Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Setting up your Photoshop workspace

From: Digital Matte Painting Essentials 1: Concept

Video: Setting up your Photoshop workspace

Before we get started with our concept painting, I want to have you optimize your Photoshop work space for matte painting. If you haven't changed your work space in a previous session, Photoshop defaults to the Essentials work space. You can go up to the right corner of the interface, and look through the Drop- down menu to see the various preset work spaces that Photoshop offers. The painting work space is a good starting place for creating a special matte painting work space. So, go ahead and choose that one from the menu.

Setting up your Photoshop workspace

Before we get started with our concept painting, I want to have you optimize your Photoshop work space for matte painting. If you haven't changed your work space in a previous session, Photoshop defaults to the Essentials work space. You can go up to the right corner of the interface, and look through the Drop- down menu to see the various preset work spaces that Photoshop offers. The painting work space is a good starting place for creating a special matte painting work space. So, go ahead and choose that one from the menu.

Your painting work space may look slightly different from mine, depending on what options were chosen in a previous session. Your work space should be optimized, so that the windows you use less often are hidden. If you decide you need a certain window that is not visible, you can always go up to the top menu, choose Window, and then the window you need. In the painting work space, there are a lot of windows open taking up space that you don't need. So, first close swatches. I will encourage you to do all of your color picking using the heads-up color picker instead. Then close Navigator.

Navigator can be helpful if you were getting lost in a document, but I don't generally keep it open. Also, close the brush presets. We will set up a lot of custom brushes while working on this project, but I'll show you a more convenient way to access your brushes. There are three states for your windows. One is open on the side, like we have this Layers window. The second state is tabbed, but not open. I like to keep the Layers, Channels, and Paths all together in one open window.

The third state is iconized, like these four icons to the left of the open windows. If you click on the icon, it reveals the larger window, and you can access the control options there. The window stays open until you close it. Either by clicking on the arrow in the top right, or by selecting another icon. You can also tear them off when you want a free floating window. If you decide you want to move one of the iconized tabs into an open window, you can drag and dock them to the desired location.

When you see a blue line when docking, you will create a new open window separate from the other open windows. If you get a blue box that goes around the entire selected window, that will add that window as a tabbed choice. Let's get rid of some of the iconized windows. I don't use the Clone tool very much in matte painting. And when I do, I access it through the Tools window on the left on the interface. I also don't use the tools preset. So, close that one.

You'll want to have the brush window iconized on the side, so that you can adjust the custom brush attributes on the fly. You'll want to have the History window iconized along with the Actions window. The other windows I like to have open are the Info and Properties windows. Go up to the top menu and choose Window > Info. In this case, both the Info and Properties windows opened at the same time. Drag the Info window above the window that had Layers, Channels, and Paths in it, and when a blue line appears drop it. If the Properties window is not already open, go up to the Window menu and choose it.

Tab it right along side of the Info window. So, your final setup for your matte painting work space should be like this. The top open window should be Info and Properties. The bottom open window should be Layers, Channels, and Paths. The iconized window should be Actions, History, and Brushes. With your work space set up, be sure to save it under a special name. I'm going to call mine matte painting work space. Go ahead and choose your keyboard shortcuts and menus to save them also.

That way, if I choose another work space to do some special work, I can always get my matte painting work space back by going up to the upper right corner and choosing it from the Drop-down menu. In this lesson, you learned how to set up a work space specifically for matte painting, and how to save that work space for future use.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Digital Matte Painting Essentials 1: Concept
Digital Matte Painting Essentials 1: Concept

24 video lessons · 9051 viewers

David Mattingly
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Digital Matte Painting Essentials 1: Concept.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.