Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

August 27, 2016

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

One of the trickier things about editing the small details of an image in Photoshop or Elements is seeing how those edits are affecting the look of the image overall.

When you are zoomed in close, you can’t see the big picture.

Or can you?

Here’s a quick tip that can help in this situation. It’s called Dual View (or sometimes Live View) and it comes in really handy when you are making image edits that require you to be zoomed in close. So it’s an especially useful tip when retouching photos. It also seems to be one of the better kept secrets of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

The procedure is a tiny bit different in Photoshop and Elements, so we’ll look at each separately.

In the example below, I’ll be editing an image I took to remove a small piece of lint I didn’t notice while shooting.

Dual View in Photoshop

Have your image open in Photoshop.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

From the top menu bar, choose into Window>Arrange>New Window for…[your file name].

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

That creates a new window containing your image.

To view both of these windows at once, choose Window>Arrange from the top menu bar and then choose either 2-Up Horizontal or 2-Up Vertical, whichever you prefer. I prefer 2-Up Vertical because it puts the two windows side-by-side.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

The two windows containing your image will open side-by-side.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

Now select the Zoom tool. Do this by either clicking the it’s icon in the toolbox…

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

…Or temporarily select it by pressing the Z key.

With the Zoom tool selected, make sure that the box next to Zoom All Windows in the Options bar found above the Document window is unchecked.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

Leaving this box unchecked allows you to zoom in on the image in one of the windows and view the full picture in the other. However, if for some reason you want the two windows to zoom in and out together, hold down the shift key as you are zooming.

That’s it. You can now pan and zoom in and out on one of the windows while the view in the second window remaining unchanged. And, as you make edits in one window, the photo showing in the other window will be updated with that change immediately.

In my example, I am zoomed in to 200% in one window but I can still see the entire photo in the other.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

And as I remove the offending lint in the zoomed in window, the edit appears instantly in the second frame.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

Dual View in Elements

Have your image open in the Elements Expert workspace. To make things easier, this should be the only image opened in Elements.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

From the top menu bar, choose into View>New Window for…[your file name].

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

That creates a new window containing your image.

To view both of these windows at once, choose Window>Images>Tile.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

The two windows containing your image will open side-by-side.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

Now select the Zoom tool. Do this by either clicking the it’s icon in the toolbox…

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

…Or temporarily select it by pressing the Z key.

With the Zoom tool selected, make sure that the box next to Zoom All Windows in the Options bar found below the Document window is unchecked.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

Leaving this box unchecked allows you to zoom in on the image in one of the windows and view the full picture in the other. However, if for some reason you want the two windows to zoom in and out together, hold down the shift key as you are zooming.

That’s it. You can now pan and zoom in and out on one of the windows while the view in the second window remaining unchanged. And, as you make edits in one window, the photo showing in the other window will be updated with that change immediately.

In my example, I am zoomed in to 200% in one window but I can still see the entire photo in the other.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

As I remove the offending lint in the zoomed in window, the edit appears instantly in the second frame.

Photoshop and Elements Editing Tip – Dual View

Of Interest…

For more easy Photoshop photo retouching tips and tricks, check out the video below.




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