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Arranging images

From: Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers

Video: Arranging images

At times, you may find that you need to work with multiple images in Photoshop. There are a variety of reasons for that. Perhaps you just want to be able to switch back and forth between two images. Or perhaps you're going to create a composite that consists of multiple images in a single final image. To help you make the most of those situations, it can be helpful to understand how to arrange documents in Photoshop. I'll start off by choosing File > Open From the menu, to bring up the File, Open dialog, so that I can choose one or more images that I'd like to open. In this case, I'd like to open two images.

Arranging images

At times, you may find that you need to work with multiple images in Photoshop. There are a variety of reasons for that. Perhaps you just want to be able to switch back and forth between two images. Or perhaps you're going to create a composite that consists of multiple images in a single final image. To help you make the most of those situations, it can be helpful to understand how to arrange documents in Photoshop. I'll start off by choosing File > Open From the menu, to bring up the File, Open dialog, so that I can choose one or more images that I'd like to open. In this case, I'd like to open two images.

I'll click on the first image that want to open, then I'll hold the Ctrl key on Windows, or the Cmd key on Macintosh. And click on the other image that I would like to open. Once I've selected the images I want to open, I can click the Open button, and both of those photos will be opened. Of course, at the moment, you only see one image, and if you look up below the options bar, you'll see that each image has it's own tab. So by default, we're working in a tabbed view, in Photoshop. We can switch between images by clicking on the tab that relates to the particular image we want to look at. So, here I have building and wires as one image and drinking fountain as another image.

And I can switch between them as I'd like. If for any reason you want to change the order of the images you can also do that. We can click and drag one of the tabs and move, for example, the building and wires image over the the right. So it's the right tab. I'm not sure you really have too many reasons that you'd want to switch the order of the tabs. But it is possible. We can also view more than one image at a time. If we go to the Window menu, we can choose Arrange and choose one of the Tiling options. So we can tile all of our images.

We can view two images at a time, either vertically or horizontally. And if we had more images open, we have additional options for that. I'll go ahead and choose the two up vertical option for that example. And now we can see both images side to side so we could compare them, we could work on one and then the other. We can even interact by taking an adjustment from one image and applying it to another for example. In addition to the tabbed display, we can also float a window. So if I drag the tab for one of my windows outward and then release it out sort of in the middle of the interface here, that will become a floating window.

I can resize that window, I can move it around, and I can also drag it and drop it up above so that it once again is tabbed. While it is floating, I can also choose the Window > Arrange and then consolidate all to tabs button in order to put all images into tabs. In most cases, I'm only working with one image at a time. And more often than not, if I'm working with multiple images, I'll simply leave them in tabs. But in a variety of situations, I need to move those images around, float an image, or arrange the images in a particular way.

And having these options I find makes it much more efficient to work in Photoshop especially when you need to work with multiple images.

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