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How To Add Background To Photoshop On Mac OSX

I have been using a Mac now for a little over 6 months and at this point I am pretty used to it however there are still things I find that I want to customize to be more how they used to work when I used Windows as my daily driver. The great thing is there is always a way to make it work on OSX and that was not always the case on Windows 7. I edit a lot of images for articles that I post online and so I am constantly using Photoshop and one thing that has really been annoying about Photoshop is the fact that it has a transparent background by default on the Mac. I always figured there was a way to set it but never spent the time to look but that changed tonight and below I describe how to set a grey background for Photoshop on the OSX just like how the Photoshop default background is on Windows.

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Use Photoshop To Add More Space Between Letters

Tonight while working on a web site for a client I was generating a header image that needed to be a specific width to fill out the header properly. The font selected by the client had the letters smashed together so I needed to add some space between the letters. I am not much of a designer so I had to play around with Adobe Photoshop until I was able to find the correct settings which happened to be named kerning and tracking. Kerning is used for a single letter and Tracking is used for a group of letters. These options are located in the Photoshop Character palette and can be modified using the steps below.