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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to begin to talk about how we can work with multiple documents inside of Photoshop. Before we do that though, I need to highlight one of our preferences, which affects how our images are brought into Photoshop. On the Mac, you can navigate to your Photoshop pulldown menu. On a PC, it's the Edit menu. And then select Preferences and Interface. Here what I want to highlight is this preference here, Open Documents as Tabs. By default, this is checked on. And a lot of people really like this preference while others prefer to have it off.
In my case, I am going to turn this preference off, just so we can talk about some of our different options in regards to working with different documents. Okay. Well, let's go ahead and click OK. Next, I am going to navigate to Bridge, and I will do so by clicking on the Bridge icon in the application bar. Now, here you can see that I have a handful of different photographs. I have a couple of portraits of two of my all-time favorite people, Lynda and Bruce, both co-founders of lynda.com. I also have a couple of other images of chalk that I captured at this art festival in the town where I live.
Well, let's say that what I want to do is I want to open up all of these images. Well, one way that I could do that would be to click on one image. Then hold on the Shift key and click on another. Well, now that I have selected all of these photographs, I am ready to open them up. And I am going to do that by way of a shortcut. The shortcut on a Mac is Command+O. On a PC, that's Ctrl+O. Let's go ahead and press that shortcut. And here you can see it opened up all of the images, so that they are all floating.
If I want to rearrange these or move them around, all I need to do is to click on the title bar and here you can see I can reposition the different document windows. Well, let's say that at this juncture I really realize, gosh, this is kind of messy. I kind of wish these were all tabbed. Well, what can I do? Well, all that I need to do is to navigate up to the Application bar, and up here, if you click on this icon, you can arrange your documents in a number of different ways. The first option is to consolidate all of them into a tabbed document.
Let's go ahead and click on that option. Now, here you can see these are all consolidated into one tabbed document. I can click on those tabs in order to view or work on these different images. Another way that I can view our work on a particular image is to navigate to my Window pulldown menu, and let's say that I really want to work on the lynda.jpg file. Well, down at the base of the Window menu, you can see it's listing all of my open documents. In this case, I am going to go ahead and select lynda.jpg.
And here I can then begin to work on this document. All right. Well, here is another great tip for you. Now, this particular tip works in all different scenarios, whether your images are floating or tiled or consolidated, whether you are in full screen or not, here's a wonderful tip which will help you navigate between your open documents. And here it is. It's Ctrl+Tab. And as you press Ctrl+Tab, what you can do is you can scroll through or toggle through whatever your open documents are.
And that can really be helpful, especially if you have a lot of documents open. Well, let's head back up to the application bar, where we can click on this icon which allows us to arrange our documents in different ways. Let's say that for some reason we decide that it would be really nice if all of these documents were floating rather than consolidated. Well, again, all that we need to do is to choose something like Float All in Windows, and now all of these are floating. You will also notice that there are a handful of other options.
And what you are going to need to do is to click through these options in order to really get a handle on how they work. But let me just show you a couple. One of them that's kind of helpful is to tile these in a grid. It helps you see what all documents you have and how you can begin to work on them. Another one that I find helpful occasionally is this one here, which allows us to tile these images vertically, or we can just see a slice of the photograph. Now that we have been introduced to how we can begin to work with multiple documents inside of Photoshop, let's take this a few steps further and let's go ahead and leave all these images open and continue with this in the next movie.
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