Custom Panels for Photoshop and InDesign

Have you ever think about how great will be to have ability to choose which commands are available on right click and to have Filters panel in Photoshop? Or to have quick access to some of bazillion commands in InDesign from one place like from panel on the right side of screen? If you do then your dreams almost becomes true. With Adobe Configurator 3 you can create your custom panels with easy and to include any of command, tool, option from both software's.

How to create panels with Adobe Configurator

First you must install Adobe Configurator from Adobe Labs (available for Win and Mac), for your surprise this app can be installed even on XP and can create panels for Photoshop/InDesign 5-6 (5.1, 5.5, 6). Installation is quick and easy and Configurator speaks several languages.

Start Configurator and click Create Panel at bottom of dialog.
Adobe Configurator Welcome Screen
Adobe Configurator Welcome Screen

Give it a name in pop-up window and choose version from Select Product drop-down list.
Create Panel pop-up window
Create Panel pop-up window

How to add content to the panel

It is so simple to add commands and tools to the panel which you can resize as any panel, navigate cursor to the edge and when turns into double sided arrow click and drag or type numbers in Height and Width fields on the right side of screen. To add command to panel first locate it on the left side where is listed pretty much anything you can find inside Photoshop and InDesign, click and drag onto panel, click it again and move, navigate mouse to the edge and when it turns into double sided arrow click and drag to resize it. Add as many commands and tools you want, even use Shift + click to select multiple items in panel then nudge them with arrow keys on your keyboard.
Move and nudge buttons on panel
Move and nudge buttons on panel

Save and export panel

When you are done i suggest you to save panel from File > Save Panel and save it anywhere on your hard drive (it must have .gpc extension). This will save all settings and you can change and modify them later without to start from scratch. Anyway to export panel to application so you can start using it next time you start Photoshop or InDesign go to File > Export Panel (ensure Ps or ID is not running). For new versions you need only to confirm on OK button because folder will be automaticaly detected and open for your convenience but in CS5/5.5 you must do little work to locate Plug-In > Panels folder and to save panel there. If you do not see Panels folder then create new folder and give it name - Panels. When you are done new pop-up window will appear with confirmation message. You can even create package which can be installed with Adobe Extension Manager (File > Export as CS Extension), detailed instructions and user guide from this link.
Confirmation message in Configurator

How to display (show) panel in Photoshop and InDesign

To not forget to tell you how to display your newly created panel. In both: Photoshop and InDesign go to Window > Extensions > Name of your panel.

Modify panel

If you want to modify panel then you must follow my recommendation to save panel (File > Save Panel) and to open it from File > Open or Open Recent Panels >… When exporting modified panel just resave over existing and confirm on Yes To All when you see pop-up window on your screen.
Confirm on Yes To All to resave panel over existing
Confirm on Yes To All to resave panel over existing
Create custom panels for Photoshop and InDesign without code

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Configurator 3.1


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