Photoshop: Reference image holder as a panel

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As I work with hundreds of images every day and ALWAYS use a reference image on the side for correct colour from different skin colors, it would be great to have a panel you can dock where you can have your different images you use as reference. I think most proimaging services could use this to greatly improve workspeed etc. Now I have to have a separate floating window, and it always gets in the way, and even worse, when I open a new batch of images they start docking into the reference image I have open...
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David Jensen

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You should try Configurator. It will allow you to make a custom panel with imbeded images, html or SWF files.
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Trond Andersen

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Just what I was looking for, big thanx!!!!
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George

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Can you share how you went about making this custom panel?
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Is this a different solution? I'm a bit confused. I'm more of an artist than a coder, was hoping for something a bit less daunting. Thanks.
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It's the current solution for creating panels in Photoshop CC.
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Aha, thanks. I am still on CS6. 
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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A built in solution would either be to change the Window arrangement to two up and change dimensions of the two views so your reference is in one pane and the document(s) you're working on is in the other view. Or use a floating document to the right of your panels for a reference view.
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I tried both, but the floating option just hides the window when I'm working on the artwork window, and the 2-up option is a bit unwieldy.

What I am actually attempting to do is create a small "color palette" I can eyedropper from when painting in Photoshop. 

Usually I do not need to save these color palettes, so swapping them out and remembering to save my master swatch palette is just too much extra work for what is often just a single need-use. 

That said, a floating reference image would also be handy, so a custom panel would be more ideal for multiple uses. 

Thanks Jeffrey!
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Do you need to be able to paint on the reference image/color palette? Or just load a JPEG or PNG with colors on it?
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George

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Just loading an image file (or grabbing the clipboard, ideally) is all I'm aiming for.
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George

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Currently I just paint large "paint dabs" on a layer, and move it around as needed. But obviously that isn't ideal for zooming and moving around the canvas.
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I want this floating window option brought to mac too.
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eartho

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is that a mock-up or did you build a panel?
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Dmitry

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im build this panel
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Dmitry, This looks great, plus I really like the photos. Did you use Configurator for this panel?
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Can't be a Configurator panel if it's running in a current version. Looks like he built it in HTML5.
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Oh my god, would you please share the file with us? I would like to use your panel.
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