Custom Photoshop Workspaces for UI Design?

6 years ago from , Product Designer @ Facebook

Hello DN! We were discussing ideas to optimise Photoshop's workspace for UI design and was just wondering if anyone has specific tips or wants to share their workspace screenshots / files?

Workspace files are stored in: User - Library (hidden) - Preferences - Adobe Photoshop CC Settings - WorkSpaces



  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, 6 years ago

    Here's a screenshot of mine - I work with a rMBP (clamshell) with 2 thunderbolt displays side by side. i moved all of my tools off to the side so I get 2 large canvases side-by-side on one display. I absolutely love working with this setup.


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    • Vincent MillikenVincent Milliken, 6 years ago

      Awesome man, never really thought of doing this.

      Also where did you get your wallpaper from? I'd love to get it.

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    • Artem VoevodinArtem Voevodin, 6 years ago

      Your setup is really useful for working with UI's.

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    • Marco SousaMarco Sousa, 6 years ago

      nice, a lot of screen real estate!

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    • Hamish IrvingHamish Irving, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Hey this is an awesome setup, can I ask how you get two documents open like that? I understand you can duplicate a window, but that doesn't sync changes across both docs. I would like to have one @2x document open on two windows, one window at 50% on Thunderbolt display and one at 100% on rMBP, is this possible?

      -EDIT- Don't worry I found it!

      Window > Arrange > New Window for ...

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  • Quentin R, 6 years ago

    Here is mine. - http://cl.ly/RmUa

    I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro. As we all know the resolution is small (why can't you put a 1440x900 panel like the MBA Apple?!?) at 1280x800. So I try to keep it as minimal as possible, as with anything I use. I use Elliot Jackson's awesome Interface Tools PS Plugin [http://dribbble.com/shots/1160621-Interface-Tools-Photoshop-Plugin?list=users]. If I need to access anything else, I have a keyboard shortcut. Such as custom shapes, I can cycle through using Shift - U. Having all the tools on one side and not taking up space gives me maximum space when working. I'll probably have the same setup when I buy my Thunderbolt Display.

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    • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, 6 years ago


      What's that circular icon in your dock to the left of twitter? i have never seen that before.

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      • Daniel HardyDaniel Hardy, 6 years ago

        I know you where not asking me but I use the app so I will try and hope in and help.

        It is called Source Tree and is a GIT UI. http://www.sourcetreeapp.com/ (great app for working with GIT repos)

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      • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

        That's SourceTree. Edit: Oops, beat to the punch!

        +1 for SourceTree. I use the command line for most git stuff, but when I get myself into a really hairy situation (many many many files changed that touch a lot of things), it comes in real handy to get everything sorted out.

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      • Adam WintleAdam Wintle, 6 years ago

        That's SourceTree, a Git client.

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      • Quentin R, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

        Haha you guys are quick! And yes, I confirm, it is Sourcetree. I enjoy using the command line, but when things get tricky, I either use that or Gitbox for as a Github client.

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  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, 6 years ago

    Here's mine setup http://cl.ly/Rmi2

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  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 6 years ago

    Here's mine: https://i.imgur.com/sCmKxeg.png

    Nothing too exciting. Lots of space for layers, lots of easy access to panels I use, including full height for the actions panel.

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  • diego fernandezdiego fernandez, 6 years ago


    Here's mine. I keep everything (documents) on tabs rather than individual windows.

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  • Roger Dean OldenRoger Dean Olden, 6 years ago

    Here is mine: http://cl.ly/RnYa

    I have the same setup for 15 and 27 inc display only difference is in the width of the panels.

    Right now I tend to use tab to hide and unhide the panels an mainly work in fullscreen mode.

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  • Roy AbbinkRoy Abbink, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I'm a bit late to the party :P Today I rearranged my workspace to fit it better for UI design.

    Photoshop CC Workspace for UI DesignLarger version of this screenshot

    Color Theme During the day I use 4/4. When it's dark outside I use 2/4.

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