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In this movie, I'll show you how to work with and navigate between multiple open images. I currently have four images open, each of which is represented by a tab at the top of the screen. To switch to a different image you just click on its tab like so. Now this has been the way things have worked for a while on the PC, but it's new default behavior on the Mac. If you'd rather switch to the old Macintosh behavior, in which each image appears inside of its own floating window, then go up to the Window menu, choose Arrange and choose Float All in Windows, and then each and every image is independent like so.
Now a lot of Macintosh folks like to be able to see other applications running in the background. If you're one of them, then you could open up that gray background between the toolbox in the right-hand panels by going up to the Window menu and choosing a command that doesn't even exist on the PC. It's located directly above the Options command and it's called Application Frame. Choose the command, you turn the Application Frame off and you could see through Photoshop to the applications that are running behind it. The one thing to bear in mind however, is that future images will go ahead and open in tabs, much like this.
If I were to take this image and drag it and drop it into the other one, then the two images are now combined into a single window with two tabs. That's not the behavior you're looking for. Go up to the Edit menu, this would be the Photoshop menu on the Mac, drop down to Preferences and then choose the Interface command. Notice these two check boxes right here, Open Documents as Tabs, that one goes ahead and opens all new images as tabs inside existing windows, and then Enable Floating Document Window Docking; that's what I just showed you a moment ago where you can drag one image into another.
If you don't want those, turn them off. Now I happened to like them so I'm going to go ahead and cancel out of this dialog box. What I want to do is restore all images to tabs. So I'll go up to the Window menu, choose Arrange and then choose Consolidate All to Tabs in order to tidy things up. Now notice that this file, Grayscale image.jpg, is now the first tab in the list. Well you can change the order of tabs anyway you like just by dragging them along the top here. I can even go so far as to restore that image to its final placement.
Another way to switch between open images is from the keyboard. On the PC, you can press Ctr+Tab to advance from one image to the next. On the Mac, you press Command+~. The tilde key is that key in the upper left corner of an American keyboard just above the Tab key. To move backward between the images, press Ctrl+Shift+Tab here on a PC or Command+Shift+~ on a Mac. Now Photoshop only allows you to modify one image at a time. However, you can view multiple images at once, if you like.
And you do so by going up to the Window menu and then choosing one of these display options. I'm going to select 2-up Vertical so that I'm seeing one of the images over on the right-hand side. So we have a single tab going in this right-hand window. And over here in the left-hand window, we have three tabs. One of them I can't see very well, but I can get to all of my tabs any all time by clicking in this double-arrow icon and choosing an item from the list. I'm going to go ahead and choose the second image. And let's say I want it to appear over on the right-hand side.
I drag its tab and then drop it inside the right-hand window. So I'm looking for that blue rectangle. If I don't see the rectangle and I drop the image anyway, then it will appear in the floating window like so. And notice that the floaters can even cover up the interface elements. I don't want that. But that's not a permanent problem. I can go ahead and drag this Title bar and drop it into the right-hand window once I see the blue rectangle, and I end up getting this result here. Now bear in mind, even though I'm seeing two images at once, only one of them is active.
And you can tell which image is active by its title. So a bright title shows an active image. The dim title show inactive images. So currently, the image on the right is active. If I click over here in the left-hand image, then it brightens up like so. If at any time you want to abandon the 2-up display and just see one image at a time, then return to the Window menu, choose Arrange, and choose Consolidate All to Tabs once again, and you will end up with this effect here. And that's how you work with and navigate between multiple open images inside Photoshop.
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