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Building Specialized Workspaces

If you want to build a specialized workspace with custom panels in Photoshop, you can use the Adobe Configurator 3.0 panel utility ( New!). The external program is available as a separate download from Adobe at www.labs.adobe.com. With Configurator 3.0, you can drag and drop tools, menu items, scripts, actions, and other objects into a panel to build a specialized workspace design. In addition, you can access anything on the Web, such as blogs, videos, or e-mail, with these specialized designs that leverage built-in Flash support. When you’re done creating a design, you can export it for use in Photoshop or InDesign.

Build a Specialized Workspace with Configurator

  • yellow_1.jpg Start Adobe Configurator 3.0 from the Start menu (Win) or the Applications folder (Mac).
  • yellow_2.jpg Click the File menu, and then click New Panel.
  • yellow_3.jpg Click the Select Product list arrow, and then click Photoshop CS6 or InDesign CS6.
  • yellow_4.jpg Click OK.
  • yellow_5.jpg Use the controls on the right to enter a panel name, and customize the layout and functionality.
  • yellow_8.jpg Drag the items you want to add to your panel from the left pane to the new panel.
  • yellow_7.jpg To save the panel file (GPC), click the File menu, and then click Save Panel As. Enter a name, specify a location, and then click Save.
  • yellow_8.jpg Click the File menu, and then click Export. Specify the location of the Plug-In Panels folder (the default), click Select, and then click OK.
  • yellow_9.jpg Click the File menu, and then click Exit.
  • yellow_10.jpg In Photoshop or InDesign, click the Window menu, point to Extensions, and then select your new panel. Restart Photoshop or InDesign after exporting your panel for the first time.
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