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Creating a custom workspace

From: Photoshop CS3 Extended for BioMedical Research

Video: Creating a custom workspace

In this studio we are going to create some custom workspaces. Now it is always good practice to start from the default workspace. So we are going to make sure that what we see is truly the default workspace by going to Window > Workspace and moving over and highlighting Default Workspace. Now we know it is been reset to a standard workspace. So we can make modifications but always go back to the simple starting point. Now there is another thing about workspaces that is important to realize. Let's go to Window > Workspace, and if you look below we can see some additional options including just being able to reset either the Palette Locations, Keyboard Shortcuts, or Menus. If we go further down, we can see that Adobe has actually provided some custom workspaces for us to be able to either return to the way Photoshop used to be or what I think is much more important, is to select What's New in CS3, and then we will hit Yes because this will modify.

Creating a custom workspace

In this studio we are going to create some custom workspaces. Now it is always good practice to start from the default workspace. So we are going to make sure that what we see is truly the default workspace by going to Window > Workspace and moving over and highlighting Default Workspace. Now we know it is been reset to a standard workspace. So we can make modifications but always go back to the simple starting point. Now there is another thing about workspaces that is important to realize. Let's go to Window > Workspace, and if you look below we can see some additional options including just being able to reset either the Palette Locations, Keyboard Shortcuts, or Menus. If we go further down, we can see that Adobe has actually provided some custom workspaces for us to be able to either return to the way Photoshop used to be or what I think is much more important, is to select What's New in CS3, and then we will hit Yes because this will modify.

But we can easily get back to the default workspace. So I am going to hit Return for Yes. And now, well, it does not look like anything has changed, as soon as we start pulling down the menu items, for example Analysis, which is brand new in Photoshop CS3 Extended, all the new items are highlighted in blue. Since this is a brand new menu item, everything under it is highlighted. We can also go to Layer. And we can see that there is a new Smart Filter, as well as other things that might have been updated or changed for CS3 Extended and CS3, are highlighted blue.

Another workspace setting that might be important for researches. If we go to Window > Workspace, we can see that there are different options that include Image Analysis. When we turn that one on, again we say Yes. And now, we can see that a lot of extraneous panels that are non-important for image analysis have been removed. And we also can see the brand new Measurement Log panel, here at the bottom. Now that we can see the Image Analysis workspace, this is much closer to what we might like to customize and it will save us a lot of work. At the same time, we can always go back under the Window and select this so again, it is a starting point that is etched in stone, and we can always get to and modify from there. Let us start by increasing the Measurement log and moving it a little bit. Because as we collect numbers, we want to be able to see as much of the data as possible.

Then there are some things we can turn off. Because we still do not use Paths, so I will select that, and then hit the cross here, and then the Paths panel closes. Another thing is that I will separate Channels and bring it up to be part of the Info palette. This way I can easily look at the different components of any color image. The last modification I will make is to close up this entire panel set because generally Image Analysis with Photoshop is done in a manual fashion. As well as the History Log. If I do end up needing it, I can easily pull it out from the Window menu item.

Now that the workspace is customized to the way that is most appropriate for the workflow, I want to be able to save this. And then not only use it on this computer but be able to share that with other workstations that have Photoshop installed. So I will move up to the Window, pull that down, and underneath the Workspace there is the Save Workspace command. Here, we can give it a name as well as make sure we recover the Palette Locations, if we have changed any Keyboard Shortcuts, which I will show you how to do in the next video, and any menus modification.

Now I do not want to write over the existing Image Analysis workspace. So I do want to rename this. In this case, we are going to rename it Image Analysis-, your initials; in my case, EW. Then I will hit Save. Now with any new custom workspace you can find it listed under the Window > Workspace, and it's appended to the bottom of the list. Here it is, Image Analysis- EW. If you want to save this with your colleagues or place it on another workstations, you will need to know where this preset file actually lives.

The preset file is located under the name of the user in the Library. And then you have to find Preferences, and select Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings, and since it's a Workspace, you will be selecting this folder, and within it the actual preset is saved. Now if you already have this on your computer, you can search for it and find it. But if you want to place it into another Macintosh, you have to follow this file path and place it correctly into the Workspaces folder.

In Vista, you can find this file in the same type of path. Under the user file name, in this case, Eric Wexler, and then AppData, Roaming, followed by the Adobe folder, and then you will open up Adobe Photoshop CS3. And in that is the folder Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings, which contains the Workspaces folder, which will include the Image Analysis- EW. And with that you can copy it and place it in the same location on any other Vista workstation that has access to a same custom workspace that you have created on a different machine.

Now that we have created and we are able to share this custom workspace, we can see how easy it is to go back to our default workspace. We are going to use the default workspace throughout the rest of the title as we demonstrate what Photoshop can do with scientific imaging.

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Photoshop CS3 Extended for BioMedical Research

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Eric Wexler
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  1. 7m 59s
    1. Welcome
      2m 39s
    2. Disclaimer
      1m 44s
    3. Exercise files
      46s
    4. Understanding Photoshop CS3 Extended
      1m 42s
    5. Understanding which versions are covered
      1m 8s
  2. 20m 31s
    1. Understanding imaging in biomedical research
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding research image workflows
      4m 6s
    3. Understanding image fundamentals
      3m 29s
    4. Understanding image detection
      7m 40s
  3. 16m 48s
    1. Understanding digital images
      5m 28s
    2. Understanding image file types
      6m 34s
    3. Understanding objective imaging
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 2s
    1. Understanding the default workspace
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      5m 31s
    3. Working with keyboard commands
      4m 20s
    4. Customizing preferences for research
      3m 51s
    5. Understanding the History Log
      4m 20s
  5. 18m 10s
    1. Learning to always work from a copy
      2m 23s
    2. Opening files in Photoshop
      4m 13s
    3. Introduction to Adobe Bridge 2.0
      2m 25s
    4. Using the Adobe Camera Raw Converter
      3m 34s
    5. Using the DICOM Importation interface
      4m 19s
    6. Working with scanned image sets
      1m 16s
  6. 13m 47s
    1. Organizing images
      5m 0s
    2. Applying rank, keywords, and filters
      6m 9s
    3. Working with image stacks
      2m 38s
  7. 27m 57s
    1. Understanding color modes
      4m 27s
    2. Understanding the Info panel
      7m 49s
    3. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 49s
    4. Understanding color composition with channels
      6m 10s
    5. Comparing multiple images
      3m 42s
  8. 25m 17s
    1. Resizing images
      5m 1s
    2. Resizing the image canvas
      8m 11s
    3. Joining images with compositing
      7m 9s
    4. Using Auto Align and Auto Blend
      2m 1s
    5. Applying a threshold to an image
      2m 55s
  9. 23m 48s
    1. Considering adjustments
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding exposure controls
      1m 7s
    3. Optimizing exposure with Levels
      5m 1s
    4. Optimizing exposure using Curves
      7m 25s
    5. Removing color casts
      3m 4s
    6. Reducing chromatic aberrations
      4m 52s
  10. 25m 43s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 21s
    2. Working with adjustment layers
      1m 36s
    3. Using layers to compare histological localization
      4m 42s
    4. Optimizing a fluorescent image
      4m 27s
    5. Creating a false-color image
      4m 25s
    6. Working with Smart Objects
      4m 13s
    7. Using selective desaturation
      1m 59s
  11. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding the Analysis menu
      3m 5s
    2. Creating a calibration
      3m 57s
    3. Selecting data points
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Marquee Selection tool to isolate an area of interest
      4m 19s
    5. Tracing a selection using the Lasso tool
      3m 31s
    6. Using the Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 48s
    7. Using the Magnetic Lasso to create an area of interest
      4m 1s
    8. Working with the Quick Select tool
      4m 11s
    9. Using the Magic Wand
      4m 11s
    10. Creating a noncontiguous selection using the Magic Wand
      1m 55s
    11. Creating a selection using Color Range
      4m 33s
    12. Using the Selection tools for visual dissection
      2m 30s
    13. Using the Count tool
      5m 59s
    14. Using the ruler tool with calibration
      4m 28s
    15. Extracting data from the Measurement Log
      3m 41s
  12. 26m 32s
    1. Adding Scale bars manually
      4m 18s
    2. Adding Scale bars automatically
      5m 21s
    3. Adding text to images
      4m 50s
    4. Adding arrows to images
      6m 29s
    5. Adding vector shapes to images
      2m 57s
    6. Adding borders to images
      2m 37s
  13. 32m 32s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 9s
    2. Combining images for presentation
      9m 35s
    3. Using the Bridge Slide Show feature
      2m 58s
    4. Creating a representative grayscale image
      6m 30s
    5. Using the Print interface
      2m 47s
    6. Integrating images into Microsoft Office files
      6m 33s
  14. 15m 24s
    1. Optimizing a DICOM image
      3m 50s
    2. Creating a DICOM animation
      7m 2s
    3. Annotating and optimizing animation
      4m 32s
  15. 1m 1s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 1s

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