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Let's begin in Bridge. And I want to select the first 2 images. So I'll select the first one, and then hold down the Command key on the Mac, or the Control key on Windows, and select the second one. In order to open them, I'll continue to hold down the Command key, or the Control key on Windows, and tap the O key. Now, both of these images have been opened in Photoshop. We can only see one image at this time, but I know that the other images are open, because I can see its tab. If I click on the other tab, that will bring that image to the foreground. If I want to reorder the tabs for any reason, I can click and just drag over to the right in order to reorder. If I want to float one of my images, I can click on the tab and just drag it out of the tabbed area.
Now we can see that this image is floating on top. In fact, if I scoot it over we can see that it floats on top of my panels and I could even move this to a secondary monitor if I was working with a duel monitor set up. The only problem with floating your documents is that if I were to want to click on my other open document and I do by clicking on the tab, you can see that the floating document is hidden. If I want to access that floating document, I can use the Window menu and then select it at the bottom of the list. Or at any point in time, I can hold down the Control key. And that's the same key on Mac and Windows.
And then tap the Tab key. Every time I tap the Tab key, I will cycle through all my open documents. Let's go ahead and float my other image as well. So, I'll select it and then just drag the tab out of that area in order to float it. Again here, I can't see the second document, so I'll choose Window and then select 01_Valley of Fire. Now that both of these images are floating, if I wanted to nest them as tabs, I could click in the title area and drag it on top of the other one, until I see the blue highlight around the document.
When I release my cursor, those two images have now been tabbed together. Now, I didn't drag and drop them into the same document. They're both in individual documents. You can see that regardless of which one I have selected, I've only got one layer in my layers panel. I've just put them together in this tabbed interface, but that in of itself is floating. If I wanted to return them back to being tabbed with the application frame, then I click on the title area and drag up until we see the solid blue rectangle again. When I release the cursor, they're now tabbed back at the top. If I want to close all of my documents, I can either select File > Close or Close All.
If I choose Close All because we really haven't modified either of these documents, Photoshop will simply close them both. I really appreciate tabbed panels because I always know exactly where my open documents are. And I know that there is no open document that is accidentally being hidden behind another document.
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