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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.
When you first open an image into the Expert edit workspace, it opens at the zoom level, at which you can see the entire photo in the document window. But, you can zoom in and out on this image and you can move the image around in the document window. And that's what I'd like to show you how to do in this movie, because these are techniques you'll use over and over as you're editing in Expert edit mode. As you can see from the document tab, this image is now zoomed in to only 17.2% of its actual size, which means it's a lot bigger than what we're seeing here.
If I want to get in for a closer look at some of the detail in this image, then I'll select the Zoom tool in the toolbar. I'll go down to the options bar for the Zoom tool and I'll click the + symbol there. Everytime I click with this tool in the image it will zoom into a set percentage, 25%, 33.3%, 50%, and so on. Then if I go down to the options bar and choose the - icon and click with this tool, it will zoom out by those set percentages. So that's kind of a long way to use the Zoom tool.
If you happen to be using another tool, say that I'm working with the Sponge tool and I realize that I need to zoom in to see detail, I usually don't want to have to go all the way back to the toolbar and select the Zoom tool and then come down to its Options bar. Instead, what I will do is use a keyboard shortcut for zooming in and out, and that is to hold the Ctrl key on the PC or the Command key on the Mac, and pressing the + key on the keyboard-- that's the key just to the left of the Backspace key-- to zoom in by set percentages like this. And if I want to zoom out I'll press the key just to the left of the + key, the - key, as I hold the Ctrl or Command key.
So Ctrl+- or Command+- will zoom me out by set percentages. I'm going to go back and select the Zoom tool again to show you a couple of other options for this tool down here in the options bar. If you prefer a continuous zoom to zooming by set percentages, you may like the zoom slider here. When I click-and-drag with that I get this continuous zoom effect, either in or out. There are also a couple of shortcuts here that I use all the time, 1:1 and Fit Screen. You can either use these buttons to fit the entire image on the screen like this, or to zoom into the image to 100% view like this, or you can use a couple of shortcuts that I rely on all the time.
The shortcut for Fit Screen is to come over to the toolbar and double-click the Hand tool. So I will double-click that, and that zooms me out so I can see the entire image. Then I can quickly get back to 1:1 or 100% view by double-clicking the Zoom tool instead. So I double-click the Zoom tool and there I'm at 100% or 1:1 view. If you're wondering what 100% or 1:1 view means, your image is made up of pixels, which are small squares of color information. Your screen is also made up of pixels.
So when there's one image pixel being displayed in one screen pixel, that's 100% view. And that's about as close as you're going to get an accurate view of your image on screen. 100% view is really important when you're trying to judge things like sharpness or a digital noise in an image, because you really can't see that when you're zoomed out. Now when you're zoomed in really close like this, you may want to get to another portion of the photo, and that's where the Hand tool comes into play. I'll select the Hand tool in the toolbar, and then I can click-and-drag this large image around in the document window.
If you happen to be using another tool-- say I'm using the Type tool and I decide that I need to move the image around in the window--I don't have to come over and get the Hand tool. There is a shortcut for that too, and that is to hold the Spacebar. So I'll hold the Spacebar down, my cursor changes to the Hand tool temporarily, and while I'm holding the Spacebar I can pan around in the image by clicking-and-dragging. Then to go back out to fit on screen view, I'll double-click the Hand tool. So those are some tips and some shortcuts for using these two tools that come up all the time when you're editing a photo here in Expert edit mode.
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