Get started with Photoshop like a Pro! (Part-1b)

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13. Saving How I’ve Set Up All My Panels:

Once you have all the panels you want open, and organized the way you want them by the way, you can click-and-drag theToolbox from the left side of the window [grab it (right at the top] and have it either float or dock it with the panels on the right side.You can also click-and-drag the Options Bar from the top of the window and position it at the bottom, if you want), you can save this layout (Photoshop calls this custom layout a workspace) by going to the right end of the Options Bar and clicking on the pop-up menu of workspaces (it probably says “Essentials,” but it could say something else if you’ve already played around with workspaces). From that pop-up menu, choose New Workspace (as shown above), and it brings up a dialog where you can name and then save your layout (you can have multiple workspaces saved as presets, so you can set up one for retouching, one for doing illustration, one for image editing, etc.). Now, to get that exact layout back anytime, just choose it from that same pop-up menu. Also, when you bring up your workspace, you can still make changes on the fly (like changing the location of a panel, or making a panel float). If at any time you want to get back to your saved workspace, just choose Reset from that same pop-up menu (I named my workspace, “Scott’s Workspace” [I know. Real original], and that’s why you see “Reset Scott’s Workspace” in that pop-up menu), and it resets your workspace. Of course, it’s unlikely yours will say “Scott’sWorkspace,” but you knew that, right?

14. Hiding Guides and Things from View:

There’s a handy shortcut that pretty much hides everything and gives you a clean, un- obstructed view of your image: it’s Command-H (PC: Ctrl-H). It’s easy to remember—H for hide. Note: If you’re a Mac user, the first time you press Command-H, a dialog pops up (seen in the overlay above) and asks you if you want this shortcut to hide extras in Photoshop or do you want it to hide Photoshop altogether (because Command-H is a global Mac OS standard shortcut for hiding the current application from view). I went ahead and clicked Hide Extras to switch it, so Command-H hides my guides and stuff in Photoshop, but of course, the one you choose (the red pill or the blue pill) is en- tirely up to you and your workflow. Again, this only affects Mac folks, so if you’re a Windows user, your keyboard shortcut is just plain ol’ uncomplicated Ctrl-H.

15. Moving Around While Zoomed In:

Press-and-hold the Spacebar and you temporarily switch to the Hand tool. Now you can just click-and-drag right where you want. This is so much faster than using the scrollbars, which work fine when you’re zoomed out, but stink when you’re zoomed in tight—they’re a nightmare (well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but only a bit). When you’re done moving, release the Spacebar and you return to your last-used tool.

16. Hiding the Start Workspace:

If you’re using Application Frame (under theWindow menu on a Mac) and want to hide the Start workspace that appears when you launch Photoshop or when you don’t have anything open, go under the Photoshop CC (PC: Edit) menu, under Preferences, and choose General.When the Preferences dialog opens, in the Options section, turn off the Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open checkbox (as shown above). You can also turn off the Recent Files workspace here, as well, by turning off the check- box below.

17. Getting Images to Fit Fully on the Screen:

My favorite way is to just double-click on the Hand tool in theToolbox, but you can also press Command-0 (zero; PC: Ctrl-0), if you prefer to use a keyboard shortcut.Also, if you switch to the Hand tool (the shortcut is the letter H), you’ll see three buttons up in the Options Bar for zooming the overall image: (1) 100%, (2) Fit Screen, and (3) Fill Screen. You could go under the View menu, as well, and choose the size you want manually, but…don’t waste time digging around in menus, just use one of the first two methods.

18. Seeing Images at a Full 100% Size:

If you double-click on the Zoom tool (its icon looks like a magnifying glass) in the Toolbox, your image zooms to a 100% actual size view.You can also press Command-1 (PC: Ctrl-1) to get that same 100% view, or press Z to get the Zoom tool and then click on the 100% button up in the Options Bar, but that’s a lot slower than just double-clicking on the Zoom tool in the first place.

19. Hiding All the Panels:

Hit the Tab key, and it hides all the panels, including the Options Bar up top and the Toolbox, as well. If you just want to hide the panels on the right side (or shall I say,“everything but the Toolbox and Options Bar”), then press Shift-Tab.You only have to press the Tab key again, in either case, to bring back the hidden panels.

20. Having Hidden Panels Automatically Pop Out:

Go under the Photoshop CC (PC: Edit) menu, under Preferences, and choose Workspace. When the Preferences dialog opens, in the Options section, turn on the Auto-Show Hidden Panels checkbox (as shown above left). Now when you move your cursor to the far-right edge of the screen where the panels are hidden (above center), the hidden panels pop out (above right).

21. Zooming Imaged In & Out:

There are a bunch of ways to do this, but I’ll start with my two favorites:To quickly zoom in/out without changing tools, press Command-+ (plus sign; PC: Ctrl-+) to zoom in and Command-– (minus sign; PC: Ctrl-–) to zoom out. Another popular way is to switch to the Zoom tool (its icon looks like a magnifying glass, but you can just press the letter Z to get it), then just either click (to instantly zoom in) or click-and-hold (for more of a cinematic zoom) on the spot where you want to zoom in (like I did above), and it zooms in to that area.To zoom back out, press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key and do the same thing (click or click-and-hold), and it zooms back out. As I mentioned earlier in this chapter, you can zoom in to a 100% actual size view by double-clicking on the Zoom tool itself right in the Toolbox.

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