How do I get rid of unwanted menu panels that keep popping up, viz., the masks and adjustments panel that always pops up in the middle of my image when I try to add a LEVELS adjustment layer or, even more annoying, the colors/swatches/styles panel AND the masks/adjustments panel that pops up when all I want is my custom workspace which DOES NOT include these groups? FYI, by "get rid of" I do not mean close. What I need is some sort of settings adjustment that will keep them from appearing in the first place.
The only checked items under WINDOW are tools, options, and layers. Nonetheless, I keep getting these annoying and superfluous panels whenever I open Layers > Adjustment Layers > Levels. I also get them whenever I open my own custom workspace.
hfrank, given the fact that the adjustments layers, including levels, are hosted in the Properties panel, how do you intend to adjust them without it?
Also, the properties panel lets you adjust the masks, which is very useful, I suggest to make it part of your default layout, so that it does not pop open, like Charles showed you.
I don't get the color/swatches issue. If they are not part of your layout, they should not show up. Are they maybe grouped with the properties panel?
I have a very compact personal workspace: one pane with layers, history, and channels. When I save(d) it, I specified menus and panels were to be preserved. If I close it out and then open it up (by clicking on my workspace name and choosing the reset option) what I get is shown in the attachment. The unwanted panels in the middle of the screen on the attachment also pop up when I click on an adjustment layer.
It used to be so nice with CS5 where custom workspaces each had a button on he menu bar. One click took you to the Workspace you needed - the CS6 way of changing workspaces is nowhere near so 'fluid' if you know what I mean.
hfrank, please use the web forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1006816?tstart=0 to add attachments, it does not work from email.
When I spoke about the properties panel, I thought that you were using CS6.
I do vaguely remember a way to get the old floating panels for the Adjustments... but can't point my finger on it.
Why doesn't the applications bar display the same links as PSCS5? The links to Bridge and mini-bridge are missing as well as View Extras, Zoom Levels, Arrange Documents and Screen Mode. These are all extremely useful links on the top bar and that space is empty in CS6.
Can we add these items back in CS6?
Ramfade, each time you move an element of your workspace, it will be there at the next opening of the application. It seems indeed that there is no way to update them, so that you can reset the workspace to the new version, unless one does what you described. If you would like a way to update it, I suggest to post on http://feedback.photoshop.com
Hello, those buttons used to be on the application bar. According to Adobe employees, the technology used to display them has been retired on Photoshop CS6. It was also using some screen real estate on the Mac side (on Zindows, it was displayed next to the menus)
Tbegas, what you say is true in CS5, or CS4, not in CS6.
Bridge is still available as File>Browse, and there is the Mini Bridge panel.
The screen modes are at the bottom of the toolbar, zooming can be done from the menus, as well as arranging the documents.
I'm also sad to see them go away.
The Application Frame is displays too tall on both my monitors. I cannot resize it nor access any of the tools at the bottom. Is there any other way to resize it except by grabbing it with the cursor and dragging the edge, since obviously I cannot do that when it sits offscreen.
Here's a Photoshop tutorial video from InfiniteSkills that shows how to rearrange and organize panels: http://infiniteskills.com/blog/2012/08/adobe-photoshop-cs6-tutorial-ar ranging-panels/
The "essentials" tab at the top right of my photoshop disappeared... How do I get it back? I tried resetting through Window>Workspace and also Edit>Preferences>Interface>Restore Default Workspaces and still nothing.
Images appear to be from CS5. I need CS6-specific help. Where do I get it?
Specifically, why does CS6 create a "default window" separate from document windows? I do not know how else to describe this new "feature" in PSCS6. And how do I reposition it when it gets moved under the top menu? I final moved the dual monitor setup to force the top of the window to reappear. Not sure if there is another way, such as a keyboard shortcut (Mac).
The Photoshop Help documentation should be an embarressment to Adobe. CS6 Help is really CS5 Help with a little introductory "what's new in CS6" section.
The big window you want to remove is the Application Frame which isn't newly introduced by CS6 for Mac but it is now enabled by default. Disable it near bottom of Window menu.
Does anyone else out there wonder why Adobe keeps adding bells & whistles instead of taking care of obvious problems that have been around for at least a decade? It wasn't until CS5 that someone finally figured out that Photoshop should automatically go to 8-bit color depth if a user wants to save in JPEG, instead of requiring users to first change make the change manually. When will they get around to automatically changing the channel to one's mask when a user is working on the mask layer?
How do I set the opening window of the Adobe Bridge? It opens now to an old 2012 sub-file - I must have set that somehow, but I haven't a clue how! I want it to open directly into my 2013 file folder.
Bridge opens in the last folder you were using when you last closed it. Just open the one you want to use and then close Bridge. you could also put that folder in Favirotes and easily navigate to it whenever you get lost.
I have issues with my panels not being dockable to the right when I drag them. I try to drag, they seem to go over with my mouse, then spring back to original position in the centre, or off-centre of the screen. Seems to be a bug/ technical issue, rather than a prefs thing. Can anyone help with this? I am running Photoshop CS5.1 with latest updates installed.