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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now that we know a little bit about workspaces, let's dig a bit deeper and take look at how we can customize our workspaces. Well, if we go ahead and hover over this line, which is right next to the Live Workspace Switcher, we can drag this out, as if we're pulling them out from a drawer. One of the things that we can do here is click on different workspaces in order to target them and then work in that context. Well, the interesting thing about this is that each workspace has built-in memory. Let me show you what I mean. Let's say that I like the Essentials workspace except I'm never really going to work with this Color panel here.
Well, if I double-click this tab, it will then collapse that particular panel group. Well, at this point, I really like this. This now makes a little bit more sense for me in regards to my Essentials workspace. How then do I save this? Well, I actually don't need to do any thing at all. Each of these workspaces has built-in memory. Let me show you what I mean. If I navigate to Photography to change workspaces, when I go back to Essentials, you'll notice that it remembered exactly how I left it, which is actually quite handy.
Let's say, though, that we want a couple of variations of a few different workspaces that are similar and a touch different. We're going to go ahead and click on this Photography workspace tab here in order to open that one up. Let's say that I want a little bit more of a lean-and-mean Photography workspace as well. So, what I want to do is close this entire panel group. To do so, I'll click on this icon here and say Close Tab Group. Now that I've done that, that one is gone. I also want to click and move this one out and then click on the Close button.
So, again, I have a much more minimal approach here, just a few panels, the most essential ones. Well, in this case, if I click on Essentials and then click back to Photography, it will, of course, remember this. But I don't want it to remember this. Rather, I want to save this out as my own workspace. Here's how we're going to do that. I'll go ahead and click on the double arrows and here I'm going to choose New Workspace. I'll call this one CO, for my initials, - PHOTOGRAPHY. Next, I'll click Save. Well, here you can see that I now have this workspace up top, and I can go ahead and click and drag this to a new position, if I want to have it further down the line, and I can make my selection by simply clicking on these different workspaces.
Well, one of the problems currently is that PHOTOGRAPHY and CO - PHOTOGRAPHY are identical. How do I get this one back to normal? We'll click on that workspace and then click on the double arrows in here, simply choose Reset, and this will then take it back to its original default settings. So, now in this case, I have these two different workspaces, CO - PHOTOGRAPHY here, and also, the original default PHOTOGRAPHY in this space. The other way that we can access these, of course, is that we go ahead and close this little drawer here.
We can always click on these double icons, and there you're going to see that workspace listed here, or we can navigate to the Window pulldown menu and then go to Workspace and also choose that New and Custom Workspace that we've saved by clicking on this option right here.
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