Setting Up Photoshop

Published on June 4, 2016

There are millions of ways to set up your workspace in Photoshop.  It is totally a personal preference thing.  This set up is the one that we have found a good baseline to start…

Photoshop Configuration 

  • Open Photoshop
  • Go to the Window Menu
  • Choose “Workspace” then essentials (now we are going to customize the workspace).
  • On the right hand side of your screen, you’ll have several palettes.  We are going to delete and add several.
  • Pull the following palettes out of the menu:
    • Color
    • Swatches
    • Libraries
    • Adjustments
    • Styles
    • Channels
    • Paths
  • X out each of these palettes – we don’t use them frequently.  Now you should just have your Layers palette to the right.
  • Go to the top menu “window” and choose “Actions,” Tool Presets, and History.
  • Bundle these three palettes together.
  • Pull the Layers palette out of the docked position and attach the bundled “Actions” and “Tool Presets” and History to the bottom of the layers.
  • Move Layer Palettes back to the side docked position.

Load SRP Actions and Tools

  • Dowload Actions and Tools from the Dropbox
  • Open the folder SRP Action Set
  • Save SRP Actions file (.atn file) to your computer
  • Save SRP Tools Preset File (.tpl file) to your computer
  • In Photoshop, go to your Actions Palette
  • Click the menu on the right side of the Actions Palette (looks like three horizontal lines)
  • Click “Load Actions”
    • Choose the .atn file that you just downloaded
  • Go to the Tool Presets Palette
  • Click on the menu on the right side of the Tool Presets Palette
  • Click “Load Tool Presets”
    • Choose the .tpl file that you just downloaded