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The new tabbed window interface


Photoshop CS4 New Features

with Deke McClelland

Video: The new tabbed window interface

The new tabbed window interface provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS4 New Features
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Video Duration: 5m 30s1h 38m Intermediate Sep 23, 2008

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In Photoshop CS4 New Features, leading industry expert Deke McClelland covers the latest developments in Adobe's powerhouse image editor, Photoshop CS4. Deke explores the new tabbed window interface and the Adjustments and Masks palettes, the enhanced toning tools, content-aware scaling and the latest versions of Camera Raw and Bridge, which prove nearly indispensable to the digital photographer's workflow. From the interface to integration, Deke leaves no stone unturned.

Topics include:
  • Getting around the revamped interface
  • Mastering continuous zooms, the Rotate view, and birds-eye navigation
  • Using the Target Adjustment tool
  • Understanding dynamic masking options
  • Doing brush scaling on the fly
  • Scaling a background independently of its foreground
  • Removing panoramic vignettes
  • Blending different depths of focus
Design Photography
Deke McClelland

The new tabbed window interface

Like CS3 before it, Photoshop CS4 sports a new interface, one that's quite improved in my humble o. I have a total of six images open from photographer Teresa Guerrero of and notice that each open image gets its own tab up here at the top of the window and you can switch to any open image just by clicking on its tab. So this one's the doggy laundress, this one's the doggy reindeer, this is the doggie luchador and so on. If you have so many images open that you can't see all of their tabs along the top of the screen, then you'll see this double arrow icon over here in the upper right corner. Go and click on it to get a flyout menu of open images, and then just go ahead and choose the image that you want to switch to. You also have a keyboard shortcut to switch between windows. On the PC, it's the same old one we've had in the past that is Ctrl+Tab to cycle forward through the Windows or Ctrl+Shift+Tab to cycle backward. On the Mac, we have Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab, but we also have a new keyboard shortcut and that's Command+Tilde in order to move forward through the windows or Command+Shift+ Tilde to move backward. You also have the option of changing the priority of your images so you may recall that doggie jester is currently the last of the doggie pictures here. But let's say I want it to appear closer to doggie laundress. Then I could just go ahead and drag doggie jester over to the left side of the screen like so and then drop in into place. And now if I go over to the flyout menu notice that doggie jester's third instead of in the last position. Now incidentally you don't have to stick inside of this tabbed window display if you don't want to. You can go ahead and take one of these images and drag it outside the group. I'm going to drag doggie mariachi out like so into an independent free-floating window and notice that this free-floating window, not only is it scalable, but it can appear in front of all of the other images as well as the panels. What have been previously called palettes in the past, Adobe now calls panel. And you can move a window, an image window, in front of them, if you like. To restore an image to the tabbed display just go ahead and drag it and drop it into place. Notice that I can see a horizontal blue line along the top of my tabs. If I drop then Doggie Mariachi she becomes part of the group once again. Now notice that one of the upshots of this tabbed interface is that Photoshop, the application, is covering up all the applications in the background and it's fairly standard fare for a Windows but that's not the way things typically work on a Mac.

Typically you're able to see through Photoshop through the crevices to other applications that are running on the background and then you can click on one of those windows belonging to a different application to switch to it. If that's the way they you want to work on the Mac, then you go up to the Window menu and you'll notice down here with Options and Tools you'll have two other commands. One's Application Frame and the others Application Bar. So if you want to be able see through the windows, turn off Application Frame. If you don't want to see through Photoshop, you just want to focus on Photoshop to the exclusion of all other applications then turned on Application Frame and then once again, if you're working on a Mac, you would switch between applications by pressing Command+Tab. All right. Speaking of the Application Bar, which was the other command I mentioned a moment ago, this is the Application Bar right here. Under Windows, it appears to the right of the menu bar. On the Mac it appears below the menu bar. Notices this icon, the Arrange Documents icon. If I click on it, I have a variety of different window configurations, that I can work with. I'm going to choose this one, 3-Up, in order to see a 3-Up display like we're seeing right here. And then let's say that I want to change things up a little bit so that I'm comparing certain images to each other. For example, the images I want to compare are doggie jester. I'll go ahead and drag the doggie jester tab into the doggie mariachi position right there and then let's see. What else do we have? Doggie reindeer. That's the other one I want to compare and then I'll drag the doggie reindeer tab and drop it into the doggie lucador group right there. And now I can compare these three images to each other on screen. Now notice thanks to the 3-Up display-- this is true for all of those special displays that you can choose from Arrrange Documents.

Notice that all the windows are the same size, so I can even Shift+Tab away my panels, that is hide the right side panels by pressing Shift+Tab. And then all of my windows will grow in kind. Now I can take advantage of the special technique for scrolling all of my windows at once. So here I am working inside of doggie reindeer. I can tell that it's the active image, because its tab is highlighted where the others are dimmed as you see right here. If I were to Spacebar-drag this image, I would just scroll it or pan it inside of its window. However, if I press Shift and Spacebar at the same time, I can pan all open images at once. Now this keyboard shortcut worked inside of Photoshop CS3, but it's absolutely spectacular here inside Photoshop CS4. It really allows us to compare images inside Photoshop on the fly and yes, we can confirm I think safely here that this is the same dog over and over again inside these various costumes. Finally, if you want to put all the images back inside a single, consolidated tabbed window display then go onto Arrange documents once again here in the Application Bar, click on it and choose this option, Consolidate All.

And we now have all of our images together. All right. I'm going to press Shift+Tab to bring back my right side panels there and that's it, folks. This is the new tabbed window interface inside of Photoshop CS4.

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