Photo by Scott Bourne
The first time I saw Photoshop running on more than one monitor at a time, I knew that I had to get the same set up. If your hardware supports it, you too can set up to use two monitors simultaneously while working in Photoshop.
Most Apple computers support this capability right out of the box, and most Windows PCs can be configured this way by adding a second graphics card.
The most common application of dual monitors is to place all your tools and dialog boxes on one monitor, while your image work area is contained on the second monitor.
On a Mac, open the control panel and select Monitors. You will be allowed to set one monitor as “number one” and the other as “number two.” You can also set color depth and resolution here to your liking.
I like to put all my tool palettes on the left and my image on the right. I can open all of the Photoshop tool windows at once this way and still have full access to my image.
This tip reduces the need to constantly re-size your image, shrink it, or move it in order to get better access to tools.
Make sure that you calibrate the monitor that you use to look at the images. Do NOT calibrate the monitor that you use for your tool windows.