Floating Palettes

Photoshop Floating Palettes
On the right hand side of the Adobe Photoshop interface, you’ll find a series of palettes stacked one on top of another. These are commonly known as ‘Floating Palettes‘ and can be used for a whole variety of tasks.

Moving floating palettes

After becoming accustomed to the basics of Adobe Photoshop, you might want to start modifying the arrangements of your floating palettes. You can easily move them around the interface window by left clicking on the trim along the top of each palette and ‘dragging’ to the desired location.

Group & ungroup

You may have noticed already that many palettes are stacked together and have tabs. These tabs are separate palettes that have been grouped together. To upgroup a palette, click and drag the relevant tab away from the group. To rejoin a palette to a group, drag and drop the tab over another tab.

Closing & Opening

Your work-space can easily become littered with floating palettes. To close a palette, simple click on the ‘x’ (close) button at the top right hand corner of the top trim. If at a later point you wish to re-instate a closed floating palette, drop down the ”Window’ menu and select it from the list.

Tip: You will notice an arrow within a circle at the top right hand corner of each palette, just below the close button. Clicking on this will reveal an extended menu listing functions unique to that particular palette. Make a point of familiarizing yourself with these menus. There are plenty of powerful commands that will increase functionality.

Useful palettes to try

Styles Palette

Styles: Contains various graphic effects for vector shapes and layers.

Swatches Palette

Swatches: Selection of colour systems.

Color Palette

Color: Colour palette for choosing and mixing colours.

History Palette

History: A log of recent actions and the facility to undo to a previous history states.

Actions Palette (Button Mode)

Actions (Button Mode): ‘Quick’ buttons for executing prerecorded procedures.

Actions Palette

Actions: Programmable buttons for creating action procedures.

Layers Palette

Layers: Helps you to organize and manage layers within your image.

Tool Presets Palette

Tool Presets: Change, organize and save tool behaviors.

Channels Palette

Channels: Organize, view, create, mix and delete channels of colour information.

Paths Palette

Paths: Organize, view, update, create and delete vector paths.

Info Palette

Info: Display colour information and position within your image.

Navigator Palette

Navigator: Navigate around image and control zoom factor.

Character Palette

Character: Control the typographic appearance and behavior of selected type.

Paragraph Palette

Paragraph: Format paragraphs of selected type within an image.


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