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Once you have set up your document and are working in Photoshop, you will notice how quickly your screen fills up with "stuff" that is not even part of your image. There are palettes galore in Photoshop. Conveniently, Photoshop has a Palette Well (see Figure 2-10) where active yet unused palettes can be docked. While you can also double-click the top of a palette to minimize it, the minimized menu bar doesn't indicate which palette it is. The Palette Well is a more efficient way of avoiding clutter without losing sight of the palettes you are working with.

You can also group palettes. For instance, let's say you are working on a multilayered image, using the Layers palette, the Brush palette, the History palette, and the Swatches palette. Suppose you are mostly using the Layers palette and the Brush palette; those two palettes would be "live," the other two palettes you are using would be docked or grouped behind them—just a click away. Because all of Photoshop's palettes are floating, you can drag them around the screen as you see fit, grouping and ungrouping palettes by moving them close together and taking them apart again.

TRY IT To activate a palette that is grouped or docked behind a currently "live" palette, simply click on the tab and the palette you selected will move forward. You can also give that palette its own environment by simply clicking and holding on the tab and moving it onto the screen To move a palette to the docking well, click and hold on the top of the palette tab and move it up to the Palette Well and release—it will then be docked.

Figure 2-10 The Palette Well allows you to avoid clutter without losing sight of the palettes you are working with.

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