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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Let's start things off with a Tabbed Window Interface which was introduced in Photoshop CS4 and continues to abide in CS5. It's a default setting here on the PC. And you may take a real shine to it, in which case I am going to show you how to maximize your Tabbed Window Interface experience. Or you may decide after serious consideration you hate it. So I'll show you how to turn it off as well. I've got a total of four images open. They all come to us from the Fotolia Image Library about which you can learn more at fotolia.com/deke.
And the four images are these. The first one is called Everlasting.jpg. It's from artist Ilsur Gareev. And then we have Water drops.jpg from Pefkos. We've got Dark portrait.jpg from Coka and White feathers.jpg from Tiaga. Now, you may wonder how in the world I am switching between images. One way is to just click on one of these tabs. If I click on Water drops.jpg, I go to Water drops.jpg not the least but surprising. You can also cycle through from the keyboard using standard Windows and Macintosh keyboard shortcuts.
So these are operating system level shortcuts. Ctrl+Tab here on the PC will cycle you forward an image, and that's Command+~ on the Mac. The Tilde key being the one that's just above the Tab key and to the left of the 1 key on an American keyboard. If you get to the end of your open images and you press Ctrl+Tab or Command+Tilde, you'll cycle back around. If you want to move backwards, then you add Shift to the mix. So it's Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Command+Shift+Tilde on the Mac. Now, let's say after playing around with the tabs, you want to go back to floating image windows. What do you do? Well, couple of things.
First of all, you want your change your preference setting. Press Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box, and then click on Interface and then notice this checkbox right there Open Documents as Tabs. If you turn that off, from now on, your images will open as floating windows. It's not going to change the images that are currently open, just future ones, but we'll take care of that in a moment. You might also want to turn off Enable Floating Document Window Docking, which ensures that you can drag image windows around without them fusing together, which if you've never had that happen on you, unexpectedly, then you don't realize the big frustration that it is.
But anyway, if you are going to work with floating image windows, you might as well turn off both of these checkboxes. Now, while I prefer floating image windows on the Mac, I actually prefer when I'm training to work inside the Tabbed Window Interface. So I am going to leave both of these checkboxes turned on, and I am just going to cancel that actually. I don't have to turn those back on, because I am just going to stick with tabbed windows. All right. Let's say you've turned off the Tabbed Window Interface for future images, how do you get these guys to appear in independent windows? You go up to the Arrange Documents icon here in the Application Bar and you click on it, and then you choose this command right there Float All in Windows.
And all of a sudden, everybody appears in an independent image window just like in the old days. You can drag the image windows around so that you can see multiple images at the same time. If you didn't turn off that one checkbox, you have to watch yourself. That checkbox about enabling the docking. If you left it on, then you can accidentally do this number where you drop one image into another and then you've got tabs inside of a single image window, which is just I think weird. And it's frustrating when it happens unexpectedly. That compared with the overall Tabbed Window Interface, which I actually find quite useful here on a PC.
But anyway, let's say you want to go back now. You want to consolidate all the images into single a tabbed window. Then you go back to Arrange Documents here, click on it, and choose this very first icon Consolidate All. Or if you've loaded dekeKeys, then you can press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac, and just like that everybody is fused back together. Now, notice they are not in the same order they were before. Before they appeared in the order in which I opened them, which was Everlasting and then Water drops and then Dark portrait and then White feathers. But now they're totally in the opposite order.
There's really no predicting. They tend to sort of flit around. But Ctrl+Tab by the way is always going to cycle through them in the order that they were open. So if I press Ctrl+Tab or Command+~, when I'm looking at White feathers, I'll jump back to Everlasting. And then, I'll go to Water drops. And so it's as if I'm moving backwards through the image order, but I am really moving forward. It's just that they're in the wrong order now. What if you want to change the order? You can actually drag these tabs around. So I could grab Everlasting and drag it over here. Now watch that you don't drag the Image Window out.
That can sometimes be a problem. If this happens, you need to drag it back up so that you see a blue bar basically. Notice this blue bar at the top of the Image Window so that you can drop it back into place. What we are hoping to do is just move the tab like so, so it's easy to get off a pixel if you dipped down too far, then Photoshop thinks you want to move the entire image. And I'll go ahead and grab White feathers and move it all the way to the end. And if I have this problem, where it comes out, I'll just drop it so I see some portion of this Image Window blue and it should go to the end.
It did, which is nice. And then, I'll put water drops back in place of Dark portrait and now everybody is back to the same image order. So that's the Tabbed Window Interface. I am going to show you how to arrange images inside this interface in the next exercise.
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