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Get a quick preview of a large file open a composite version (7/CS/CS2/CS3)

Added on Thursday 27th of September 2007 02:42 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2/CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows



Isn’t it a pain when you have to open a big, multi-layered file just to take a quick look at it? For example, you may need to sample a color from a multi-layered, high-resolution TIF or PSD file, but don’t want to wait for the 100MB file to render onscreen. Whenever you need to take a quick peek at a file but don’t need to edit the layers—and don’t intend to save over the file—open a composite of the file instead, and skip the wait.


Whether you select the file from the Open dialog box, Adobe Bridge or from the File Browser, the command is the same. Press and hold [option][shift] ([Alt][Shift] in Windows) and click Open or double click on the file. Then click OK in the Adobe Photoshop dialog box shown in Figure A, inquiring if you want to read the composite data instead.


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