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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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So there is a new preference in Photoshop CS4 that I want to point out that fundamentally changes how documents get handled when you open them. So Command+K or Ctrl+K, opens up your Preferences and under Interface, in Panels & Documents, this checkbox is turned on by default, Open Documents as Tabs. Pretty much is self-explanatory but it is on by default. Let's go ahead and click OK. And let's switch over to Bridge, Command+Shift+O, Ctrl+Shift+O, switch to Bridge and we'll go ahead and select this series of images here and double-click on one of them. You'll see that Photoshop has opened all four of these documents and put each document into its own tab in a single window. To switch back and forth between documents, you can just click on their tabs and navigate that way. So you still have the Window menu and you still list your files down at the bottom of the Window menu, but this is a much more intuitive way, makes it much more like an Internet browser.
If you want to rearrange the order of these documents, you can certainly do that. You just click on the tab and drag it right or left and you'll change the order there. So let's drag that again here, make that document there, we can click on this document and arrange it over here. It's really up to you how you want to arrange them. If for some reason, you want the document to float, you just pull it back out of its docked tab and that's now a floating window. If you want to redock it, just press in the title bar and drag it back to that area. You will see some blue highlighting indicating that you are going to successfully dock that when you let go.
So that's tabbed documents, if you do not like this new behavior, you can certainly turn it off. I'm going to go ahead and close all these document windows. I just Option-click or Alt- click on one of the close boxes and it does all of them together. So Command+K, Ctrl +K or reopen Preferences, and just for comparison, let's go ahead and turn this option off. Click OK. We'll go back to Bridge, Command+Shift+O, Ctrl+Shift+O. We'll reopen that series of images again. You'll see now they all open as individual floating windows. Even though they open as floating windows, you can still drag and dock them to the application if you wish just by dragging the title bar. So that's tabbed documents.
Most people find it pretty useful. If you don't like it though, you can turn it off from Preferences.
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