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Creating and saving a custom workspace


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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

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You can customize the Bridge interface to meet specific task requirements and return to these panel arrangements at any time. I'm currently in Bridge now I'm viewing the catalog images in our exercise files. You can see here in the Content panel. These are all the images that are contained within the Catalog Images folder and I'm currently viewing these in the default workspace. If you go under the Window menu, click on Workspace, you will see this submenu. And notice these different workspaces in here. If you're not already setup here I would like you to choose the top workspace here named Default. When you choose that, it should make your screen look exactly like mine does now.
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training
8h 22m Beginner Sep 29, 2008

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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Identifying photos by name, keyword, rating, and label
  • Locating photos with searches, filters, collections, and stacks
  • Using automated red-eye correction and sharpening tools
  • Making detailed color and tone corrections
  • Using Photomerge on faces and groups
  • Working with filters, artwork, and other image customizations
  • Scrapbooking
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Ted LoCascio

Creating and saving a custom workspace

You can customize the Bridge interface to meet specific task requirements and return to these panel arrangements at any time. I'm currently in Bridge now I'm viewing the catalog images in our exercise files. You can see here in the Content panel. These are all the images that are contained within the Catalog Images folder and I'm currently viewing these in the default workspace. If you go under the Window menu, click on Workspace, you will see this submenu. And notice these different workspaces in here. If you're not already setup here I would like you to choose the top workspace here named Default. When you choose that, it should make your screen look exactly like mine does now.

Okay now this is the workspace that Bridge will display every time you first launch it. This is exactly how it will appear, but it doesn't mean that you have to keep working this way because the interface in Bridge is extremely flexible. You can move these panels around within the Bridge window. You can change their position. You can also show in hide them. So let's just say for example if I'm going to click on the Favorites panel over here and grab the tab drag it over here to Preview, I can group it together.

I can move the Filter panel of this way. I can move Metadata over here. If I wanted to, I can even divide up the Content panel. If we drag Keywords, drag all the way down until we see this blue line at the bottom, you see that blue horizontal line? You can let up in the mouse button and now you have divided this up. So I encourage you to play around with this because as you do you may come up with an arrangement that you like better than what's under Window menu. Better than the Default workspace or any of these other workspaces. That's how you can customize the interface.

All right, something else you could do, hide these panels. Notice these check marks next to under where it says Workspace. We have Folders panel, Favorites panel, Metadata, and everyone that has a check mark next to it means that it currently visible within the Bridge window. If you don't want to see it inside of the Bridge window you can choose it. That takes away the check mark and now that panel is hidden. All right, we can do that for as many panels as we like. All right, showing and hiding panels. If you would like to turn them back on again, just choose them again from the Window menu. So there is our Folders panel. So this is useful because as you're playing around with this, you may have even done this accidentally. You may have just been moving things around and then realized, oh, my goodness! I have completely changed the way the screen looks and I just want to get back to square one, get back to the way things used to be.

And you can do so easily by choosing the workspace from the Window menu. Let's go back to the Default and set things right. Okay so we were back the way everything was before and that's a good thing. Now you can also save your own custom panel arrangements. I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Let's go into the Window menu. And what I'm going to do is choose one of these other workspace actually I like the Vertical Filmstrip workspace. I like this workspace because it brings up this very large preview area in the center of the window and then all of my content is over here on the right, in a vertical filmstrip format.

Now what I would like to do is actually modify this existing workspace by dragging this divider bar off to the left and just focusing on my preview image and my content of on the right. This is a nice way to work. I like to see a large image. Also if I wanted to, I could select multiple images from within the Vertical Filmstrip over here. I'm going to go and hold down the Shift key and click a few images down in the list. Click on the bird_in_flight image and now all four these images are now selected and being previewed in the larger in the larger Preview window. This is how I like work.

So I'm going to go ahead and save this workspace. Go under the Window menu, choose Workspace and I'm going to Save Workspace. In here I can name the workspace, give it something descriptive. I'll name it Ted's workspace. Or if we wanted something a little more descriptive we can maybe say Preview workspace. If we think we're going to save more than one workspace that is, or just give it the serial number treatment, just put a one at the end. Okay, now notice it also gives you the option to save the window location as part of the workspace. If you were to resize the window or change its location on your screen, that will also be saved as part of the workspace. I currently have it maximized so that's how it's going to be saved. You can also choose to save the sort order as part of your workspace and that's referring to the way the images are sorted in the Content panel. Okay right now I have them sorted by the default file name option, alphabetical from A to Z, top to bottom and it's going to be saved that way.

All right we're going to choose Save now. Add that to our menu. That means, if say maybe you're sharing Bridge and Elements with the other members of your family or friends, let's say maybe your wife or your children also use Elements and they sometimes change the workspace. Let's say the next time you come to Elements and Bridge it's back in the default workspace. Someone has changed it and you want to get back to your favorite workspace. All we need to do now, rather than going through all of those steps that I showed earlier with moving things around, we can go under the Window menu and choose Ted's Workspace1 and that's brings us back. Saves your lot of time in the long run and that way you can use Elements the way you want to use it and use Bridge exactly the way you want to use it. All right so that is how you can customize the interface here in Bridge and then save your favorite workspaces.

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