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Create a Custom Workspace in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2015 release)

  • Date: Jun 24, 2015.

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Workspaces quickly configure the various panels and tools onscreen in ways that are helpful for particular activities, such as editing, special effects work, or audio mixing. Now in the 2015 release of Adobe Premiere Pro CC you can create custom workspaces. Maxim Jago shows you how in this excerpt from Adobe Premiere Pro CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release).

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To make it easier to configure the user interface, Premiere Pro offers workspaces. Workspaces quickly configure the various panels and tools onscreen in ways that are helpful for particular activities, such as editing, special effects work, or audio mixing.

In addition to choosing between the default workspaces (based on tasks), you can adjust the position and location of panels to create a workspace that works best for you and create multiple workspaces for different tasks.

Keep in mind the following about workspaces:

  • As you change the size of a frame, other frames change size to compensate.
  • All panels within frames are accessible via tabs.
  • All panels are dockable—you can drag a panel from one frame to another.
  • You can drag a panel out of a frame to become a separate floating panel.

Now in the 2015 release of Adobe Premiere Pro CC you can create custom workspaces.

In this exercise, you’ll try all these functions and save a customized workspace.

  1. Click the Source Monitor panel (selecting its tab if necessary), and then position your pointer on the vertical divider between the Source Monitor and the Program Monitor. Then, drag left and right to change the sizes of those frames. You can choose to have different sizes for your video displays.
  2. Place the pointer on the horizontal divider between the Source Monitor and the Timeline. Drag up and down to change the sizes of these frames.
  3. Click the tab for the Effects panel (to the left of the name), and drag it to the middle of the Source Monitor to dock the Effects panel in that frame. Remember, if you can’t see the Effects panel, you can select it in the Window menu.
  4. The drop zone is displayed as a center highlight.

  5. Using the tab at the top of the panel, drag the Effects panel to a point near the right of the Project panel to place it in its own frame.
  6. The drop zone is a trapezoid that covers the right portion of the Project panel. Release the mouse button, and your workspace should look something like the example.

    The drop zone is displayed as a trapezoid.

    You can also pull panels out into their own floating panel.

  7. Click the Source Monitor panel tab, and press and hold the Control (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) key while dragging it out of its frame. Its drop zone image is much more distinct, indicating that you are about to create a floating panel.
  8. Drop the Source Monitor anywhere, creating a floating panel. Resize it by dragging from a corner or a side, as you would with any other panel.
  9. You may need to resize your panels to see the controls you want.

  10. As you gain experience, you might want to create and save the layout of your panels as a customized workspace. To do so, choose Window > Workspaces > Save as New Workspace. Type a name, and click OK.
  11. If you want to return a workspace to its default layout, choose Window > Workspaces > Reset to Saved Layout.
  12. To return to a recognizable starting point, choose the preset Editing workspace and reset it.

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