Photoshop: Better ability working with multiple tabs and moving layers.

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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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Victor

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Stefan Klein

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You can navigate with STRG+TAB.
But anyway, working with many open documents is very cumbersome in Photoshop.
Some commands like "fit to view" don`t work as expected, if multiple images are arranged side by side, because they scale the image as if it was fullscreen.
I would like to have something like ALT+Tab (on Windows 7), which opens some kind of overlay with all opened images (and some info about those images like colorspace et.). And an ability to show opened images in Mini Bridge.
I`d alos like an ability to arrange all open images on screen and all scaled to fit into their document window.
At the moment it`s just very old-fashioned and limited.
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Victor

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Thanks for the tip about STRG/CTRL-Tab, Stefan. That has immediately improved my productivity. This may be a bug but the order of the list in menubar > Window does not match the tab order when using the shortcuts. (My tabs may be arranged A-C-B but if they are listed as A-B-C under Window, that is how they will be traversed. I think this is when tabs are detached and re-attached to the application frame, rather than the order in which they appear on-screen.)

Because I do a lot of UI work, I have to move elements often between documents and copy & paste is not always an efficient way, hence my request about improving the way we can drag&drop of layers. I agree, working with multiple documents is very cumbersome.
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BTW. you know that you can drop a layer on another document? You just have to activate the layer, take the move tool and go with it into the image. Then you drag the layer from the image (not from the layers panel) to the other tab. Just wait with the cursor a bit on the new tab, then you can drag the layer down to the other ímage.
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Victor

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Stefan, that's a fair point but the fact for me is layer selection from Layers panel is often faster, especially if I have multiple layers I need to copy over. When I have a file of 50 layers from a designer, the Layers panel is the only thing that presents order within chaos. :)
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I just can't believe that this isn't properly implemented yet.
It's Photoshop. We use the layers panel like crazy. It's the main navigational unit when using the program. Dragging from the layers panel to tabs should 'just work'.

In general: Any dragging of anything that you can move from anywhere when having windows side by side should also work with tabs.

There must be a snippet of code that is triggered when anything is dropped on a window?! Add this to the tabs and hey presto!

Thank you :)

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