Open and Arrange multiple documents Photoshop CS6

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Opening and arranging multiple documents

Another important part of working with Photoshop is knowing how to open and arrange and work with multiple documents. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that here. In order to do that, let's go ahead and navigate to Bridge, and let's do so by either going to the File pulldown menu and selecting Browse in Bridge or by pressing the shortcut key. That's Option+Command+O on a Mac, Alt+Ctrl+O on Windows. Here, in Adobe Bridge, let's click on one of these images which we can see in our Chapter 05 folder and then hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Ctrl key on Windows, in order to select multiple files.

I want to open up all of these files in Photoshop. Well, how can we do that? If we just double-click on one of these images, it will only open up one, not all five of these. To open up all of the images, we need to navigate to the File pulldown menu and then select Open. Or alternatively, you can hover over one of the images which you've selected and then right-click or Ctrl-click. Here, we have access to that same menu item Open, or we could always choose Open With and then choose the software application that we want to use.

Well, let's go ahead and use this method of right-clicking or Ctrl-clicking and choosing Open in order to open up all of these images in Photoshop. Well, here you can see these photographs are now in tabs. To view the different pictures I can simply click on one of these tabs in order to view the picture or the document. There's also a really handy shortcut that you can use which allows you to cycle through your open documents. That shortcut is the Ctrl key plus Tab. Go ahead and press that shortcut, and you'll see that what you can do is you can cycle through your open documents.

Now why is that important? Well, that's especially important because when you're in the Full Screen mode you can't see all of those tabs. Let me illustrate this. Here, I will press the F key. Well, now in full screen I can view this image but I really can't see any of my other documents. One way I could open up another document would be to go to the Window pulldown menu and then select the document name. Well, here now I can see this image. Yet that gets to be a little bit tedious when you have a lot of documents open at once.

So this is where that shortcut really comes in handy. It's Ctrl+Tab and it allows you to scroll through all of your open documents as you can see that I'm doing here. Well, let's go ahead and exit Full Screen mode. We can do that by pressing Shift+F and that will take us back to the Standard View. Now that we're back in the Standard View, I want to talk about how we can arrange our documents so that we can see more than one document at once. In order to do that, navigate to the Window pulldown menu and then select Arrange.

Here, we have a number of different options. Let's say we want to tile these all vertically. You can see that we can now see a small slice of each image. We could also go to something, say, like Arrange > 6-up. This then allows us to see this little zoomed in view of these different photographs. Here, we can see six images or six of the open documents that we have at once. And whenever you're working in a view like this, you may want to customize the way you're working with your Hand tool or your Zoom tool. Let me show you what I mean.

Well, if you click on the Hand tool, one of the things that you can do is click on this option here, Scroll All Windows so that as I click and drag one of these images here, what it's going to do then is it's going to move all of the images as well, and you can see that I'm controlling all of these different documents. If you prefer not to do that, click that off and then you can just move one of these photographs so that you can then focus in on that particular image. Another thing that you can do is you can click on your Zoom tool. There's an option which allows you to zoom all windows.

In other words, if you click on one image to zoom in, it will zoom in the other images as well. The same thing is true if we zoom out. Let's go ahead and turn this option off for a second, and with this image here, I'm going to zoom out. Hold down Option or Alt and then click on the image, and I am going to do this just to change my zoom rate a little bit, and I'll do that on a few other photographs, too, just so we can see that we have some different zoom rates. I am going to try to alternate this. Currently, I have different zoom rates for all of these different images.

Another way that we can unify the way that we're viewing these is if you navigate to the Window pulldown menu and choose a range again, you'll notice you have some options for matching your Zoom, Location, Rotation, or just matching all of the different characteristics. If we choose one of these options, say like Zoom, we will then change all of those to the same zoom rate. If you look at the top here, you can see they're all zoomed out to 12.5%. So again, this is just a handy way to be able to change what you're looking at.

If we wanted to zoom in on all of the pictures, well, we could do that by clicking on this icon here, and then with our Zoom tool selected go ahead and zoom in on the picture. You can see how it's bringing in all of those photographs. In this case, we're seeing different details in the pictures because each of these files, well, they have a different resolution. So as you can see here, this can be really handy for when you have multiple documents. But sometimes it can be just too much. Let's say that what you really want to do is after seeing all these, you want to go back to just seeing one image at a time.

To do that, again, we go to that Arrange menu. Here, in Arrange we're going to choose at the very bottom of this top menu, Consolidate All to Tabs. In this way, we have them now consolidated back to the Tab view so that we can then click through the different tabs to view or to work on those documents. Well, currently my tabs are a bit out of order. I have lynda-1 here and then lynda-2 way over here. I want these two tabs side by side. Well, to change the tab order, it's really as simple as clicking and dragging, so now you can see I have these two tab documents right next to each other.

Well, now that we've looked at how we can work with multiple documents, how we can arrange the view, how we can change the zoom or the position of these documents, and also how we can cycle through these different documents by way of a shortcut, what I want to do next is continue to work with multiple documents. So go ahead and leave all of these files open, and we'll continue with this whole topic of working with multiple documents, and we'll do that in the next movie.

Opening and arranging multiple documents
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Opening and arranging multiple documents provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chris Orwig as part of the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers

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