Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving a custom workspace, part of Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.
As you work on different tasks in Photoshop, perhaps creating graphics for the web or working with typography or proofing your photographic prints, you'll find that you need different configurations of panels and keyboard shortcuts and menus. Adobe helps you with this in two ways. First it offers some preset workspaces for common tasks. And secondly, it allows you to create your own personalized workspace just the way you want it and save that workspace so you can get back to it at any time.
Let's take a look at some of the preset workspaces. You can access those from the right side of the Application Bar up here. We're currently looking at the Essentials Workspace. But if I click the arrow to the right of Essentials, you can see that there is a Basic Workspace, a workspace that emphasizes what's new in Photoshop CS4. And then some task-based workspaces. I think the Color and Tone Workspace is particularly important. That's for adjusting colors and tones in your photographs. This workspace for proofing your photographic prints is interesting.
Here's a separate workspace for the web and so on. Let's look at Color and Tone. Here we can see the panels that are important when you're doing that particular task. I often use some of these panels but not all. So I'm going to simplify this particular arrangement and then save it as my own custom workspace. From all these panels, I'm going to pull out the Histogram, which I often use, the Adjustments panel for creating adjustment layer masks, which I will dock to the bottom of the Histogram. And I'll pull out the Layers panel and I'll dock that to the bottom of this column.
And then I'm going to go to this column that's left and I'll click the panel menu on the top panel and I'll say Close Tab Group. And I'll do that for each of these groups to close them all down. And then I'll just move my personalized column of panels over where I want it on the right. This is the configuration that I would like to save along with my personalized keyboard shortcuts that I've been making. So I'm going to go back to the Workspace menu, which now says Color and Tone, and I'm going to choose Save Workspace.
I'll call this jan's photo, and then I'm going to be sure to save not only these panel locations, but also my keyboard shortcuts. I also could save any changes that I made to menus but I haven't made any lately, and so I click Save and now I can see my photo workspace. Let's say that I am working and I've changed things around. Perhaps I've come up here and gone back to Essentials, and then maybe I've pulled some panels out and I've collapsed some other panels.
But it doesn't matter because I could always get back to my jan's photo workspace by clicking the Workspace menu and choosing jan's photo. I'll click Yes at this prompt and now I have my personalized photo workspace at my fingertips. And you can do the same with your personalized workspaces.
- Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
- Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
- Working with Adobe Camera Raw
- Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
- Creating Photomerge panoramas
- Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.)
Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes. But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you before saving it as JPEG.
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1. The Interface
6. Photo Manipulation
7. Photo Adjustments
8. Photo Retouching
9. Raw Processing in Adobe Camera Raw
12. Special Effects
13. Combining Images
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