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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you open new documents into the Full Edit workspace, each opens in a separate free-floating window like you see here. Some people like this because then you can grab any of those document windows by their title bar and drag and put them anywhere on the screen like that. The problem with the free-floating windows is that if you have lots of documents open, they tend to get hidden one behind the other. In Photoshop Elements 8, you can solve this problem by using the new tabbed document feature that's modeled after Adobe Photoshop CS4.
To convert all three of these windows into tabs in one window, I am going to go up to the Application bar and I am going to click on this Arrange Documents icon, and I'm going to click on the arrow to the right of the Arrange Documents icon. And from this menu of various multiple document layouts, I am going to select the first one, Consolidate All, and that puts all three documents into one document window, each with a separate tab. I can cycle through the documents by clicking on the individual tabs, so there's the blue hat photo, the green hat photo, and the red hat photo.
Another way to cycle through tabbed documents is to press a keyboard shortcut. I am going to hold down the Ctrl key on my keyboard and click the Tab key, and that cycles through the documents in the order in which I happen to have opened them. Now if I want these documents to be free-floating again, I'll go back to the Arrange Documents icon in the Application bar, click the arrow there, and I'm going to choose Float All in Windows. Another way to bring a floating document into a tabbed document arrangement is to click on its title bar and move it up close to the top of the editing area or toward the top of another document.
In both cases notice that there is now a blue outline, and that outline means that I am about to create a tabbed document. So if I release here, the red hat is now combined with the green hat in a single document window. If I take the title bar of that combine document window, and move up towards the top of the editing area, and release, those documents now take over the editing area. Well, what happened to the blue hat document? If I want to get that one back, I can go down to the Project Bin, which always shows thumbnails of all open documents, and I am going to going to double-click on the blue hat document, which was hiding behind the other images.
So that's one of the dangers of leaving one document floating and the others tabbed. If I want to bring the blue hat into the tabbed arrangement, I'll click on its title bar and move up toward the top of the editing area until I see that blue outline, and then I'll release my mouse. Once I have all my documents in his tabbed document arrangement, I can view them one by one as I showed you. But what if I want to see more than one document at once? For example, maybe I want to drag one document into another to make a collage, as I'll show you how to do in another movie. Well, in that case I'll go up to the Arrange Documents menu, and I can choose any of these tiled document layouts, and there are quite a few different ones here.
I am just going to click on the second one, Tile All in Grid, and now I can see all of the open documents each in a separate window. It's actually pretty hard to see them like this, so I am going to try a different document arrangement. Since these are all three vertical documents, I'll go back to the Arrange Documents window, and I'm going to choose this 3 Up view and now I can see more of each one of the documents. I am going to take the Zoom tool from the toolbar and I am going to go up to the tool Options Bar and click the Zoom Out icon, and then I'm going to zoom out on one of the photos so that I can see the whole thing in its document window.
If I wanted to see the other two photos at the same magnification level, I can do that by going to the Arrange Document window and choosing Match Zoom. So I think that these layouts are pretty useful when you're comparing one shot with another or when you're trying to make a collage. So now let's say that I want to return all three tabbed documents into one document window. Again, I'll go up to the Arrange Documents menu, click the arrow there, and I'll choose Consolidate All. Now how do I close documents that are tabbed? I'll just go to the tabs and I'll click the X on the right side of any tab to close that document.
And if I want to close all the tabbed documents, I can always go up to the File menu and choose Close All. I am a real fan of this new Tabbed Document feature. I think it's a great way to keep your desktop organized and have all open documents at your fingertips. So give it a try and see what you think.
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