• Cascading: Three Ways to View Multiple Documents at Once in Photoshop or PSE

    When you visit Niagara Falls, you can choose to view it from the New York side or the Canadian side. Each side has a different perspective, but both are equally magnificent.

    When you open documents in Photoshop Elements, the default view allows you to see one large document filling the Editing Window. In order to drag layers from one document to another, you need to be able to see all of your open files at the same time.

    There are several ways to do this, and Adobe refers to this orientation as cascading view. It may not be as exciting as the cascades at Niagara Falls, but its helpful nonetheless.

    In Photoshop Elements:

    Select Window > Images > Cascade. You can undo this by selecting Window > Images > Maximize Mode.

    Double-click the title bar of the top image. You can undo this by double-clicking the title bar again.

    Click the double-rectangle icon between the and the X at the top right corner of the title bar. Clicking the icon again takes you back to maximize mode.

    In Photoshop:

    Select Window > Arrange > Cascade for the cascading view.

    Double-click the title bar to enter Maximize Mode or click the Maximize icon between the and the X at the top right corner of the title bar.

    To switch from Maximize back to Cascading view, click the Restore Down icon between the and the X at the far right end of the Menu Bar.