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Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace

One of the strengths of Photoshop is that it is so deep. I mean, there is so much that we can do inside of Photoshop. Yet, at the same time, it's also one of the weaknesses. Sometimes, we can have so many things visible that it can be a little bit overwhelming. Well, for that matter, we can have panels and different things open that are actually irrelevant to our task at hand. Well, the good news is that in Adobe Photoshop CS5, we can now customize our workspace much more easily. One of the ways that we can do this is by navigating to our Window pulldown menu.

Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace

One of the strengths of Photoshop is that it is so deep. I mean, there is so much that we can do inside of Photoshop. Yet, at the same time, it's also one of the weaknesses. Sometimes, we can have so many things visible that it can be a little bit overwhelming. Well, for that matter, we can have panels and different things open that are actually irrelevant to our task at hand. Well, the good news is that in Adobe Photoshop CS5, we can now customize our workspace much more easily. One of the ways that we can do this is by navigating to our Window pulldown menu.

Here we can select Workspace and then choose some of these different workspaces, although changing workspaces in this context is a little bit tedious, because we would have to drill down into this menu. Well again, the good news is that we can change these workspaces much more effectively now. You'll notice that in this Application bar up here, we have our current workspace, which is Essentials. Well, if you click on the icon next to this, you can open or expand this menu, or you can select some other workspaces. For example, this particular layout really focuses in on photography, and it opens up and configures your panels in a way that it thinks, 'Hey, if you're a photographer, this might be an effective way to work.' Let's go ahead and click on that option to choose that.

Here, you can see it's focusing in on our Histogram, Adjustments and also layers and then opening up a few other panels here as icons as well. Now if ever we want to change one of our workspaces, we can, of course, click on this icon and make the selection. We can also click on these two lines, which act a way to drag out, almost as if from a drawer, these different workspaces. So, at this juncture, what I could then do is simply click on Essentials in order to go to that workspace. If I ever want to toggle back to Photography, all that I need to do now is simply click on that workspace, or for that matter, whatever workspace will help me to be most effective, considering the task at hand.

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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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