Join Lee Varis for an in-depth discussion in this video Lesson 1: The workspace, part of Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3.
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The first thing you will notice when you launch CS3, especially if you're familiar with previous versions of Photoshop, is that the UI is completely different. It still works the same, we still have palettes, but now we can kind of collapse the palettes. If I click on this little arrow here in the upper-right corner, you can see how the palettes collapse into little thumbnail icons, and then if we click again we can expand the palette to see the full palette.
If I click on the arrow over here, I have all these other palettes. Now this is the default layout. You will also notice that on this side, the toolbox is now one thin collection of icons as opposed to the traditional one, which if I can get it to work here, that's the way it used to be. So we can always return to the default from previous versions of Photoshop with two columns or go to the single column, which keeps the Tool palette kind of out of the way.
There are a number of workspaces--default workspaces that they give you for alternative uses and you can explore these. They give us a little helpful little dialog here, which of course I don't need to see all the time. And it's worth exploring these different palette arrangements. The whole point of this however is to make your own custom arrangements.
So how do you do that? We can move these palettes and set them up anyway I want. We can grab a palette and move it out, and then by pulling on the tab, we can nest it anywhere we want. I can decide to put my History palette in this set or pull it out and rearrange it anyway you want. If you want to return to the default, you can just pick it right here.
Since I am on Vincent's computer, I see that Vinny has a workspace here. We will select that. For the most part I am going to be working with the default workspace here so that it doesn't look different from what you're seeing at home. However, I am going to make one change, because I am right-handed. I am going to move my Tool palette onto the right side here. So now all my palettes are right here.
I can work in a collapsed state like this or expand that or expand anything that I need. If I want to go back to the History, I just click on the little icon that represents the History palette and I can have this open like that. If I want to look at say the Color Picker, click on the little Color Picker icon and now I have access to my color pickers. I like to set up HSB sliders rather than RGB, so I will leave it like that.
Layers, click on the Layers icon and I get the Layers palette. I usually like to have that open a bit. So it's worth experimenting with this to get comfortable with an arrangement that works for you. Once you're done setting up your palettes, you can just go and save the workspace, and we'll save this as Lee's palette, and that's going to save my palette location.
So now the next time I want this I'll just go back there and pick Lee's Workspace, which shows up right in the list here. So I can always return to the default or now select Lee's palette. The other thing that you can do with a workspace is customize your menus. Any menu command that you have from the top here, the menu bar, has keyboard shortcuts and different menu commands that you might want to use. You can customize that now in CS3 to be whatever you need. So in order to customize the workspace or the menu commands for the workspace-- okay to customize your menus, we can go in here to Workspace, and now going here to Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus allows us to customize what menus show up and allows us to create custom keyboard shortcuts.
So what we see here is the Photoshop defaults. We can save a new set after we make some alterations. So for instance, let's look at the types of keyboard shortcuts and menu commands that are visible here. Under the Edit menu, there is probably nothing that I am going to want to change. But I could make a different keyboard shortcut for anyone of these things.
Right now they are saying None. Let's look under the Image menu, because there is one thing that I always want to eliminate and that's the Brightness and Contrast adjustment. I never use Brightness and Contrast, that's kind of a baby tool. So by clicking the icon, the little eye icon off, I turned the visibility of that menu off.
I am never going to see the Brightness and Contrast control again in the Image menu. You can go through here and kill anything that you never use. Like I never use Variations, here is another one. I will just go ahead and kill that. I'll never have to see that again. You can look through here, Pixel Aspect Ratio. This is great for video applications, if you do any editing of images that are intended for video. I never do that.
I'll unclick that. I can always get these things back by saving a different workspace. Here is another one, under Analysis. In CS3 Extended, there's a bunch of tools that are intended for forensics or scientific measurements and things like that, things that I am not likely to use on a day-to-day basis. I can go ahead and turn off these things so that I don't even see that menu anymore.
I may use the Ruler tool or the Count tool, but I'll never place a marker in an image. So I just turn those things off. Now once you've done going through everything and killing all of the things that you just don't want to see anymore, you can save, you see how this says here, Photoshop Defaults Modified, we can save our customized set and I'll just call this Lee's menus and I'll save that.
Now I have that as a selection. I can go back and select that and it will preserve all of those changes that I've made. Now once you've made changes like that, you can also save that with your palette locations. If I save the workspace, I have the option also to save the keyboard shortcuts and the menus. So in this case, I haven't changed any of the keyboard shortcuts, but I did change some menus, so I will just save that again into my workspace.
And now, every time I open up an image and start to work on the adjustments, I'll never see that Brightness and Contrast Adjustment again. So I just don't have to worry about picking out of the menu. So hopefully this helps you get yourself organized and arrange your palettes in the most efficient way for you. Everybody works a little bit differently and I encourage you to experiment with this stuff. It's going to take a while before you really decide that this is the way you like your menus and your palette locations and all that kind of stuff.
So I can't really tell you how to set it up. I have shown you how I am going to be working with the menus and palette locations for this DVD, which is primarily going to be like the default, except that I've moved the keyboard--I mean toolbar over to the far right. I encourage you to really experiment and figure out what really works best for you. Obviously, if you're left-handed, you can rearrange the menus completely to put them overall on the left side if you want.
So go ahead and experiment with this and really try to find the best arrangement for your needs.
Portraiture can be one of the most rewarding skills for a photographer to master, and the right post-processing and enhancement techniques can make all the difference. In Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3, Lee Varis uses Photoshop CS3 as a digital darkroom to bring out the best in photos of people, faces, and bodies. He examines tone and contrast, color correction, retouching, and more.
- Customizing the Photoshop CS3 workspace
- Controlling tone and color balance with Curves settings
- Correcting and enriching color with Hue/Saturation
- Converting images to black and white
- Retouching and sharpening portraits
- Enhancing background bokeh
- Adding portrait glow
- Blending luminosity