Learn Adobe Photoshop - Create New Workspace





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Published on Mar 7, 2011

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Mahalo expert Gene Shaw gives a comprehensive Photoshop tutorial on creating a new workspace.

Creating a New Workspace

When it comes to artistic creation, efficiency is key to maximize your process. In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up a workspace that will be fast and efficient. By doing this you will be able to focus exclusively on your creativity. 

Choosing Essentials

Click on Essentials in the upper right menu. For example, if you wanted to set up your own digital painting workspace, go up to Window, then Brush, followed by Brush Presets. You can now take this Brush panel and move it wherever you like. Keeping them all on the right side of the screen is one option. 

History is one panel you will definitely want to keep handy, while Mini Bridge may not be as useful for painting. 

Paths and Vector are also most likely not very helpful while painting, so you can opt to Close those, as well. 

You may want to keep Channels open so you can view your image in a few different ways. Doing this will allow you to see different flaws your image may have. 

Adjustments, Masks and Style can also be removed without affecting your painting process. 

Hiding Panels and Features

1. Click on the Edit menu in the upper section of the screen and click on Menus all the way at the bottom. This will prompt the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus window. Through this window, you can jump into every Photoshop menu and "hide" any items that will not be of use to your process. A faster way to see what features you will want to use and not use is to jump up to the different menus at the top of the screen and browse them. 

2. For example, if you were to browse the File menu, items like Share My Screen, Create New Review, and Device Central will most likely not be useful while painting an image. 

3. Once you have chosen which features you will not need, go back into the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus window and click on the corresponding menu (File, Edit, Image, Layer, etc.). 

4. In this case you would click on File and then the corresponding boxes in the Visibility column. This will now render them invisible and clear up your workspace. 

Color-coding Features

1. Once you have made any changes you would like in the Applications menu, click Okay and then go back into the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menu window. 

2. If there are any specific items that you would like to keep present, for example, if you would like to keep Copy Merged, go to the Color column and click None. This will prompt a color menu where you may choose whatever color you would like Copy Merged to be (in this example, orange). 

3. When you go back up to the Edit menu, Copy Merged will now be highlighted in orange. This ability to color-code various functions on your interface will allow you to spot them quickly and easily. You may repeat this process for any functions you would like to highlight in a variety of different colors.  

Editing Shortcuts & Making a New Workspace

You can also go back to the Edit menu and click on Keyboard Shortcuts. This will prompt the window that will allow you to change and customize shortcuts for any tools you want to use. You will want to focus on getting rid of all items you will not be using. For example, if you are using a multi-buttoned mouse, you can map your shortcuts to specific mouse buttons. 

1. Choose Select within the menu and you can alter function shortcuts however you like. For example, if you wanted to modify the shortcut that allows you to Inverse (Shift + Command/Control I) , you can replace that shortcut with another feature you don't use (such as Close, activated by Control/Command + W). Close is usually accessed through the File menu when you are quitting your project, so it's not very necessary for it to have a convenient shortcut. 

2. You can click on the shortcut for Inverse and rewrite it as Control/Command + W (the former shortcut for Close). It will now inform you, "That command is already in use and will be removed from File Close if accepted." Click Okay and go back to the Window menu. 

3. Choose Workspace and in the sub-menu, choose New Workspace. A window...

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