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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Photoshop is used by so many different people in so many different ways. Therefore, it's helpful to customize the workspace so that the panels and controls which are most relevant to you are visible and accessible. Well, in the previous version of Photoshop there was this whole system where you had buttons and you could drag out this drawer and you could click on these different workspaces and it was located up here. Well, now all of that thankfully has been simplified into this pulldown menu. Here you can click on the menu and then choose the workspace which is relevant to you.
Let's say Photography. That will then customize or reconfigure or rearrange the panels. It will display certain panels while others will be hidden. If you make another change, say let's go to Typography. You can see this a little bit more dramatically. And the great thing about this is that all of these different workspaces, they have built-in memory. So, for example, if you go to Photography and if you make a change here--let's make a change by dragging this Adjustments tab up into another panel group.
Well, it will then remember that. So if ever I navigate to a different workspace and then come back, well, it will remember however I had that set up last time. If ever you need to reset a workspace, go to this menu and then simply choose Reset and it will reset this to those default settings. Another way to access the workspace options is to go to the Window pulldown menu and then choose Workspace. This is the same exact menu as we saw previously.
Now there's a Workspace option which might be really helpful for you in order to get up to speed with Photoshop CS6, it's this one here. Go ahead and click on it. You'll notice that, well, things have dramatically changed. On the right-hand side our panels are now showing as icons, and this is just highlighting that in all of these areas some sort of change has been applied or has been made to this version of Photoshop. This is, perhaps, even more helpful when you go to the pulldown menus. In the pulldown menus you now see different options or different items highlighted in blue that's telling you that something has changed.
This will be particularly interesting as you scroll through these different options. Say, when you go to the Filter pulldown menu, you'll notice that changes have been made to the Blur filter. Now we'll be talking about these important changes later, but I just wanted to highlight that this is a really helpful workspace for getting familiar with some of the things which have changed in Photoshop CS6. Well, after you have tinkered around and paid attention to some of these changes, you of course want to go back to a more typical workspace. To do that, use this pulldown menu and then choose the option which is relevant to you.
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