Design Space is a new feature available in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 as a Technology Preview and although we could call it a workspace, we wouldn’t be entirely correct. A replacement interface I believe would be a more appropriate term since what it does is replace your usual Photoshop interface with a more minimalist one that has only the tools and adjustments a UI designer would need. This provides designers a more suitable and efficient workspace by reducing clicks and mouse movements.

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Enable Design Space

IMPORTANT: Mac OS X 10.10 or Windows 8.1 64bit or higher are required and it only displays in English.

As I previously stated, Design Space is currently a Technology Preview and it needs to be manually enabled. To enable it you have to go to Edit > Preferences > Technology Previews and check the box. After switching you should see a little introduction to Design Space.

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Tab menus

Now let’s introduce it’s features and the differences it has with your usual Photoshop interface. Let’s start with the tabs, as you can see some of them are missing and we have a new one, Arrange which we can use to align objects, flip and group them in the layers panel among other things.

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Creating a new document

There’s two ways of creating a new document in Design Space, the easiest way is through the Template panel that you can see as you enter Design Space, which offers templates for the most popular devices. And of course there’s the old way through the File tab, there you can select New ( Ctrl + N ) and create a document with the same size as your last template used, New…( Alt + Ctrl + N ) will open the usual Photoshop window where you create a new document with your own settings and New From Template which does the same job as the Template panel.

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Tools

Design Space (Preview) offers a limited set of tools, their main use remains the same with a slight change to one tool in particular. Move Tool (V), the tool we use to move objects around the canvas is replaced with Select Tool (V), which can also be used to change a shape’s form by double clicking on it and navigate through layers. The other tools are Rectangle Tool (R). Ellipse Tool (E) and Pen Tool (P) for creating shapes and Type Tool (T) to insert text.

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