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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I'm going to walk you through the three Screen modes. We've already seen a little bit of how they work, but now we'll see everything of course. I'll show you how to hide and show interface elements. It all relies on two keys, the F for Full Screen key and the Tab key. That's it. As long as you know that, you know everything you need to know. But let me demonstrate the whole shebang here. I'm working in an image called Planetary battle.psd. And my apologies to Ilsur Gareev of the Fotolia Image Library for introducing another planet, actually just a copy of Saturn here in the foreground on a separate layer, but I need to demonstrate a point and this will help me.
With this image open, I'm going to go up to the Screen mode icon in the Application Bar. And I'm going to click this first guy Full Screen mode With menu Bar, which is really full screen with menu Bar and Application Bar and Options Bar and toolbox and Pallets and panels. So in other words all the interface elements still remain but they're tucked up a little bit, so Photoshop is making much more efficient use of the top of the screen. We have more room to work. We don't have the scrollbars to worry about either.
If you want to go even farther than that, then you go up to the Screen mode icon which is moved a little bit here. And you choose Full Screen mode, and that takes you to the absolute Full Screen mode where you can't even see any interface elements whatsoever. Now you can still take advantage of all the tools and all the commands that have keyboard shortcuts associated with them. So I could scroll the image for example by Spacebar dragging, but you don't have any interface to work with. So what do you do? Well, as with many things in Photoshop if you get stuck somewhere, you can always press the Escape key to go home.
That's what we can do here as well. You may have even seen an alert message when you entered in the Full Screen mode that told you that. But you can also just cycle around with the F key. So if you press the F key once, you'll go to the Full Screen mode with interface. F key again, you'll go to the Full Screen mode without interface. F key a third time takes you back to the Standard mode. You can go backwards if you want, which is great if you want to eliminate that one full screen middleman. You can press Shift+F to go directly from standard to absolute Full Screen mode.
Shift+F again will take you to the middleman Full Screen mode. And then Shift+F the third time will take you back to the Standard mode. It's also interesting to note that you can hide and show the interface elements from the keyboard. So for example, if I press Shift+F to go to the Full Screen mode right here, I can press the Tab key to bring back my interface. So basically everything, the menu bar, the applications bar, the option bar, the toolbox, and all the panels, if I want to hide them again, I press the Tab key again.
This works in any of the Screen modes. So if I press the F key or return to the Standard mode, notice that my panels and toolbox and options bar are missing. I can bring them back by pressing the Tab key once again. I can also, and this one I really love. You can hide just the right side panels by pressing Shift+Tab like so. And you can bring them back by pressing Shift+Tab. You can also by the way, bring back panels and the toolbox by hovering over a special secret spot. Let me show you. I'll press the Tab key, and now that the panels are gone, I can hover over this dark bar.
Notice that that dark vertical bar that brings back the panels, I can do whatever I want inside the panels. Then I move my cursor out, and the panels go away. The same is true over here on the left hand side of the screen. See that dark vertical bar right there. Hover over it, up comes the toolbox, select a different tool if you want, and then move away, and the toolbox is gone. All right, now I'm going to go ahead and press the Tab key to bring everything back. Now one of the things the Full Screen modes do is they provide you with better scrolling flexibility.
Let me demonstrate that. That's why I've got this bigger planet layer going on. I'll press Ctrl+Minus a couple of times, Command+Minus on the Mac in order to expose part of the pasteboard, this dark pasteboard around the edge. Now let's say I want to take this bigger planet layer, which is selected, and I want to make it smaller. So I'll go up to the Edit menu, and I'll choose the Free Transform command or press Ctrl+T, Command+T on the Mac. Notice that that brings up my Free Transform boundary right there. But I can't get to all of it, because most of it is hidden in the upper right corner, because the layer it turns out is bigger than the canvas size that is it's bigger than the image that we see on screen.
All right, so I just want to scroll, right? I'll press the Spacebar, and I'll drag the image. And nothing happens. I cannot move it in the standard image window because we already have pasteboard, and once you see pasteboard, Photoshop wants it in the center of the canvas inside the window. So my only choice is to press Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac and that still doesn't expose all of this transformation boundary here. I have to press Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus a second time to get to it because Photoshop insists on centering the canvas.
Compare that to working in the Full Screen mode. So I'm going to press the Escape key to escape out of the Free Transform mode because I can't switch between different modes while I'm working inside of Free Transform. Then I'll press Ctrl+Plus a couple of times, Command+Plus on the Mac to zoom in, and I'll press the F key to switchover to the Full Screen mode. Now, I'll go up to the Edit menu. I'll choose the Free Transform command or press Ctrl+T, Command+T on the Mac, and check it out. I can press the Spacebar and drag this any place I want.
So both Full Screen modes are like that. They're very, very flexible whereas the Standard Screen mode is very fixed. So it's up to you how you work. But just remember, I'm going to press the Escape key because I'm not really going to make any modification there. Just remember that you have that option of pressing the F key to cycle around through the Full Screen modes. You have Tab to bring back to panels. You have Tab to hide them again, and of course you ultimately have the option of pressing the Escape key to return home.
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