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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
As you work on different tasks in Photoshop, perhaps creating graphics for the web or working with typography or proofing your photographic prints, you'll find that you need different configurations of panels and keyboard shortcuts and menus. Adobe helps you with this in two ways. First it offers some preset workspaces for common tasks. And secondly, it allows you to create your own personalized workspace just the way you want it and save that workspace so you can get back to it at any time.
Let's take a look at some of the preset workspaces. You can access those from the right side of the Application Bar up here. We're currently looking at the Essentials Workspace. But if I click the arrow to the right of Essentials, you can see that there is a Basic Workspace, a workspace that emphasizes what's new in Photoshop CS4. And then some task-based workspaces. I think the Color and Tone Workspace is particularly important. That's for adjusting colors and tones in your photographs. This workspace for proofing your photographic prints is interesting.
Here's a separate workspace for the web and so on. Let's look at Color and Tone. Here we can see the panels that are important when you're doing that particular task. I often use some of these panels but not all. So I'm going to simplify this particular arrangement and then save it as my own custom workspace. From all these panels, I'm going to pull out the Histogram, which I often use, the Adjustments panel for creating adjustment layer masks, which I will dock to the bottom of the Histogram. And I'll pull out the Layers panel and I'll dock that to the bottom of this column.
And then I'm going to go to this column that's left and I'll click the panel menu on the top panel and I'll say Close Tab Group. And I'll do that for each of these groups to close them all down. And then I'll just move my personalized column of panels over where I want it on the right. This is the configuration that I would like to save along with my personalized keyboard shortcuts that I've been making. So I'm going to go back to the Workspace menu, which now says Color and Tone, and I'm going to choose Save Workspace.
I'll call this jan's photo, and then I'm going to be sure to save not only these panel locations, but also my keyboard shortcuts. I also could save any changes that I made to menus but I haven't made any lately, and so I click Save and now I can see my photo workspace. Let's say that I am working and I've changed things around. Perhaps I've come up here and gone back to Essentials, and then maybe I've pulled some panels out and I've collapsed some other panels.
But it doesn't matter because I could always get back to my jan's photo workspace by clicking the Workspace menu and choosing jan's photo. I'll click Yes at this prompt and now I have my personalized photo workspace at my fingertips. And you can do the same with your personalized workspaces.
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