How to create custom workspaces in Adobe Premiere Pro

We are all Sims living in this dark and confusing world. When an individual’s environmental score is low, productivity often takes a steep decline. The only solution? House cleaning.

For those of you who are into post-production, one of the most refreshing changes you can make to this effect is customizing a workspace in Adobe Premiere. All the tools and features you use most often will be right in front of you, in perfect ergonomic shape. Say goodbye to wrist strain forever.

What is Adobe Premiere Workspace?

Adobe Premiere organizes each function into one or more panels. The Timeline panel is where you build your sequence, for example. The project board is where you will find all of your chests and assets. The media browser allows you to explore the directory of computer files, etc.

These panels are pinned together in the Premiere application window. You can make them bigger or smaller, rearrange them, add more, or remove some entirely. Being able to do all of these things is probably one of the simplest ways to customize your workspace in Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere virtual workspaces

Virtual workspaces in Adobe Premiere.

If you need a workspace designed for any of the following tasks, you can probably start with one of the Adobe Premiere workspaces located above the user interface.

These workspaces are designed with a professional workflow in mind. They all serve as excellent templates for your custom workspaces.


This is a very simple setup. On the left of the screen, you should see the Learn panel, which is the most notable feature of this workspace. To develop skills, tutorials, and other resources, you can continue on your project after downloading any of the Adobe tutorials.


The assembly workspace keeps things very simple—the project panel, source screen, toolbar, volume counters, and timeline are all laid out, ready to go. This is a great workspace to choose from if you have a lot to do and already made your shots.

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After your first initial smoothing, you are ready to refine your cut. Now, you have two screens to work with – the source screen and the program screen. This is useful if you prefer Adobe Premiere’s source patching feature, which pulls directly from each clip using In and Out Points.

the color

The colorful workspace puts Lumetri right in your face with its own custom panel outside the effect controls for each clip. It’s a much more spacious environment to work in, so if you’re already coloring your sequence, this might be your best bet.


The stack to the right now tops the Effects panel, followed by the Basic Graphics and Basic Audio panels. Again, when things aren’t too tight, working on these small keyframe timeframes becomes a lot easier. A sight for sore eyes, so to speak.

Read more: How to use effects in Adobe Premiere Pro

My voice

The Essential Sound Panel is the star of this workspace, along with Audio Clip Mixer and Audio Track Mixer. Little will distract you as you listen through your final mix. No-nonsense and perfect for those late nights in the suite.


The Essential Graphics panel is a relatively new addition to Premiere Pro. It gives motion graphics artists access to the best that After Effects has to offer in proprietary and things like credit lists and chyrons in the lower third.


For closed captions, subtitles, and any other on-screen accessibility considerations your project may have, the Captions workspace puts it all at your fingertips. You can even import captions from an external file.

Related Topics: How to Create Dynamic Subtitles in Premiere Pro Using the Captions Tool


If you’re the kind of person who switches between creative apps, the Libraries workspace turns Premiere Pro into a central hub where you can view and access all your assets in a jiffy.


This workspace is perfect for ingestion. With the right keyboard shortcuts in place, you’ll do a quick job of everything you need to record and organize.


The production panel is another fairly recent addition. Suppose you’re running a series of projects all happening at once. In this case, you can use this board to connect them together and combine them into one continuous pipeline.

All paintings

you want it? You got it. All panels offered by Adobe Premiere Pro will be neatly stacked to your right. Scenarios in which this setting is the best option? It beats the hell out of me, but the option is here waiting for you if you need it.

Various panels in Adobe Premiere Pro

Besides everything mentioned above, Adobe Premiere offers some additional panels. For completeness, we’ll run it through quickly, just in case you need one of them:

  • capture pad: This feature is designed for the DV tape workflow; Allows you to digitize footage stored on DV magnetic tape via FireWire. If you have no idea what a DV tape or FireWire cable is, you probably don’t have to worry too much about anything featured here.
  • Editing panel to the ribbon: Once again, Premiere demonstrates the pride they take in accommodating a legacy workflow. This is basically an export window when the intended output from the user is physical media, such as tape.
  • event panel: If something goes wrong, this is where Adobe Premiere will officially inform you of the problem.
  • progress panel: You can use this panel to find any jobs running in the background. Additionally, you can track their statuses and get a glimpse of any failed operations.
  • Timecode panel: Probably the simplest panel in Premiere Pro. This adorable little window gives you the identity of the timecode of the frame you stopped your playhead on. It will also give you some information about your entry and exit points, as well as how long they are.

Using these panels can be a challenge. What can you do to reduce the clutter of all those stray windows?

How to customize your workspace in Premiere Pro

The simplest way to customize a workspace in Adobe Premiere is to get a panel and show its purpose. To do this, click on the panel title and drag.

Docking a panel in Adobe Premiere.

Hovering over the center highlights the middle of the destination panel. Dropping a board here will add it to the current board’s palette of boards. You can navigate between them all by swiping or using the little arrows.

Docking a panel in Premiere Pro.

If you drop it while highlighting a side, Premiere will instead pin the panel below, next to, or above the destination panel, depending on where you choose to release your mouse. The two panels will now sit next to or on top of each other, but not in a true “stack” as we saw earlier in some of our virtual workspaces.

Hamburger menu options in Premiere.

When you click on the hamburger menu button in any Premiere panel, you’ll see a few options:

  • close the panel: This closes the panel and removes it from your workspace.
  • Undock a panel: This frees the panel from dock and allows you to drag it anywhere on the screen.
  • Close other panels in the group: The other headboards in this panel set will be placed in rest position. Good night, Irene.

And within your palette group settings:

  • close panel group: This closes every panel in the group.
  • Undock the panel group: This unlocks the panel group as a single window.
  • Maximize panel set: Zoom in on the panel set so that it takes up the entire user interface.
  • stacked plate set: The panels are stacked on top of each other, just like in some virtual workspaces. You can expand each one by opening them with the mouse. Any new panels added to this group will be automatically stacked.
  • small tabs: This is the default tabbed view option.

except that? This thing is up to you. What boards do you find yourself reaching for the most? What is never ready for you when you need it? What are the plates that always get in the way?

Save a workspace in Premiere Pro.

Once you find the winning combination, you can save your setup as a new preset workspace via a file Window dropdown menu above. Under workspaces, Specify Save as new workspace. Name your preset and tap Yes. You should now see it along with the rest under Workspace panel override.

Premier workspace for any occasion

Great, so you’ve got your perfect Premiere Pro workspace a square away. Why stop here?

If you’re someone who wears many hats, creating a custom Adobe Premiere workspace for each task on your board will likely save you a lot of time in the future. As your projects get more complex and challenging, you’ll need every advantage you can get in your corner.

The good news? Premiere Pro makes it easy. A streamlined workspace delights you with participating in every project, and you can do it all yourself today.

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