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In Photoshop CS4 New Features, leading industry expert Deke McClelland covers the latest developments in Adobe's powerhouse image editor, Photoshop CS4. Deke explores the new tabbed window interface and the Adjustments and Masks palettes, the enhanced toning tools, content-aware scaling and the latest versions of Camera Raw and Bridge, which prove nearly indispensable to the digital photographer's workflow. From the interface to integration, Deke leaves no stone unturned.
In addition to changing the name of palettes to panels in Photoshop CS4, Adobe has changed their behavior in a way that I think everyone is going to like. Let's say for example that I want to go ahead and collapse these right side panels to give myself a little more room to work on screen then I just click in this dark grey bar up here in order to collapse those panels. So we see icons and names and I could just see the icons without the names by dragging this divider line over to the right and then if I wanted to see any given panel I could just click on its icon. If I want to expand all the panels once again, then I would click in the dark grey bar.
Now all that I just showed you that is just the same as the behavior inside Photoshop CS3. But here is where things start getting different. I will bring up a few other panels. I will go up to the Window menu and I will choose, for example, Character in order to bring up the character and paragraph panels. Now let's say I want to separate this group from the other group, the group to the right of it. Now I could drag this dark grey area that is something you could do inside Photoshop CS4, but if I do that I'm going to drag all of these panels together which is actually fairly a big pain in the neck, because then you have to put them back after you do that and the way to put them back is to drag them all the way over to the right side of the screen so that you see that vertical blue bar.
If you want to start a new panel super group, which is what I want to do, you want to start by dragging below the dark grey bar and that will drag these two guys off by themselves and then I will go ahead and click on the dark grey bar in order to expand them, so I have little more room to work. Then I'm going to go up to the Window menu and I'm going to choose History, for example. Can't live without the History panel. And then I will grab its light grey bar right there and I will move it underneath so that I see that blue horizontal bar. So I'm adding to the super group and notice that I can move this super group around just by dragging the dark grey bar, something that I couldn't do inside Photoshop CS3, which means that you can setup some independent super groups on other monitors, if you have multiple monitors to work on.
So you could drag them over to any location you like and you can actually have them free floating as well the way I do, so I could bring up some other ones like Info and move that in so that it is free floating and so on and so on. And then if I want to move it back, so that it is in alignment with the other panels then I drag the dark grey bar over to the right until I see the vertical blue bar and I would drop and then I'd click up here in order to collapse those panels like so. Another thing I'm going to do, I will go down to the Layers panel here and I'll right- click under the background layer and I will choose Large Thumbnails so then I can see some larger thumbnails inside the Layers panel. And that would be Ctrl- click on the Mac, if you don't have a right mouse button, and choose that command.
And the reason I did that is because I want to save my panel configuration as a workspace by going up here to this new option. Notice that word Essentials here. That represents that we are looking at the Essentials workspace. If you click on it you will bring up a menu and then you can choose Save Workspace and I will go ahead and call mine something really creative like 'my workspace' and then I will click Save. And now I have the 'my workspace' workspace and then I can switch back to the Essentials workspace, then I can switch back to mine and so on. So you have easy access to workspaces. You also have more logical behavior associated with the panels. So that is how you work with panels and workspaces inside Photoshop CS4.
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