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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
All right, don't you just love the colors of those kayaks? So beautiful. Well, in this movie what we are going to do is focus in on working with panels. Well, we can see that we have our panels over here. The first thing that I want to point is that you can toggle open or close the panels by double clicking on the title of the panel. Now, Adjustments is closed. Double- click Color, now that whole set is closed, and I have a lot of space to work on my layers. My thumbnail is too small, Right-click or Ctrl-click and changes that thumbnail preview. All right. Well, so far so good; we have seen how we can open or close these.
Let's open them by double- clicking. That then bring those back. All right. Well, let's say that I open up another panel. I'm going to go ahead and navigate to the Windows pulldown menu and choose Character. All right. Well, I have the Character panel. I can open and close it in this case by its icon or expand this panel and there we can see we have the Character panel. Let's say that I want to remove this. It's attached to these other panels. All I need to do is click on that name and drag it off to the left and now it's free floating, and I'll click and drag this one off as well. Now, I have these two floating panels, but I really wish they were combined.
What are some different ways that I can combine these? Well, one is to click and approach the other panel, you will notice that highlight along that bottom edge, now these are connected. Well, let's say I really wish they were tabbed together. I'm going to go ahead and click on the Tab, and what I'm looking to do here is to see that highlight blue around the entirety of that panel, that then is part of that tabbed group there. Now, if I click and drag that off, I can also attach this to one of the edges; and I'll just go ahead and attach it to this edge here, and so now we can see I have a different type of a panel organization.
Well, let's go ahead and close those and back to the regular essential panels. Now, if I want to remove the Color panel, I can click and drag Color out. We have seen that, right? But let's say I want to remove Swatches and Styles together. We will collapse to the Icon view and then click on the dotted line here and drag those out, and now we have those together, and we can see those are tabbed in this way. Let's bring Color into the mix, hover over, look for the highlight blue around the entirety of that particular panel group and we can see those different panels there.
Okay. Well, so far so good. Let's say we accidentally pull off this particular panel set and its not attached to the edge, all you need to do is click and drag and then bring it over there to that edge, when you see the highlight blue show up, it is anchored back in that position. Now, if you want to bring everything back to normal, Click on the Workspace button here and choose Essentials that will then bring all of your panels back to their default locations. All right. Well, now that we know a little about how to work with panels, how can we create some of our own custom workspaces? We will look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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