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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.
In this movie, I'll show you your final zoom option which is to dial in a custom zoom value, which is great for establishing a wide, centered view. When I first opened this image in this particular screen, it comes in at 16.7%, which is just too far away. If I press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac to fit the image to the screen, you can see that Photoshop is conservative, leaving a fair amount of pasteboard around the edge which can be useful when you are trying to edit the image all the way to its perimeter.
But in my case, I don't want to see any of the pasteboard. If I press Ctrl++ or Command++ on the Mac, I go the next increment, 25% which ends up cutting off the side of the model's face. So I need to find something in between. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac to zoom back out. Notice you have this custom zoom value down here in the lower-left corner of the Image window, so you can dial with your own value. For example, I'll enter 20% and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, in order to zoom just slightly in.
But that's not quite far enough and you can see how this would get to be little but laborious after a while. So here is the most precise way to work. I'll click inside this value and then I press the Up arrow key a couple of times, let's say, to take that value to 22%. I don't know if that's going to work because Photoshop is not previewing the zoom on the fly. However, if I press Shift+Enter or Shift+Return on the Mac, then I can apply that value while keeping inactive, and I can see that 22% still leaves a little bit of edge over here on the left.
So I'll press the Up arrow key one more time to take that value to 23% and then I'll press Shift+Enter or Shift+ Return again and I can see that 23% is exactly what I want. Here's another way to work with the option. If you want to be able to preview the zooms on the fly, you press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and notice that your cursor changes to the scrub cursor meaning that you can now scrub the value. So if I scrub to the right, I'm going to zoom in on the fly, and if I scrub to left, I'm going to zoom out on the fly.
I can do so with a great deal of precision because basically, every pixel that I scrub translates to a single percentage of zoom. When you figure out the zoom ratio that works for you, just press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to exit that value. And that's how you zoom with the ultimate in precision control here inside Photoshop.
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