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Creating and saving a workspace

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Video: Creating and saving a workspace

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to customize your workspace, which is basically a matter of bringing up panels and changing their locations so that you have access to Photoshop's most essential features. Then we'll save out that workspace, so that you and I are on the same page throughout this One-on-One series. So for starters, I'd like you to make sure that the word Essentials is active in the upper-right corner of the interface. Essentials, Design, Painting, and the others all represent predefined workspaces that ship along with Photoshop, and each one of them brings up a different collection of panels.

Creating and saving a workspace

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to customize your workspace, which is basically a matter of bringing up panels and changing their locations so that you have access to Photoshop's most essential features. Then we'll save out that workspace, so that you and I are on the same page throughout this One-on-One series. So for starters, I'd like you to make sure that the word Essentials is active in the upper-right corner of the interface. Essentials, Design, Painting, and the others all represent predefined workspaces that ship along with Photoshop, and each one of them brings up a different collection of panels.

So go ahead and click on Essentials. And then, just so that you're seeing the same Essentials I am because these various workspaces have a tendency to update on the fly, I want you to click this double- right-pointing arrowhead there. And you'll see, in addition to a handful of other workspaces that are available to you, some of which, like 3D, only ship with the extended version of the program and not the standard version. You'll see this command right there, Reset Essentials. I'd like you to go ahead and chose that command in order to reset the panels to the way they appeared when you first launched the program.

Now, notice that I'm seeing a group of panels right at the top: Color, Swatches, and Styles. That's all very well and good. I'm also seeing Adjustments and Masks listed next. And the Adjustments panel is so very larger and my screen size is very small that the Layers panel is getting crushed down here at the bottom. So what'd I'd like to do is collapse the Adjustments panel and expand the Layers panel. And you can collapse and expand panels inside of Photoshop CS5 by double-clicking in this empty gray area to the right of the final panel tab.

So this used to be a single click in CS4 and earlier; now, it's a double-click. Anyway, I'll go ahead and double- click in this location to collapse the Adjustments panel, and then I'll double-click here to the right of the word Paths to expand the Layers panel. All right, so in addition to this far-right column of panels, we have a neighboring column right next door that includes a couple of icons by default. First, we're seeing this Mini Bridge icon. And the Mini Bridge is a miniature version of the Bridge that allows you to browse through your photographs and other digital assets on your hard drive.

And the Mini Bridge is also included not only in Photoshop CS5, but inside InDesign CS5 as well. Next, we've got the History panel that allows you to access the most recently performed operations inside Photoshop, and you can undo or redo those operations as you so desire. However, there's a bunch of other panels I'd like to get to. Every single one of them is listed under the Window menu. And so here's what I'd like you to do. I'd like you to chose the Actions command in order to bring up the Actions panel. And then, in order to close that panel, just go ahead and click on the same icon you used to show it.

So click on an icon to show a panel, click on an icon to hide a panel as well. Then I'll go back to the Window menu, and I'll choose the Info command. Notice it has a keyboard shortcut of F8. And the reason I mention this is if you care to memorize these keyboard shortcuts--some of which are default Photoshop shortcuts, some of which I added with my dekeKeys shortcuts-- all of them, however, are toggles. So F8 is one of Photoshop's defaults, and it works inside some of the other Creative Suite applications as well. If I click on this I, the Info panel, and all the others that are grouped with it--including the histogram and navigator--they'll all go away.

If I want to bring the Info panel back, I just have to press the F8 key again, if I decide to memorize that keyboard shortcut. Then to make it go away again, I press F8 again. So again, each one of those keyboard shortcuts is a toggle for showing and hiding that panel. I'll now return to the Window menu, and I'll choose Brush. And not only does that bring up the big Brush panel, but also Brush Presets and Clone Source. Then I'll return to Window, and I'll chose the Character panel, which allows me to format type inside the program. That brings up both Character and Paragraph, as you can see.

I'll go up to the Window menu and choose Layer Comps, which allow me to say which layers are visible and which layers aren't, in addition to other composition attributes. And we're going to see all of these panels--at least the ones that actually will make a difference to you-- over the course of the many chapters that lay in wait for you. And that brings up Notes as well, as you can see. And finally, I'll go the Window menu and I'll choose Tool Presets. That not only brings up the Tool Presets panel, but also the 3D panel, which is available exclusively in the Extended version of the program.

Throughout Fundamentals, Advanced, and Mastery, we're focusing on functions that are available in both the Standard and Extended versions of the program. So I'm going to go ahead and drag the 3D tab out into the image window, drop it into place there, and then close that panel. Now, I'll drag the Tool Presets Icon, and I'll drop it between Layer Comps and Nodes, right there. Now, as I was saying, we've got two columns of panels, one of which is revealed and the other of which have been collapsed to these icons. You can go ahead and expand that column of icons by clicking on the double-arrow icon, and that displays the Mini Bridge, as you can see here.

Actions is revealed for me, and then I don't have any more room for the other panels. If I want to hide these panels again, I'd double-click on that double arrow icon again. Next, I also have the option of collapsing these far-right-side panels by clicking on that double-arrow icon. Notice this time though, I not only see the icons, but I see the names of the panels as well. It doesn't have to be that way. You can collapse these panels to just the icons by dragging this vertical line to the left of the icons, like so. And you can also expand these icons to reveal their panel names--if you've got enough room on-screen--by dragging this vertical line to the left.

Alright, I'm going to go ahead and leave my icons as icons only, because as I've been saying, I don't have much screen real estate here. And I'm going to reveal these far-right-side panels because they're the ones that we'll be using on a regular basis. This represents at least the beginning of a workspace that I'll be using throughout this series, so I want to save it off in case I want to come back to it later. So I'll click on this double-right- pointing arrowhead in the upper-right corner of the interface, and I'll choose New Workspace. I'd like you to do this as well, if you've been working along with me.

And then go ahead and name your new workspace "One-on-One," and that way you can come back to it anytime you like over the course of working through the One-on-One series. Also, if you loaded my dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts, then I recommend that you turn on the Keyboard Shortcuts check box, so that you're associating my shortcuts with this workspace. You can also save off customized menus if you want to. I don't recommend that options, so I'd leave this check box off. And then click the Save button in order to save off your new One-on-One workspace. It will appear at the beginning of the list, as we're seeing right there.

I'm going to go ahead and expand my list of workspaces a little bit by dragging this double-vertical bar over slightly to the left. You can move the workspace to a different location if you want, however, I'm going to leave it right up front. And at any point in time in the future, you can now come back to that workspace. If it ends up looking different than the way it's looking now, for example, you can always reset the One-on-One workspace by clicking on this double-arrow icon and choosing Reset One-on-One, and that will return the workspace to the way you saved it.

In the next exercise, I'm going to show you to further modify your workspace and update your changes.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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