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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I am going to show you how to arrange your image windows, because even if you're working inside the Tabbed Window Interface, it doesn't mean that you have to suffer with all of your images consolidated together, that is seeing just one image at a time. You can see two or three or as many images as you want at a time depending of course on the size of your monitor. So I still have those same four images open from the 04 navigation folder. And let's say I want to see at least two images at the same time here. I'll go up to the Arrange Documents icon in the Applications Bar, and I'll choose one of my two 2 Up displays.
So you have got 2 Up vertically. You have got 2 Up horizontally. Notice, I can go all the way to 4 Up. I can't go to 5 Up, because I only have four images open. That's the only reason these other icons are dimmed. But I am going to start with 2 Up, and what's going to happen is Photoshop is going to divide the screen exactly in half, like so, and it's going to keep three of the images open inside one of the windows, and it's going to throw an arbitrary fourth image off into the second window. And I say arbitrary because I'm never sure which one is going over there.
It's not necessarily going to be the last image open like this. It's going to be any old image. But then, it's incumbent upon you to move your images around. So let's say you want to be able to see Dark portrait in one of the windows, and then you want to see Water drops in the other window. Why then grab the Water drops tab and drag it and drop it into the White feathers.jpg image, but not where I'm dropping it right now. If I'm going to consolidate windows in any way, shape or form, I need to be able to see a blue line or a blue outline, something needs to be blue.
Right now, I'm not seeing anything that's blue except this girl's eyes of course. But otherwise, I'm not seeing anything blue under my cursor, which means if I drop this window, it's going to float. So if you don't see a connection onscreen, then you are going to drop and create a floater, and you can do this. You can have three of the images tabbed and one free-floating. Photoshop is very flexible in this regard. So it simultaneously supports floating in tabs at the same time. All right. Let's say you change your mind though, and you want to grab Water drops.jpg, and you want to move it into this window, then you want to drag it up into the tab area like so, and you'll see a blue outline around that tab area, then drop and then you've consolidated these two images into this right-hand window.
You can also create a new window if you want to. So I am going to go ahead and drag Water drops out of here for example, and I'm going to move it over this vertical line. And notice the vertical line turns blue, and as soon as I drop, then I've got three side-by-side image windows now. Perhaps that's not enough. Maybe I want to see all four images at the same time. And I want for example Dark portrait to be down here under Water drops.jpg. Then I'll grab the Dark portrait.jpg tab, and notice I can move it above that Water drops.jpg tab.
You have to be careful about doing this. And note that you'll see a horizontal blue line. Not the big blue thing like this. It's not going to trace all the way around the top of the image tab. It's just going to appear across the very top of the image tab like that. It'll just be a line instead of a incomplete rectangle I guess. Or I could move it down to the bottom like so, and I'll see a horizontal blue line there. And then I drop it into place, and now I have four image windows open all at once. So your options are fairly boundless, and they'll go ahead and scale along with the other interface elements.
So for example, if I decide to collapse my right side panels by clicking this Double Arrow icon, why then all of the image windows scale to fill that space. And then if I decide to expand those panels again, all the windows shrink in kind. So it's very smart actually. It's very intelligent design here. If you decide now after all of this, then you really want all the images consolidated into a single image window, go up to Arrange Documents and choose that Consolidate All command or if you've loaded dekeKeys, I am going to go ahead and take advantage of the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac.
And notice, that once again they've arrived in a completely arbitrary order, but I can take care of that just by grabbing Dark portrait.jpg, and moving it over a couple of tabs, and now everybody is back where they were. In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to zoom your image inside the Image Window.
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