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Panels and workspaces

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Panels and workspaces

In this movie, I'll show you how to organize your panels over here on the right-hand side of the screen, so that you can easily access Photoshop's most important options. I'll also show you how to save off this particular organization as a workspace. And, incidentally, I recommend that you go ahead and trust me on this one. Because if you and I set up our workspace in the same way, then, it will be easier for you to follow along with movies in this and future courses. Plus you can always restore Photoshop's factory default settings as I'll demonstrate before this movie is out.

Panels and workspaces

In this movie, I'll show you how to organize your panels over here on the right-hand side of the screen, so that you can easily access Photoshop's most important options. I'll also show you how to save off this particular organization as a workspace. And, incidentally, I recommend that you go ahead and trust me on this one. Because if you and I set up our workspace in the same way, then, it will be easier for you to follow along with movies in this and future courses. Plus you can always restore Photoshop's factory default settings as I'll demonstrate before this movie is out.

Now for starters, notice that you can switch between these various panels by clicking on a tab. So if I click on the Styles tab, I'll switch to the Styles panel. Now, I don't want either of these panels to be dislocation. So, I'm going to start things off by dragging the Styles tab up into the group that includes the color and swatches panel, in the top right corner of the screen. And then, I'll go ahead and drop that panel into place, like so, and now I'll switch back to the color panel by clicking on its tab.

So we now have three panels. Colors, swatches, and styles, grouped together. Because I'm working on such a tiny screen, I want to be able to devote more space to my layers panel, which is by far, the most important panel in Photoshop. So, I'm going to grab the Adjustments panel. And notice this column of icons just to the left of the panels. These represent other panels that are available to us inside Photoshop. So I'll go ahead and drag the Adjustments tab and then I'll drop it on top of this second icon at the top of the icon like so.

So notice that the area around the icon is turning blue. And as soon as I drop the Adjustments panel into place, it becomes an icon that appears as adjustments when I hover over it. And below we're seeing the Properties icon. So the idea is this. Among other things, the Properties panel, which I can get to by clicking on its icon, will display options associated with adjustment layers, which I can create from the Adjustments panel. So in other words, these two panels that are now grouped together are related to each other. To hide the panel, just go ahead and click on its icon once again. Now, what we're seeing here where this column is concerned. Is another column of panels that just happens to be reduced to icon form. If you want to see the names of the panels, then just drag on this vertical bar on the left side of the column and you'll eventually see those names like so. You can also expand the panels by clicking on this little double arrow icon And then you'll actually see the contents of those panels.

To collapse them just go ahead and click on the double arrow icon again and I'm also going to drag this vertical bar on the left side of the column to the right in order to reduce the column so we only see the icons. Now, at this point, I want access to more panels, and there are lots more panels available to us, all of which you can get to from the Window menu. So, click on the Window > Actions, to bring up the Actions panel, like so. And notice that it appears as an icon below the history icon, which is exactly what we want. So I'll just go ahead and click on this arrow icon to hide the Actions panel. Next, return to the Window > Navigator.

And that'll display both the Navigator and Histogram panels. Now, let's go back to the Window > Info. And that will add the info panel to the group that includes the Adjustments Properties panel. So go ahead and drag the Info icon upward to the bottom of this second group right here, that includes the Navigator and the Histogram panels. And drop it into place like so. Now we still need a few more panels. So go back to the Window > Brush. Which brings up both the Brush and the Brush presets panels. Then, go back to the Window > Clone Source.

And we want Clone Source to be part of this last group here. So go ahead and drag the little Clone Source icon up to the bottom of that brush group, and drop it into place. Now we still have a few more panels to go. So go up to the Window > Character, to bring up the Character and Paragraph panels, both of which allow you to format type. Then return to the Window > Paragraph Styles. Which brings up the Paragraph and Character Styles panels. Then, go back to the Window > Layer Comps command.

And this may seem like a lot of overkill that we're bringing up this many panels, but believe me, they're all extremely useful as we'll see over the course of many movies to come. And then, for the last time go to the Window > Tool Presets, in order to bring up this panel right there. And then, drag its icon up to between the last two icons and drop it into place. So these last three icons should read Layer Comps, and then Tool Presets, and then finally, Notes. And now, I want my panels to be a little wider, so that none of my layer names in the future movies are truncated.

So I'll go ahead and drag this bar right here, that's on the right side of the icon column. Over to, about here should work nicely, so that we have just a little bit more room to work. Now we want to save off all the work we've done. By clicking on the word Essentials in the upper right corner of the screen and choose New Workspace. And I'm going to name my workspace One-on-One, after the various courses in this series. And then, I'll click the Save button in order to create that new workspace, as you can see, in the upper right corner of the screen.

Now, let's say you want to restore the factory default panels. Then just click on One-on-One and choose Essentials, which is Photoshop's default workspace. Now, initially that won't change anything, and that's because as we are making modifications to the panels, Photoshop was updating the Essential workspace. To reset that work space, click on Essentials again and choose Reset Essentials. And that will go ahead and restore it to the factory default. Now notice that you have some other workspaces to choose from. For example, you have what's new, if you want to take a look at the new features inside the program. We also have Photography, Topography and so forth. But the one that I'm looking for is the one I just created which is One-on-One. And that, friends, is how you organize your panels and save off a custom work space here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

103 video lessons · 23134 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 38m 23s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC) UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening an image from Mini Bridge (CC)
      2m 39s
    7. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    8. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 20s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time
      49s

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