garconis's profile

106 Messages

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3.8K Points

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 3:00 PM

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Photoshop: Better Tabs (with more "features")

My co-worker and I (and I would assume the majority of tabbed Photoshop users), agree that the tabs are a huge improvement over the older versions of Photoshop. But it doesn't appear a whole lot has changed with CS6. And change is what the tabs need.

Firstly, simply put, they need to work more like a browser works. Spend a day in Google Chrome and then try to use Photoshop's tabbing system. So many features are missing from Photoshop's tabs. Re-arranging tabs is possible, but quite cumbersome. If I accidentally pull a tab out of the row, it's hard to put it back into place. I can't simply drag one tab all the way to the left. I have to carefully make sure it doesn't come out of the row while I'm doing it.

Also, the tabs should shrink horizontally when there are a lot of them. Having to click the "expand" arrows to see all the tabs is quite annoying. The tabs could definitely decrease in width even more, when more tabs are present. Or even give the option to stack the tabs into multiple rows. At the very least, if I do click the expand arrow to reveal the other tabs, it would be useful to be able to drag a tab out of the list and in between the other "visible" tabs.

Lastly (for now), there really needs to be a feature that allows me to right-click on a tab and then click "close all other tabs".

Surely Photoshop's tabs were inspired my browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, so please make it work like a user would expect. Thanks!

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2 Messages

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100 Points

9 y ago

I couldn't agree more. Yes, the tabs do technically 'work', but it's a real hassle to rearrange them on the fly. This is especially true when you're trying to drag assets from one canvas to another.

Stacked tabs'd be great. More responsive tabs (on drag/hover) would be even better. But as you said, Chrome tabs is where the bar has been set.

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3.7K Points

9 y ago

Good suggestions. Fully agreed.

Additionally, why not allow middle mouse button clicks to close tabs (equivalent of clicking the tab's X button), also just like Chrome and every other browser.

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260 Points

8 y ago

Absolutely, one of the biggest problems.. Multi-Row Tabs please, on an expandable Tabs bar which auto-hides

17 Messages

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260 Points

8 y ago

Or make a Tabs/Open Documents Panel

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116 Points

8 y ago

And please make tabs behave like document windows so you can drag stuff to them.

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182 Points

8 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Better ability working with multiple tabs and moving layers..


I often have to produce a lot of UI elements from one or more PSDs, and PSDs beget PSDs. Most of the time, I have at least 3-4 documents open in tabs. It would be wonderful to be able to navigate between tabs like in a browser, using shortcut keys or mouse button(s) or macros.

In addition to that, while I can drag a layer from one document to another, I would love to be able to drag a layer from a document into another document's tab, and either have it make that tab active to permit me to drop the layer into the layer palette or allow me to use the tab itself as a drop target and add the layer atop whichever is the currently active one.

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168 Points

8 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Improved documents tabs.


Document tabs are helpful, but I wish they had all the functionality I enjoy in almost all other programs with tabs. I'd love to see these improvements:

- Add "Select Next Tab" and "Select Previous Tab" to the menu and allow me to assign a keyboard shortcut like other PS actions.

- Cycling through tabbed documents should respect the order of my tabs. It's confusing when it jumps around to different windows or different points in the tab order.

- Allow me to dock a floating window in the middle of other tabs, not just as a new tab at the end.

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106 Points

8 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Ability to configure document tab bar.


It'd be excellent if there were more options to configure the tab bar, like multiple tab rows, maximum tab width, etc. Even better, it'd be great if it worked kind of like a browser, where tabs would auto-resize themselves so they all fit. Right now, I have 6 documents open, but only 3 of them fit in the tab bar because their names are really long. Gets annoying.

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260 Points

8 y ago

The tab bar is the worst thing about Photoshop

The tab bar needs to allow dragging and dropping from external sources more easily.. as it sits, you can only drag & drop the tiniest little square on the far right if your tab bar is full.. and its hard to find most of the time

There should be a thin bar section above the tabs that runs the length of the tab bar, that you can drag & drop items to

And Tabs are impossible to find.. what if you dont know the name of an open image? and you have 30 open images?

literally impossible to find

scrolling your mouse wheel up & down whilst hovering over the tab bar should scroll through all tabs left & right, as fast as you scroll.. that should definitely be in Preferences, if not Default

or even a Ctrl+Mouse-click+Drag left or right to get that lazy immobile tab bar doing something useful

107 Messages

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1.4K Points

8 y ago

add multipages panel

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74 Points

7 y ago

Let's get this going! Only able to have 4 tabs usable at once? Come on.

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15.3K Points

7 y ago

And what about the hover, which shows the preview after you place your mouse over the tab?

106 Messages

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3.8K Points

6 y ago

Could hire the guys that built the tabbing for Acrobat DC. It's at least an upgrade from the current PS tabbing.

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4.5K Points

6 y ago

I'd like to suggest that the the tabs not have the Filename AND the Selected Layer both appear. This makes the tabs extremely long. Maybe it's only my preference but I can't see any reason to have the currently selected Layer name also in the tab title.

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15.3K Points

5 y ago

Since last year you have possibility set bigger height. But thats all.