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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan 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.
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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