Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 workspace is arranged to help you focus on creating and editing images. The workspace includes menus and a variety of tools and palettes for viewing, editing, and adding elements to your images.

Workspace overview
You create and manipulate your documents and files using various elements such as panels, bars, and windows. Any arrangement of these elements is called a workspace. When you first start an Adobe Creative Suite component, you see the default workspace, which you can customize for the tasks you perform there. For instance, you can create one workspace for editing and another for viewing, save them, and switch between them as you work.

You can restore the default workspace at any time by choosing the default option on the Window > Workspace menu.

Although default workspaces vary across Flash, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, and Photoshop, you manipulate the elements much the same way in all of them. The Photoshop default workspace is typical:
  • The menu bar across the top organizes commands under menus.
  • The Tools panel (called the Tools palette in Photoshop) contains tools for creating and editing images, artwork, page elements, and so on. Related tools are grouped together.
  • The Control panel (called the options bar in Photoshop) displays options for the currently selected tool. (Flash has no Control panel.)
  • The Document window (called the Stage in Flash) displays the file you’re working on.
  • Panels (called palettes in Photoshop) help you monitor and modify your work. Examples include the Timeline in Flash and the Layers palette in Photoshop. Certain panels are displayed by default, but you can add any panel by selecting it from the Window menu. Many panels have menus with panel-specific options. Panels can be grouped, stacked, or docked.
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Default Photoshop workspace

A. Document window. B. Dock of panels collapsed to icons. C. Panel title bar. D. Menu bar. E. Options bar. F. Tools palette. G. Collapse To Icons button.
H. Three palette (panel) groups in vertical dock.

Enter values in palettes, dialog boxes, and the options bar
Do any of the following:
  • Type a value in the text box, and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).
  • Drag the slider.
  • Move the pointer over the title of a slider or pop up slider. When the pointer turns to a pointing finger, drag the scrubby slider to the left or right. This feature is available only for selected sliders and pop up sliders.
  • Drag the dial.
  • Click the arrow buttons in the palette to increase or decrease the value.
  • (Windows) Click the text box and then use the Up Arrow key and the Down Arrow key on the keyboard to increase or decrease the value.
  • Select a value from the menu associated with the text box.
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Ways to enter values
A. Menu arrow. B. Scrubby slider. C. Text box. D. Dial. E. Slider.

Pop up sliders
Some palettes, dialog boxes, and options bars contain settings that use pop up sliders (for example, the Opacity option in the Layers palette). If there is a triangle next to the text box, you can activate the pop up slider by clicking the triangle. Position the pointer over the triangle next to the setting, hold down the mouse button, and drag the slider or angle radius to the desired value. Click outside the slider box or press Enter to close the slider box. To cancel changes, press the Esc key.

To increase or decrease values in 10% increments when the pop up slider box is open, hold down Shift and press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key.

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Using different kinds of pop up sliders
A. Click to open pop up slider box. B. Drag slider or angle radius.

You can also “scrub” some pop up sliders. For example, if you hold the pointer over the word “Fill” or “Opacity” in the Layers palette, the pointer changes to the Hand icon. Then you can move the pointer left or right to change the fill or opacity percentage.
Scrubby sliders

In some palettes, dialog boxes, and options bars, you can drag scrubby sliders to change option values. Scrubby sliders are hidden until you position the pointer over the title of sliders and pop up sliders. When the pointer changes to a pointing finger, you drag to the left or right. Holding down the Shift key while dragging accelerates the scrubbing by a factor of 10.

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Hovering over the title of a slider or pop up slider shows the scrubby slider

Working with pop up palettes
Pop up palettes provide easy access to available options for brushes, swatches, gradients, styles, patterns, contours, and shapes. You can customize pop up palettes by renaming and deleting items and by loading, saving, and replacing libraries. You can also change the display of a pop up palette to view items by their names, as thumbnail icons, or with both names and icons.

Click a tool thumbnail in the options bar to show its pop up palette. Click an item in the pop up palette to select it.

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Viewing the Brush pop up palette in the options bar
A. Click to show the pop up palette. B. Click to view the pop up palette menu.



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