by Julieanne Kost

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May 25, 2009

Most people typically use a subset of the many panels that Photoshop CS4 has to offer at any given time. For example, if you are color correcting an image, then you may want the Info, Histogram and Layers panels showing. If you are recording actions to help automate tasks, you might want the Actions, History and Layers panels open. The easiest way to switch between the sets of panels that you might need for different tasks is to save them as workspaces.
Rearrange the panels the way that you desire and then use the Workspace Picker (on the far right side of the Application Bar) to save the workspace. (Workspaces can also be saved via Window > Workspace > Save Workspace.) Workspaces can also contain custom Keyboard Shortcuts and Menu items.
At the top of the Workspace Picker list you will see any custom workspaces that you have saved as well as the default workspaces that ship with Photoshop CS4. Simply click to select the desired workspace from the list. Try selecting the ” What’s new in CS4” workspace – it will highlight all of the menu items in Photoshop CS4 that have been modified!