Creating a Custom Layout - Adobe Photoshop

You don’t need to create your own layout, but most likely you have a particular ritual that sets up your file browser just so. Rather than repeating that ritual each time you start Photoshop, you can create a custom layout!

  1. Open the file browser by clicking the button beside the palette well. Take a look at the default layout. It should look like
  2. The default layout.

    default layout

  3. Save this setting before making any changes:Window >Workspace>Save Workspace. A dialog box asks for a name;see.
  4. Saving the default setup as PSdefault

    Saving the default setup as PSdefault

  5. EnterPSdefaultinto that space for Photoshop Default and click Save.
  6. Click the Keywords tab at the file browser’s lower-left frame.
  7. Drag the palette by its tab to the topmost partof the frame, where the Folders tab is. You see a dotted outline of the tabbed section.
  8. Drag the lower palettes to the topmost palette.

    lower palettes to the topmost palette.

  9. Do the same thing for the Metadata tab. Now you have a blank, gray area underneath your preview where the two tabs were before you moved them.
  10. Simply drag the bottom bar of the pane that holds the Preview palette all the way down to get rid of the gray space and increase the Preview palette space.
  11. Now drag the vertical bar to the right until you have a nice, medium-sized preview like that in.
  12. Drag the frame bars out to create a new view mode.

    frame bars out to create a new view mode

    In this case, I have also dragged down the top of the preview bar to give myself more room for the tabbed information at the top.

  13. Set the thumbnails to Medium. Since the oversized preview window helps you see details, you don’t need the large thumbnails.
  14. Go to the file browser’s menu bar and select View >MediumThumbnail. This layout, is what I generally like to work with. It allows me a better view of the images and easy access to its info while looking at the image.All the whileI can navigate easily.
  15. A whole new file browser.

    whole new file browser.

  16. Save this setup using the same command as you did for the default:Go to Window >Workspace> Save Workspace.
  17. Type a name in the Save Workspace dialog box that appears, and click Save. Of course, you don’t need to call it GenView, which is what I named it. You can call it anything you want. I like the name Andy, but thought GenView was more descriptive.
  18. Another popular file browser layout is to increase the thumbnails to a custom size and have the text info on the left as you need it. Make your thumbnails huge.
  19. Go to your preferences by selecting Photoshop >Preferences (Win: Edit> Preferences)or by going to the file browser’s menu and choosingEdit >Preferences.
  20. One of many ways to access Photoshop's preferences.

    many ways to access Photoshop's preferences

  21. In the Preferences dialog box, enter the width you would like for your custom thumbnail in the Custom Thumbnail Size text box, and then click OK. The default of 256 pixels is fine for my laptop, but at work, with my dual monitor setup and much larger screens, I like to use 420 pixels for thumbnail width. It may take some back and forth work to figure outwhich size works best for you.
  22. Enter the custom thumbnail size

    custom thumbnail size

  23. To view the custom size, go toView >Custom Thumbnail Sizein the filebrowser’s menu bar.
  24. Show your custom thumbnails.

    Show your custom thumbnails.

    A small button that gets rid of the left frame appears on the bottom of the file browser. Clicking this button hides and redisplays the file browser’s left pane.With a large custom thumbnail size, you may want to use this button, bringing back the left frame only as you need it to navigate or to check out the image information.

    Your third layout option. Hide and show the other palettes by clicking the expand view button on the lower left of the file browser window.

    file browser window

  25. Save this the workspace using custom layout with whatever name you want.

I call it BigBrow. You can call it Bob or Mom or anything else. I recommend some psychotherapy if you decided to name it Mom, though.

Now you have three different layouts accessible by going to Window > Workspace and then choosing from the names at the bottom of the pull-down menu.

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