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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
When you open up an image in Photoshop it's a set into what's called the Standard Screen mode, which means your document window fills the area between the panels. So, we have a panel dock over her on the right, we have our tool panel on the left and that leaves the rest of the image area in between. And you'll notice that the image will never go behind the Interface. So right now this is Fit to Screen view. So if I zoom in, I'll just do Command++ a couple of times. You'll see that image zooms within that region. It doesn't go behind the interface and I start seeing scroll bars.
There are two other screen modes, so three total in Photoshop and I'm going to press the letter F for Full Screen to switch to the different modes. If I press letter F one time, I'm now on what's called the Full Screen mode and you'll see the image now is actually going behind the interface home. It's going behind the panels and I don't see any scrollbars in this view. And I've zoomed up far enough where I don't have any extra window chrome. I still see my menus at the top of my screen. So, the third and final Full Screen mode is I've pressed the letter F one more time.
This puts the image in absolute Full Screen mode. I don't see any interface chrome whatsoever, not even the menus at the top. Now, if I want to get my panels back in this particular screen mode, I can toggle them on and off by pressing the Tab key and they'll pop open. And if I want to get them out in my view again, I can just press the Tab key again to get them to go away. If I press the letter F one more time, I'm back into the Standard Screen mode because I had pressed the Tab key previously and my panels are currently collapsed, I'll press Tab one more time to bring them back.
So you have a lot of flexibility on how to view the image, my favorite is to actually work in that Full Screen mode, because it just maximizes the screen real state to see as many pixels as possible and then when I'm doing some intense work, where I don't need to go back and forth between panels for a while, I'll just press Tab to get them out of the way. One other little tweak to change about the Interface that I like to particularly make, I'm going to fit my image back to the screen. So, Command+0, Ctrl+0 to do so. And I'll zoom down one more time, Command+- or Ctrl+-. You'll see when I'm zoomed out far enough, I'm back in the Standard Screen mode here, there's a drop shadow along the outside edge of the image frame.
Personally I don't really like that, I like a cleaner look. The interface has become so flat and kind of invisible as much as possible that I find the drop shadow between the edge of the image in this background color to be a little bit distracting. It's not part of the image so I don't want any extra chrome there basically. So, I'm going to change that. I'm going to go to Preferences. I can either do that under the Photoshop menu on the Mac or under the Edit menu on PC. Again, I'm just going to use the keyboard shortcut, Command+K or Ctrl+K to open up the Preferences dialog. And in the Interface section, over here on the left, I click on the word Interface.
You'll see the default is to show a border in the Standard Screen mode and in the Full Screen with menus and then in the Full Screen mode without the menus, it's set to None. I'd like to change that to None for both. So, I'm going to change the Border to None. I'm going to go ahead and click OK, and you'll see I just have a much cleaner look now where that shadow. It's not part of the image. I don't want to see any extra visual craft there. So again just review, to cycle through the Screen mode, simply press the letter F. It's actually the very first thing I do immediately after opening up an image, I just open it and then I press the letter F to go to Full Screen mode and if I want to get rid of all the chrome whatsoever, press the letter F one more time.
Some people actually call this the Presentation mode as well, because it just hides the fact that you're in Photoshop and puts it on a nice, dramatic black background. And of course to bring everything back just press the letter F one last time and you're back to that Default Standard Screen mode.
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