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Using and Customizing Workspaces

The Photoshop workspace consists of a document surrounded by an Application frame (Mac only), Options bar, toolbox, and over 20 floating panels. Depending on how you work, your workspace may reflect any combination of the above. For example, when you work with text, you would need the Character and Paragraph panels, but you might not need the Styles or Histogram panel. Rather than making you redesign your workspace every time you begin a new project, Photoshop gives you ways to use predefined workspaces or create your own customized workspaces. Photoshop includes predefined workspaces including Essentials (Default), New in CS6 (New!), 3D, Motion, Painting, Photography, and Typography (New!). If you’re curious about all the new features in Photoshop CS6, you can choose a drop-down menu system with all the new features highlighted. You can access workspaces by using the Workspaces menu on the right side of the Options bar (New!) or the Workspace submenu on the Window menu. When you create or change a workspace, Photoshop auto-saves any changes (even if you exit Photoshop) until you reset it.

Display a Workspace

  • yellow_1.jpg Click the Workspaces menu on the Options bar (New!), or click the Window menu, and then point to Workspace.
  • yellow_2.jpg Select a panel option:
    • Custom panel name. Displays a custom panel layout that you created.
    • Essentials (Default), New in CS6 (New!), 3D, Motion (New!), Painting, Photography, or Typography (New!). Displays panel layouts created by Adobe for specific purposes in Photoshop.

Create a Customized Workspace

  • yellow_01.jpg Arrange the panels into a specific working order.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Workspaces menu on the Options bar (New!), or click the Window menu, and then point to Workspace.
  • yellow_03.jpg Type a name for the workspace.
  • yellow_04.jpg Select check boxes to save Keyboard Shortcuts or Menus.
  • yellow_05.jpg Click Save.

Delete a Customized Workspace

  • yellow_01.jpg Click the Workspaces menu on the Options bar (New!), or click the Window menu, and then point to Workspace.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Workspace list arrow, and then click the workspace you want to delete, or click All Custom Workspaces.
    • You cannot delete the current workspace. You must switch to another workspace first.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click Delete, and then click Yes to confirm the deletion.
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