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Dragging and dropping between tabs

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Video: Dragging and dropping between tabs

All right, so here's a question I'd like to pose to you. How in the world do you go about dragging and dropping between multiple open images when you're working inside this tabbed window interface? For example, let's say I want to take the selected portion of this road right here, and I want to drop it into this red sky image, all right? So one way I could work, back in the old days when we had floating windows, right, you could do it pretty easily. So I'll go ahead and switch this guide to a floater by dragging this tab and dropping it in a random location here. And then I could go ahead and switch over to my Move tool.

Dragging and dropping between tabs

All right, so here's a question I'd like to pose to you. How in the world do you go about dragging and dropping between multiple open images when you're working inside this tabbed window interface? For example, let's say I want to take the selected portion of this road right here, and I want to drop it into this red sky image, all right? So one way I could work, back in the old days when we had floating windows, right, you could do it pretty easily. So I'll go ahead and switch this guide to a floater by dragging this tab and dropping it in a random location here. And then I could go ahead and switch over to my Move tool.

And drag the image and Shift-drop it in this case into place so that I register it and I've now performed a nice drag and drop. The problem is this road image is now covering up the image that I want to work on so I have to take it and put it back into the tabbed window interface here, consolidate it with the other windows. And then switch back to red sky. What an enormous pain in the neck! Or, and here's the better way to work, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z to undo the addition of that image. Let's go over to the road image here.

Using the move once again, I'll drag the image onto the tab, wait, and you'll switch over to that image then drag back down into the image itself. Press the Shift key, in my case, because I want to register, and then drop. So you want to see that again? Let's go over to this image of the moon here that I've selected in advance. Got my move tool active once again. I'll drag the moon into the tab. I'm not dropping it on the tab; I'm holding it there. I'll switch over to the red sky.jpg image, move back into the image window and drop in order to put that moon into place. Now I'm going to go ahead and invert it by pressing Ctrl+I, or Command+I on the Mac, and there you have it.

You can now drag and drop images onto tabs, and this works with dragging and dropping empty selection outlines as well, here inside Photoshop CS4.

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