Custom Panels and Workspaces in Photoshop

I find it to be well worth my time to configure the panels that I am going to be using for a project or specific type of task and then save them as a custom workspace. For example, when I am compositing multiple images together, I use very different sets of panels than I might when working on a document that is text heavy.
Below is a screenshot showing how I arrange my panels for compositing. I dock the panels that I use most often to the Tools (on the left side of the screen). This saves significant time over the course of the day by eliminating the need to travel back and forth across my monitor to select different panel options, tools, and tool options. I have also placed the Properties panel below the Layers panel so that when I add an adjustment layer, my cursor is automatically above the options for that layer.

03_08PanelsThis video (although recorded a while back) demonstrates how to streamline Phostoshop for your specific needs through the customization of Workspaces, Menus, Keyboard shortcuts, Preferences, Tool Presets, Palette options, and the Preset Manager.

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Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels in Photoshop

To free up screen real estate, Photoshop offers several options for displaying panels. When viewing the panels as icons, clicking the icon expands the panel to reveal the options. Then, by default, the panel will automatically collapse back into the icon when you click anywhere outside of the panel. If you prefer the panels to remain open, select Preferences > Interface and uncheck the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels option (or right click on the panel tab and select this option).

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Auto-Show Hidden Panels in Photoshop

Tapping the Tab key in Photoshop will hide the tools as well as panels. Tapping again displays them. While they are hidden, positioning the cursor at the edge of the monitor will display the panels so that you can access the tools/options that you need and,  when you move your cursor away, Photoshop will automatically hide them (similar to a roll-over effect). To toggle off this feature, choose Preferences > Interface > Auto-Show Hidden Panels.

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Select Multiple Layers To Transform in Photoshop

To select multiple layers from the Layers panel, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click to the right of the layer or mask thumbnail (in the name area) on multiple layers. (Shift -click to select a range of contiguous layers in the Layers panel.)
When multiple layers are selected, commands will be applied to all layers when possible (this includes, moving, transforming, aligning, distributing, applying styles, etc.). In fact, when selecting multiple layers with the Move tool, you have the option to check “Show Transform Controls” (in the Options bar) to have Photoshop display a bounding box around selected layers. Not only does this help to show which layers are selected, but can also be used to quickly transform multiple layers without having to use the Free Transform command.

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Video Tutorial – Working with Photoshop’s History Panel, Snapshots and the History Brush

In this episode of the Complete Picture (Working with Photoshop’s History Panel, Snapshots and the History Brush), Julieanne Kost reveals there is far more to the History panel than simply un-doing mistakes. Learn as she reveals little known shortcuts for working with the History Panel, including how to fill with the History Brush, as well as a fluid method for painting between snapshots with no layer or masking knowledge required!

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Zoom and Pan All Images in Photoshop

When viewing multiple images simultaneously, Shift -drag with the Hand tool to pan all open documents. Similarly, shift -clicking with the Zoom tool will zoom all images simultaneously. To set this as the default behavior, with the Zoom or Hand tool selected, check the “Zoom all Windows” and/or “Pan all Windows” in the Option bar.

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Video Tutorial – The Secret to Photoshop’s Art History Brush

In this episode of the Complete Picture (The Secret to Photoshop’s Art History Brush), Julieanne Kost demonstrates the power of the Art History brush in Photoshop CS5 and its ability to continuously sample from any history state or snapshot. She will show you how to create compelling, painterly images by making simple changes to the default settings and utilizing a variety of different brush tips and presets.

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Merging Layers in Photoshop

• Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layer with the layer below and /or Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layers when multiple layers are selected.

The three selected layers are merged into a single layer.

The three selected layers are merged into a single layer.


• Command + Shift + E (Mac) | Control  + Shift + E (Win) will merge visible layers.

The top two Layers aren't merged because they are not visible.

The top two Layers aren’t merged because they are hidden.


• Command + Option + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + E (Win) creates a new layer and pastes a “flattened” version of the selected layers on it (the key to this shortcut is that you have to have multiple layers selected)!

The information from the two selected layers are copied to an new layer and merged.

A flattened copy of the two selected layers are merged onto a new layer.

• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) creates a new layer and pasted a “flattened” version of all (visible) layers on it.

A flattened copy of all visible layers is pasted onto a new layer.

A flattened copy of all visible layers is merged onto a new layer (regardless of what layer(s) is selected).

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Finding Similar Layers in Photoshop

Option + Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift + F (Win) will toggle on “Layer Search” (in the Layers panel), and automatically select Filter By Name. This is very convenient if you know the name of the layer that you are looking for.

The Layers panel has additional criteria on which it can filter including Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute, Color, Smart Object and Selected. Choose the criteria and narrow it down using the additional options that appear to the right. The “light switch” to the right of the Filter options toggles the filtering on and off.

On the left, the Filter is set to only display visible layers. On the right, clicking the “light switch” toggles the filtering on and off.

On the left, the Filter is set to only display visible layers. On the right, clicking the “light switch” toggles the filtering on and off.


Note: when filtering by Kind, you can click on more than one icon at a time in order to narrow down the search.

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Quickly Centering a Layer in Photoshop

Using the Move tool with “Smart Guides” and “Snap” enabled (View > Show > Smart Guides and View > Snap), makes it easy to reposition a layer in the center of the canvas.

If, however, you have a very complex document with a number of overlapping layers near the center of the image, it can be difficult to “Snap” to the correct location. When this is the case, don’t forget that you can quickly Select > All (Command + A (Mac) | Control + A (Win) and, with the Move tool chosen, click the “Align Vertical Centers” and “Align Horizontal Centers” icons in the Options bar.

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Tips and Tricks in Photoshop CC – Friday, on CreativeLive

Julieanne_Kost_Tips_And_Tricks_with_Adobe_Photoshop_WEB_1600x900This action-packed session will give you the deluxe tour through the new tools, features, and product enhancements in Photoshop CC 2014. Julieanne Kost will get you up-to-speed on the latest features and ready to take advantage the most current technology. More details here.


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Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop – Thursday, on CreativeLive

Julieanne_Kost_Automating_Your_Workflow_WEB_1600x900Are you ready to work better, faster, and more efficiently in Photoshop? Then join me for a free course on Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop to learn everything you need to know to use Photoshop to its fullest potential. More details here.

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Chris Orwig and Julieanne Kost –  Searching for the Creative Spark – on CreativeLive this Thursday!

Julieanne_Kost_Chris_Orwig_Searching_for_the_Creative_Spark_WEB_1600x900lrJoin Chris Orwig and I for a free, live broadcast on how to ignite and sustain the creative spark. I hope you will join us this Thursday, Feb. 26th from 9-10:30am PST. More details here.

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Photoshop and Lightroom Essentials – Sunday 3/1 at WPPI in Las Vegas!

If you’re attending WPPI, I hope to see you in my class: Photoshop and Lightroom Essentials – Everything You Need to Know in 90 Minutes!

If you still need to upgrade to a full platform pass to attend all of the special events (plus choose from over 200 to attend), click here and get the code before 2/25 when prices hit $399.

Add my Photoshop and Lightroom Essentials class to your planner here.


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6 Days of Free Photoshop Training – Starting Monday!

Be sure to join us for a week of free Photoshop and Lightroom training on CreativeLive!

I hope you’ll join me for one of my presentations:

Feb 26 | 9:00am Searching for the Creative Spark with Julieanne Kost and Chris Orwig

Feb 26 | 10:45am Automating Your Workflow

Feb 27 | 9:00am Julieanne’s Favorite Tips and Tricks with Photoshop

Click here to view the entire schedule of presenters and topics. See you there!

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