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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.
As you work on a photo in the Editor, you'll do a lot of zooming in and out and a lot of panning around the image. So it's useful to know how to zoom and pan most efficiently, which is what this movie covers. When you first open a photo in the Full Edit workspace, it will come in at one of several preset percentages of its actual size. I just opened this image, main.jpg, which is in the 08 Zooming subfolder of the Chapter 06 Exercise Files folder and you can see the percentage at which it opened at the top of the document window, 33.3%.
You can zoom in if you wish so the contents appear larger or you can zoom out so the contents appear smaller. There are a lot of ways to zoom. Some are more efficient than others. When you first start using Elements, you may tend to go to the Zoom tool, which is this one right here in the Toolbox and select it, and then go up to the Options bar for that tool and click the plus sign if you want to zoom in and then click on the image and that will zoom you in once and you can zoom in further, and it's zooming in by preset percentages as you can see here at the top of the document window. Then if you want to zoom out that way, you would get the Minus symbol from the Options bar and click to zoom out.
You can zoom out so much that you start to see the blank canvas in the window around the photo. Please keep in mind that zooming in and out this way does not change the actual size of the photo, just the magnification at which you are viewing the photo. Another way that you might zoom in and out, although it's not my favorite way, is with the Zoom tool selected, going up to the Options bar and clicking the arrow to the left of the percentage field here. That brings up a slider and now you can zoom in and out to any number you want, without being limited to the preset percentages.
Let me show you what I think are some more efficient ways to work with the Zoom tool. One of the things I do is, with the Zoom tool selected in the Options bar, I put a check next to Resize Windows To Fit. That way this document window will get bigger and smaller as I resize my photo. So for example, you can see that the window just got bigger with the photo or if I'm zooming the other way, the window is getting smaller with the photo. Now, let's say that I'm working with another tool. Maybe I'm working with the Healing Brush here, touching up my image. I don't have to move my mouse up to the Zoom tool to switch tools, instead, I can use this keyboard shortcut to automatically zoom in and out and that is to hold the Ctrl key down and press the plus key to zoom in or the Minus key to zoom out, and this zooms by those preset percentages.
There are lots of times what it makes sense to look at your image at 100% of its actual size. That's important to do when you are preparing an image for print, and you are sharpening an image, for example, and you want to really see how it's going to look when it prints. One way to view your image at 100% is to go back to the Zoom tool and then to go to the Options bar and click 1:1. As you can see, that takes the image to 100%, but I can't see my entire image now because the image itself is bigger than the window that I have here on my screen.
So in this case, I would like to see the entire image to fit the screen and there is a button for that as well in the Options bar right here, Fit Screen. Another one you'll use a lot. When I click that, the image automatically zooms out to the larger size that will fit on my screen. You don't have to bother going up to the Zoom tool Options bar to zoom to either 100% or to fit screen. There are a couple of shortcuts for that and these are the once that I use most often. Say that 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'll just go up to Zoom tool here and I'll double-click and that automatically zooms to 100%. Then if I want to view the image to fit the screen, I'll go to the Hand tool and double-click that.
That's the shortcut for fit screen. I'm going to go back to 100% view, where I can't see my entire image because it's just too big to fit here. In order to see different parts of this image, I'm going to use the Hand tool. I'll select that in the Toolbox and then I can come in, click, hold and drag, to see other parts of the image. This is called panning. Often you'll be using a different tool, say I'm using the Clone Stamp tool here and I need to pan to another part of my image, I don't have to bother going up and clicking on the Hand tool. Instead as I'm working in the image, I can just press the spacebar and hold the spacebar down. Then I can click and drag with my mouse to pan to other areas. This basically gets me the Hand tool temporarily and when I release the spacebar, I go back to whatever tool I was using, in this case, the Clone Stamp tool.
One more way to pan around the image is to use the Navigator palette. That palette is usually not showing by default, so to open it I'm going to go to the Window menu at the top of the screen and choose Navigator. That opens this palette right here. It's pretty small right now and to make it bigger, and this is true of any palette, I'm going to go to the bottom right corner where I see these tiny little dots. I'm going to click and drag and that will make that bigger for me. The Navigator palette comes with this red bounding box and to move to another part of the image, I'm just going to click in that bounding box and I'm going to drag. So if I drag down here to the flowers, notice that behind this dialog box in the document window, the image moves to the same place, or if I click in here and drag up to see the house, the image pans to the same place over here in the document window. There is also a zoom slider inside the Navigator so I can choose to zoom out or zoom in from here.
Try to remember to use some of these more efficient techniques that I've shown you for zooming and panning. They will make your work in the Editor go much smoother and faster.
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