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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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So just like zooming in and out of a document is something you just do constantly when you're working in Photoshop so is panning or moving an image around inside the window when you're zoomed up at a particular view. So let's kind of zoom in here. Command+Plus, Ctrl+Plus. Real big. I want to work at the pixel level let's say but now I need to navigate to a different portion of the image and work on that area. The old standby method has always been to hold down the Spacebar, right? That temporarily turns your cursor into the Hand tool and you can go ahead and move the image around. In CS4, there is actually a brand new method that takes advantage of the spring-loaded tool shortcuts. So instead of holding on the Spacebar, this time I'm going to hold down the H key and I keep the H key held down. You see that I see the Hand tool, just like I did with the Spacebar. But here if I let go of the H key, I go back to whatever tool I was using. In this it's the Move tool.
So if I had the Brush tool selected, I would press the B key. I'm now painting in this mode here. If I hold down the H key, I get the spring-loaded tool shortcut version of the Hand tool, right? It's ready for me to pan. But because I'm holding the H key down if I now click with my mouse and keep the cursor down, I get a little tiny rectangle reflecting at the current zoom percentage of my document, which lets me now I move that rectangle around to a different portion of the image. When I let go of the mouse, I instantly zoom up to that new area. So it's kind of a combo pan and zoom technique. It's very, very cool and it's something you are going to get addicted to. So again with the H key held down, I'm temporarily in the Hand tool. I click my mouse. I get a rectangle. I move it to a different portion of the image, I let go of the mouse and I'm right where I want to be in one fluid step.
When I let go of the H key, I'm right back to the last tool I was using. So Photoshop calls this the Bird's Eye View and there you have it, a very quick and easy way to zoom and pan at the same time.
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