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Zooming and navigating

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Zooming and navigating

As you work on a photo in the Full Edit workspace, you will do a lot of zooming in and out and a lot of moving around in the image. So it's useful to know how to zoom and pan in the image most efficiently. When you first open a photo in the Full Edit workspace, it will open in a floating document window set to the largest zoom magnification that will fit in your Editing Workspace. That magnification is recorded at the top of the Document window. In my case, the image opened at 43.7% of its actual size. Yours may be different depending on the size and resolution of your monitor.

Zooming and navigating

As you work on a photo in the Full Edit workspace, you will do a lot of zooming in and out and a lot of moving around in the image. So it's useful to know how to zoom and pan in the image most efficiently. When you first open a photo in the Full Edit workspace, it will open in a floating document window set to the largest zoom magnification that will fit in your Editing Workspace. That magnification is recorded at the top of the Document window. In my case, the image opened at 43.7% of its actual size. Yours may be different depending on the size and resolution of your monitor.

I can zoom in on the image for a closer look, in which case the contents will appear larger, or I can zoom out which allows me to see more of the image but makes the contents appear smaller. Now keep in mind that zooming in and out doesn't change the actual size of an image just the magnification at which it's displayed, much like zooming in and out with a telescope. There are multiple ways to zoom, some more efficient than others. When you are first learning Elements, the most basic way to zoom is to go to the toolbar and select the Zoom tool here and then to go up to the Options bar and click the Plus symbol to zoom in or the Minus symbol to zoom out.

I will click the Plus symbol and then I will come into the image and I will click several times on the area that I want to focus on, this red boat. And that zooms me in. To zoom out, I will click the Minus option in the Options bar and click several times. When I'm working with a document in a free-floating window like this one, as supposed to in a tabbed document arrangement, which I explained in an earlier movie, I like to resize the window along with the document. If I don't do that and I continue to zoom out, I will get this gray area around the photograph.

So, to avoid that, I'm going to go up to the Options bar for the Zoom tool and put a checkmark in this box to the left of Resize Windows To Fit. Now, if I zoom out further, the window gets smaller to just fit around the image and if I get the Plus symbol and I zoom in, the window gets bigger along with the image. As you get more familiar with Elements, you will find it faster to use a keyboard shortcut to zoom, rather than going to the toolbar and getting the Zoom tool and then using its options. So, one shortcut for zooming in is to hold the Command key on the keyboard and then click the Plus key at the top- right of the keyboard, like that.

And then to zoom out, the shortcut is to hold the Command key and tap the Minus key, like that. Sometimes, it makes sense to look at an image at 100% of its actual size. That's important to do for example, when you're sharpening an image and you want to really see how it's going to look when it prints. One way to view an image at 100% is to go back to the Zoom tool and then go up to the Options bar for the Zoom tool and click the 1:1 button there. 1:1 means that one pixel in the image will be assigned to one pixel on the screen.

So, there's 1:1 relationship between image pixels and screen pixels, which Elements considers to be 100% view. With the image at 100%, it's too big to fit in my Document window and so I can't see the whole thing. If I do want to see the entire image on my screen, there is another option in the Zoom tool Options bar for that, the Fit Screen option. So, I will click that and now Elements has zoomed me out to a percentage at which I can see the whole image. There are shortcuts for both the 100% view and Fit Screen view.

So, say that I'm working with another tool, maybe the Spot Healing Brush and I want to go back to 100% view. Rather than going and getting the Zoom tool and then going up to an option in its Options bar, I can just double- click the Zoom tool here in the toolbar and that takes me to the 100% view. And if I want to see the Fit Screen view, rather than having to go up to the Options bar, I can just double- click the Hand tool here and that's a shortcut for Fit Screen. I am going to go back to 100% view by double-clicking the Zoom tool again, so that I can show you what panning is.

With this image at 100%, I can't see the entire image. It's just too big to fit, but let's say that I want to see a different part of this image at 100%, then I'll select the Hand tool here in the toolbar and I will come into the image and I will just click-and-drag to move the image around in the Document Window, so I can see a different portion of it. This is called Panning. Now, if I'm using a different tool, let's say I am using the Spot Healing Brush again to clean up an image and I don't want to have to switch to the Hand tool, there is a shortcut for Panning and that is to hold down the Spacebar on my keyboard and click-and-drag in the image.

When I release the Spacebar, I am back using my Spot Healing Brush. Another way pan around the image is to use the Navigator panel. I am going to open that panel from the Window menu at the top of the screen by choosing Navigator. It's a little bit hard to see down here at the bottom of this column, so I am going to click on the Navigator tab and drag it out and then I am going to make it bigger by moving to the bottom- right of the panel and dragging down. Notice that there is a red bounding box in the Navigator panel that identifies the portion of the image that's currently showing inside of the Document Window, if I want to see a different portion of the image, I can pan to that portion by clicking-and-dragging inside this red bounding box in the Navigator panel and that moves the image around in the Document Window.

There is also a Zoom slider here in the Navigator panel. If I click-and-drag that to the right, I am zoomed in on just the area surrounded by that red bounding box. So, those are some efficient ways that you can zoom in and out of an image and pan around in an image. Try these techniques out on your own images.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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