UI Specialization in PS

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I believe the UI from PS is good, but at the same time it is seen in other applications, that it has room for improvement. I like the usability of Lightroom much more, for example. Personally I would like to have more specialized UI, as I am "just" editing photos and not more. Would it not be possible to specialize the UI per major use case. Like the LR does not try to serve any other usage than editing photos.
So my request to Adobe would be to at least split the look and feel by photo editing and digital painting ...
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I reply to myself, ...
as another way to improve the workflow is to get LR to a level that it can do the job alone and PS gets the tool for drawing and composing; and LR the true professional Photo editing tool; as right now all is scrambled.

@ADOBE: I think the competition is getting closer and even better in some parts, on top the price tag for upgrading PS and LR is the same as buying some other tools new. So I will for sure consider two times to upgrade to CS6
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I probably don’t quite understand the post.

»So my request to Adobe would be to at least split the look and feel by photo editing and digital painting ... «
What exactly is that supposed to mean?
I work in image manipulation and pre-press and when editing a photograph I usually do need the painting tools, so it seems not quite clear what it is you want hidden for photo editing.

How familiar are you with existing customization options like Workspaces, Edit > Menus, Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and Configurator?
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ok let me try to explain by an example

very often in photoshop you have multiple ways to achieve a goal
for example if you like to change the color of a object in the photo, lets say a T-shirt of one person in a shot;
the "graphic designer" approach might be to take the brush tool select the target color and paint, as his natural thinking is based on painting technics;
the "photographer" normally would think in a task to correct the tone, so create a local adjustment and start from there

my suggestion is to specialize the UI on the available functions based on the natural thinking of the user, so to simplify the UI
like in lightroom, capture one and even shown by some plug in for PS (NIK Software) did this for photo editing

Basically you should have the option to show the UI as
a) standard - "as is"
b) photo editing - focus on the key features and possible optimized usability, like a HSL color circle for tonal adjustments
c) designer - focus on ... brushes? no clue here as I am not the right one on this

another example would be when you like to sharpen, as a photographer I like to focus in my picture on a few spots to be "perfectly" sharpened, this is a key feature in the photo editing workflow, so it would be nice to have it more prominent, but I assume it is less interesting for a graphic designer ...

I hope this explains my core idea - and I know some photo enthusiasts, that moved now to capture one because of the more "natural" way to use it and how the think

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Have you checked out Configurator yet to organize the tools and commands you need most frequently in one custom panel?

»the "photographer" normally would think in a task to correct the tone, so create a local adjustment and start from there«
And you never use brushes to edit the Adjustment Layers’ Layer Masks?

»like a HSL color circle for tonal adjustments«
At what point should it be implemented?
As an option for displaying the Color picker or in the Hue/Adjustments dialog or ...?