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Photoshop CS4 unfamiliarities - window tabs

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Posted 09-04-09 at 12:40 AM by Ian

Managing image windows in a more familiar fashion

One of the less endearing aspects of Photoshop CS4 is a change to the way image windows are displayed and arranged by default.



Instead of familiar maximise, minimise, and close options at the top right hand corner of each window, Photoshop now defaults to tabbed windows. These only appear to have a 'close' option. Tabbed windows are neat and tidy, but lack a lot of flexibility.

It's not at all clear how to break out of the tabbed window mode and to move and arrange each window, and alter its size, in the workspace area.



The simple key is to locate the Arrange Documents selector (above), on the right hand side of the main tool bar. This provides a multitude of window and tiling options, but if it's the old fashioned window look, with minimise and maximise controls, and windows sizing flexibility, go for 'Float All in Windows'.



This issue may be very simple in relation to the awesome power and variety that personifies Photoshop, but until I realised how to control CS4 windows in the way I was used to, I felt this version of Photoshop was working against me, rather then with me.
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    kennykodak's Avatar
    i haven't bought this version yet. i'm still on CS3. i'm liking lightroom for handling large numbers of files. some of my friends (who make $500K-$1M a year in photography) still use photoshop 7. they say that all that they need to do can be done in 7. personally i think that they are full of crap, too cheap to upgrade and don't do their own post work. i'm going to have to get it to open the 5D M2 files. i can do this in lightroom but i need the ability to easily rename raw files (independently not in a batch before batch conversion to jpeg.)
    Posted 09-04-09 at 01:13 AM by kennykodak kennykodak is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kennykodak View Comment
    i haven't bought this version yet. i'm still on CS3. i'm liking lightroom for handling large numbers of files. some of my friends (who make $500K-$1M a year in photography) still use photoshop 7. they say that all that they need to do can be done in 7. personally i think that they are full of crap, too cheap to upgrade and don't do their own post work. i'm going to have to get it to open the 5D M2 files. i can do this in lightroom but i need the ability to easily rename raw files (independently not in a batch before batch conversion to jpeg.)
    Hi John, PS7 is pretty powerful in its own right, but there is so much more in the later versions, especially CS3 and CS4. You could of course stick with CS3 and use Adobe's DNG Converter to enable you to edit 5D Mark II RAW files.
    Posted 09-04-09 at 09:49 AM by Ian Ian is offline
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    Stephen's Avatar
    Good tip Ian, ideal when you have multiple images open
    Posted 09-04-09 at 11:39 AM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    I've been floating all windows for ages. Either that or simply pulling the windows down off the top bar where they fix by default.

    I'm also back to duplicating layers and generally working more like I did with CS3 for most things. ACR4 is very nice but, overall, I reckon CS4 just got too gimmicky. Save yer dosh, John. Stick with CS3.

    Pol
    Posted 09-04-09 at 12:09 PM by Pol Pol is offline
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    Originally Posted by Pol View Comment
    I've been floating all windows for ages. Either that or simply pulling the windows down off the top bar where they fix by default.

    I'm also back to duplicating layers and generally working more like I did with CS3 for most things. ACR4 is very nice but, overall, I reckon CS4 just got too gimmicky. Save yer dosh, John. Stick with CS3.

    Pol
    That's a good point, Pol. Just drag the window tab and the window becomes free-floating.

    Ian
    Posted 10-04-09 at 02:35 PM by Ian Ian is offline
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    That's a good point, Pol. Just drag the window tab and the window becomes free-floating.

    Ian
    ... and I assume you realise you can dock it again by dragging the free floating window back up to the top bar.

    Its one of the gems I learned from lynda.com when I first got the upgrade. I think I might treat myself to another month or two with Lynda as I've become kinda lazy about using some of the new methods and tools in CS4.

    Polly
    Posted 10-04-09 at 02:48 PM by Pol Pol is offline
 

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