Customize your Workspace in Photoshop

Hey there everyone! Thanks for joining me again! Today, we’re going to discuss how to customize your workspace in Photoshop. Not everyone has the same idea of what works best for their own workflow. So, sit back and take a gander at how you can make Photoshop more efficient for you!

Preset Workspace

Adobe has installed some preset workspaces for you before you even open Photoshop for the first time. They are:

  • Essentials
  • 3D
  • Graphic and Web
  • Motion
  • Painting
  • Photography

If you head up to the upper right corner of your screen, you will see three icons. One is a magnifying glass, the one to the right is a rectangle with a line on the inner left side of it and an arrow pointing down on the right side of that. The one next to that is a rectangle with an arrow pointing up from the middle of it. You will want the middle one with the arrow pointing down to the right of it. Click on that arrow. And you can select which preset workspace you would like to use. 

new workspace photoshop

If that’s not your way of changing up your workspace, you can also go to Window>Workspace. That will also give you a  pop-out window that will show you not only which workspace you’re working in, but it will also show you the other workspaces as well that you can choose from.

Interface

If you’re not so fond of the way your interface looks in general, you can go to Edit>Preferences>Interface to start changing things around to suit your needs. Preferences customize workspace photoshop

First, we’ll look at the color of the interface. You can choose different color themes for your interface. If you want more control and more customization, you can change the background color of your document window and various other parts of the interface. I have changed my document window background to pink just for the fun of it.

If the font is too small for you or you would like it in a different language, this is the place to go ahead and change that around too. These changes won’t show up for you until after you start the program again on your computer.

To the left in this preferences box you will be able to customize many other things. These include:

  • Workspace
  • Tools
  • History Log
  • Cursors
  • Performance

These aren’t the only things that you can customize. There are a few more things that you can customize inside the Preferences window.

Panels

collapsed panels customize workspace photoshop

There are a ton of panels within Photoshop. Adobe has made it easy to organize these panels according your personal needs. You can move each individual panel around and group them with others, dock them on the sides or top or bottom, or even leave them floating in the middle of your screen. These panels are little windows with separate responsibilities for organization in designing your image. 

expanded panels customize workspace photoshop

If you don’t have a panel out that you would like to work with, you can go up to Windows and check on the ones that you would like open. Do the same for closing panels you don’t want out. Just click on the one that has a check mark beside it and it will close it from your window.

If you would like to move a panel, click and drag on a tab. You can now move it around to wherever you want it. To dock them, look for the blue highlighted areas as you hover over them. This will let you know how it will be docked. If you hover a panel over the top, sides or bottom, your panel will be docked above, to the sides or underneath whichever panel you have hovered over. If you hover your selected panel directly over another panel, the entire panel underneath highlights, indicating that it will be grouped with that panel.

Menus

If you have a lot of options out because you use a lot of different things, that’s alright. But, here’s a really cool thing to do to help keep you organized and help you find things faster. You can color code your menus!

All you have to do is go to Windows>Workspace>Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus.

Once in, scroll through and you can then change the colors in the panels and the applications. Then you can save your set up and switch it around as you need it.Keyboard shortcut and menus preference customize workspace photoshop


Screen Modescreen mode icon customize workspace photoshop

You can change how you view your screen and set the screen mode by going to the bottom left of your full screen. It’s at the bottom of your tool bar. So if you’ve switched where you have your toolbar, it’s at the bottom of that. The icon for this looks like two rectangles stacked on top of each other.

Press F to scroll through the different screen modes. Don’t panic if you lose your panels. If this happens, simply press F or ESC. You can also always just press TAB or hover over the left side of your screen to get out of full screen and see your panels again.

Finish Customizing by Saving it All

Now that you’ve got the customized workspace that you want, don’t forget to save it all. You will be saving it as a preset. Save it according to what you will be using it for . For instance, maybe you enjoy photography and painting, but you want one specific workspace for each one. With these options that Adobe has made for you to customize your interface, you can easily scroll through your workspaces.

You can always test it out first and see if the workspace fits in with your needs. If it does, and you want to save it, just go up to Windows>Workspace>New Workspace. A pop-up window will appear and you have the option to save certain parts of the workspace such as the Keyboard Shortcuts, Menu or Toolbar. Check all that you want included in the save and name it according to what you will most likely be using it for. 

New workspace customize workspace photoshop

Have a really great time playing around with your customizations!

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