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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you're working on a photo in the I Full Edit workspace you'll often want to zoom-in for a closer look at part of thm e photo or you want to zoom-out so you can see the entire thing. Zooming changes the magnification at which you are viewing an image and panning moves the image around in the document window when you're zoomed-in close and the image doesn't entirely fit in the Document window. When you first open an image into the Full Edit workspace, if the image is smaller than the Document window, it will open at 100%, otherwise it will open at the largest zoom percentage that fits in the Document window on your display.
So this photo that I took in the San Francisco Bay is much bigger than the available editing space in this Document window on my monitor. So it opened here at only 55.4% of its actual size. You can always tell the zoom percentage because it's listed here in the Document tab. It's difficult to see exactly how sharp or focused this image is at this odd percentage. So I'm going to zoom-in. First, let me close the Project Bin, so I have a larger space in which to work by double-clicking the tab on the Project Bin.
There are several ways to zoom-in. When you're first learning Elements, you'll probably go up to the toolbar and select the Zoom tool and then, making sure that the Plus symbol is selected in the Options Bar to zoom-in, go into the Image, and click, and that zooms-in to a set percentage. I am clicking right on the tugboat because I want the tugboat to be there in the Document window when I am zoomed-in. Then similarly, if I want to zoom-out, I could go up to the Options Bar and select this Minus symbol, and then click to zoom-out.
One thing that would save me time instead of going back to the Options Bar and switching from the Plus symbol to the Minus symbol would be to leave the default Plus symbol selected and then, while I'm in the image, just hold down the Option key, that's the Alt key on a PC, and that changes the icon to a Minus symbol and click with that to zoom-out. So that's one way to do it. But in most cases, you'll be working with another tool when you need to zoom-in or out. It's not very efficient to have to go over to the toolbox and switch tools, zoom, and then go back and switch to your original tool.
So here is a more efficient way to zoom-in and out. Let's say that you're working with a tool, maybe the Dodge tool, and you need to get a closer look. Instead of going over and selecting the Zoom tool, just hold down the Ctrl key on a PC or the Command key on a Mac and press the Plus key on the keyboard and each time you click the Plus key, you'll zoom-in to a set percentage. Similarly, you can zoom-out by holding the Ctrl key on the PC or the Command key on the Mac and clicking the Minus key on the keyboard.
There are often times when you want to view an image at 100% magnification, like when you're sharpening a photo, and you can't get an accurate view otherwise; 100% View means that a screen pixel in the Document window is displaying a single image pixel in the image and there are several different ways to zoom to 100%. My favorite way is a shortcut which is to go over to the toolbar and double-click the Zoom tool. That takes me right to 100% View. I'll zoom-out again by pressing Ctrl+Minus, that's Command+Minus on the Mac a couple of times to show you a couple of more ways to zoom to 100%.
If I have the Zoom tool selected, up here in the Options Bar for the Zoom tool, there is an option labeled 1:1. This is exactly the same as saying 100%. So if I click that, I am taken to 100% magnification. I'll zoom-out again to show you another way to get to 100%; Ctrl+Minus on the PC, Ctrl+Plus on the Mac a couple of times. This time, I'll select the Hand tool. In the Options Bar for the Hand tool, the button labeled Actual Pixels will take you to 100%.
So Actual Pixels, 1:1, 100%; they're all the same thing. While I'm here, I'll mention the Fit Screen view which is another view that I use a lot. Fit Screen will zoom the image to whatever magnification is necessary to show the entire thing in the Document window. A shortcut for Fit Screen view is to double-click the Hand tool. So double-click the Zoom tool to go to 100%, double-click the Hand tool to go to Fit Screen view.
Now, let's talk about a related subject panning, which means moving the image around in the Document window when the image is too big to fit in the window. I am going to take this image to 100% by double-clicking the Zoom tool again. As you can see, I can't see the whole thing in my Document window. So I want to pan. One way to pan is to go over to the toolbar and select the Hand tool, and then click in the image and drag. But as with the Zoom tool, I often need the Hand tool when I'm working with another tool.
So let's say that I'm using the Spot Healing Brush to clean up tiny dust spots on the scan. I don't want to have to leave what I'm doing to come over here to get the Hand tool; click and drag and then go back and get the Spot Healing Brush tool. That would be really inefficient. So as I'm working with the Spot Healing Brush tool over here in order to pan, I'll hold down the Spacebar on my keyboard. That temporarily changes my cursor to a Hand and I can click and drag to another area to see if I see any spots there.
Then I'll release the Spacebar to automatically go back to the Spot Healing Brush tool that I was using. There is one more way to pan and zoom and that's using a panel; the Navigator panel. I'll open that panel by going up to the Window menu and choosing Navigator. To make it easier for you to see, I am going to drag it out of there, and just let it float free right here and I'll click on its bottom-right corner and make that panel bigger. So here is a small version of the large image in the Document window.
The red bounding box indicates the area that I currently can see in the Document window and up here is a zoom slider. So I am going to drag that zoom slider to the right to zoom-in even further. As you can see, the area in this red box represents the part of the image that I can see here in the Document window. Now, let's say I really want to see the tugboat. I don't have to guess where it is as I pan around in the Document window. Instead, I can click inside of this red bounding box in the Navigator panel and drag that on top of the tugboat and that pans the image in the Document window to exactly the same spot.
I am going to close this panel by clicking the X at the top-right of the panel and I'm going to double-click the Hand tool to go back to Fit Screen view so I can see my entire photo. So I've offered you a number of different ways to zoom and pan in this lesson. The best method for you to use depends on what you're comfortable with and what you're doing at that time. So give these methods a try and see which ones work best for you.
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