Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Switching and saving workspaces, part of Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: The Basics.
- [Instructor] As you become more experienced in Photoshop, you'll find that you might wanna use different groups of panels for performing different tasks and it's helpful to customize the panel locations and save them for those tasks. In fact, if we look at our workspace picker, you can see that Photoshop ships with a number of different preset workspaces. So if I was doing photography, for example, I might want to select that workspace where the emphasis is now on the histogram and libraries and my layers panel. Or if I was doing painting work, well, now the emphasis is on the swatches and the brushes.
For now, I'll return to essentials and I'm just gonna show you very quickly how I prefer to set up all my panels. I actually prefer to set them up on the left hand side as opposed to the right because I find that throughout the day, I spend a lot of time just going back and forth between selecting the tool and then selecting my layer and then maybe picking an option for the tool and if I just have all of my panels and all of my tools on the left hand side, it saves me a lot of time. So, I'll click and drag on the tab for the layers panel and nest it to my toolbar.
As soon as I see that vertical cyan line, I will release my cursor and now the layers panel is docked to my tools. I'll also add my paths, but I don't wanna nest it with layers, so I'll drag it a little bit on top of that and that way it gets its own grouping. I'll then group my channels in with my paths and I'll move my libraries, again, nesting them with the paths and channels. I do use the paths the most so I'll click on it to bring it to the foreground. Then, I don't need my adjustments panel so I'll right click and choose close and do the same thing, I'll right click and choose close tab group to close both the colors and the swatches.
I do want my history showing, so I will drag that over to my layers and nest it. I'm going to close my actions and then I'm going to drag my properties panel down to the very bottom and actually position it below my layers panel. Typically, I will double click on the paths panel in order to minimize those three panels and this just gives me a little bit more room, not only for my layers panel but also for properties. The reason that I put the properties below the layers panel is I'm often using adjustment layers and when I add an adjustment layer, such as levels, well now my cursor is right there in the properties panel, I don't have to go and find that panel anywhere.
Alright, I'll undo that using command + Z. Now, if I wanna save out this workspace, I'll return to the workspace picker and choose New Workspace. I'll just type in JK Panels for now. I could also capture custom keyboard shortcuts, menus, and changes that I've made to the toolbar. But for now, I will just capture the location of the panels and click save. Now, if I change to the essentials workspace, you might think this is a bit weird because it looks like my workspace, but that's because we were in essentials and I made all these changes.
So, if I wanna reset essentials, I need to select that from the list. So here's the essential workspace and then I could quickly navigate to JK Panels by just selecting it from the list. You can also lock workspaces. I could choose Window and then Workspace and then Lock Workspace, and that enables me to show additional panels but I can't reposition them. For now, I'll just leave that off and I'll make sure that I have a different workspace selected so I'm gonna return to essentials because I wanna show you how to delete a workspace, that's as easy as selecting Delete Workspace.
However, you cannot have the workspace that you want to delete targeted. So that's why I switched to essentials. I'll choose Delete Workspaces, I'll choose the JK Panels, go ahead and click delete. Yes, I really want to delete it and now we can see that it is no longer an option available from the workspace picker. So as you can see, Photoshop makes it very easy to customize and switch between different workspaces depending on the tools that you're using and the task that you're trying to accomplish.
- 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 nondestructive filters