Photoshop: Compare/arrange opened documents

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when working on series of images, very often i need to compare them all at once on the screen.

there is not a good option for showing multiple images with equal zoom or fit.
yes i can go to window/arrange, but this is not a perfect solution.

what about an option for showing all or some of the opened files together, without border and without ruller and window shadow. just with a click of a button.

i think this is essential feature.
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window -> arrange will arrange the windows, and you can use window->arrange->Match * to match zoom, location, etc. among all the windows.
You can also use the shift key while moving or zooming to match all the windows, and there is an option in the move and zoom tools to match all windows by default.
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hi cris,

thanks for the quick reply.

as i mentioned in my post, i am already aware of all the possibilities i have in window -> arrange.

i was suggesting more sophisticated multiple image comparison and layout,
as an enhancement of the arrange feature.

as example:

- no window frames
- no window shadows
- black or custom background behind all opened images (application frame is not an option)

thanks!
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Bridge can do this. In a smaller number of photos
Select a photos and press Ctrl + B
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Some, not all, of the window appearance options can be controlled via the User Interface preferences:



My guess is something similar to Lightroom's "Lights Out" feature might probably get you more where you want.
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thanks jeffrey,

the control over the border was something i missed out and was happy do discover after your post.

sadly it doesn't work in "standard screen mode". probably a bug. and this is exactly the screen mode i would use to compare images. i just choose the option "none" on border but nothing happened. even after restarting photoshop.

thanks
mladen
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Are you on Mac or Windows? (which os/version)
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Mac OSX 10.9.5 Mavericks / Photoshop CC 2014.2.1
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Hmm. Seems to be working for me. Do you have Use Graphics Processor enabled?
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The way Photoshop handles working with multiple images is very cumbersome and actually full of what I`d call bugs. Just a few thoughts:
I often work with 2 views of one image (Window>Arrange>New Window). For example when I have to mask hair. I have one view that shows the layered image, while the other view is showing the mask (which is where I work most of the time). So I can see the mask and the resuling effect at once.
But there are some things that really need to be adressed:
- "Fit screen" does not work correctly. It zooms to a level that would be correct, if the image was the only one on screen. But since there is more than one, it gets zoomed in too much.
- There needs to be a button in the navigator panel ("navigate all windows") so that all windows react to what I do in the navigator.
- If I rotate all windows with the "rotate view tool", clicking "esc" only resets the view for the active window. It should reset all windows, if "rotate all windows" is checked in the options bar.
- If "scroll all windows" (options bar of the hand tool) is checked, flick-panning does not work any more. It should, of course.
- Let`s say you have zoomed in both views of that same image. They show the same portion of the image. Now you rotate both views with the "rotate view tool" ("rotate all windows" checked in the options bar). In this case, they don`t show the same location anymore and you have to click "match location". This can be very bothering, if you work like I do!
- Now a similar situation: 2 views of the same image, both zoomed in, both show the same loacation, both not rotated. Take the hand tool, activate "scroll all windows". Now press and hold "H", hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor within one of the views (this is what`s called "birdseye view"): While you get birdseye view in the active window, the second view gets scrolled around, what`s actually very cool. But if you do the same when both views have been rotated before, both views move around like crazy during birdseye view, even if you don`t move your mouse at all!

If you ́re working with let`s say 20 images much more problems can come up!
There hasn`t been any progress since many versions!
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laden m:

Here's what I see with none:



Line:



Drop Shadow:



If the background is Black, you won't see the black line and the drop shadow.
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hi jeff,

thanks!

yes your example works exactly the same way here.

but this is not what i meant.

i would like to avoid the shadow of the floating window.
here an example:



an i thought that the option is meant for this:



but now i understand that this is only the shadow of the artboard.

anyway, i still miss a good yaw of comparing multiple images.

just last week i struggled with it. i had 12 opened images and i just wanted to see all of them at once, no border, no shadows. just to have a quick look at them. no way of doing this.

i arrange we have 6-up and with all the unnecessary borders and window elements.

thanks!

m.
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Gotcha. Thanks for the screen shot. Yup. That window's drop shadow is drawn by the OS.