To exit 3D mode in Adobe Photoshop and return to a more familiar workspace, navigate to Window > Workspace and select "Essentials (Default)." This resets your toolbars and panels to the standard layout, allowing you to continue with regular photo editing tasks.
Look, if you're new to Photoshop and you've accidentally entered the 3D workspace, you're probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. Trust me, we've all been there. The 3D workspace is a specialized environment with its own set of tools and viewport settings, designed for 3D modeling and not your everyday photo editing.
First off, you'll notice that the 3D workspace is drastically different. Your usual toolbar is replaced with 3D-specific tools, and the viewport shows gridlines and a 3D gizmo. These are all great for 3D editing but not so much for standard tasks. In a nutshell, you're in a different playground.
[Alternate Method: If you're not sure you're in 3D mode, go to Window > Workspace and see if "3D" is checked. If it is, you're definitely in 3D mode.]
To exit 3D mode, you need to switch your workspace. Go to the top menu bar—yes, that strip at the top of your screen—and find the Window option. From there, a dropdown will appear; hover your mouse over Workspace.
[Alternate Method: You can also use the shortcut Shift + F1 to cycle through different workspace settings, but this method is less precise and may require multiple presses.]
Here's where the magic happens. In the dropdown under Workspace, you'll see several options. Click on "Essentials (Default)." This action will revert all the panels and toolbars back to the standard Photoshop layout. Honestly, it's like hitting a reset button for your workspace.
[Alternate Method: If you've customized your workspace and saved it, you can also select your custom workspace from the list. Just make sure it's not another 3D workspace.]
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