on OS X are invisible. I’ve no idea why, or how it happened, but it’s really awkward when you can’t see where your mask is going to start, or where you text cursor is going to blink into being.

The solution

After a lot of Googling I came across another person (maybe called Mark, from detective work in his Flickr stream) with a similar problem, which started me off to find a solution. So far the only way I’ve found of solving this is (and this is OS X specific):

  1. Quit Photoshop
  2. In Finder, Go to Folder: ~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings/
  3. Delete, or move to another folder temporarily, this file:Adobe Photoshop CS3 Prefs.psp
  4. Restart Photoshop and (hopefully) breathe a sigh of relief…

There must be a better way of doing it, and I still don’t know what triggered the problem, but at least the cursors are back. Cursors! I kiss you!