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Saving workspaces

Our goal in writing this chapter is to teach you not only how to customize your working environment in Photoshop, but also how to save yourself setup time as you start each new work session. A first step in this endeavor is to go to Preferences (Ctrl-K/Cmd-K) > Interface and check Remember Panel Locations under Panels & Documents. This will ensure that all the panels that are open when you exit/quit Photoshop will reappear in the same location when you relaunch the program.

To save yourself even more time, set up and save workspaces for different kinds of tasks,A as in the instructions below. Workspace settings can include panel locations; custom keyboard shortcuts; and menu sets, which control the color label and visibility settings for menu commands.

Your custom workspaces should reflect your normal work habits (and we don’t mean working late and sleeping late). For example, to set up a text-intensive workspace, you would open the Character and Paragraph panels and assign color labels to commands that you normally use when creating text. Or to create a personal painting workspace, open the Brushes, Color, and Swatches panels, assign color labels to the brush preset commands, and maybe hide some unrelated commands.

To create a custom workspace:

  1. Do any or all of the following:

    Open and position all the panels where you want them, in the desired panel groups and docks.

    Collapse the panels you use occasionally to icons and close the ones you rarely use.

    Resize any of the panels, and resize any of the pickers that open from the Options bar.

    Choose a thumbnail, swatch size, or other panel options from any of the panel menus, or from any of the preset menus that open from the Options bar.

    Choose Edit > Menus and use the dialog to assign color labels and/or visibility settings to menu commands. Be sure to save your changes to a new menu set (see page 72).

  2. From the Workspace menu on the Application bar, choose Save Workspace; or choose Window > Workspace > Save Workspace. The Save Workspace dialog opens.A
  3. Enter a descriptive Name (include your name, if you like) for the new workspace.
  4. In the Capture area, check which current interface features you want saved in the workspace. If you changed any of the menu settings, be sure to check Menus.
  5. Click Save. Your workspace will be listed on, and can be chosen from, the upper portion of the Workspace menu on the Application bar B (or for a slower trek, on the Window > Workspace submenu).
  • On a computer with dual displays, you can distribute free-floating panel groups or stacks between the two displays and save that arrangement as part of a workspace.
  • If Remember Panel Locations is checked in Preferences > Interface, panels that are open when you exit/quit Photoshop will reopen in their last location upon relaunch, as opposed to the location specified in the workspace last chosen under Window > Workspace.

To delete a custom workspace:

  1. Choose any workspace except the one you want to delete.
  2. From the Workspace menu on the Application bar, choose Delete Workspace. The Delete Workspace dialog opens.C
  3. Choose the name of the user workspace you want to get rid of, click Delete, then click Yes in the alert dialog.
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