If you share a computer with someone and you use Photoshop, you might have occasions when you open it up and find that your panels, keyboard shortcuts, and/or menu items are always moved around from the last time you used it. Or, if you use Photoshop for different things (such as video and photography) then you might prefer to have certain panels open for some projects, but not for others. The best thing you can do in these situations is take advantage of the “Workspaces” feature in Photoshop. It only takes a few steps to save your workspace (and save you lots of time and frustration). Here’s how to do it step-by-step:
1. Make sure you have your Photoshop work area (panels, shortcuts, etc.) set-up and arranged exactly how you want them. Then go up to the menu bar and click on WINDOW –> WORKSPACES –> SAVE WORKSPACE.
2. Type the name of your workspace into the box. If you have changed any of the menu settings or keyboard shortcuts, be sure to check the corresponding boxes.
3. You can also access your workspaces quickly by going to the top-right of your application bar.
Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of several print books and eBooks, and runs her own online store for photographers, the “Nicolesy Store“.