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Like most Adobe applications, Photoshop has panels. And here is the good news. If you learn how to work with panels in one application, many times what you learn can be transferred to other applications as well. Let's begin to take a look at these panels inside of Photoshop. Over here on the right-hand side you will notice that these panels are grouped together. You will also notice that there are different tabs or names for the panels. In order to select one, all that you need to do is to single click on the panel tab.
Now, we can also expand or collapse an entire panel group by double-clicking on one of the panel tab names. Let me show you what I mean. I will go ahead and double-click here. That will collapse Masks and Adjustments. Double-click again. It will reopen it. And we can do this with any of these, so that we can then perhaps open up more space for one of the panels that we use more often. Say, for example, layers. All right. Well, let's double-click these to bring this back to normal, so that we have this Essentials layout.
One of the things that you may notice as well is that we have some iconic panels, and then we have some that are expanded. If we want to change these panels so that they are icons, all you need to do is to click on the double arrow icon. That will then expand or collapse those panels. Now, one of the things that's interesting is that once they are collapsed to icons, here we can see the name of the panel. We can also change this if we want. And all that we need to do to change the size of the panel is to hover over the edge and click and drag to the left or the right.
And with those icon panels, we can go ahead and do that so that we can hide the name of the panel. And you can do that if you become really familiar with what the icon stands for, so that you can open up more screen real estate for your images. All right. Well, let's go ahead and expand these to bring this back to normal. And let's take a look at some of the other features in regards to panels. Well, one of the things that you can do is you can click on a panel tab, and you can pull it out of its group. And here you can see I am removing a few of these panels from where they were previously located.
And this is going to work with icons or expanded panels. Now, in this case, if I want to expand these, I can go ahead and click and open this panel up. And I will do the same thing here with this one as well. Now, I am going to move these side-by- side, so that we can start to take a look at how we can work with these. Now, if we want to regroup these panels, we can do so in a number of different creative ways. For example, if I click on Color here, what I can do is hover over the other panel and when I see the blue line at the bottom of the History panel, well, it's now attached to that particular panel.
To remove it, click on the tab and pull out. I can also click and drag and drop it so that it's included in the tab. And here you can see it's now part of this tab set. I can do so with all different types of panels. And again, I am going to include that here, so that I have these different tabs. Now, sometimes when we have these panel groups, we may decide that we want to close the group or perhaps one of the tabs. How can we do that? Well, if we click on this icon here, we can then select Close and it will just close whatever panel we have targeted.
If we want to close the entire group, click on the same icon and then go ahead and choose Close Tab Group and that will close it altogether. Now, a lot of times as you start to work with panels, you may realize that it would be helpful to reset some of the changes that you have made. In order to do that, it's actually quite simple. All you need to do is to click on the double arrow icon located next to the workspace here, and then choose Reset, in this case Reset Essentials, and it will bring everything back to normal.
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