Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Start screen, part of Photoshop CC 2017 for Photographers: New Features.
- [Instructor] In this movie, we'll be looking at the new Photoshop Start workspace. We're going to help you get familiar with how you can use this in order to view and access your recent and your Creative Cloud files. We'll also talk about how we can access some tutorial content, and I'll highlight a few essential workflow and preference tips. All right, when you first open up Photoshop, you'll see this workspace here. This is new. One of the things you'll notice is by default it's showing me my recent files. We can view these either as a list, by clicking on this icon, or as thumbnails, as you can see here.
Now, why would you want to view your recent files? Well, maybe there's a file that you worked on recently that you want to continue to work on. We'll just go ahead and click on that thumbnail, that will then open that up in Photoshop, and you can continue your workflow. Now let's say that once you're in Photoshop you've decided, hey, I wanna go back to that Start workspace. Well, the only way to do that is to close your open documents, so if you close your open documents it will then take you back to this area. Now, if you don't see the file right away that you want to work on, you can scroll down to view your other files, as you can see here.
Now you may be wondering, well, can't I control the number of files that are displayed in this area? Well, yeah. In order to do that, we need to go to Preferences. On a Mac, you'll go to Photoshop Preferences, on Windows you're gonna go to Edit Preferences. Then next we'll select File Handling. In this dialog down below, we can control our recent file list, and here what you can do is change this number, and I should point out once you change that number you need to then close and reopen Photoshop in order for it to update the results in this Start screen.
All right, well, let's see what else we can access here. We've talked about our recent files. We can also access what are called our Creative Cloud files. If you're a subscriber to the Creative Cloud, you have a certain amount of storage space which you can use. You can upload files to the Cloud, and you can access them here. Now, why would you wanna do that? Well, let's say there's a file which I have stored in the Cloud, not on my hard drive, but up there, and I wanna work on it on this machine. Well, again, just click on it, you can see the progress of my workflow, here is the original image, and then a couple adjustments, and then maybe one more adjustment here.
Now, once we've decided that we're finished, of course we can save the file and then close it, and it won't save it to a hard drive, but it will save it back up to the Cloud. Now, if you haven't ever uploaded files to the Cloud, let me show you really quickly how you do that. You can go to your Creative Cloud app and go to the Assets tab. On the Assets tab, one easy way to access this is just to go to View On Web. Of course, you need to be connected and logged in. This is gonna show me the files which I currently have up there.
Now, this isn't something that I use for storage, more temporarily if I want to upload a file and work on it on a different computer, I can put it up there, as you can see. Now, if we wanna add another file, let me just open up a finder window or another window, you wanna select the file, then drag and drop over the browser, that will then allow you to upload it, you can see it's showing me, hey, I was able to upload that file, and then it's gonna update the files which I have down here. Now, if we come back over to our Start workspace, what we'll see is that it will update this here.
If it doesn't, sometimes what helps is if you just click on Recent Files and then go back to CC Files, and that kind of triggers it to say, hey, check online, see if there's anything else up there. Sure enough, there's one more file, which I just put up in that area. All right, well, what about creating new files? Well, we'll talk about that in the next movie, because there's a few things to talk about there, but we can also click on Open, this will open a dialogue and we can say hey, you know what, I wanna work on this file here, and then click Open, of course that will bring it into Photoshop.
As we've seen before, when we're done with our documents, if we close all of our open documents it brings us back to this Start workspace. All right, well, so far we've talked about working with recent files. We've also discussed how we can access and open our CC files. Now, what about these things down here? What are those? Well, these may change, the actual graphics and tutorials that you see here, but basically, this is an area where you can get some help. What you can do is click on one of these and it will open up your browser and take you to an area where you could view a tutorial.
Another way that you can get help is by clicking on the question mark icon, that's located right here, click on that, and it will take you to an area where you can access articles or tutorials and basically what they're trying to do here is give us two ways, the question mark or down here, which give us the ability to access tutorials or articles which can help us learn how to use Photoshop. All right, well, now that we're familiar with this Start workspace, you may be thinking, great, I'm gonna work with it, good. Well, go off and do your work.
Other people or other users may decide, you know what, I find this a little bit distracting. I actually don't want to see this, I don't want to work with this, I want to turn it off. How do I do that? Well, let me show you that. Again, we go to our Preferences, on Windows you go to Edit, pulldown menu, and Preferences. Here on a Mac, it's Photoshop Preferences. And we're just gonna go to the General tab. In the General tab you have a checkbox here which says Show "Start" Workspace When No Documents Are Open. If you uncheck this, what it will do is it will hide the Start workspace.
You will never see it, you'll never have to work with it. If you leave this turned on, you'll always see that whenever you close any open document. So really, it's just a personal preference, but I did wanna highlight and show you that, how you can turn that on or off. All right, well, now that we've covered all of this, the next topic we really need to dig into is how we can now open new documents inside of Photoshop, which is completely different and new, so let's go ahead and talk about how we can do that in the next movie.
The November 2016 release is just the first of many updates for Photoshop CC 2017. Chris will update the course as soon as new features are released. Check back often for new tutorials.