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Another way to customize your image area is by changing the screen mode. By default, Photoshop starts in just Standard screen mode. The icons for the different screen modes are right down here at the very bottom of the Tool palette, and you'll notice that if I click and hold, we get the flyout for not only Standard screen mode, but also Full Screen With menu Bar and Full Screen. In order to toggle quickly through these screen modes, we can just tap the F key. So here is Standard screen mode, and I'll zoom in once or twice using Command+Plus just to show you that the interface is contained in this image window area.
As soon as I tap the F key, you will notice that the image now floats behind all of the interface. And if I scroll around, you can see that we actually don't have those scrollbars. It's like it's just floating underneath the panels. Now, if I use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Tab, we can actually hide the palettes on the right-hand side, which just gives us a little but more screen real estate. So a lot of people like to work in this mode. If I tap the F key, again, now I have the Full Screen mode, but it automatically hides all of my panels, as well as my tools and the Option bar and the menus, and this is an excellent way to may be present an image.
I can use Command+Minus to zoom out and we get a nice black screen around the image area. Of course if I wanted to bring back the panels for any reason, I could tap the Tab key, even when I'm in this Full Screen mode. If I tab the F key one more time, it'll toggle me back to my Standard mode. In the Standard mode, I just want to show you one last option that I really like. I'll use Command+Minus to zoom out, so that you can see that by default, I've kind of got this little drop shadow around the edge of my image.
If I want to turn that off, we can go to Photoshop and then Preferences and Interface and then for each of the screen modes, I can choose what type of border I want. In my case I want to actually turn this off. I prefer that there's no border around my image. When I click OK, you can see that that drop shadow no longer appears.
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