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Working with tabbed documents

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Working with tabbed documents

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.

Working with tabbed documents

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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