March 13, 2015
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.
This 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.
March 12, 2015
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).
March 11, 2015
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.
October 31, 2011
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) – click a panel header to open/close all panels.
Note: I have previously posted several additional shortcuts regarding panel behavior but somehow forgot this one. Instead of repeating previous posts, you can quickly view all posts on “panels” by using the “search julieanne’s blog” option in the upper right corner!