PS-27 - Working with multiple windows of the same document

16 August, 2014

Let's say you are working on a file that has so many details which need a constant zooming and scrolling. You can use the zoom tool to get a closer detail and zoom out to check how it looks from far. Another way is to use the Navigation panel to control the zoom and scroll.

Did you know Photoshop has this wonder option called Multiple windows of the same document?


01. I am using this 'Humongous World Map' for this tutorial.

For more information about the map >> Humongous World Map
(Highly detailed map with 8000x7000 resolution made with shape layers inside Photoshop. 7 Continents, 267 Countries and 129 Oceans, Seas, Gulf and Bay. Completely editable with organized layers)

(fig 1.0)

02. To open a second window of the same document, go to the Windows / Arrange / New window for <document name>

If you have two or three different documents opened, active window will be shown here.

(fig 2.0)

03. This is not a duplicate window, it is the same document in different window, you can think of it like 'Mirroring'. Making changes to one document will reflect on the other window.

(fig 2.1)

04. You can also create more than 2 windows of the same document. Any document you work will be the original. You can Show ruler, Guide, Rotate, zoom in and out for one window without affecting the other. This is a huge time saver if you have dual monitor.

Notice the image below. For the first window (left) the Ruler is visible. Second window has nothing and the third window has Guide. Also note the zoom size at the bottom of each window.

(fig 3.0)

05. With all these multiple windows, the layers panel is only one.

(fig 4.0)

06. After you made changed, you can save your document from any window.

Here i have included 'United Kingdom' to the map, without saving i'll close the window directly.

On the second image i have closed the third window (the one with the grid). On the third image i have closed the second window. Till now the document is not saved and there is no save dialog box.

Only when i close the last window the save dialog popups.

(fig 5.0)

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