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Zooming and panning

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

Video: Zooming and panning

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.

Zooming and panning

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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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of the tools in Elements
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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