Customize Your Workspace

How to customize your workspace.

If you're a newcomer to Photoshop you might not be that picky, but once you start getting used to all of the tools and the environment, you're probably going to want to have things your way as much as you can; exercise your control.  Well, you can customize your working environment to suit your preferences.

All you have to do is open and close windows that you want or don't want, move everything where you want it to be ideally.  Then simply go to Window: Workspace: Save Workspace (depending on which version of Photoshop you have), name it what you want (I like using 'orionspace') and then it will remember the exact locations of where everything is so that you can switch to other created workspaces and reload whichever one you want.

You might want to save a workspace of file browser where you can view files at an extra large size and full screen.  Simply get the environment to where you want and do the same thing; name it something like "texas browser" when you save the workspace.  Save a workspace where you have all of the palettes off that you don't normally use.  Then you just choose which workspace you want.  It's all about your control and flexibility.

Remember that you can toggle screen modes by the shortcut of "F".  I like working in the fullscreen mode if I have all of the layers within the document already and I get a nice pretty black background with no clutter.  You can toggle the toolbar on and off by pressing the tab key.  It's good stuff to know as you get more experienced.

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