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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
Another option for controlling your display are the screen modes, which allow you to hide the interface and hone in on the image, which as you might imagine, is very useful for showing off your artwork to co-workers and clients. To get to the screen modes, you go down to the very bottom of the toolbox and you'll see this Change Screen mode icon. Go ahead and click and hold on it, and currently, we're in the Standard Screen Mode which means we're seeing all of the interface including the title tabs and scroll bars. However, you can switch forward to Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar, which hides all the elements of the image window, which means we can still get work done but we have more real estate for the image itself.
If you want to hide everything, but the image, then drop down to that icon once again, click and hold on it and choose Full Screen Mode. If this is the first time you're choosing the option, then you'll get an alert message telling you how to work inside this mode. But I'll tell you what's going on there. So, I'll just go ahead and click on the Full Screen button. Now you can do any work you want at this point. You can zoom in, for example, by pressing Ctrl++ or Command++ on the Mac. You can pan your display, as I'm doing slightly here by Spacebar+Dragging, and you can work on the image as well.
Then when you want to return to the Standard Display, all you have to do is press the Escape key and everything comes back. You can also cycle through the modes by pressing F for Full Screen. So when you press the F key the first time, you switch to the full screen with Menu Bar Mode. You Press the F key again, you switch to the strict Full Screen Mode which hides the interface, and then to return to the Standard Mode, you press the F key for a third time. You also have a couple of Tab key tricks for controlling the interface display. If you press the Tab key, you're going to hide everything about the interface except for the Image window here inside the Standard Screen Mode, as well as the menu bar up top.
If you want everything back, then you press the Tab key again, and notice that the Tab key hid the toolbox, the Options bar at the top, and all of these right side panels. If you only want to hide the right side panels then you press Shift+Tab. That keeps the Options bar on screen and it keeps the toolbox up as well. To bring those panels back, you press Shift+Tab again. Now this can be really helpful when you're in the Full Screen Mode. So let's say I press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to full screen. Now I can tap the Tab key in order to bring back the entire interface and then press Tab again to hide it, or I can press Shift+Tab to bring back just the right side panels and then press Shift+Tab to hide them again.
Now even when the interface is hidden, you can hover over the left-hand side of the screen in order to bring back the toolbox. Then switch to a different tool, for example, I might want to crop the image and then move your cursor back to the right to see the toolbox disappear. This also works with the right side panels. You can just hover over the right-hand screen to gain temporary access to them and then move your cursor away if you want the panels to disappear. All right, I'm going to go ahead and press the M key to return to the Rectangular Marquee tool and that will hide the crop boundary so I can just focus in on the image.
And that's how you take advantage of the various screen modes including Full Screen here inside Photoshop.
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