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Understanding Workspaces

Lesson 8 from: Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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8. Understanding Workspaces

You can customize Photoshop to your specific needs using Workspaces. In this section, Mark explains how to use and customize your workspaces.


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Understanding Workspaces


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Understanding Workspaces

how do you get Photoshop to behave the way you want it to And use just the tools that work with your workflow and forget the rest of the key to that. Our workspaces. Think of workspaces like maybe the rooms in your house. So if you're cooking food, you could go to the kitchen and all the tools that you need to bake a cake are in the kitchen, you need to work on your car, you go to the garage and all the tools you need to work on your car or in the garage. Well the same thing can be true of Photoshop. We can set up specific work workspaces to do specific things. And so up in the upper right hand corner of the interface there's this little square box right up here. And so if you click on that, you'll see different workspaces and so by default essentials is chosen previously. We chose photography. So I'm going to click on that and you can see that it remembers whatever you've done in that workspace. So let's say I have clicked on the hist a gram and I have clicked over here to adjustments...

and then I changed to a different workspace and I do some things and then I come back to the photography workspace, you'll see that all my stuff returns and I can work on that as well. So the nice thing about workspaces is that you can just totally mess up the interface and then return to where you need to go. So on the sides of each of these panels and docks and things you'll notice if you hover over them, that your cursor changes to little arrows, that means you can click and drag to make those wider and on some of these you can click and drag them out so you can see a little panel, you can click that out, you can move it around, you can maybe drag out this thing. So it's just a little floating dock here. Maybe I take this and I make it really big and move this over here and maybe I grabbed this and I move it to where I wanted to go. So now it's floating over here but I wanted to be two things instead of one. So now I have totally changed this workspace. If I go back to, let's say a motion workspace that's there. But look when I come back to my photography workspace that I messed up, it's exactly how I left. It all messed up. But what happens if I need to put this back if I'm like, oh no, I accidentally messed it up, no problem. Just go up to the workspace and then say reset photography. If I click that drink, it sticks it all back where it was when I started and so you can undo your mistakes. The other thing that's really neat is that you can go in and you can let's say I change my navigator this little panel over here, I put it up here. Maybe I dragged these tools over here and that's the way I like to work. I can go up here and I can say new workspace, I can click on there and I'll say Mark's workspace and I want to save the menus and the toolbar and the keyboard shortcuts. I want to save everything that I've saved up are set up to hit save and now even if I move this around so I'll do this, swoops. If I say reset Mark's workspace, it puts it back where I had it before. If I go to let's say photography and I want that to be back to where it was. I can reset that. But now if I go back to Mark's workspace don't there? It is. If I go back to photography there it is. So I can create workspaces that were specific to the needs that I have for my own work specifically here in this class. I want you to see me when I'm doing stuff here. And so we have this little workspace called atom recording. And now do do do do do I can show up in the corner and you can see me as I am doing stuff here in a photo shop. And so I arrange these menu items in this palette so that this little video window would fit perfectly up here in the corner so I can appear and disappear as I'm doing tutorials here for you workspaces are wonderful. So what I want you to do now is go into Photoshop and grab these different things and drag them around and mess up your space and try doing all kinds of things. Don't worry about it. Just do anything you want and see what you can do in the menu items here, mess it up and then go back and then go to your photography workspace. That's where we're gonna be working. And then say reset. Photography is gonna reset that. I'm gonna go back here to my custom photography workspace and I'm going to reset that so you can see me again. So here I come back there I am. And so that's how workspaces work. They're really, really powerful. I want you to play with that mix and match. Try different things. And as we go forward as we're doing different things in Photoshop, you'll discover that there are different tools that you use more often than others and things that you don't like. You can add and subtract and move and customize and then save new workspaces and then you can eliminate the things you don't need and include the things that you do. And so instead of having all the tools that Photoshop has, we just have the tools that we need. These are really powerful spaces

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Mark did a great job at explaining things and going over them multiple times throughout the lessons. My only issue was that sometimes it went a little faster than I could keep up and I needed to rewind it a bit and start again. But from someone who has never worked in photoshop before I 100% recommend this class to anyone trying to learn.

Terri Schwartz

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