No, I’m not teaching my kids to swim… they can do that already. I’m talking about my windows in PSE8 and 9!
We first ran across tabbed windows in Photoshop CS4 and wrote about it here, but it took until PSE8 for them to show up in Photoshop Elements. For those of you who don’t have either version, here’s what we’re talking about:
When you open more than one image, they are all the full size of the workspace and little tabs appear at the top, so you can only see one image at a time. Total pain in the butt! Makes it really hard to drag things onto your layout, which is the way we are most used to working.
But you know we’d find a way around this for you!! Here’s what you can do:
Step 1: Go to Edit>Preferences>General and you’ll get this dialog box. Check to make sure the “Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode” box is checked. If it’s not, click in it to check it.
Step 2: Now go to Window>Images> and click on “Float All in Windows”
If it is grayed out (like you see in this example) then you don’t have the “Allow Floating Documents…” box checked from Step Go back to your Preferences and make sure it IS checked.
- Now you should see all your windows separately, just like you’re accustomed to! But I have to warn you, this isn’t totally foolproof.
Warning 1: When you restart the program, you may need to do Step 2 again. Not always though. Don’t know why, but if your windows start tabbing, just go up to the Window Menu and choose Images then click on Float All in Windows.
Warning 2: When you drag your windows around, be careful. If you get too close to the top edge of another window, the program may think you want to tab them in the same window. You’ll know it’s thinking that, because your image will get transparent and get a blue line around the other window like this:
If you let go of the mouse button when it looks like this they’ll be tabbed in one window. But no problem, go up to the Windows menu and choose Images>Float All in Windows and you’ll be back in business. After a while you get good at avoiding that, just drag a little further up or down and the blue line will go away and you’re good.
So now all your windows will float as peacefully together as a bunch of moms in the swimming pool with a pitcher of margaritas!
Hope this helps all those of you who have recently upgraded to PSE8 or 9! We’ll look at some of the newer features of these two versions soon!