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Digital Photo Processing

A Multi-Monitor Setup May Enhance Image Editing

SUMMARY: Adding a second monitor to your computer may make it much easier to edit digital photos.

When you use an image editing software package, you know that various toolbars, status bars, and the like take up part of the screen. This leaves less room for you to view the currently edited digital photo.

If supported by your operating system and software, you may want to invest in a graphics card that supports multiple-monitors and purchase a spare monitor (even 17 inch monitors are getting very cheap nowadays). By running multiple monitors, you can extend a graphic software package's workspace across both screens, leaving one screen almost exclusively for the currently edited image, placing toolbars, docked windows, etc. on the other monitor.

Though purchasing a graphics card and monitor can be a sizable investment of hundreds of dollars, you may find this setup well worth the money if you plan on modifying many digital photos.

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