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Posted on 01/01/22 5:01:13 PM
Frank
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Using Two Windows
USING TWO WINDOWS

To save zooming In/Out or to watch in real time your adjustments as you work:
With your layer active go to:
WINDOW > ARRANGE > NEW WINDOW FOR the name of your open document (photoshop opens your document in another window -this is not a duplicate - it is the same document )
Then go to Window > 2 UP VERTICAL
You can now click on the right window and work on small corrections and see how the changes are appearing in the overall view.
In this way you can work on the right windows mask, etc and see how the change is affecting the image without having to jump back and forth between a mask and the image.
When done just close the right window

Note. Holding Spacebar OR the Hand tool allows you to scroll the LEFT HAND image both vertically and horizontally on the canvas
Holding SHIFT + SPACEBAR allows to to scroll the LEFT and RIGHT images at the same time (H)

The same works for the ZOOM TOOL (Z)

Posted on 04/01/22 3:11:03 PM
Steve Caplin
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Re: Using Two Windows
Good tip, Frank!


Posted on 05/01/22 06:56:00 AM
vibeke
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Re: Using Two Windows
Sounds good, I'll have to try and see if it works on a Mac.

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Posted on 05/01/22 10:18:26 AM
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Re: Using Two Windows
vibeke wrote:
Sounds good, I'll have to try and see if it works on a Mac.


It works fine on a Mac. I have used twin windows for a long time for simultaneously working at different zoom levels. It's a PS thing and not system dependent.

What is so very clever about this, is the notion of working a mask layer directly in one window and watching the result in the image in the other. It's the kind of simple thing that is instantly obvious, once pointed out to me, and yet had never occurred to me before.

Thanks Frank.

This is stating the obvious, but if you are work something like a long skyline you can split horizontally in the same manner.

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Posted on 05/01/22 10:31:25 AM
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Re: Using Two Windows
I have never tried it but it occurs to me that, if you have twin monitors which are well matched in colour and contrast, you could pull one of your windows 'out' of PS and 'float' it on the second monitor. That way you could keep your entire image always available for view while working in any manner you wish at any zoom level on the entire main monitor.

Hmmm ........ one to try I think.

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Posted on 05/01/22 2:49:53 PM
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Re: Using Two Windows
Yes David, I have dual monitors and it works quite well.
Actually I have triple monitors and can run tutorials on one and work on the other two. I had a couple of older monitors so I just hooked them up to my iMac 27".
You can even move PS panels to the others if you want and leave the main monitor for your work.

Posted on 05/01/22 5:51:31 PM
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Yes I use a second monitor for tutorials. In fact it's one of the reasons I first acquired a second monitor years and years ago.

Like you I then re-used 'retired' monitors when I made upgrades. My iMac is 27" 5K and recently I found a first class 27" 4K monitor on special offer in a sale and now work with that beside the Mac. With two large hi-res screens I can get a lot of things going on at once if I need. I often pull palettes to a second screen although with Photoshop that is usually occupied by Bridge.

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