hey guys so im starting to paint in photoshop again and Im having an issue. I have a reference photo that I want to be able to see while im painting. I dont want to print it out because its very colorful and will eat up my ink. How can I get it to be next to my painting and not be in the way of my workspace? Should I open 2 photoshop files? Paste it onto my actual canvas in photoshop? Im not sure what to do.
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Last time I touched a non-Mac was 20+ years ago, but...
On the Macs, there's a little doodad called PREVIEW that opens jpegs and the like to various sizes that you can move around if you have two screens or a large enough screen where PS won't overlap it when opened. There should be something similar in non-Macs, I'm guessing.
When I'm working with lots of different ref, like hands, lips, eyes, etc., I just crop them to tight sizes and drop them onto their own layer outside my work area so I can see them easily. I once had 7 layers of reference stacked tight with a hole in the middle of each so i could bounce through the layers as I needed them.
In Illustrator, it gets even more extreme. I have one simple 6-page toon I'm working on with 15 layer of reference ranging from rockets to a human skull to biplanes and a bunch of fish.
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To tackle the question at a complete tangent -
Have you ever looked at budget software ArtRage? Might not have the best tool set ever (yet? version 3 promised very soon), but does have a very nice feature of being able to 'pin' any number of reference photos/images onto the workspace, that stay above your working image. You can move and scale them too. Just something that I always wonder - why don't other software do that?
It's on version 2.5 at the moment and costs a massive $25 or so. Don't be surprised at how much it can do though. Full psd layer blending mode support for instance. It's no replacement for Photoshop, but for the smalll amount of money . . . . . .