Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by PeterN, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. PeterN

    PeterN Guest

    I am looking for a new monitor, which will probably be an NEC 27" which
    has fairly high resolution. (2560 x 1440) At that resolution I will not
    be able to read the menu items and I anticipate that other programs will
    have fonts too small to see. My tentative solution os to use two
    monitors and keep only the images on the high resolution screen.
    The sales clerks have told me this is easy. But, I am wondering whether
    anyone here has gone that route.
    PeterN, Jul 22, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    I'm not sure what the question is. I have been using two monitors for
    quite some time. Easys-peasy. Handy, for example, when commenting on
    SI images...the PBase page on one screen, and the newsgroup on the

    In editing, I'll sometimes have the same image up on both screens with
    one highly enlarged using a Layer Mask, and the other screen showing
    the image at normal size so I have a better sense of the entire image.
    tony cooper, Jul 22, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Maybe I should have been more clear. I would like to use PhotoShop so
    that the image is full size on one screen and the control & menu for the
    same program is on the other screen. The Adobe forums list thius as an
    issue which has not been resolved, with Win7.
    PeterN, Jul 22, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Dunno what that person's problem is, but using CS4 and XP I can have
    the image on my main screen and all the tools and palettes on the
    other screen. I just drag them over there.

    I can't imagine why it would be any different in CS5 or Windows 7. If
    the tools bar and palettes are draggable to a different position on
    one monitor, they can be moved over to a second monitor.

    BTW, my secondary monitor is to my left, not to my right as someone in
    the forum recommends. It's to my left because that's only way it's
    possible in the set-up in the room where I use it. I can't see why
    this makes any difference to anyone.

    I don't often split tools/palettes and image, though. My images are
    not in the same ratio as my primary monitor. My monitor is wider than
    the image when the image fills the screen top-to-bottom, so I have
    room at one side. When I do do it, it's because I have a number of
    palettes open and a lot of layers.
    tony cooper, Jul 22, 2012
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    Carl Dershem Guest

    Yes, but not at that level.
    Both of my monitors are currently 24", 1900 x 1080 monitors, and I
    keep the image on one, and the tools on the other in Photoshop.
    It really helps to keep things un-cluttered.

    Carl Dershem, Jul 22, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Thanks. I had no clue on how to do it. For my use, keeping tools in the
    unused section of one monitor may not work, because 9of my planned high
    PeterN, Jul 22, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    I assume that you have already checked to see if your video card
    supports two monitors or that you have two video cards. Once you add
    a monitor, you'll go to My Computer>Display>Settings> and drag the
    monitor icons to the arrangement you want. Your cursor will move
    between the two monitors just as if it is one monitor.
    tony cooper, Jul 23, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    That's what made me nervous. When I asked if my video card would support
    two monitors, I received an evasive answer. It is not a big deal to add
    a second video card, but if I have to, I would like to know in advance.
    I also figure that if I get evasive answers before the sale, I might not
    get teh best service if a problem arises after the sale.
    PeterN, Jul 27, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    You might read this:

    The one I purchased was at the low end, price-wise. Not being a
    gamer, I didn't need more. I didn't "add" a video card; I replaced my
    video card with a dual card.

    My second monitor is from a store that sells used business systems.
    It's a NEC (model unknown) that I paid $50 for. Surprisingly, the
    screen definition is fantastic. I work on the primary screen, but the
    second screen would not be a problem to work on.
    tony cooper, Jul 27, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Interesting article, It will serve as a checklist, when I do my install.
    I plan to order the new monitor within the next week or two.
    PeterN, Jul 27, 2012

  11. How you considered resizing the menu fonts on screen? Simply make them
    bigger so you can read them. This has been a known 'problem' for many years
    so both Mac's and PC's have user definable font sizes built into the
    operating system...

    I have a 1920 x 1200 24" monitor and reading menus isn't a problem.

    Michael Quick, Aug 8, 2012
  12. 'How' should be 'Have'


    Michael Quick, Aug 8, 2012
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