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How To Customize The Toolbar In Photoshop

October 30, 2019

Welcome back to another very exciting tutorial
here at the My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on Twitter @JRfromPTC. In this video, we’re going to talk about the
Photoshop Toolbar and how you can customize it. The Photoshop Toolbar is found here on
the right. It’s this long strip of tools, and in Photoshop CC 2015.1, you can actually
customize this toolbar. You can do so in two different ways. You can go into the Edit Menu
and click on Toolbar. You can, also, click on this icon here with the three dots and
select Edit Toolbar. That’s going to bring up the Customized Toolbar Window, and it’s
actually very simple to use. It’s drag and drop You have your tools, which update live, as
you adjust them here on the actual toolbar, and the extra tools column, which contains
the tools not found on the toolbar. So for example, we have the Artboard Tool, which
you may not use very often, so I can Click and Drag that out, and, now, this tool is
no longer found in the Toolbar. You, probably, didn’t notice it because it was nested under
the Move Tool. Notice that the Move Tool does not have the triangle icon on the corner here,
like the other tools, which means that there is no tool nested underneath. I can click
and drag the Artboard Tool back under the Move Tool, then we get that triangle back,
which means that this tool is now nested under the Move Tool. But I don’t want that, I’m
going to Click and Drag that out, and I’m also going to make other adjustments, like,
maybe, removing the Magic Wand Tool, and, maybe, the Slice Tool, and several other tools
I don’t need. Now, I’m not going to go through the entire
list, just to save a little bit of time, but you get the idea. You can also create new
sets of nested tools, for example, maybe I want to have the Spot Healing Brush Tool in
its own section. So I’m going to Click and Drag that out in-between two sections, and,
now, this tool, it’s on its own. You can see it hereóSpot Healing Brush Tool. And I can
nest different tools underneath it, for example, the Pencil Tool. With the customized Toolbar
window, you can also choose which icons to display on the Toolbar. For example, the three
dot icon that we clicked on earlier, we can disable that if we want to, and it’s no longer
here. We can, also, get rid of the foreground and background coloróbut I wouldn’t do thatóthe
Quick Mask Mode, and the View Modes. So you can choose which buttons you want to have
enabled or disabled. I’m going to enable all of them. When you’re done, you can click on
the Done button, or you can save it as a Preset to load this configuration into another computer.
For now, I’m just going to click on the Done button, and my Toolbar has been changed. Another new feature that is very powerful,
that you can use the customized toolbar for is with Custom Workspaces. For example, you
might be working in Photoshop in a very specific area; maybe, you’re retouching or doing 3D,
or designing a Logo. And for some of those tasks, you may have some tools that you use
often, and others that you rarely use, so may want to have a custom Toolbar for that.
Let me show you how to create a custom workspace alongside a Custom Toolbar. To do so, first,
find a custom workspace that is very similar to the one that you want to create. You can
click on the workspaces drop down menu here, and in this example, I’m going to create a
workspace to help me with my photography. So, I’m going to click on Photography, and
this could be retouching or anything like that. So I’m going to click on Photography
here, and it’s going to change my panels. And I’m not totally happy with it, so I’m
going to make some changes. I’m going to close the Libraries panel because I don’t really
need it for my photography. I will just open one photo and work on that, and, also, when
working on Photography, I might have Adjustment Layers. So, let me select the Layer and create
an Adjustment Layer. The layer is not that important, but I do want the Properties panel
to come up, and I want that to be available to me at all times, so I’m going to click
on the Properties panel, and drag that above the Layers panel. So, now, I have my Properties
panel there. A Histogram is fine on top. The Adjustment Layers are fine there, and the
Properties panel below that is good. Now, I’m going to work on the Toolbar. I’m going
to go into Edit, Toolbar, and I’m going to click on Reset to Default, just so I can have
the default toolbars, or even better, I’m going to click on Clear Tools, which is going
to clear all the tools. Notice the Toolbar is now clear. And I can just drag tools that
I want to use or Photography on to the Toolbar. So I want to use the Move Tool and the Quick
Selection Tool, but I’m going to nest the Lasso Tool underneath that. Maybe I’ll add
the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and the Elliptical Marquee Tool, just in case. And, maybe, I’ll
add the Crop Tool, Spot Healing Brush Tool, Healing Brush Tool, Patch Tool, and I’m just
going to stop there for now because I want to save some time, but you can go through
the entire list and decide which tools you want to add on to your Toolbar, and I’m just
going to finish that off with the Zoom Tool. So, what I’m going to do now is, also, take
advantage, that within the Customize Toolbar, I can apply keyboard shortcuts. For example,
maybe you use a Patch Tool often; you can just click on the keyboard shortcut here on
the right. If you noticed, the right hand side of each tool shows you the keyboard shortcut.
If you click on it, you can, actually, edit it. So, this is my retouching photography workspace.
I, probably, won’t be using vectors. I can use, maybe, the Path Selection Tool, which
has a keyboard shortcut of A, and use that for my Patch Tool. I can click on the Patch
Tool, and then press A on the keyboard, so now, my Patch Tool’s keyboard shortcut is
A. And that’s not going to bring up the Path Selection Tool. I can click on Done, and if
I press A on the keyboard, that’s going to bring up my Patch Tool. Notice if I click
on the Tool here, the Patch Tool has a keyboard shortcut of A. And just to show you how the
Patch Tool works, I can select her mouth. Make sure that we’re on the actual pixel layer,
Click and Drag that over to her forehead, and, now, her mouth is gone. Ctrl D, Command
D to Deselect. Now, I really like this workspace and I really
like my Toolbar. Now, I have to save it, so I’m going to go into this drop down menu here
in the top right, and select New Workspace, and I can name it whatever I want, so I’ll
just call it “My Photography” because this is my photography workspace, and I want to
capture the Keyboard Shortcuts, the Menus, and the Toolbar, and then I’m going to click
on Save. Now, maybe, tomorrow I have a different assignment and now I’m working on 3D, so I
can click on the 3D workspace, notice that the Toolbar changes, and so do my panels.
And, maybe, I’ll start working on my photography again, and I can click on My Photography workspace,
and my tools are back. Now, you’re probably wondering about the keyboard shortcuts. Well,
if I press A on the keyboard, I still have my Patch Tool, but when I switch into 3D,
and select a different tool, like the Move Tool, and press A again, now it selects the
Path Selection Tool. And if you make any adjustments into the Toolbar; let me just make some adjustments
here, and Iím just going to restore it to default, so we’re looking at the Default Toolbar
here, and, maybe I drag out the Single Row Marquee Tool, and the Single Column Marquee
Tool, because I don’t use them too often. And I’m working on my project, but now I find
a need to use them, what do you do? Well, you can just click on the three dot
icon here, and notice that those tools appear there, so you can select them. So the tools
that you’re not currently using in your Main Toolbar will appear under this button. So
if I edit the Toolbar again, and, maybe, add the Magnetic Lasso Tool and the Magic Wand
Tool, and I have a need for them, I can find them under this icon here. Also, when working
with the custom panels, if you want to delete one, you can just click on Delete Workspace,
and you can delete the workspace that you created if you don’t want to use that anymore.
And, this is a quick tip, if you accidentally delete one of the default workspaces, for
example, the Essentials workspace, and you want to get it back, you’re going to have
to go into the Preferences, so you can press Ctrl K, Command K on the Mac, bring up the
Preferences Window. You could also go into Edit, Preferences, and there it is, Ctrl K,
Command K on the Mac. And under workspace, just see here on the side, Workspace, you’ll
see these options here, and one of the options is Restore Default Workspaces. Click on that,
press OK, press OK again, and notice that the Essentials Workspace is back, and it did
not delete my custom photography workspace. And that’s it for this tutorial. I hope that
you enjoyed it and that you learned something new. If you have any comments or questions,
leave them down below. If you enjoyed the tutorial, don’t forget to click that “Like”
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  • Reply Chereih December 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Can you do a video on how to make a caricature please? I really want one 😭!

  • Reply Charles Baxter December 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    can you do a video on how to download higher quality images? when i try to download a 1920 x 1080p image, when it is opened in Photoshop it says its 360p. this is very annoying. Help would be appreciated.

  • Reply fritz meyer December 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    This is off topic but, is there a reason that the new oil paint is grayed out in my filter menu?

  • Reply Lisa Maier December 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I really am grateful for your tutorial thank you.
    QUESTION, What tool do I need to use to sample a color off my picture? I cannot seem to figure that out.

  • Reply LEON DORADO December 3, 2015 at 4:22 am

    how did you turn your preferences menu black? i'm using windows 10.

  • Reply Victor Martins December 5, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I enjoy watching your training videos and learning from them. My questions is this. I have photoshop cc 2015 and when I select the edit menu I don't have the tool bar (…) options either in the edit menu or on the tool bar already. Am I doing something wrong?

    Where else should I look to find the ability to customize my tool bar?


  • Reply EposVox December 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I didn't even know I could do this, totally going to re-work my toolbar now.
    I use a 4K monitor, and so there's no need for tool stacking, as I have tons of vertical resolution on my toolbar, with this I'll thin the stacks out a bit 😀


  • Reply Elvio Favero January 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm


  • Reply alwaysinout January 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Hi, is there a way to add a tool to the top bar in photoshop CS6, like zoom in or out or even fit on screen option ? Thanks

  • Reply Greg LeBarron January 24, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Great video, thanks!

  • Reply Phil Buglass January 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I did the very first thing you mentioned, removing the artboard tool and a couple of others.  Now, the 3-dot tool to edit the toolbar is stacked behind the artboard tool, along with all the others I removed.  The only option I can find is to display the extra tools or not.  If I don't, then I don't get the 3 dots, if I show them, then they always hide behind the first in the list of removed tools.   That stack is not listed in the edit toolbar menu…

  • Reply Roy Harrison February 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    How do I increase the size of the toolbar icons in CS6

  • Reply Kathryn Mattison-Gomez February 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Just found about this after expressing the wish that PS had the ability to tear off tool sets as one can do in Illustrator. Problem… my CC is up to date, but there is no sign of those three little dots on my toolbar giving me access to the customizable tool panel??

  • Reply Erik Johnson May 30, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Good job man! And thank you 🙂

  • Reply Vince Solomito June 30, 2016 at 2:11 am

    very well done. thank you.

  • Reply Vladimir Andreevich July 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

    i dont have them 3 dots think where can i find it?

  • Reply Vee Macks July 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Can I customize my tools toolbar in CS3? I know I can't do it as easily as is possible in CC2015.1, I'd be willing to modify an XML or other prefs file manually. I don't like that several things are grouped together, I'd rather have things as single non-grouped tools.

  • Reply Belatorius January 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Hey I dont see toolbars under edit?

  • Reply Sai Harsit October 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    It isn't there in CS6

  • Reply Kudakwashe Maxwell January 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Thanx a lot!!!

  • Reply Pierre Bilodeau May 27, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    can you do that with the cs6

  • Reply Angel o August 1, 2018 at 10:20 am

    can i do this in 2013 photoshop

  • Reply Sirajul Islam June 14, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Bryan Jeanes June 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Thanks very much that was very helpful.

  • Reply Maine North Woods Hunter June 24, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    thanks for the video. This was exactly what I needed

  • Reply Art Teacher For Life August 6, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Thank you for this video. It may be a older video for you but very relevant to me currently. I FINALLY upgraded my photoshop that I have had for literary 20 years and now on the monthly Photography plan. Working with the much older version makes this software extremely awesome in comparison. Thank you again.

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