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How can I importing a custom workspace preset into Photoshop CC

Community Beginner ,
Nov 13, 2016 Nov 13, 2016

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I'm taking a Lynda.com course: Pastel Drawing with Photoshop. A custom workspace is provided. The file name is Pastels LE.psw. It is loaded through Edit>Presets>Export/Import Presets, then restart Photoshop. But when I go to choose this workspace, it's not in the list. Is there a different way? thank you

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New Here , Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021

Hi there,

 

I ran into the same issue – I've always been able to copy my custom workspaces and move them to a new machine without any issues, but for some reason Photoshop now makes you export and then import them through a different process.

 

EXPORT

  1. On the machine where you have your workspaces saved, open Photoshop and go to Edit -> Presets -> Import/Export Presets...
  2.  Click on the Export Presets tab
  3.  Choose which workspaces(s) to export
  4.  Choose a location to export the workspaces; copy those to a lo
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Nov 13, 2016 Nov 13, 2016

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You could try putting it directly in the workspace folder.

On Windows 10 mine are in :

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 \Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Settings \Workspaces (Modified)

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thank you Dave. I have a mac, and can't find any workspaces folder.

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On a Mac try here :

Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Settings/WorkSpaces

Or for modified spaces :

Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Settings/WorkSpaces (Modified)

Dave

Edit If the folders are hidden - this may help:

Access hidden Mac OS library files

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I found where to drag the file into. But it still doesn't show up in Photoshop as a workspace to choose.  I think the problem is with the file. The icon in not a document icon like other files in the WorkSpaces (modified) folder. It has the same extension .psw but the icon is a black screen shape with green letters exec. Thank you very much for your help.

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Jun 02, 2019 Jun 02, 2019

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Hi there.

You need to go to photoshop and do: Edit/Preferences/Export_Import Preferences

From there you choose the file folder and make the import.

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Aug 26, 2021 Aug 26, 2021

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Hi Peter,

Time has passed but in case you see this post: I successfully exported and then imported, but it never showed up in the Workspace pulldown? It was a .psw file from the same version of Photoshop (2020) so I thought it would work- hoping to recover my custom settings, argh. Thanks.

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Hi there,

 

I ran into the same issue – I've always been able to copy my custom workspaces and move them to a new machine without any issues, but for some reason Photoshop now makes you export and then import them through a different process.

 

EXPORT

  1. On the machine where you have your workspaces saved, open Photoshop and go to Edit -> Presets -> Import/Export Presets...
  2.  Click on the Export Presets tab
  3.  Choose which workspaces(s) to export
  4.  Choose a location to export the workspaces; copy those to a location you can access on the new device

 

IMPORT

  1.  Do the same thing in Photoshop on the new machine, but this time import the workspaces: Edit -> Presets -> Import/Export Presets...
  2.  Make sure you're on the Import Presets tab
  3.  Navigate to the location where you've saved your exported workspaces
  4.  Click Import Presets
  5.  Go to Window -> Workspace -> and your imported workspace(s) should be there!

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Jan 05, 2024 Jan 05, 2024

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This doesn't work.  Workspace file types are not recognized in the Import/Export Presets window.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 06, 2024 Jan 06, 2024

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As davescm said further up: drop it in your Workspaces folder directly.

 

This under Settings in your user account. It's not in program files.

 

It will be there. If you don't see it, it's hidden and you need to show hidden folders in your operating system settings.

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Dec 26, 2023 Dec 26, 2023

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You can paste your workplace configuration in this location : 

/Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop 2024 Settings/WorkSpaces

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Dec 26, 2023 Dec 26, 2023

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Windows 10 and 11

 

C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2024\Adobe Photoshop 2024 Settings\WorkSpaces

 

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