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Showing a Client Your Work on Your Computer

Any time I’m showing a client my work on screen, I use this technique because it quickly tucks Photoshop out of the way so the client isn’t distracted by the palettes, menus, etc. They can focus on just the image, and not on the software I’m using. Also, it does a nice job of presenting each photo in almost a museum setting—perfectly centered on a black background with no distractions.

Step One.
Open the Photo you want to show to your client in Photoshop.

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Step Two.
Press f, f, Tab (that’s the letter “f” twice, then the Tab key). The first “f” centers your photo on the screen, surrounded by gray canvas area. The second time you press “f,” the background changes to black, and Photoshop’s Menu Bar is hidden. Then, when you press Tab, it hides the Toolbox, Options bar, and any open palettes, presenting your photo onscreen as shown here.

Step Three.
To return quickly to your normal display layout, just press f, then Tab. Now that you know these two shortcuts, you can use a variation of them to create a slideshow from right within Photoshop.

Step Four.
Go under the File menu and choose Open. In the Open dialog, click on the first photo you want to open, hold the Command key (PC: Control key), then click on all the other photos you want to open. If the images that you want to open are contiguous, simply hold the Shift key and then click on the first and last image in the Open dialog to select them all.

Step Five.
Click the Open button and Photoshop opens all the photos, one right after the other (as shown here).

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Step Six.
Now that all the photos you want in your slideshow are open, hold the Shift key and click on the Full Screen Mode button at the bottom of the Toolbox (as shown here).

Step Seven.
This centers the first photo in your stack of photos on a black background, but your palettes will still be visible, so press the Tab key to hide them.

Step Eight.
Once your palettes are hidden, your slideshow is ready. To view the next “slide,” just press Control-Tab and the next photo in the stack opens. Because you held the Shift key when you switched to Full Screen Mode, the previous picture will automatically be hidden when the next photo appears. Continue through the stack by pressing Control-Tab. The slideshow automatically loops, so scroll through as many times as you’d like.

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Step Nine.
When you’re done with your slideshow and want to return to Standard Screen Mode, press the Tab key to make the Toolbox visible again, hold the Shift key, then click on the Standard Screen Mode button at the bottom of the Toolbox (as shown here).


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