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In this installment of his Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One series, Deke McClelland shows how to draw six varieties of volumetric objects and manipulate them in 3D space. The course covers how to make 3D objects from 2D layers, work with predefined 3D shapes such as spheres and cubes, import 3D models drawn in other programs, and maximize the power of the Repoussé feature. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this movie I will show you how I recommend you setup your panels inside of Photoshop and how you save that out as a custom workspace. Now we will be starting from the Essentials workspace. So if the word Essential is not already highlighted in the top right corner of the screen, go ahead and click on it. And you may even want to go over to this double arrow icon there and choose Reset Essentials; that way you will be starting from the same point as me, which is how you get to all the panels inside of Photoshop and choose actions; that will automatically drop the Actions panel into the proper place.
Now go up to the Window menu and choose Brush, or you can press the F5 key if you prefer, and that will drop those panels into the desired place as well. Now go up to the Window menu and choose Character, and that will drop those panels exactly where I want them to be, and then go up to the Window menu and choose layer Comps. That will bring up the layer Comps panel and the Notes panel. Now my guess is you are not going to need the Notes panel, so you can go ahead and drag that guy out and close him, like so. Next though, we do need the Presets panel and the Navigator, so go up to the Window menu and choose tool Presets, and notice that automatically opens the 3D panel as well, which we will obviously be using quite a bit inside of this series.
Finally, go up to the Window menu and choose Navigator. Now I happen to move these around a little bit, I don't really like the way that they are organized by default. So I grabbed Navigator and I drop it down into the layer Comps group, it's totally up to you if you decide to go this way. It is important that you get all these panels open though, so you have easy access to them, but exactly how they are organized is up to you. I am going to drag navigator to that point like so, and then I am going to go grab tool Presets, these little tools and I am going to drag them and drop them between layer Comps and Navigator, and with this effect and that separates the 3D panel from everybody else.
So it's in its own little container. And I just do this for screen real estate reasons, because I am working on this tiny screen. I switch the placement of the Adjustment and Mask panel with the Histogram and Info panel, and I am mentioning this and showing it to you just so that you know why my screen might look differently than yours. All right, so I am going to go ahead and grab this guy by this little top right there, that sort of scrubby top to the panel, I am going to go ahead and drag it and drop it just below Adjustments and Masks, like so, so that I get that horizontal blue line.
Because I don't want to combine it with a bunch of other panels and we end up getting this. Then I go ahead and collapse those panels, just by double-clicking that dark gray area there. Then I will grab Adjustments and Masks by its empty gray area, and I drag it to this position right there. So it's directly below the Actions panel and above Brushes. All right, having done that, that's all the panel adjustments that I need to make, now I am going to go up to this double arrow icon, click on it and choose New Workspace and I invite you to do the same thing if you are working along with me, and I am going to go ahead and call this One-on-One.
We don't need to save the keyboard shortcuts or menus as part of the workspace, just go ahead and click the Save button and you are done and you now have your own custom One-on-One space, and you still have access to the Essential space, if you end up wanting to go back to it. So if you click on Essentials and then click on a double arrow icon and choose Reset Essentials, you will end up back roughly where we started, then if I click on One-on-One again, then I will end up with the workspace I created just a moment ago, and that's how you go about constructing what I consider to be the best workspace when working inside Photoshop CS5 Extended.
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