Panels 101

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Panels 101

Alright, welcome back. In the next couple of movies, I want to talk about our palettes and how we can reconfigure the interface inside of{italic} Photoshop CS3. {plain}Alright well, for starters, we notice we have our toolbox on our left, palettes over there on the right hand side. So far, things look pretty close to the way they did previously. Well, let's customize this a little bit and I'm going to pick up my cursor here and I'm going to approach this group of palettes here, this dock, and what I can do is I can actually control the width of this particular dock. Now, this isn't that important with this particular group of palettes, but it will become more important as you'll see in a few minutes. Now, as a kid I had this toy called a Stretch Armstrong, where you could stretch this guy way out we can do that with these palettes we can stretch them all the way over to the toolbox.

Now, I don't know why you'd want to do that, except perhaps as a way of a practical joke, but so, I'll go ahead and bring those back to normal. Next thing I want to do is look at this bar at the top, which gives us the ability to collapse these pallets into icons. I'll click on that. Now, they are icons and now this is really important, because once they're collapsed I can then control how much of the icon and icon description we see. So when you first start working in this mode one of things I recommend you do is you pull this out a little bit so you can see the name. For example, I didn't know that that icon stood for layers when I first started working in this mode, so I didn't want to have it setup like this, because then I was hovering over them, clicking on all of them, I wanted to have a little bit of a cheat sheet for myself, so I opened it up a bit.

Now, that I'm familiar with these, I go ahead and close it, and I know that that is the Layers palette. Now, one thing that's interesting here is I've click on that icon to open up the Layers palette. So here, I can see my layers, and lets say I want to create a new layer. I've done that and then I'm going to click on the image. You'll notice that the palette collapses. Well, that's pretty cool, except that if I wanted it open. So, let's go ahead and go back to these little icons here. I'm going to expand them a little bit, so we can see what they are. And I can right-click or Ctrl + click anywhere on these pallets, and it'll give me a couple of options. One is Expand Dock, and then the second one is Auto-Collapse Icon Palettes. The third one is User Interface Preferences.

This will open up your General Preferences. More on those later. I'm going to turn Auto-Collapse Icon Palettes off, open up my Layers palette, create a new Layer, click on my image. Notice that the Layers palette is still visible. Now, there are three ways to close this Layers palette. One way would be to click on the two-arrow icon. A second way would be to click on the icon for the Layers palette, and then a third way is our good old shortcut, the F7 key opens and closes the Layers palette. That is definitely a shortcut you want to have in your bag of tricks.

Well, there is more ground to cover in regards to these palettes, and I want to do that in the next movie. Catch you there.

Panels 101
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Panels 101 provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chris Orwig as part of the Photoshop CS3 for Photographers

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