Photoshop CS6/CC: The Tools Panel and Color Picker – Video Tutorial


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In  the last blog post, we discussed how to set up a proper Workspace with Panels.  In this and future posts,  we’ll explore some of these Panels in detail, starting with the Tools Panel and the Color Picker.

The purpose of the Tools Panel and the Color Picker is to allow easy access to the some of the most commonly used tools and functions in Photoshop.

There are over 50 tools contained in the Tools Panel, including access to the invaluable Color Picker, but don’t be overwhelmed, you’ll only need a handful of these on a regular basis.

The Tools Panel is generally found on the left side of your screen, while the Color Picker can be accessed throughout the program.


To learn more, check out this video:


By the way, this video is part of my soon-to-be-released Photoshop Video Course that’s designed to complement my Photoshop Book, and vice-versa –  you’ll find the concept streamlines the  Photoshop  “learning curve” immensely!  Click Here for more info…

Thanks again, and cheers!

John 🙂

Photoshop CS6/CC: Setting up your Workspace with Panels – Video Tutorial

Think of Panels as “miniature workspaces”, each accomplishing a different function.  There are almost two dozen different panels available to you, but in the spirit of K.I.S.S., I would suggest that you start with just nine, and add those you deem necessary as you gain more experience with Photoshop.

Below is a representation of the panels I would suggest that you set up on your Photoshop desktop to create a proper Workspace:



1.    Tools panel
2.    Layers panel
3.    History panel
4.    Actions panel
5.    Navigator panel
6.    Info panel
7.    Histogram panel
8.    Adjustments Panel
9.    Properties Panel


To learn how and why, check out this videoBy the way,  this is from my upcoming video course (April 30th), which is designed to complement my Photoshop book – Enjoy!:


Thanks again, and cheers!

JW 🙂

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