Photoshop: Dim Photoshop when losing focus, for better overview of the active panels (+mockup)

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I prefer having all my panels on my secondary screen, which overlap when I'm working with multiple Adobe applications. This results in occasional clicks on a panel of the wrong application. I would like it if the inactive application dims when it loses focus.

I made this quick mock-up to illustrate what I think would be perfect to keep a good overview:
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Rtijn

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Jaroslav Bereza

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Have you considered to change theme to darker in one of the app? Also I found some AHK script. But I didn't try it. https://lifehacker.com/fade-inactive-windows-to-transparent-with-this-script-5790776
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Having faced similar issue, I simply minimize the currently inactive program and alt+tab or click taskbar (windows) to retrieve it. 
I also use an open window of a data file directory/path, open behind so I can easily get to a window of data files, via a click on the window.
Another solution is to make the currently inactive program set to "restore down" (square icon) from maximized, to a small window in a location not easily seen, and revived via alt-tab, maximize.
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I really appreciate your responses and thoughts on this. I considered them already, and maybe I should have elaborated on why I don't think that is a better alternative than my idea.

@jaroslav
I want all my Adobe apps in the same theme. I just prefer the dark one everywhere and I'm not looking to make variations per app. I appreciate the script you found, but I don't really like the way that looks, I don't want every application to have that behavior. And most importantly, I don't want to run third party scripts on a computer that I have to depend on for my income. It's not worth the risk.

@Doug
I prefer a quick workflow, that's the reason I want all the panels open on my secondary window. They are there when the keyboard shortcuts don't cut it. Having to click the minimize button seems like a minor action, but it takes me out of my flow. It's annoying and not really a solution to the problem.

I think both suggestions are more workarounds that work but I feel they don't make a better alternative to my idea. It is a simple, native, in-application solution, that doesn't require extra actions from the user and I think that's pretty elegant.
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I've had this problem for years and have been revisiting this issue as I adapt to working from home. Dimming the text colour / contrast of the background apps would be a fantastic way to avoid clicking into the wrong palette! I agree that minimising isn't so helpful, especially when you are jumping around by double-clicking to edit smart objects in other apps etc. There's no built-in minimise step in that process.

Please implement this suggestion Adobe!
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What should happen if you have multiple monitors and you want to see canvas in true colors while you work in different app?
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I agree Jaroslav, that definitely is a valid concern and something that would certainly bother me too. To prevent that, everything but the canvas should be dimmed. I think that would be the best.