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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the great things about Photoshop is that it's a very deep product. It has a ton of functionality and lot of tools, lot of features that help you do just about anything you want to do with your digital images. The flip side of that is that there's a lot to absorb, a lot of panels, a lot of tools and lot of menu commands. What this Workspace feature inside Photoshop allows you to do is kind of filter down the number of features and panels that you might want to be using at any given time. So, if we take a look here, we are looking at the opening experience. When you first open Photoshop, it's in the Essentials workspace. All that really means is that there are certain panels that have been chosen to be open by default and docked and located in certain locations on the screen.
So, you can see we have Color and Styles group of panels up here. We have Adjustments and Masks. Then down here we have Layers, Channels and Paths. Now, of course these panels can be rearranged and reordered and closed and opened. What the workspaces to do is just allow you to save these configurations. So, that you can get back to them with one click. You can see there are several workspaces that ship with the product. That you can just click back and forth, just kind of learn what the workspaces are all about. So, if I click on the word Design up here in the App bar. This is called the workspace switcher. If I click on the word Design, you will see the panels that are currently being viewed in the Essentials workspace, now switched to show you the panels that were saved as part of the Design workspace.
So, things like Character and Paragraph panels for formatting text, the Swatches panel comes to the front. The Adjustment panel goes away because we are not necessarily doing image editing or correction at that point in time. If I switch to the Painting workspace, I get my Brush Presets panel up here. I have some other panels relevant to painting up here in this Collapsed icon dock. This workspace switcher actually can be expanded. There is a little gripper or Drag resizer up to the left of this. If I drag to the left, you can see there's actually quite a few workspaces that shipped built-in with the product.
These are called the default workspaces. You can see there's a Photography one now, a 3D one, if you've got Photoshop Extended installed. The Motion for doing animations, working with video. You can see the workspaces are popping and changing things around on my screen. One workspace that's kind of interesting is the New In CS5 Workspace. So, if you have been using Photoshop for while and just wondering what the new features are. If yourself are a new learner and you are trying to figure out what's new. If you click the What's New is CS5 Workspace. What it does is it brings the new panels that have either been added or modified.
Makes them in an iconic view, but iconic with labels. So, you can be sure to read to read what the actual panels are. But it takes a one step further, if you go to the Window menu or the any of the menus up here at the top, you will see any menu command that's either been modified or is brand new to this particular version is highlighted in a blue color. So, it just helps you spot what has changed version over version and help you find what might be of interest to you. So, it turns out there is a new HDR Toning adjustment command here. So, by it being blue, it helps you find that. Okay, I am going to switch back to the Essentials workspace.
You will see it just gets it with one click right back to where we were out of the box experience. Now, of course if you want to rearrange these panels and customize their configuration, you can certainly do that. If you want to, you can then save that configuration and give it a name. I would just choose New Workspace and give it a name, one we will call Michael. Then it let's you choose whether or not you want your custom Keyboard Shortcuts or any customization you've done with the menus to be included in that workspace. We haven't really talked about that yet, so I am going to leave those blank. I'll go ahead and click Save.
Now, I am in the Michael workspace. Now, because I haven't changed anything around, it doesn't look any different than Essentials, but you get the idea. Okay, let's go back to the Essentials workspace. If there is a workspace now that you want to get rid of and delete, we can do that. You can't delete any of the default workspaces but we can delete the Custom workspace that we just saved there, Michael. To do that, we'll go to the Popup menu choose Delete Workspace. We'll choose the Michael Workspace and delete it. Yes, I really want to do that blah, blah, blah, all right great. Now, what I love about the workspace switcher here is that, I can see all the workspaces that I have as option.
It's just a one button click to go back and forth between these different configurations. If I don't want to see all of them. I can just drag that to the right and only reveal the workspaces that are important to me. If I want don't want to take up any screen real estate at all except for just one just work space at a time, I can Collapse it all the all way down and then it just becomes just a menu. Lot of flexibility here. Let's take this back to Design, Painting. There you have it, how workspace works and what the default workspaces, Essentials. You can just click back and forth to change your configurations.
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