- [Instructor] As you become more experienced in Photoshop you'll find that you use different groups of panels for performing different tasks. It's going to be helpful to be able to customize those panel locations and save them. Now at the moment we're in the essentials workspace, but Photoshop ships with several different workspaces or presets of different panel locations. If you're doing graphic and web work, you might want to select that workspace. You can see that it reveals things like your character and paragraph panels, and your glyphs panels.
If you're doing more photographic work, you might want to select the photography workspace. Now we can see our histogram. We can see things like our libraries and our adjustments. If we were doing more painting, we would select that workspace. Now we have access to our swatches and our brush presets with things like our brushes panel sitting right here in iconic view. Let's take a look at one way to set up panels. This is a way that I find very useful when I'm working in Photoshop.
It actually consists of putting the panels on the left hand side and docking them with the tools. First I will switch back to the essentials workspace because that shows a lot of the panels that I want to use. I'm going to click on the layers tab and just drag this over to the left hand side until I see the solid cyan line which tells me that I can dock my layers panel with my tools panel. I also use the paths panel quite often, so I'll go ahead and dock that, but I don't want to nest it with the layers.
I actually want it in its own group, so I'll position it where I see that solid line and it will start its own group of panels. I'll go ahead and close the channels and I'll close the adjustments, but I do want my libraries to be nested with my paths, so we'll drag those over. I'll close my colors and swatches. I often use history, though, so let's nest that with layers. I always use my properties panel, so I'll bring that down to actually fall below my layers panel.
Finally, I'll close this device preview so that there's nothing over here on the right hand side. I actually want my paths panel to show by default as well as my layers panel. I might collapse the paths and libraries panel by just double clicking on the word paths. Now, if I want to save this as my own custom workspace, over on the right hand side I'll use the workspace picker in order to choose new workspace. I'll call this jcost.
You'll notice that I could also save keyboard shortcuts as well as menu items and toolbars, but for now I'm just going to capture the palette locations and click save. The reason that I put everything here on the left hand side is because I was just noticing that I was going back and forth all day long between selecting tools or choosing options, and then having to move my cursor all the way over to the right in order to do things like change properties or add layers or add adjustment layers.
Over the course of the day, going back and forth probably a few hundred times, well, if I just moved everything to the left hand side, that actually saved me a lot of time. Alright, now that we've captured this workspace, if I want to return to another workspace I can just select that workspace from the list. But, because I manipulated the essentials workspace, this is the last state that it was in. So, it's easy enough. I can just choose to reset essentials.
If I want to return back to my workspace I'll just choose jcost from the list. Again, if I want to change it back to essentials, now I can select that and it goes back to its default. If you ever want to delete a workspace, you'll use the same workspace picker. Making sure that your workspace that you're trying to delete is not selected, you can choose delete workspace, choose the workspace, and click delete. I'll go ahead and choose yes, and that will delete that workspace, and we no longer see it on the list here.
There you go. You can see how easy it is to switch between different workspaces, as well as customize your own workspace and save it in Photoshop.
Julieanne reviews the basics of digital imaging—from working with multiple images to customizing the Photoshop interface to suit your needs. She shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She also demonstrates the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Opening documents in Photoshop
- Opening files from Bridge and Lightroom
- Working with multiple documents
- Panning and zooming documents
- Customizing the Photoshop interface
- Modifying keyboard shortcuts for speed
- Understanding file formats
- Choosing color modes, bit depth, and color space
- Cropping and transforming images
- Working with layers and layer masks
- Making selections
- Removing distracting elements
- Getting to know the blend modes
- Working with adjustment layers
- Applying non-destructive filters
- Getting to know the blend modes
- Applying filters