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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to customize the workspace. The workspace controls which panels are up on screen, which are hidden, how big are those panels, where are they located and so on. So, it's another way to modify the interface here inside the Bridge. Now there is a handful of predefined workspaces. You'll see a few of them at the top of the screen. You can also, by the way, grab this little scrubby guy there. Drag it over to the left in order to see more of those predefined workspaces, or if you like, you can see fewer of them as well.
All of the workspaces are made available by clicking this down-pointing arrowhead. You'll see that they go from Essentials to Filmstrip and so on all the way down to the Folders. The first six get keyboard shortcuts; after that, they don't. You can add your own as well, as you'll see. If you want to try out any one of the workspaces, just go ahead and select it. You'll be able to come back to Essentials anytime you want just by selecting it as well. All right! But what I want to do is I want to modify Filmstrip. So, I'm going to click on Filmstrip and it's a nice idea. But at first, I think it's awful.
It shows you these dinky little thumbnails and then it will show you an expanded view of the active thumbnail up here inside the Preview. But I think we'll be able to see it better if we switch to a different folder. So, I'm going to click on the Folders tab and I'm going to switch to Lake Powell, that subfolder we created inside of the 03_open_org folder. I'll click on one of these images here, like this one. Then I'll go ahead and expand the size of my thumbnails down here at the bottom of the screen, so that I can see more of them. Now, the way I prefer to work, especially when I'm working on a really wide screen like this one, this is practically an anamorphic display here.
I'd rather have my filmstrip over here on the right-hand side in a vertical formation. Back in older versions of the Bridge, you used to have this little toggle that you could just switch between a horizontal filmstrip and a vertical filmstrip, which was very convenient. Now, it takes a little bit more work. So, here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to drag over this right-hand vertical bar, so that I have a little bit of room over here on the right-hand side of the screen. I'm going to grab the Content tab and I'm going to move it over to this location like so and drop it into place. Then I'll make it narrower, so that we're only seeing a single column of thumbnails.
I think that's quite a bit better, actually. Now, I'd don't see my Metadata or Keywords panel at this point, which just is not acceptable. So, we're going to have to move things around. I'll go up to the Window menu and choose Metadata. It comes up over here in this tiny, little strip, which is completely illogical, but there it is. Then I'll go ahead and choose Keywords, and we get that as well. All right, so I'm going to go grab Metadata, just by that little sliver there and move it over here into the Filter group. Then I'll do the same thing with Keywords, move it over as well.
Then I'll move Collections up to the top, like so, not to that location though. I goofed up a little bit there. Let's go and move it down into Folders. I'll go ahead and move Export up into that location as well, because I want to keep track of Export at any given time. Now, Favorites isn't a panel that I use very often. What you can do, by the way -- here's how the Favorites panel works. You can go into a folder and you can right -click on it and choose Add to Favorites. Then it will be made part of your Favorites. There it is, 03_open_org.
You can do the same thing with the Collection. I could go to the Four stellar butterflies right there. Right-click on it and add it as a favorite, if I so desired. Well, as I say, I don't tend to work that way. You might, and if so, by all means, keep Favorites up on screen. But I'm going to get rid of it by going up to the Window menu and choosing the Favorites panel command to hide it. Now, I just have Folders, Collections and Export up here at the top. I have Filter, Metadata and Keyword down here at bottom. I'll switch over to the Metadata panel. I'll switch back to Lake Powell, so that we have something pleasant to look at here.
There we go! Now, let's say that I want to go ahead and save off what I've done as a new version of Filmstrip. Well, it's kind of already done for me. Notice, if I switch to Essentials, and then I switch back to Filmstrip, I see the last version of that Filmstrip workspace that I created. So the Bridge is constantly, temporarily updating the appearance of any given workspace. That's the same for Essentials too. I see the last version of the Essentials workspace that I've modified.
Now, that's not the way it is permanently. That's just temporary. When I say temporary, I mean, until you click on this down-pointing arrowhead and choose Reset Standard Workspaces. This command will go ahead and reset the standard version of every single one of these workspaces, which would wipe out the work that you've just done. So if you want to, you could go ahead and choose New Workspace in order to save off the newest version of that filmstrip. However, of course, I would have to first click on Filmstrip to bring it back up. Then I would go to the down-pointing arrowhead and choose New Workspace.
However, what I'd like to do instead is create a much different version of the workspace that I'm going to save off in order to demonstrate this command. So, we'll just leave the Filmstrip the way it is right now. I'm going to switch back to Essentials. I'm going to build me a custom workspace here that just has big thumbnails and nothing else. I don't need this preview. You know what I'm saying? Because, the preview is semi-interesting over here in the upper-right corner of the screen, however, there's all kinds of different ways to preview an image inside the Bridge including the Full-Screen Preview, which is the best of the bunch.
So, get rid of the Preview panel. It's just taking up space. I'm going to move Collections up here, of course and I'm also going to move Export up to this location. I'm going to go over to Favorites and I'm going over to make sure it's not visible anymore by choosing the Favorites panel command from the Window menu. Then I'm going to move the Metadata panel down here with Filter, because that's where I like to see it. I'm going to move Keywords down here as well. I'm going to switchover to Metadata, because at any given time, that's what I prefer to see on screen.
I'll go ahead and make this little taller, so that I can see more Metadata at once. Now, I've got this empty panel over here. I certainly don't need it open. So, I'll double-click on this vertical bar and it will go away. Now, I'm going to increase the size of my thumbnails to something really big and meaty like this. This is what I call, the Big Thumbs view. So, let's go ahead and save it off. Click the down-pointing arrowhead. Choose New Workspace. I'm going to name this guy Big Thumbs as l always do.
I love to have a Big Thumbs workspace. I'm being honest with you. All right! Here is my checkboxes. Do I want to save the window location as part of the workspace? Right now, it's maximized, my Bridge window, and I definitely want to save that. So, absolutely! Do I want to save the sort order? No, it's not really important to me that I always sort by filename. So, I'll go ahead and turn this checkbox off and then I'll click on the Save button. Notice that becomes my first workspace. It gets the first keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+F1, Command+F1 on the Mac. So, everybody shifted down.
The Preview workspace lost the keyboard shortcut, but I am unconcerned. All right! I'll escape out of that menu and I'm going to make this a little bit wider, so I can see all the way over to the Metadata workspace. That is how you adjust your workspace and save a new workspace here inside the Bridge.
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