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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques by Dan Ablan, Ben Willmore

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Preparing Your Workspace

With previous versions of Photoshop, you might have ended up shifting and nudging panels around the screen in order to work on a graphic or image. Along came Photoshop CS2 and CS3, packed with a huge number of panels, and adding even more tools. With CS4, the interface has been streamlined to help you work. You can easily make any panel visible—or not visible—based on your needs, organizing the clutter into an elegant arrangement in just a few seconds.

Panels and Docks

To assist you in maximizing your screen real estate, CS4 provides panel docks, special interface elements that allow you to collapse and expand entire groups of panels easily (Figures 1.1a and 1.1b).

Figure 1.1a. Photoshop’s CS4 interface is less cluttered ...

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