Which Adobe product do you have? Is it Photoshop Elements?
it is cs5 my assistant said i could see it in different tabs. in cs4 it would (it the image) would remain open id creat a layer and drag it to the 2nd image. its silly because we're talking basic stuff. i just click on one image then try and open second one and it disapears
Moving this discussion to the Photoshop General Discussion forum.
There are many ways to do what you want.
In the the Interface section of the preferences you can uncheck Open Documents as Tabs
from Windows > Arrange menu you can choose Float all in Windows
with selected layers, drag with the Move tool from the canvas area of the source document to the name of the tab of the destination document, hold there until the tab becomes active, and then continue dragging and drop over the canvas area.
in the layers panel right click on the selected layer/s and choose Duplicate... in the Duplicate dialog choose the destination document.