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For impromptu meetings at your computer monitor, you can use Photoshop itself to present images to a client. Images are displayed against a black background, without the toolbox or palettes appearing on the screen, and the slides are manually advanced using the keyboard.

1. Press Shift+Ctrl+O to open the File Browser.

2. Using the controls in the File Browser, navigate to the Web Photo Gallery folder under Chapter 9 on the companion CD.

3. Select All (press Ctrl+A). Double-click any one of the images to open all selected in document windows (see Figure 9.24). Close the File Browser. Make sure the rulers do not display. (Press Ctrl+R to toggle them off if necessary.)

Figure 9.24

Opening multiple files through the File Browser

WARNING If you do not close the File Browser, it will appear as a slide in your presentation.

4. Press F to switch to Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar. The window of the top document itself disappears, but its content appears against a neutral gray background. The neutral background is appropriate for making decisions about color, but not necessarily for presentation.

5. Hold down Shift and click the Full Screen Mode button IDD near the bottom of the toolbox. Now the image appears against a black background that is better for formal presentation. Holding down Shift while making this change alters the mode of all the images that are currently open; they are all in Full Screen mode now.

6. Hide the toolbox and palettes by pressing the Tab key. Now the image is presentable against a black background. The Windows taskbar is also hidden. (Press Alt+Tab to switch tasks if necessary.)

7. Advance to the next slide by pressing Ctrl+Tab. Repeat this to advance to the next slide. Press Ctrl+Tab at intervals you choose to set the speed of the slide show. When you get to the last slide, pressing Ctrl+Tab again loops around to the first slide.

TIP You can advance slides in reverse order by pressing Shift+Ctrl+Tab.

When the slide show is over, you'll need to know how to get Photoshop back to "normal."

8. Press Tab to toggle the toolbox and palettes on. (Shift+Tab toggles only the palettes on and off.)

9. Press F, and then press F again for each image to return it to Standard Screen Mode. Leave all the files open.

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