The Digital Photo Guy

Dual Monitors on Any Windows PC

by on Dec.18, 2009, under Photo Editing

Add a Second Monitor for Easier Photo Editing

Triple Monitor configuration

Click to see my desktop

A second, third or, even, fourth monitor is one of the best things anyone can do to improve efficiency, increase speed and organize their Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Lightroom workflow. Adding desktop “real estate” lets you move tools and palettes off your main screen and concentrate on your work, not your workflow.

Unfortunately, unless you’re a professional, it’s hard to justify US$150 to US$500 for a second monitor that will sit idle for much of the time and, possibly, a new graphics card. Factor in the potential cost and hassles of installing new hardware and most people just throw up their hands in frustration.

In today’s connected world, it’s not unusual for people to own both a desktop and a laptop. Others have an old laptop sitting in a closet, waiting to be donated or recycled. Wait no longer because the time has arrived for that old laptop to get a new lease on life. Connect your desktop and laptop for increased productivity.

And, it doesn’t end there. You can be even more efficient by remotely controlling your second laptop or desktop to run a program while working on your primary PC. In my case, I have an old laptop that runs my CD/DVD publisher. While that laptop is burning and printing CDs, I can easily switch the monitor between the disc publisher and Photoshop Elements on my primary PC.

The photo at the top shows my desktop with 3 monitors. Bridge is on the right monitor, Photoshop Elements is in the center and the left monitor has my tools and palettes along with my e-mail client. Click the ad below for more information.

Disclaimer: This company pays me for sales that come from my site. I paid full retail price for my copy. I advertise this because it is a fine product that I use daily and will benefit anyone who uses photo/video editing software.
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