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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
As you become more experienced in Photoshop, you'll probably notice that you'll use different groups of panels for performing different tasks. Now by default, Photoshop CS6 has its workspace set to Essentials, but of course we can change that. In fact, you'll notice that there are a bunch of different presets that also come with Photoshop CS6. For example, there's a What's New in CS6. You can see that that changes the way that the panels are displayed, and in fact, Photoshop is only displaying those panels that have had some type of change made between Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS6.
In addition, there's a really unique feature that we can see underneath the menus. Anything that's changed Photoshop has had highlighted in blue when you select this workspace. So it's really easy to simply look through all of the different menu items to see what's changed between the versions. Now depending on whether or not you have Photoshop Extended or the regular version, you may or may not see this 3D menu, and you may or may not see the 3D workspace.
Let's go ahead and take a look at some of the other workspaces. Here is the Motion workspace, and we can see the timeline is accessible down here at the bottom. If we change to Painting, we've got all of our brush presets and our Swatches available. If we move to Photography we've got our Adjustments and our Histogram, and if we move to Typography, we have both the Character and Paragraph panels, as well as the Styles panels. So I think you can get a good idea that you really want to customize what you see, as far as your panels go, depending on the task that you're working on.
I am going to go head and set this back to Essentials for a moment and I'll just show you the workspace that I like. I typically don't have the Color or Swatches showing, so I'll right-mouse-click-- on the Mac, that would be a Ctrl+Click-- and I will close that entire tab group. I also don't use Styles very often, so I'll right mouse click and I'll choose Close. That closes Styles but leaves Adjustments open. I might want to put the Paths panel in with the Adjustments, so I'll click on the tab and drag and drop it to nest it with Adjustments.
If I don't use Channels very often, I could simply right-mouse-click and close it. You can also pull a panel out to just have it float if you want, and then you can close it by clicking on the X. There are a few panels that aren't visible that I'd like to see, one of those being the Actions panel. So I'll choose to display that, and then I'll drag my Actions and nest it in with my layers. I'll do the same thing with the History. The reason that I put these three panels together is that typically they're quite long and so I need a lot of space and it's easy to go back and forth between them.
If I want to rearrange them, I can just click and drag and put the History second in the list. I also want my Properties panel visible, but I am going to put it below my Layers panel by dragging it and letting go at the very bottom of Photoshop. If I wanted to collapse the Paths and Adjustments because I don't use them very often, I'll just double-click on the tab. So at this point, let's say that this is a way that I want my panels set up for maybe doing my composite work. Then from the dropdown menu, I would choose New Workspace and I could save this, for example, as JKost Composites or my favorite workspace, whatever makes sense to you.
Below that, we can see that you can capture these two other items, your keyboard shortcuts as well as your menus. We'll talk about customizing keyboard shortcuts in a later video, but just so you know, this menu item was what was selected in that Photoshop CS6 What's New custom workspace. All right, for now, we'll click Save, and you can see how easy it is to move back and forth between the different presets. However, one thing might be a little confusing. If I switch now to the Essentials, you can see that it stays the way that it was.
If I want to get back to the original Essentials workspace, I need to go ahead and reset the Essentials. And if at any point in time you want to delete a workspace, make sure the workspace that you want to delete is not the active one, choose Delete Workspace, and then select the workspace that you want to delete from the list, and choose Delete. We'll click Yes and now we can see that that's no longer an option.
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