Photo Editing: Using Configurator to Structure a Workflow

Adobe Configurator is a free download that can be used with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5 and Adobe InDesign CS5 for photo editing. This program allows users to create their own panels, which can then be exported to the above program. But, Configurator can do something more. Users can also easily structure their workflow using Configurator.

Step 1: Using the Correct Version of Configurator

Adobe Configurator comes in two versions: 1.0 and 2.0. And, a user's version of Photoshop CS will affect which version of Configurator that a user needs to download. If a user owns Photoshop CS4, they will need to download Configurator 1.0 while CS5 users need to download 2.0.

These are the only versions that work together. If a user downloads a version of Configurator, and it doesn't work with their Photoshop software, they should check whether or not they downloaded the correct version of the software.

Step 2: How to Use Configurator to Set Up a Workflow

Creating workflows allow users to remember the steps needed in a process. They can easily open up the panel while their working on a project and simply follow the steps that they laid out on the panel.

To create a workflow, follow the below steps:

  1. Create a new panel in Configurator, and name the panel with a relevant description. For example, to create a Contrast panel, simply name it Contrast or Contrast Enhancer.
  2. Stretch out the panel until is very long so that a number of items can be placed into it.
  3. A Text Editor popup should appear. Users should only use one layer for their panel. If the panel has more than one layer, users need to flatten the image.
  4. Now, users need to go into the Widgets section of Configurator. Here users should double click on the Simple Text Button. This will add a textbox to the new panel.
  5. Next, users need to name their new textbox. For workflow purposes, it should be named number one, and the instructions associated with that step need to be added.
  6. Users should follow the instructions for Step Number 5 for all steps needed in the workflow. If a command is an existing button, users can just go find that button and drag it into place.
  7. Once all of the commands have been added to the panel, users should go to File and Save Panel.
  8. Now, users need to export the panel to Photoshop, and this can be down by going to the File tab, and then selecting Export Panel. Users then just need to select their panel and hit OK.
  9. Open Photoshop, and then go into the Windows tab and hit Extensions. Then users just need to select the name of the panel that was just created.

Users can also add screen shots, diagrams and other images to their panels if they need more explanation on how to perform a certain step. This can be done by saving the image as a JPG, and then adding it to the panel via the SWF/Image Loader widget.