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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the advantages of using Photoshop is that you can customize the workspace in order to suit your own particular needs. Well, first let's take a look at how we can change the way the workspace is set up. And then let's take a look at how we can customize things. Well, for starters, you will notice that I am viewing this in the Essentials workspace. If I want to view some of the other options, well, I can hover over these two lines and click and drag and here you can see there are some other default workspaces. I can select one by simply clicking on its name.
Well, let's say that I really like this Photography workspace. What I can do is click and drag this button to the first position here, so that I will always see that first. Now, if I want to close this and only view one option, I can either click and drag to the left or the right, or I can double-click these two lines and it will auto collapse that so I can only view one workspace. Well, let's say then that we want to go back to Essentials. How do we do it? Well, it's actually really easy. Click on the double arrow icon and then we can make our selection of whatever workspace we are interested in using.
We can access that same information by navigating to the Window pulldown menu, and then by choosing Workspace, and here by making a selection. One of the things that's really fascinating about these workspaces is that they have built-in memory. And let me show you what I mean. Let's say that I want to go back to Essentials and that I really like Essentials, except I don't really like these tabs here. What I can do is click on this far right icon and then close the entire tab group, because I am realistically never going to use those panels. Okay.
Well, this makes a little bit more sense to me. What's going to happen is is that Photoshop's going to remember the position and which panels you have visible for this particular workspace. All right. Well, let's expand this, just to highlight ee are in Essentials right now. It's going to save this as is. So if I go to Photography, I can see some options there. When I go back to Essentials, it goes back to however I left it. That built-in memory is really helpful, because it prevents me from needing to create custom workspaces.
In other words, custom workspaces are created, by default, on the fly. But yet, let's say that accidentally, we all of a sudden click on this icon and we close one of our panels, and we say, oh no! I really want to set everything back to normal. How can I do that? Well, all that you need to do is to target the workspace that you are in. Click on the double arrow icon, and then here select Reset, in this case Reset Essentials. That will bring it back to the default settings. All right. Well, what about customizing this even further? Let's say that we would like to have an Essentials workspace and then maybe a modified Essentials workspace. What can we do? Well, one of the things that we can do is navigate to our Window pulldown menu, Workspace, and then choose New Workspace.
Here I will go ahead and type out co - essentials. This will then save this out. I will click Save. And it will put it in position number one. Now, in this case, I will click on that same icon, close all those panels. So here is a little bit of a trimmed down version of the Essentials layout or workspace. Move this button over so these are side-by- side here, so that we can compare the two. Here is Essentials. It remembers how that was set. And now here is my new workspace, which can be really helpful, based on the task at hand.
So one of the things that you will discover is that as you work more and more in Photoshop, certain menus or panels or the way that they are set up will really work well for you, or will really work well for certain tasks. For example, I have a workspace which is dedicated just to retouching and because I only need a specific tool there. Or I have a workspace for color correction or for general image processing and editing, and you can create these different workspaces and select them quite easily in order to customize Photoshop, so that it works best for whatever task it is at hand.
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