Orga­nize Pho­to­shop Palettes for Max­i­mum Efficiency: Guide

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Orga­nize Pho­to­shop Palettes for Max­i­mum Efficiency: Guide – Guide

You wouldn’t start cooking food and go to the supermarket every time you need an ingredient, that wouldn’t be very efficient, would it? For any activity you want to do in life, it is always better to have everything you will need before you start, don’t you think? With the Photoshop interface, it’s the same. You can work more efficiently if you set up your workspace from the start based on what you need.

Let’s say you work a lot with the Layers and Channels palettes, which together with the Paths palette make up a Group. If you want to have any of the palettes in this group closest to the image you are working with, just click on the name and drag it.

  • To put it back, drag it back to the group and hover your cursor over the guide bar until you see it change to light blue. Then drop the palette and it will be back in the group.
  • In a similar way, you can drag the entire group out of the left panel. Do this by clicking on the empty gray space next to the palette name tabs and dragging the group wherever you want.
  • Now, let’s say you want these three palettes visible at all times close to your image. You can drag them there, but if you leave them like this, the result will be a little confusing.
  • Instead, you can drag each palette separately and then stack them on top of each other, giving them a better, more unified and organized look. To do this, drag any of the palettes below another until you see a faded blue line, then release the cursor and the palettes will be stacked together.

    Now, imagine that you want these palettes close to your image, but that it takes up a little space on the screen, so you cannot allow these palettes to take up precious space on your computer screen. What you can do here is to create mini-blocks or a mini-group.

  • If you take a look at Photoshop’s right panel, you’ll notice two small ‘tabs’ appearing on the left side of that panel.
  • In fact, you can drag any of the palettes and pin it to that panel in the same way. Simply drag the palette to that side until a blue line appears at the top (not the side) of the palette.
  • Then, release the palette and it will now be pinned to the right panel, and you just need to click on it to expand it.
  • You can do the same for each of your palettes and stack them in their small shapes for easy access. In addition, you can drag any one of them to another until you see a blue line and then drop it to form a mini group of palettes.
  • When grouped in this way, whenever you click on any of the palettes, Photoshop will show the one you clicked on, as well as the entire group.
  • Here it is. Now you know how to make the most of your palettes whenever you use Photoshop. Organize them correctly and you will save a lot of time.

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