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The panels over on the right side of the screen contain important features that you'll use when you're editing in the Full Photo Edit workspace. But because panels take up so much space on your screen, they're not all open by default. So here's how to open, close, and arrange panels, so that you have access to just the panels you need for a particular task. There's a list of all the available panels under the Window menu at the top of the screen, in this section starting with Adjustments and going down to Undo History. When I'm editing a photo, I like to have four panels open: the Undo History panel, the Layers panel, the Histogram panel, and the Adjustments panel.
We'll be talking about these panels in more detail later in the course. For now, I just want to show you how you can open and arrange these panels in a limited space available on your screen. I'm going to close out of this menu, and let's take a look at which panels are opened by default. First, there is a group of panels. The Effects panel here, and behind it the Content panel, I can switch between these grouped panels by clicking the tab of each, like this, and then by default, the Layers panel is open. The Layers panel is an important one and I want to leave it open.
But I won't be using the Effects and Content panel to do straight photo editing. So I'm going to close that whole panel group temporarily. And the way to close a panel or a panel group is to look for the tiny icon that looks like a list over on the right side of the panel group. When you click that list icon, you get a menu of commands that are relevant to the active panel, in this case, the Effects panel, and then down at the bottom of that list, there's a Close command for closing the active panel or our Close Tab Group command, which will close the entire group of panels.
So I'm going to choose that, Close Tab Group and that closes the Effects and Content panel group. And now there's a lot more room for my Layers panel, and at least one of the other panels that I want to have opened while I'm editing this photo. I'll go up to the Window menu to open another panel, and from there I'm going to choose the Adjustments panel, and that comes in to the column on the right, right underneath the Layers panel. If I had a lot of layers in this photo, and so I wanted more room for the Layers panel, I could always collapse the Adjustments panel by double-clicking its tab like this, and then it collapses down here and when I want to see it, I'll click on its tab again and it will come back up.
So I mentioned I wanted to have two other panels open. I'll go back to the Window menu and I'll choose one of those; the Histogram panel, and I'll choose the fourth one as well, the Undo History panel. So now the problem is I have so many panels open in this column on the right that there really isn't room for the Undo History panel and there isn't any room at all for my Adjustments panel, which is collapsed down here. So what I can do is start a whole another column of panels right next to this one. I'm going to take the Histogram panel and the Undo History panel out of this column and put them in my new column.
I'll start with the Histogram panel. The way to move a panel out of a column is to click on its tab and hold and drag out, and then I'll release my mouse, and the Histogram panel is now floating free on my screen. So I can click on the black title bar and move it wherever I want on my screen. I want to put it in its own column, snapped into the column on the right. So I'm going to move the whole panel by its title bar over toward the column on the right until I see this blue bar, and then I'll release my mouse and that begins a second inner column.
Now I'm going to go get that Undo History panel the same way. I'll click on its tab, I'll drag it out of the column on the right, I'm going to let it float free for a minute, and then I'll click on its black title bar and I'm going to drag it right under that Histogram panel. Notice this blue bar up here is when I get into the right area, and then I'll release my mouse and that snaps the Undo History panel right under the Histogram panel. And then to complete my panel arrangement, I'll go down and I'll click on the tab of the Adjustments panel to bring that one back up from its collapse state.
So now I've got all the panels that I often want to use when I'm editing a photo, but now the problem is that my screen isn't big enough to accommodate all of them and to also see this photo at least at 100% view. So at any time, I can temporarily collapse all the panels over to the right side of the screen, so I can see more of my photo by holding the Shift key down and clicking the Tab key on my keyboard, and now the Document window with the photo is taking up my whole screen. When I need my panels back, I'll Shift+Tab again and here they are. One last thing; when I want to reset my panels to their original configuration, there's a button for that and it's right up here in the bar at the top of the Editor.
I'll click Reset panels and that gets me back to my original default panel configuration. So no matter how big your screen, you do have the flexibility to see just the panels you need for a given task, and to arrange them so that they're convenient for you to access.
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