Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Screen modes and panels, part of Photoshop: Working Faster.
- [Speaker] In the next few movies I want to highlight a handful of navigation tips which will help you to work more effectively in Photoshop. Here you can see the list of the different categories of navigation tips that I want to highlight. And I should point out that I'm guessing you'll know a few of these tips but I am betting that there are others which you don't know which you'll find to be really helpful. All right, well, let's start off with with the top with some of the basics and then we will progress to more complex tips as we go. All right.
Well, for screen mode, you probably know you can press the f key in order to move through your different screen modes. But you may not realize you can also press shift f in order to move backwards. In other words, f moves forwards, and shift f moves backwards. Now this particular tip will become helpful later in category number four when we talk about quickly accessing documents, but I wanted to highlight it here. Next let's talk about how we can work with panels. Now you probably already realize that you can click on these little icons in order to expand and collapse the various panel groups that you have.
And sometimes it's helpful to have them larger or smaller. Yet, you may not realize is that you can actually modify your panels in other ways as well. Like you can click and drag on a tab and move it out. You could then hover over a different area, drop it into that, or drag it out again and put it in a different spot, like right here. Now if ever you move things around and want to reset the workspace, just go to your window pull down menu, go to workspace, and here I am in the photography workspace, and choose reset photography, and that will bring everything back to normal.
Now speaking of normal, if I go to adjustments over here, one of the things that you'll notice is that while this is normal and this is defaulted, it actually doesn't make sense. You see how I have all this negative space right here, it's kind of like wasted screen real estate. So if you want to change that, you just hover your cursor over one of the dividing lines. When you see a double arrow, that then allows you to drag up or down. We can also do this on other dividing lines as well. Sometimes this is helpful like with these little buttons, if we just want to extend this out so we can see their names.
We say, "oh, ya, that's history and that's action." So then once we learn those and memorize those, we could, of course, collapse it in this way. All right, another way that this can be helpful to change the size of the panel areas with adjustments. So for example, if I click on the adjustment layer icon for curves, it opens up the properties panel. Here it is. I see a little curve adjustment. But I want to make a fine tune adjustment and it's just a little teeny window. To make it bigger, click and drag out and then hover over the bottom edge and click and drag it down.
Now I have a larger area to work with so I can make a more precise adjustment. You know, you can drag this even further, but it wouldn't really make sense with curves, but it might make sense, say, with hue saturation because now I can make really precise color adjustments. So, it does depend upon the adjustment you're making. And I should point out that this size of this panel, or any of your panels, are sticky. In other words, if I leave this and go on and do something else and then make another adjustment, it will reopen at the exact same size as I had customized it previously.
All right, next I want to highlight how we can collapse or hide panels. And I want to do this so that we can build up to viewing our image in full screen and have the layers panel visible, and do all of the by way of a shortcut. So let me start off with a few of the old school essentials. In Adobe apps like Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, and others, if you press the tab key it hides your panels on your left and your right. Press tab again, they come back. Press shift tab and the tools panel will remain, but these panels on the right will disappear.
So tools are still there, panels on the right gone. So shift tab does that. Another way that we can work through different modes, as we've seen before, is to press the f key. When we press the f key multiple times, the application frame disappears and then everything disappears. So we just have a big beautiful image. And this is one of the ways that I will show friends or clients work, or when I'm teaching, I'll just pull up an image, then I'll pull up the layers panel. You can bring up the layers panel by pressing the F7 key.
And here we can see the various layers and I could click them on an off and I could showcase the work that I have done. Now, speaking of layers, currently my thumbnails in the layers are really small. How do we change that? Well, what you can do is if you have area underneath where your layers are, like we have right now, you can right click or control click and you can change the thumbnail size. Again, that's a right click or control click and choose the different size. This makes the layers a little bit bigger so you can actually focus in on what you're doing.
Yet, that's not always an advantage, and let me show you why. Here if I press f to exit out of full screen mode, I'm back inside of Photoshop, and I'll press f one more time to hide the application frame. And I have my panels over here, but I can't really see all of my adjustments, and maybe I make a few more. And let me just make a few more other adjustments there. I have to scroll up and down to view all of those. Well, to open up more space for the layers panel, or any panel, really, what you can do is you can double click one of the tabs and that will collapse that panel area.
So take a look at what happens as I double click the tabs there. Now I have more space for viewing my panels. Yet, if I also wanted the adjustments panel open, and I wanted to resize that, I still would have to scroll up and down to change the thumbnail size. If you don't have space underneath, like I don't right now, you just go to this little icon here. We have that series of lines. If you click on that you'll see a whole slew of options but the one we're looking for is panel options right down here.
Do you see that? Click on panel options and then here I can change my thumbnail size and what I do in my own workflow is I set it to a pretty small size because often I'll have a lot of layers and in this way I can see all of them a little bit easy, or it's a little bit easier to see all of those because they're in that smaller size there. All right, well that wraps up a few navigation tips. I know I covered a handful of different topics so if you didn't catch anything, re-watch this movie and take a few good notes. And next I want to talk about how we can save, close and open files and quickly access multiple documents at once.
And so let's do that in the next movie.
- Advanced masking tips
- Creating new layers
- Layer clipping mask adjustments
- Selecting and merging layers
- Improving black-and-white photographs
- Using blend mode shortcuts
- Rapid retouching
- Faster sharpening