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In the third installment of the Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One series, author Deke McClelland shows how to build, light, and render realistic 3D scenes in Photoshop CS5 Extended. Providing a systematic approach to scene building, the course explains how to produce reflections and refractions, balance the interplay of light and shadow, and frame scenes with 3D cameras.
Prerequisite course: Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals
In this movie I'll show you how I recommend you to set up your panels inside a Photoshop and how you save them out as a custom workspace. Now we'll be starting from the Essentials Workspace, so if the word Essentials 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 right there and choose Reset Essentials that way you'll be starting from the same point as me, which is how you get to all the panels inside a Photoshop and choose Actions and 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'll drop those panels into the desire 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 and that will bring up the layer Comps panel and the Notes panel. Now my guess is you're 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 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 will obviously be using quite bit inside of the series and finally go to the Window menu and choose Navigator.
Now I happened to move these around a little bit. I don't really like the way that they're organized by default, so I grabbed Navigator and I dropped it down into the layer Comes group, it's totally up to you, if you decide to go this way it is important that you get always panels open though, so you have easy access to him, but exactly how they're organized is up to you. I'm going to drag Navigator at that point like so, and then I'm going to grab tool Presets, these little tools and I'm going to drag them and drop them between layer Comps and Navigator, and we end up 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'm mentioning this and showing it to you just so that you know why my screen might look differently than yours. All right so I'm going to go ahead and grab this guy by this little top right there that's sort of scrubby top to the panel, I'm 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 and collapse those panels just by double-clicking that dark gray area there, then I 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 adjustment I need to make, now 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're working along with me and I'm going to go ahead and call this one-on-one. We don't need to say the same keyboard shortcuts or menus as part of 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 the double arrow icon and choose Reset Essentials, you'll end up back roughly where we started, then if I click on one-on-one again than I'll end with workspace I created just a moment ago and that's how you go back constructing what I consider to be the best workspace when working inside Photoshop CS5 Extended.
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