Photoshop Top 40
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4. Navigation


Photoshop Top 40

with Deke McClelland

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(Music playing) Deke's Photoshop? Deke's Photoshop? Top 40! #4! Photoshop's mission is image editing, but its obsession is image protection. Smart Objects, adjustment layers, and blend modes are about a few of Photoshop's top 40 features that let you without penalty change your mind. Now for the ultimate mind changers Undo, Revert, and History, all of which let you go back to a time before you made a mess of things. No matter how carried away you get with your edits, these features help you land on your feet.
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7h 13m Intermediate Dec 21, 2009

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There's nothing people love more than lists, and Photoshop Top 40 offers a great one, highlighting the best features in Photoshop. Deke McClelland counts down to #1, detailing one great feature after another in this popular digital imaging application. The videos cover tools, commands, and concepts, emphasizing what's really important in Photoshop.

Topics include:
  • Assembling multiple pieces of artwork with layer comps
  • Creating a black-and-white image from a color photograph
  • Merging multiple channels to create an alpha channel with calculations
  • Selecting images with the Pen tool
  • Masking images using the Brush tool
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Deke McClelland

4. Navigation

(Music playing) Deke's Photoshop? Deke's Photoshop? Top 40! #4! Photoshop's mission is image editing, but its obsession is image protection. Smart Objects, adjustment layers, and blend modes are about a few of Photoshop's top 40 features that let you without penalty change your mind. Now for the ultimate mind changers Undo, Revert, and History, all of which let you go back to a time before you made a mess of things. No matter how carried away you get with your edits, these features help you land on your feet.

Feature #4 is Navigation, by which I mean your ability zoom in to an image, pan around, even rotate the view on screen as well as hide and show elements of the interface, all in the name of getting work done as quickly and efficiently as possible inside of Photoshop. Now the strange thing about navigation is that the various functions are scattered to the four winds. You've got to tools down here at the bottom of toolbox. You also have some icons up here in the Application bar, and finally you have a few commands up here at the top of the View menu.

However, I'm here to tell you, you don't need to take advantage of a single one of them, because you can access everything from the keyboard. So if you'll take some time to learn some and keyboard tricks, then you'll be moving through Photoshop as fluidly as possible and you'll be able to devote all your energies to the creative pursuit of the image. I am looking at a panorama of the Musee d'Orsay from Paris as captured by Serge Ramelli. And I am going to start things off with my favorite tool in all of Photoshop and that's this guy right there, the Hand tool.

Now you never need to select that tool, because you can get it from the keyboard and as if to verify that this is the most important tool in the software, Adobe devotes the biggest key on the keyboard to this tool, and that's the Spacebar. Press and hold the Spacebar, you'll get yourself the Hand tool. You drag the image to a different location. You are done. What can be better I ask you? Now in CS4, you can toss the image as well assuming that you have an OpenGL video card watch this. I'll go ahead and press the Spacebar and toss the image, like so.

Now this may seem like a gimmick, but it's actually really great. I'm looking at this panorama, which is quite a wide image, and let's say I want to go from the extreme right side of the image, which is where I am right now, to the extreme left. All I do is give it a toss, and I am all away there. Thanks to Photoshop CS4 support for OpenGL. To zoom in and out of the image. You can do so far on a keyboard. You press Ctrl+Plus to zoom in. That would be Command+Plus on a Mac. Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus will zoom you out. You also have a tool right there, the Zoom tool, which allows you to center your zoom at a specific location.

So if you press and hold Ctrl+Spacebar or Command+Spacebar on a Mac and click at a location you will zoom into that location. You can also press Alt+Spacebar at the same time or Option+Spacebar on to Mac and click in a location to zoom out from that location if you so desire. Watch this. If you press Ctrl+Spacebar or Command +Spacebar on a Mac and drag around a certain location like that, you will go ahead in zoom and as far as need be in order to fill the screen with that marqueed area.

You also have the option of zooming continuously inside of Photoshop CS4. So here is how it works. I am going to zoom back out a little bit. Actually, I am going to zoom very wide indeed. Notice as soon as you zoom all the way out so that you can see pasteboard around the image, you center the image inside the screen, which can be helpful sometimes. If you need to center the image on screen for whatever reason, then you zoom all the way out and then start zooming back in. Now I am going to go press Ctrl+Spacebar or Command+Spacebar on the Mac and I am going to click-and-hold at a location.

Notice I zoom in continuously. I have now released the keys incidentally. Now if I press-and-hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac I'll zoom back out and were I to release the Alt or Option key, I would zoom back in and so on. So it can make you a little bit ill, but it's a very useful technique if you trying to get around quickly. Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on the Mac will take you out to the 100% view size at which Photoshop devotes one screen pixel for every image pixel that you can see on screen at the same time.

You can also press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac to zoom sufficiently out that the image fits on screen. Now I'm going to go ahead and zoom quite a bit in. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on a Mac to zoom into the 100% view size once again. Notice that I am nowhere at this point. I am just in the middle of the sky. I'd like to pan to a different location, but it's going to take me a while to pan even if I'm tossing the image with a Hand tool. But here's a trick that was introduced in Photoshop CS4. You have the bird's eye view and you get to the bird's eye view, and this is a little strange, but here is how you do it.

You press-and-hold the H key, H for hand. Don't just press it, because that will just switch you over to the Hand tool. You want to press-and-hold for the spring-loaded tool feature in CS4 and then while that key is still down, you click-and-hold like so. Then you'll get this little box that shows you how far you are zoomed in. And then you can drag it to a different location. And as soon as you release the mouse button, then you'll go ahead and zoom into that location on screen. Now depending on when you release the H key, I released it too soon.

You may switch to the Hand tool. So then you need to for example press the M key to switch back to the Marquee tool. Anyway, that's the bird's eye function. Once again press-and-hold the H key, click, drag to a different location, release your mouse button, and then release the key. That's how you are supposed to do it. It's a lot to remember though. Here's another one that interesting. I will press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac in order to zoom all the way out. You can also rotate your view of the image by pressing and holding the R key. That's gives you the Rotate View tool and then drag the image, and notice I am rotating my view of the image, not the image itself, it's still upright.

I am just rotating my view of the image so that you can get into those troublesome areas and edit them and so on. Once you're done with the rotated view there, go ahead and press the Escape key in order to escape on out. Speaking of the Escape key, some other stuff you can do with it. I am going to go ahead in zoom into my image some more to about there, actually one more click in. Let me show you how to dispose of the interface, just get some of the interface junk off the screen. If you press the Tab key you'll go ahead and hide the toolbox over there in the left, as well as palettes over there in the right.

You can bring them back though by hovering over that dark gray bar, then the toolbox will come back, and you can select a different tool then move away from it, and it goes away again. So the idea is that your screen real estate is better devoted to the image than all the interface folder, especially since you can just hover to bring it back out. Another thing you can do is you can press the Tab key to bring everything back, or you can price Shift+Tab to just hide the right side of palette and then press Shift+Tab to bring them back. If you need more room on screen, then you can press the F key to switch to the first of two full screen modes.

So this one, the first full screen mode, allows you to keep your toolbox and your menu bar, and your Options bar up on screen. If you press the F key again everything goes away and then you're just working with the keys. You can still get work done in this mode by the way when you are just seeing the image and nothing more. And you can still gain access to things. Like if I hove over there, there is my toolbox, hover on the right-hand side of the screen and there are my palettes. As long as everything has gone, I want to show you how to scroll using the scroll wheel on your mouse.

Now if you are using a MacBook with the trackpad you can take advantage of that double finger technique in order to scroll in any direction you like, which is great. Same if you've got a Magic Mouse. You can do that as well. However, if you have a standard everyday average mouse on the Mac or you're working on a PC, you can use your scroll wheel like so. If you scroll up you're going to move up, no surprise there. If you scroll down, you're going to move down. But check this out if you want to move to the left then you press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and scroll up to go left, and then scroll down to go right.

So that's pretty helpful. You can also zoom using the scroll wheel. If you press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and scroll up you'll zoom in and if you scroll down with Alt+Down or Option+Down, then you'll zoom out like so. So at this point you may be a little panicked, where did my interface go? How am I ever going to get back to say my menu bar? Well, there are a few different ways to bring things back. One, you can press the Tab key and everybody is going to come back and press Tab and everybody goes away again. You can also press the F key to cycle your way back to the Standard screen mode like so.

I'll go ahead and press the Tab key to bring back my palettes. So F just cycles you through. F to go to full screen, F to go to absolute full screen, and F to go back to the standard screen mode. If you want to go backwards, you press Shift+F. So I am in standard screen, I press Shift+F and I will go to absolute full screen mode. The other thing you can do if ever you find yourself panicked and you can't remember how to get stuff back you just press the Escape key and you are back home. And that, my friends, is navigation in a nutshell, feature #4 here inside Photoshop.

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Q: Is there a way to batch convert an entire folder of photos from the RBG color mode to the CMYK color mode without having to open and convert each individual image?
A: In the Actions panel in Photoshop, create an action that converts an image from RGB to CMYK. Then link to that action from File > Automate > Batch inside Photoshop.
Next, in the Bridge, select a folder of images. Choose Tools > Photoshop > Batch. Select the action inside the ensuing dialog box.
Or, in Photoshop, select File > Automate > Batch, and select the action and the folder inside the dialog box.
See also: Photoshop CS2 Actions & Automation, Chapter 2 “Action Essentials.”
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