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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
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Zooming and navigating


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Zooming and navigating

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.
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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
8h 50m Beginner Sep 23, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, tags, and ratings
  • Mapping photos
  • Applying Photomerge Exposure in Guided Edit
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct a photo's tone and color
  • Reducing digital noise in photos
  • Creating a photo slideshow with audio and transitions
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Zooming and navigating

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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