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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Elements contains several navigational tools and commands that allow you to control what is displayed in a document window. With this movie, I'd like to show you the various ways that you can zoom and scroll. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our catalog images inside of the Content panel. These are part of our exercise files. These are all of the images contained inside of the catalog images folder and what I want to do is just select a couple of random images here. I already have the first image in the series selected. I'm going to go ahead and Command-click on the blue iguana image as well.
So I'm going to go ahead and open up these images. We can choose File > Open if we like. That opens up the images inside of the Elements' Editing workspace. Inside of Elements now, we have both these images open and the first thing I want to make you aware of are these different ways that you can view your images. Up here, if you click on the far left option, that's the cascading option. That's the same as choosing Window > Images > Cascade. So a quick and easy way to do that is to click on the Cascade button over here. That means that the document windows which each of these are, are positioned on top of each other.
The other modes are the Tile mode, which makes the windows, if you have multiple images open, fit inside of your work area side by side. And then we have the Maximize mode, which will actually place an image inside of the document window to fill the work area. So now we have document windows on top of each other, but not cascading, filling up the entire work area. I'm going to go back to the Cascade mode and now I want to focus on zooming. Zooming means moving further into your image and zooming out of course will be moving further out away from the image.
So what I'm going to do now is first make you aware of the Zoom tool, which is over here. I already have it selected. When you're working with the Zoom tool, the easiest way to zoom is to just click, in order to zoom into an image incrementally like I'm doing now. Zooming further and to see the details of the image. If you're not sure how far you're zoomed in, you can refer to the value at the top of the document window. We're currently viewing the image at 100% or what's displayed down here on the lower left. The interesting thing about this value down here in the lower left is that you can actually highlight it and enter in a different value. Type in say, 50, press the Return key and now we've zoomed out. The advantage of using the Zoom tool is that you can focus in on a certain area of the image here and zoom into it, actually move to that area where you clicked. So that's kind of nice, you can do that.
We also have some various options. Again, you can type in a percentage up here, just like you could in the lower left of the document window, you can also do that up here, or you can click the down facing arrow and move the slider in order to zoom in and out. We also have some options to the right here and these have to do with when you're in the Cascading mode like we're now. If you choose Resize Windows To Fit, and then let's say zoom out. I'm going to hold down the Option key and click incrementally to zoom out, it will such resize the document window once you get small enough to not fit in the work area, which you can see that's what it's doing, resizing the window.
You can also zoom all windows, so if you have multiple windows opened and you're in this Cascade mode, turn that on, start clicking and now it's zooming the content in both document windows at once. Holding down the Option key, zooming out, doing that at once. So that's interesting. If are you ever looking at images side by side, you may want to do that. So let's say if you're maybe inspecting for sharpness, you want to get both of these in an 100% or at least zoomed in far enough above 100% to actually, really inspect the image and take a look to see if there's maybe too much noise or something you might want to reduce. So one way to do that with multiple images opened at once.
Next thing I'd like to show you is how to work with these commands up here, Zoom In and Zoom Out. Now these are the commands that I generally use the most rather than working with the tool. The first reason for that is I can use this keyboard shortcut, which I find a lot easier to use rather than having to actually switch tools. So what I'm going to do is show you how to do this. Before I do, I'm going to show you this Preference though. Let's go into General Preferences. It is this guy right here it's actually already enabled, it says Zoom Resizes Windows. That has to do when you're working with these commands. I'm going to click OK and when I use the command of Command+ Plus, it has now resized the window.
Command+Minus to zoom out and resizing again. Again, this only matters when you're working in this Cascading mode here, zooming in, zooming out and resizing the window as we do. If you're in the Maximize mode, none of that really matters. You're just going to see this great area surrounding the image as you zoom in and zoom out and usually, that's what I will do. So I would like to focus in on just image at a time. Most of the time, zooming in and out using these commands, Command+Plus and Command+Minus.
One other way that you can scroll quickly and easily without even putting your fingers on the keyboard is to use the scroll wheel. So I'm going to go over here into Preferences one more time, General. In the General panel, at the very bottom here we have Zoom With Scroll Wheel. As long as there's check mark in that box and you have a mouse that has a scroll wheel in it, you can zoom in and out incrementally, like I'm doing now using the scroll wheel and that's a nice way to work as well. The next thing has to do with scrolling. But as you know, I'm going to go ahead in the Cascade mode again here. We have the scroll bars on the right and in the bottom of the document window. So if you get zoomed into a certain percentage where you're really zoomed in here, these things of course, resize themselves and you can use them to scroll up or down or left or right. That's the most obvious way to scroll.
Another way of course, is to use the scroll tool. That's the hand tool over here. When you select that tool, you have your own set of options up here just like you do with the Zoom tool. Notice that if I move this off to this side here and turn on Scroll All Windows. I'm in Cascading mode like that, I can actually scroll the content of both images. Again, just like with the Zoom tool, this can be helpful when you're inspecting images for noise or for sharpness both at the same time moving around to see the content and see what's actually going on with these images. Kind of nice that you can do that, turn that off. So all you really do with that tool click and drag, click and drag.
I want to make you aware of a keyboard shortcut in order to access this tool temporarily, no matter what tool you have selected in the Tools palette. If I say I have the Move tool selected and I'm working with say the blue Iguana image and I'm going to go ahead and put it in the Maximize mode here like I normally would and let's say I'm zoomed in here to 78.6% and I want to scroll around the image to access different part of it, I can just hold down the Spacebar and as long as I keep it held down, notice that the cursor changes to the Hand tool. I can then click and drag in order to reposition the image inside of the document window, scrolling with the Hand tool. When I led up on the Spacebar, I'm back to the Move tool or whatever tool you have accessed in here.
So that is I think the quickest and the easiest way to scroll around your image rather than using the scroll bars, rather than accessing the tool unless you're going to use the Scroll All Windows feature that I just showed you. I think it's better to just access the hand tool temporarily by holding down the Spacebar and then clicking and dragging. So what we learned in this movie is the various ways that we can navigate around the document window. We learned a little bit about these different modes Cascading, Tiling and the Maximized mode. We learned that we can use keyboard shortcuts to zoom. We can also use keyboard shortcuts to scroll temporarily access the Hand tool. We learned that we can use the keyboard shortcuts of Command+Plus or Command+Minus to zoom in and out as opposed to using the Zoom tool and we also learned that you can zoom with the scroll wheel as long as you have the Preference turned on.
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