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How to Create Your own Photoshop Help Menu20/08/2008 - 12:30 PM
As some of you are aware my last blog and previous forum posting caused a bit of a stir here in EPZ land so for a change I thought I'd post something helpful and uncontroversial.
If like me you have collected together a whole collection of helpful Photoshop tutorials and snippets how the hell do you keep track of them? Well did you know you can customise the Photoshop help menu to link to your own help items? In fact in CS3 (there seems to be a bug in CS2) you can even link the help menu to your favourite online tutorials. So someone if the wished could create an indexed Photoshop help file (which the could share with others) to all the EPZ online tutorials!
The Adobe instructions are not over clear (Menu>Help>How to create How Tos>Create your own Howto tips) but it is fairly easy.
First, find your Photoshop installation folder. On most Windows systems, this will be at
“C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3(orCS2).”
On Mac OS, it will something like “Macintosh HD:Applications:Adobe Photoshop CS3(or CS2)”
Inside this, you should find a folder called “Help” which will in turn contain a subfolder called “additional how to content.” There are files called Add_001.howto and Add_001.html
“Add_001.howto” can be edited with a text editor and is merely adding items to the Photoshop drop down help menu. So if you edit it as follows
“How to Create How Tos” “Create your own How To tips” HowToInstructions.html
“Removing Backgrounds” “Background Eraser tool” mytip1.html
“Removing Backgrounds” “Magic Eraser tool” mytip2.html
It will create a new drop down menu item called Removing Back Grounds with two submenu items “Background Eraser tool” and “Magic Eraser tool”. Clicking on the first will call up mytip1.html as a help item. Clicking on the next will call up mytip2.html (note Photoshop orders the menu items alphabetically). You can create your own help files by editing (in a basic html editor) Add_001.html and saving it with your chosen name such as “mytip1.html” and “mytip2.htm”. In CS3 you can link directly to other web pages. With a bit of thought you can build up quite a structure of personalised help menus.
It’s not an over documented feature but is IMHO opinion a very useful one. Some more info here