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Working with tabbed documents

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Video: Working with tabbed documents

In the past, whenever you opened a new document or created one from scratch, it opened in a separate free-floating document window, like the one that you see here for bee.jpg. But sometimes you'd end up with so many documents open that some would be hidden behind others and your workspace could get messy pretty quickly. In Photoshop CS4, there is a solution to that in the form of a new feature called tabbed documents. In CS4 when you open a new document, as I am going to do now by going to the File menu and going down to Open Recent, and choosing a recently opened document like flowers.jpg, the new document does not float free. Instead it snaps in with the other open document, in a single document window.

Working with tabbed documents

In the past, whenever you opened a new document or created one from scratch, it opened in a separate free-floating document window, like the one that you see here for bee.jpg. But sometimes you'd end up with so many documents open that some would be hidden behind others and your workspace could get messy pretty quickly. In Photoshop CS4, there is a solution to that in the form of a new feature called tabbed documents. In CS4 when you open a new document, as I am going to do now by going to the File menu and going down to Open Recent, and choosing a recently opened document like flowers.jpg, the new document does not float free. Instead it snaps in with the other open document, in a single document window.

Let me open one more document the same way, File > Open Recent > pool.jpg, and you can see my three documents next to one another in this window. To cycle through the documents, I can either click their tabs here or I can use this keyboard shortcut and that takes me through these documents. You may be a bit surprised at first by the order of cycling through the documents. The documents don't cycle by the order they appear here in the document window, but rather by the order in which the individual documents were opened.

So for example, let me take the bee.jpg tab and move it in between flowers.jpg and pool.jpg in this document window. To do that, I'm just going to click on the tab for bee.jpg and move over to the right. Now if I use the cycling shortcut, you can see that the order of cycling is not the location of the tabs in the window, but rather the order in which these documents were opened. If you want to remove a document from this tabbed arrangement, there are two ways to do that.

You can either just drag a document out and then release, and it floats free in its own window or with the tabs selected in the single document window, you can go to the Window menu at the top of the screen and choose Arrange and Float in Window to release the single selected document or Float All in Windows to release them all. I am going to do that and now all three documents are floating free. I can move them by their tabs, so you can see that. To put them back together again in a single window, I'll go to Window > Arrange > Consolidate All to Tabs.

Here is something else to be aware of. If I pull one of these tabbed documents away from the others so it's floating free, I have to be a little bit careful that it doesn't get grabbed back into the other tabbed documents, because if I move the free floating window by its title bar and I get close to the tabbed documents, you can see that it tries to bring that single document back into the tabbed document arrangement. Let me pull pool.jpg out again to show you how to avoid that. If you plan to move your free floating window near to the tabbed documents, first click and hold the Command key on a Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows and then drag your document.

And as long you're holding down Command or Ctrl, it won't be snapped into the other documents. If you don't like the tabbed document arrangement, you can disable it from Photoshop's Preferences. On a Mac you access those from the Photoshop menu at the top of the screen. On a PC, you access Preferences from the Edit menu at the top of the screen. I'm going to choose Preferences and then I am going to choose Interface and here are the two preferences that I would disable, if I didn't want any of the docked arrangement.

Open Documents as Tabs and Enable Floating Document Window Docking. I'll leave them checked for now though and I'll click OK. I am going to move pool.jpg back in with the other tabbed documents so that I can show you another related feature and that is the ability to view multiple documents in various layout arrangements. I'm going to go to the Application Bar at the top of the screen and I am going to click on the new Arrange Documents menu. Here I see a number of icons that represent various layouts for multiple open documents.

Let's try some of these out. When I click on one of them, I can see all three documents in this vertical arrangement. I might try a different one. Let's see what this one looks like. These multiple document arrangements are useful if you are using tabbed documents, but you want to do something like compare images one to the other or perhaps move a layer from image to another, when you're creating a composite, as you'll learn how to do later in this course. To return to one tabbed window from any of the multiple document layouts, go back to the Arrange Documents menu, click, and then click on the first icon, Consolidate All.

How do you close a tabbed document window? Notice a little X on each tab. If you click there that will close that document or if you want to close all of the tabbed documents, you can go the File menu and you can choose Close All. The new tabbed document feature can help you keep your desktop tidy. Use it along with the new multiple document layouts, when you are working with more than one document in Photoshop CS4.

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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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