Photoshop: Reference image holder as a panel

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LEGEND ,
May 03, 2012 May 03, 2012

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As I work with hundreds of images every day and ALWAYS use a reference image on the side for correct colour from different skin colors, it would be great to have a panel you can dock where you can have your different images you use as reference. I think most proimaging services could use this to greatly improve workspeed etc. Now I have to have a separate floating window, and it always gets in the way, and even worse, when I open a new batch of images they start docking into the reference image I have open...
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Contributor ,
May 03, 2012 May 03, 2012

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You should try Configurator. It will allow you to make a custom panel with imbeded images, html or SWF files.

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LEGEND ,
May 04, 2012 May 04, 2012

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Just what I was looking for, big thanx!!!!

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Explorer ,
Dec 02, 2016 Dec 02, 2016

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Can you share how you went about making this custom panel?

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 03, 2016 Dec 03, 2016

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http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creativesuite/cs-extension-builder.html

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Explorer ,
Dec 03, 2016 Dec 03, 2016

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Is this a different solution? I'm a bit confused. I'm more of an artist than a coder, was hoping for something a bit less daunting. Thanks.

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 03, 2016 Dec 03, 2016

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It's the current solution for creating panels in Photoshop CC.

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Explorer ,
Dec 03, 2016 Dec 03, 2016

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Aha, thanks. I am still on CS6. 

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 03, 2016 Dec 03, 2016

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A built in solution would either be to change the Window arrangement to two up and change dimensions of the two views so your reference is in one pane and the document(s) you're working on is in the other view. Or use a floating document to the right of your panels for a reference view.

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Explorer ,
Dec 03, 2016 Dec 03, 2016

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I tried both, but the floating option just hides the window when I'm working on the artwork window, and the 2-up option is a bit unwieldy.

What I am actually attempting to do is create a small "color palette" I can eyedropper from when painting in Photoshop. 

Usually I do not need to save these color palettes, so swapping them out and remembering to save my master swatch palette is just too much extra work for what is often just a single need-use. 

That said, a floating reference image would also be handy, so a custom panel would be more ideal for multiple uses. 

Thanks Jeffrey!

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 04, 2016 Dec 04, 2016

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Do you need to be able to paint on the reference image/color palette? Or just load a JPEG or PNG with colors on it?

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Explorer ,
Dec 04, 2016 Dec 04, 2016

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Just loading an image file (or grabbing the clipboard, ideally) is all I'm aiming for.

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Explorer ,
Dec 04, 2016 Dec 04, 2016

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Currently I just paint large "paint dabs" on a layer, and move it around as needed. But obviously that isn't ideal for zooming and moving around the canvas.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 30, 2017 Jan 30, 2017

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Guide ,
Jan 30, 2017 Jan 30, 2017

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is that a mock-up or did you build a panel?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 30, 2017 Jan 30, 2017

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im build this panel

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2017 Feb 02, 2017

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Dmitry, This looks great, plus I really like the photos. Did you use Configurator for this panel?

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 02, 2017 Feb 02, 2017

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Can't be a Configurator panel if it's running in a current version. Looks like he built it in HTML5.

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Explorer ,
Aug 09, 2017 Aug 09, 2017

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I want this floating window option brought to mac too.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 02, 2017 Dec 02, 2017

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Oh my god, would you please share the file with us? I would like to use your panel.

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Explorer ,
Nov 08, 2018 Nov 08, 2018

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I'm using Anastasiy's MagicRefs panel in Photoshop now:



works pretty cool. Organizes image references in different screen modes, no need to open documents.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 09, 2020 Apr 09, 2020

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Try this:
to change the check box state.   It worked for me:)
And remember to close the software and open it again.
https://minhajulhaque.com/photoshop-preferences-for-better-photo-editing/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1hcCEMzkbU

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LEGEND ,
Sep 05, 2020 Sep 05, 2020

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You did this on MacOs or Windows?

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