Photoshop Elements - Full Screen only blocks work

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am evaluating Photoshop Elements 6 for the Mac.

I am continually being blocked in trying to do the simplest things, which is very annoying. Simple things should be easy.

It seems the program only runs in full screen. This makes it impossible to view a web page at the same time as working.

I am sure there is a simple solution to this, but Adobe has yet again seen fit to make the simplest things incredibly hard to figure out.

Is there a solution?
Question by:jasimon9
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    Accepted Solution

    Uncheck the fill workspace background in prefs
    see pic

    Author Comment

    i have uncheck the setting you have provided. I can see how I can now view other windows in the viewing area.

    However, I must say this is the most bizarre user-interface I have ever seen. I am not sure if what I am experiencing is what Adobe intends, but to me it is as if they are coming from another planet, that has no experience with the last 40 years of computer interface design on earth.

    What I see is that the Adobe workspace still covers the full screen, put provides a "viewport" into the desktop which appears to be behind it. Alternatively, you could think of the Adobe workspace as providing a "mask" over the entire screen.

    Is there any way that PE6 can be made to behave like other programs which run in a window?

    By playing with the choices on the Window menu, it see how the individual features can be hidden or shown. But it is odd to me that Adobe has chosen to not run in a window, but only on the full screen. Has anybody else ever seen this as odd?
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    Expert Comment

    Photoshop CS4 and as all the other CS4 apps has actually gone down this same route the interface dominating your whole screen estate, although with Photoshop you have the option to revert to classic windowed view if you want.

    Author Comment

    I guess you make your choice and pay the money.
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    Expert Comment

    In Photoshop and inDesign I have grown to not mind it, it keeps everything a lot tidier, not having floating windows panels etc. all over the place. I can see with Elements doing web tutorials might have proved problematic, without the see through. I'm just used to doing everything with spaces, so I'd just use my keyboard to switch between adjacent spaces, slightly irritating, but workable.

    Author Comment

    Yes, I think Spaces is a partial solution.

    The first time I ran into the problem was when I wanted to match a color using the eyedropper. Before knowing about the setting you described above, I did not see how to use the feature without being able to have both PE and the other app on screen together.

    After getting sufficiently frustrated, opened up PE4 for Windows in a Virtual Machine.

    I suppose you can get used to anything eventually.

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