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You can have multiple photos open at once in the Full Photo Edit workspace. You might want to do that if you're putting photos together into a composite, or if you want to compare photos as you're working on them. I'll select several photos here in the Organizer, clicking on this one, and Shift+Clicking on this one to select them all, and then I'll click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab in the Organizer and choose Full Photo Edit. That opens all three photos into the Full Photo Edit workspace, and each one is here in a separate tab, in the document window.
I can cycle through the photos in the Document window by clicking on their tabs, or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Tab, Command+Tab on the Mac. There are times when you want to see all the photos at once in the same Document window, and that's what the Arrange Documents menu is for. That's up here at the top of the screen. I'll click the arrow next to the Arrange documents menu, and from here, I'll choose one of the grid patterns for displaying multiple photos. Here is one that tiles all the photos in a random grid, and here's one that tiles the photos in a horizontal pattern.
Because these are all vertical photos, I think they'll look best tiled vertically like this, and now I can see all three photos. If I want to work on a particular photo, I'll click on its tab right here, and now whatever I do to the photo will affect only this one and not the other two. Having said that, there are times when I'd like all three of the photos to be at the same zoom percentage. A good example is if I'm comparing the sharpness of similar photos, and I want them all to be at 100%. So with one of the photos selected, I'll double-click the Zoom tool, which is the shortcut I told you about earlier for zooming into 100%.
To quickly get the other two photos to 100%, I'll go back to the Arrange Documents menu, and there, I'll go down and choose Match Zoom, and that zooms in the other two photos to 100% too. I can also match a location in these three photos. You remember that when a photo is too big to fit in its Document window, I'll use the Hand tool to pan around in that photo, so I can see the part of the photo that I'm interested in. So let's say I want to see the bottom-right corner of this photo.
I'll pan down to the bottom-right corner. And if I want to compare the bottom -right corner of this photo to the bottom-right corner of these other photos, I'll go back up to the Arrange Documents menu, and I will choose Match Location. Now let's say I want to put all three of these photos back into the same Document window. Again, I'll go to the Arrange Documents menu, and this time I'll choose Consolidate All. And now, once again, each photo is in a separate tab, in a single Document window. If you don't like this tabbed arrangement, you do have an option to view multiple photos in separate floating windows.
But for that, you have to change a preference. So I'll go up to the Edit menu, and down to Preferences, and into the General category of Preferences, where I'll check Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit mode, and then I will click OK. If I click on the tab of any one of these documents, and pull, that removes the photo from the single document window, and puts it into its own floating document window. And by floating, I mean that I can click on its title bar and drag it wherever I want on my screen. So I could take this one out, and I could take this one out as well, and the third photo too if I wanted.
If I want to return these photos to the tabbed arrangement, I'll click on the title bar of one of the floating document windows, and drag back up toward the tabbed document window and release my mouse, and I'll take this one and do the same thing. When I'm done working on multiple documents, I can close them one by one, or to save time I can close them all at once. To do that, I'll go to the File menu, and I will choose Close All. So those are some tips and techniques for working with multiple photos at once in the Full Photo Edit workspace.
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