On the right hand side of the Adobe Photoshop interface, you’ll find a series of palettes stacked one on top of another. These are commonly known as ‘Floating Palettes‘ and can be used for a whole variety of tasks.
Moving floating palettes
After becoming accustomed to the basics of Adobe Photoshop, you might want to start modifying the arrangements of your floating palettes. You can easily move them around the interface window by left clicking on the trim along the top of each palette and ‘dragging’ to the desired location.
Group & ungroup
You may have noticed already that many palettes are stacked together and have tabs. These tabs are separate palettes that have been grouped together. To upgroup a palette, click and drag the relevant tab away from the group. To rejoin a palette to a group, drag and drop the tab over another tab.
Closing & Opening
Your work-space can easily become littered with floating palettes. To close a palette, simple click on the ‘x’ (close) button at the top right hand corner of the top trim. If at a later point you wish to re-instate a closed floating palette, drop down the ”Window’ menu and select it from the list.
Tip: You will notice an arrow within a circle at the top right hand corner of each palette, just below the close button. Clicking on this will reveal an extended menu listing functions unique to that particular palette. Make a point of familiarizing yourself with these menus. There are plenty of powerful commands that will increase functionality.
Useful palettes to try