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Fri, Jul 8, 2011 1:36 PM

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Photoshop: Make UI panels dim or darker when not in focus

Can you dim UI panels or make them darker when they're not in focus please, see this screenshot, it's Photoshop on top of Flash and sometimes it's hard to concentrate: http://cl.ly/2k0A2O3z082A1R3m112m

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10 y ago

The OS is responsible for window management between apps. Here are some workarounds:

1. Hold down the Command and Option keys when you click Photoshop in the OS X Dock. This will hide the other applications when you bring Photoshop to the front.

2. Hit Command + Option + H with Photoshop in the front to hide Flash in the background.

3. Choose Window>Application Frame in Photoshop to turn on the application background/frame to block out applications behind Photoshop.

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Focus doesn't make sense here - since palettes are never in focus. Do you mean when the application is in the background (not the foreground app)? Photoshop should already hide it's palettes when it is in the background.

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This is really a suggestion for all Adobe software. For example, in the screenshot Photoshop was in the foreground and Flash in the back. I often work like this and it's hard to differentiate them.

The only way around it is to use the application frame, but that messes up big time on OSX when you use Expose.

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That sounds like it's a bug in Flash - they should not be showing their palettes unless they are the foreground application.

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Not a bug. This behavior occurs with applications that contain the image window within an application frame (iPhoto or Aperture have the same behavior - they don't dim their UI if they aren't the frontmost application). Flash doesn't have an option to disable the application frame like Photoshop. Photoshop will have the panels be persistent in the background if the Application frame is on.

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