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Let's go ahead and take a look at some of our interface preferences. The first thing that I want to point out is we have a couple of different options for a Standard or a Full-Screen View modes. Now, one of the things that I found helpful to do is to leave the default colors of gray or black, but to change the border or the edge of the image. Here in the background you can see that this image has a drop shadow behind it. We can remove that by choosing None from this pulldown menu and there you can see that's a little bit of a cleaner edge, which in my case, as a photographer, I find really helps me, because it helps me focus on the edges of my images and I am not really distracted by that drop shadow.
And my own particular personal preference is to turn this option off for all of the different views. Now, the other thing that I want to point out, which is kind of significant, is that new in CS5 is the ability to enable or disable gestures. This is especially relevant for those users who have a MacBook or a MacBook Pro laptop. In those cases, you can choose if you want to take advantage of the gestures or if those are distracting, so that you can disable them. The next thing that I want to take a look at is Panels & Documents. For the most part you are going to leave this as is, yet there is one option here that's worth considering.
It's Open Documents as Tabs. By default, this is checked on. Let's see how it works. We will go ahead and click OK here, and we will go back to where we have one image open in Photoshop. I am going to navigate to the Adobe Bridge, and I will do so by clicking on the Bridge icon. And here I have a photograph of my wife Kelly and my daughter Annika and I am going to double-click that image to open it up inside of Photoshop. Now, in this particular case, you can see that it opened up inside of this tabbed format, so that I have one image here and then in another tab I have the other image.
Now, I can of course rip this tab out, so to speak, and let go of it so that now these two images are floating, or I can click and drag and bring that back into this tabbed context. Yet, what I have found is that for some people the tabs work incredibly well. They love the organization of this. Yet, for other people, perhaps those who combine images together, they find this not to be very effective. In fact, a little bit frustrating. Let's go ahead and close this photograph and take a look at how we can turn this preference off.
Let's open up our Preferences dialog one more time. We will do so by pressing Command+K on a Mac, Ctrl+K on a PC. Then we will click on our Interface option and here we are going to check this option off, so that these documents are not opened as tabs. Let's click OK to apply this preference and once again navigate back to the Adobe Bridge by clicking on the Bridge icon and here we will double-click one of our photos and in this case you can see that these two photos are now floating one over another.
Now, it goes without saying that with this particular setting, this is completely personal preference and most importantly, now that you know how this works, you can make a decision which best fits your overall workflow.
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