Like the navigator but not for an open canvas, just an image needed for reference? It's not difficult to open a preview window behind PS, but I wondered if there was an integrated solution.

Also! First question ever! Glad I made it something hugely important...

  • I don't understand. Can't you just open the image in a new window?
    – Scott
    Apr 27, 2015 at 21:29
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    I usually open reference images in photoshop and stack them inside a separate window on a separate sceen. You can just drag tab to unattach it. If that is not an option, I just place the reference images inside the same document out lf the way. Printing some of them is not bad idea either.
    – Joonas
    Apr 28, 2015 at 5:27

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I don't think there is anything available to what you're asking but here are some alternatives to see other images quickly.

Using Adobe Bridge

This might be the closest application to what you're asking for. You can easily navigate images in Adobe Bridge and open them right away in Photoshop. Basically a file explorer that integrates with Photoshop. Just Alt+Tab (Windows) to switch programs on the fly.

Floating Document Windows

click on the image's tab and, with your mouse button held down, drag the tab down and away from the other tabs

Switching Tabs From The Keyboard

Ctrl+Tab (Windows) Command+~ (Mac)


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