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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you're working on a photo in the Full Edit workspace of the Editor, you'll do a lot of zooming in and out, and a lot of moving around or panning around the image. So it's useful to know how to zoom and pan most efficiently. When you first open a photo into the Full Edit workspace by default it comes in a floating document window like this, as I explained in an earlier movie, and it will open in that window at the largest magnification that will fit in your editing space and you can see that number here at the top of the document window.
In this case it's an odd percentage. If I want to see the contents of this image in a larger view, I can zoom in on them, and if I want to see more of the image but with the content smaller I can zoom out. Keep in mind that zooming in and out doesn't change the actual size of the photo just the magnification at which I'm viewing the photo. There are lots of ways to zoom. Some are more efficient than others. The most basic way to zoom is to select the Zoom tool here in the toolbar and then to go up to the Options bar and click the plus symbol here to zoom in or the minus symbol to zoom out.
I'll get the plus symbol and then I'll click in the image and that zooms me in to a set percentage, in this case 50 % as reported here in the title bar. In order to ensure that a particular part of the image, say this red part of the boat is visible as I zoom in, I want to put my cursor on top of that boat as I click. Now, if I want to zoom out, I'll click the minus symbol in the Options bar, and I'll click several times in the image to zoom out by set percentages. When I'm working with a document in a free-floating document window like this, I like to resize the actual window as I zoom in and out.
So in the Options bar for the Zoom tool, I'll generally click Resize Windows To Fit. Now, I'm going to click the plus symbol and I'm going to click in the image, and you can see that the document window has expanded as I zoom in on this image, and if I click the minus symbol and I zoom out, the document window resizes to fit the image. As you get more used to working with Elements, you'll realize that you don't have to use the Zoom tool per se in order to zoom in and out. So let's say that I'm working with another tool, say the Brush tool and I'm painting in my image and then I've realized that I want to zoom in.
Instead of selecting the Zoom tool, I'm going to press the Ctrl key on my keyboard and then press the Plus key a couple of times, and each time I do, I'll zoom in on the image. If I want to zoom out, I'll hold the Ctrl key down again as I click on the Minus key on my keyboard. There are lots of times when it makes sense to view an image at 100% of its actual size and that means that every pixel in the image will be assigned to one pixel on your screen. That's important to do when you're at the step of sharpening an image for print, and you want a sense of how it's really going to look when it prints.
One way to view your image at 100% is to go back and select the Zoom tool, and then to go up to the Options bar for the Zoom tool, and click this button 1:1. As you can see in the title bar of this document window, that took the image to 100%. But I can't see the entire image here in the document window, and that's because the image itself is bigger than the window that I have here on my screen. So in this case, I'd like to see the entire image and to do that, I'm going to use another button in the Zoom Tool Options bar, Fit Screen, and that will set the zoom percentage to the largest number at which the entire image can be seen in the space that I have available here.
There is also a Fill Screen button, which zooms to a percentage at which the image fills the entire width and height of the available space. In this case it's more than 100%, and there is also a Print Size button, but that's one that I never use. It's really not very helpful. Now you don't have to bother going up to the Zoom Tool Options bar to either set the image to 100% view or to Fit Screen. Instead, you can use shortcuts for that purpose. So say I'm working with another tool, maybe the Type tool here, and I decide that I want to look at the image at 100%.
I'm just going to go to the Zoom tool in the toolbar, and I'm going to double-click the Zoom tool, and that is the same as clicking on the 1:1 button up here in the Zoom Tool Options bar. If I want to view the image to fit the screen, I'll go to the Hand tool, and I'll double-click that tool. That's the same as clicking the Fit Screen option in either at the Zoom Tool Options bar or the Hand Tool Options bar. I am going to go back to 100% view by double-clicking the Zoom tool. Now, I can't see the entire image in the document window, because it's just too big to fit there.
So in order to see a different part of this image, I'm going to use the Hand tool, which I'll select here in the toolbar. Then I'm going to come in, and I'm going to Click+Hold and Drag to reveal a different part of this zoomed-in image in the document window and this is called Panning. Often I'll be using a different tool, say the Spot Healing Brush tool, and I need to pan to another part of my image to use the tool there. Well, there is a shortcut for accessing the Hand tool, so that I don't have to bother selecting the Hand tool manually in the toolbar.
Instead, as I'm working in the image with any tool, I can press down on the Spacebar on my keyboard, and then with the Spacebar down, I can click-and-drag to pan in the image. I'm going to release my Spacebar and show you another way to pan in an image, and that is to open the Navigator panel from the Window menu at the top of the screen. I am going to bring the Navigator panel out by clicking on its tab to make it a free-floating panel. I'll go to the bottom-right corner of the Navigator panel and I'll drag down to make the panel bigger.
Notice the red bounding box in the Navigator. That indicates the part of the image that's currently showing in the document window. To move to another part of the image, I can click inside of that red bounding box and move to another part of the image, and then that part of the image is viewable in the document window over here. There is also a Zoom slider inside the Navigator. So I can click-and-drag that Zoom slider, and it will zoom me in on just the part of the image that you see inside the red bounding box. I'm going to close this panel by going to the panel menu and choosing Close Tab Group.
So when you want to get closer to part of an image or when you want to back off, so that you can see more of an image, try using some of the zooming and panning techniques that I've shown you here.
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