Photoshop is one of the most popular design programs out there, but how well do you really know those top menus?
There are so many tools available in Photoshop, and the list of commands is seemingly endless. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer scope of this program, but just take it in one step at a time. In this article, we’re going to talk about the Window menu and what it has to offer us.
Photoshop’s Window menu is known best for where you’ll find all of the available panels, but it also has some great hidden features that are easy to overlook. Let’s talk about just a few of them:
- Adobe Color Themes
- Consolidate All To Tabs
Adobe Color Themes in Photoshop
Adobe Color Themes is a fantastic color palette builder, and it’s built right into Photoshop. It allows you to create completely custom palettes, and even save them to your Adobe Libraries.
This extension can even help you choose colors based on different color rules.
Consolidate All To Tabs in Photoshop
Have you ever found yourself in Photoshop with dozens of headshots of Joey Korenman floating around? Just me? Well, if you ever do find yourself in this predicament, you can quickly move all those open images back to tabs by going up to Window > Arrange > Consolidate All To Tabs.
New Workspace in Photoshop
Everyone has a specific way that they like to work. The tools they use, how they use them, and how they lay them out. That’s exactly what Workspaces are for. You can customize Photoshop’s panels and tools however you most like them, and then save that layout as a Workspace. Once you’re happy with the layout, click on Window > Workspaces > New Workspace to save that layout.
Depending on what type of work you’re doing, you may prefer different layouts with easy access to specific panels. Create as many layouts as you’d like with Workspaces and switch between them at any time through the Window > Workspaces menu.
I’ve been using Photoshop for almost two decades (I’m... getting so old), and I’m still finding new features and commands I wasn’t aware of before. It’s a constant learning process, so don’t be discouraged if you feel like Photoshop is just too big of a program. Taking it a little bit at a time will snowball into a personal knowledge base that’ll help you develop an efficient workflow. And now you can add making color palettes, organizing multiple windows, and creating custom workspaces to that list.
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