Auto-Collapse panels in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop CS6You are all familiar with the panels in Adobe Photoshop, I assume.

However, there are ways in which you can collapse and expand the panels, as well as auto-collapse them. This less known feature in Photoshop CS6 is called: Auto-Collapse Iconic panels.

Let me illustrate on an example. I’ll give yo an example of how I work with panels in Adobe Photoshop.

The way I usually work in Photoshop CS6 is that I have my Layers and Adjustments panels open in one column and Properties panel collapsed in the second column, as shown here:

Iconic Panels in Photoshop CS6

You can turn the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels option on by right-clicking next to the name of the panel when it’s open (as shown here):

Iconic Panels in Photoshop CS6

Once you turn the option on, whenever you apply an adjustment, the Properties panel will appear and when you’re done with the adjustment, it will disappear. Very clever.

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