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How to View Multiple Documents in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

To view and work on multiple documents in one of the Photoshop Elements editors, you need to become familiar with moving around the Elements interface and bringing photos in view in the main image window.

When several images are open in Edit Full mode, their filenames are listed at the top of the image window. The list appears similar to tabs you find in Web browsers. Next to each filename, you see an X. Click the X, and the file closes. Click any filename, and the file opens in the image window.

Multiple files opened in Edit Full mode are listed at the top of the image window according to file

Multiple files opened in Edit Full mode are listed at the top of the image window according to filename.

Additional viewing options are available from menu commands found on the Window menu. Choose Window→Images to open a submenu of viewing options used for viewing multiple files. The Window menu also provides a list of all your open documents. Here’s a list of options you find on the submenu:

  • Tile: Tiling images reduces image window sizes to a size that accommodates viewing all images in scrollable windows within the Elements workspace. Choose Window→Images→Tile when multiple images are open to get a view similar to the one shown in the following figure.

    Open several images in one of the editing modes and choose Window-->Images-->Tile to show all

    Open several images in one of the editing modes and choose Window–>Images–>Tile to show all image windows.
  • Cascade: Choose Window→Images→Cascade to make the image windows overlap each other in a cascading view.

  • Float in Window: When photos are opened in the image window, they appear attached to the center area of your monitor. Choose this option to detach the photo from the image window, where you can click and drag the title bar around the image window area.

  • Float All in Windows: When you have multiple photos open, use this option to detach all photos from the image window. After selecting this option, all the photos lose the tab view.

  • Consolidate All to Tabs: If you choose Float All Windows and want to return to the tab view, choose this option.

  • New Window: When you choose this option, you open a duplicate window for the photo in the foreground in the image window. You might use this option to create two views of the same image, where one view is zoomed in to edit some detail work and the other view shows the image in a reduced size for an overall look at the editing results.

  • Match Zoom: Set the zoom level for one of several images open in Elements and choose Window→Images→Match Zoom. All open documents are zoomed to the same level as the foreground image.

  • Match Location: If you zoom in to, for example, the upper-right corner and then select Match Location, all open images zoom to the same location in the respective photos.

You can also select and bring forward photos in the image window by double-clicking image thumbnails in the Project Bin.