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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
By default, when you open up documents in Photoshop, they are opened up in what's called document tabs or tabbed windows. So, let's go ahead and do that. Let's go to Mini Bridge here. And we'll go ahead and just select one of these images. When it opens up, here is what I'm talking about. It opens up as a document tab instead of a floating window. Now let's go ahead and open up a couple of other documents here. Let's go ahead and select this image here, and maybe that image there. We'll open up these two as well. We'll do the Fence as well. Okay. So now I have three documents. They're all in their individual tabs in one content area.
Now if I want to switch from document to document, that's real simple. You just click on the tab of course. If the arrangement of the tabs is meaningful to you, if you want them to be in a certain order, you can certainly drag the tabs from left to right to rearrange their order, just like you can with just regular panels over on the right here. If for some reason you want to float a particular window, you can just click-and-drag the tab and drag it out of the tab row there and let go. Now that will be a floating window, which means you can move that to a second monitor or position it freely where you want on the screen.
You can of course float as many of these windows as you wish and move them around individually, stack them on top of each other and so forth. If you want to group floating windows and tab them together so to speak, then just drag the title bar of a particular window to one of the other windows. And you'll see a blue highlight up here, letting you know that's kind of a drop zone. So when I let go, that floating window now becomes tabbed with these two documents inside it. And then if I want to redock this entire floating window back to the main document window, I can go ahead and drag and drop it into that tabbed area there as well.
So, lots of different ways to arrange documents on your screen and treat them as tabs, kind of like in a web browser, if you're familiar with that experience there. Of course, to close a particular document, you just click its close box in the left-hand corner of the document tab if you're using the tabbed document feature there.
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