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Opening and Arranging Multiple Views

The image window is where your image appears in Photoshop Elements. You can open multiple windows with different images, or, if you prefer, you can open multiple views of the same image. This is a very handy way to work on a detailed area of your image while viewing the full-sized version of the image at the same time. It's especially useful when you're doing touch-up work, such as correcting red eye or erasing a blemish in a photo.

To open multiple views of an image:

  1. From the View menu, choose New View.

  2. Drag the title bar to move the additional window(s) as necessary to view them simultaneously.

You can set different levels of magnification for each window to see both details and the big picture at the same time (Figure 2.34).

Figure 2.34Figure 2.34 Multiple image views let you work on a detailed area while viewing the overall results at the same time. Here, the zoomed image on the right offers better access for retouching the tree branches, while the image on the left lets us preview our changes in the full-sized photo.

Opening and Arranging Multiple Views

To arrange multiple views:

Do one of the following:

  • To create cascading, overlapping windows from the upper left to the lower right of your screen, from the Window menu, choose Images > Cascade (Figure 2.35).

    Figure 2.35Figure 2.35 Cascading windows overlap from the upper left to the lower right. They allow you to maintain many open images at one time without cluttering the work space.

  • (Windows only) To display windows side by side, from the Window menu, choose Images > Tile (Figure 2.36).

    Figure 2.36Figure 2.36 In Windows, tiled windows are arranged side by side. Tiled windows let you work in multiple views of the same image simultaneously.

  • (Macintosh only) To display windows stacked, from the Window menu, choose Images > Tile (Figure 2.37).

    Figure 2.37Figure 2.37 On the Macintosh, tiled windows are arranged in a stack, from top to bottom.


To close all windows:

Do one of the following:

  • In the active window, click the close button on the title bar.

  • To Close all document windows, from the File menu, choose Close All or press Shift+Ctrl+W/Shift+Command+W.

  • To quickly switch from one open document to the next, press Ctrl+Tab.

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