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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the last movie you saw that when you open more than one document into the Full Edit workspace, the documents open in multiple tabs, snapped to a single document window. Let's take a look at how those tabs work. I will select all three of these documents by clicking on the first and Shift+Clicking on the last, and then I will open them all into the Full Edit workspace by clicking the white arrow on the Fix tab and choosing Full Photo Edit. Here you can see the three tabs that represent each of the documents. The tab with the lighter text represents the active document.
If I want to see another document, I will click on its tab or I can cycle through the tabs by holding the Ctrl key on my keyboard and pressing the Tab key and each time I press the Tab key, I see another document. If I want to view more than one tabbed document at the same time, perhaps to compare photos to see which I like best, I will go up to the Application bar and I will click the Arrange icon there. From this menu, I can choose the layout in which I can view multiple documents. If I choose Tile All in Grid, then Elements will make the arrangement for me.
If I know that I want to see them in a horizontal arrangement, I can choose the Tile All Horizontally icon. Since these are vertical photos, it makes more sense to see them vertically. So I will go back to the Arrange menu, and I will choose Tile All Vertically. There are other layout choices in that menu as well. Now if I want to put all three of these documents back into a single document window, I will go back to the Arrange menu and I will choose the first icon Consolidate All. So that's the default behavior of tabbed documents. But if I want more flexibility, I can go into the editor preferences and make a small change there.
Here on the PC I will access the Preferences by going to Edit menu and down to Preferences. On a Mac, I would go to the Photoshop Elements menu, the first menu in the menu bar and then choose Preferences from there. I am going to choose my General Preferences and here I will go to this field Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit mode. The tooltip says this is for advanced users, but really anybody can do this. I will put a check mark in that box and then I will click OK. Now I have the ability to rearrange these tabs here in the document window by clicking a tab and just dragging it over.
With that preference checked, I also have the ability to move any or all of these documents into free-floating windows. I might want to do that for example if I were making a collage and I wanted to have easier access to more than one photo at a time. So to bring this photo into a free-floating window, I will click on its tab and I will drag out. Now I can click on the title bar of that floating document and move it anywhere on the screen. So let's say that I was going to make a collage between these two documents, I can get my Move tool, click inside of the mountains image, and drag into the other image fairly easily now that the mountains image is out in its own document.
I am going to click Undo in the Application bar to undo that. Then I will show you how to bring a document back into the tabbed arrangement. I will click its title bar and I will drag up and when I get near the other tabs, you can see that bar light up blue and then I will release my mouse. If I didn't want the document to go into the tabbed arrangement, but I needed to move up to this area, I can hold the Ctrl key on a PC or the Command key on a Mac. But I will put this back in with the other documents and now it's a tabbed document again.
With that preference checked, I can send all of the documents into free-floating windows by going up to the Arrange menu and from there choosing Float All in Windows. The problem with floating all of the documents in windows is that one document can get hidden behind another like this or if I click the Maximize button on any of these windows, it can take over the screen like this. I will click the second icon to bring the rest of the screen back. So in most cases, I strongly recommend that you leave your documents in the tabbed arrangement.
To put these back into tabs, I will go up to the Arrange icon and from there, I will Consolidate All. And I am going to go back into my Preferences from the Edit menu on a PC or the Photoshop Elements menu on a Mac, and I am going to uncheck Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit mode which is default behavior, and click OK. Finally, how do I close tabbed documents? I can close them one by one by clicking the X on the tab or if I want to close them all at once, I can go to the File menu, and choose Close All.
Here I can decide whether or not I want to save the files before closing. In this case, the answer is No. That closes all of the files and takes me back into the Organizer. So that's how to use the tabbed document system in Full Edit mode to keep multiple opened documents organized and accessible.
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