Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a workspace, part of Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth.
There are lots of panels in Photoshop. As you work through the movies in this course, you'll see different configurations of panels on the right side of my screen. In many movies, I'll have open only two panel groups and those are the Adjustments panel group, which contains the Adjustments panel and the Masks panel, both of which are new in Photoshop CS4. We'll be talking a lot about both of these panels. I also have open the Layers panel group, which includes the all important Layers panel. I'd like to show you how to set up a custom workspace that contains just those two panel groups, so that it will be easy for you to get back to that panel configuration whenever you need to during the course.
Workspaces are controlled from up in the Workspace menu, which is here on the far right of the Applications bar. The Applications bar is a new separate bar on a Mac, and on a PC, its part of the menu bar at the top of the screen. The default workspace in Photoshop CS4 is also new. It's this Essentials workspace that you see here, which is one of the Preset workspaces that come with the program. If your workspace isn't set to Essentials now, go ahead and click on this Workspace menu and choose Essentials.
The Essentials workspace displays not only the Adjustments panel group and the Layers panel group, but also this Color panel group that contains the Color Swatches and Styles panel. We won't be using that particular panel group much during this course. In order to give more room to the Adjustments and Layers panel groups, I'm going to go ahead and close the Color panel group. To do that, go to this icon on the right side of the panel group, click there to open the panel menu and choose Close Tab Group. Now there is more room for the Adjustments and Layers panel groups.
Since you'll be using this particular panel configuration a lot during this course, go ahead and save it as a custom workspace that you can quickly return to at any time. To do that, again, click on the Workspace menu and this time go down and choose Save Workspace. In the Save Workspace dialog box, let's give this workspace a name by typing Adjustments in the Name field and make sure that Capture Panel Locations is checked and then click Save. Now you've made a new custom workspace called Adjustments that contains just these panel groups.
You'll be able to get back to this panel configuration at any time quickly. For example, let's say that we're working in a different workspace in one of the movies, like say the Color and Tone workspace. So go up to the Workspace menu and let's select Color and Tone, which is one of the pre-built workspaces that comes with Photoshop. This workspace includes not only the Adjustments and Layers panel groups, but also the Histogram panel group. So let's say that we are working in this workspace and then we start another movie and we want to get back to the Custom Adjustments workspace.
To do that, just go back up to the Workspace menu and this time choose Adjustments from the top of that menu. Again, you'll see just the Adjustments and Layers panel groups open on the screen. Now that you've created a Custom Adjustments workspace, and you know how to switch between workspaces, you can quickly make your panel configuration match mine as you follow along with me through this course. I suggest that in the beginning of each movie, you check the name of the workspace up here in the Workspace menu and select that workspace from the menu and you'll be all ready to go.
- Using adjustment layers in a non-destructive image-editing workflow
- Correcting color with curves
- Adjusting brightness and contrast with levels
- Dodging and burning photographs
- Reading histograms accurately
- Converting color images to grayscale with a Black & White adjustment layer
- Customizing auto-corrections for more accurate quick adjustments