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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 show you a couple of old school zooming techniques that seem to be missing inside of Photoshop CS5, that are still there, they are just hidden. I've gone ahead and closed all the images except Water drops.jpg. I will be opening them right back up in the next exercise by the way. But I just wanted to reduce some screen clutter here. It's found inside the 04_navigation folder. And I am going to go ahead and grab the tab and drag it down slightly so that I have an independent floating Image Window. And notice, the Image Window is fairly arbitrarily sized.
It's not big enough to fit the image. All right, fair enough. So back in the old days, I could make it fit the image just by pressing Ctrl+Plus, or Command+Plus on the Mac. Or even Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac, because every time you zoom from the Keyboard you would zoom the Image Window along with the image. Well ever since the Tabbed Window Interface came along, that feature got kind of busted. But there is an alternative and it works great. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to press Ctrl+K, Command+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box. And you may recall that back when we were discussing Preferences, I told you to turn off this checkbox, Zoom Resizes Windows.
And that's the culprit. Photoshop isn't resizing the Image Window because we told it not to. That's what I prefer and I'll show you why. But first let's go ahead and turn this checkbox on, so you can see how it behaves. Click OK. Now if you press Ctrl+Plus or Command+ Plus on the Mac, you not only zoom image. You expand the Image Window. And if you press Ctrl+Minus, a couple of times here, maybe even a third time, or Command+Minus on the Mac. You are not only going to zoom out. You're going to shrink the Image Window to fit. Now you might say, well, what's so bad about that? Well, why did you have us all turn it off? I'll show you.
Let's switch manually to the Zoom tool for a moment, so we can see its options in the Options Bar. And notice this checkbox right there, Resize Windows to Fit, that was turned off a moment ago. This checkbox is linked to the differently named checkbox inside the Preferences dialog box. It didn't used to be in Photoshop CS3. It suddenly became linked in CS4, which means if I click with the Zoom tool, I will not only zoom in, I will expand the Image Window. And if I Alt+Click or Option+Click on the Mac to zoom out, I'll also shrink the Image Window. I don't happen to like that.
And the reason is as simple as this. I like the fact that there is a difference between the behavior of pressing Ctrl+Plus or Ctrl+Minus, Command+ Plus or Command+Minus on the Mac, and zooming with the Zoom tool. And so there are times where I want to expand or shrink the Image Window, so I'll use the Keyboard shortcuts. And there are times when I don't, so I'll use the Zoom tool. But that degree of specificity is now lost to us. Well, actually it's not. We just have to take a different approach. What I suggest is you go up to the Options Bar here and turn, Resize Windows to Fit off.
And that will also turn the option off inside the Preferences dialog box. So now notice, if I click to zoom in, I just zoom image. If I Alt+Click or Option+Click to zoom out, I just zoom the image. Same is for pressing Ctrl++ or Command + on the Mac, and Ctrl+- or Command+- on the Mac. Now, if want to zoom from the Keyboard, you press Ctrl+Alt+Plus or Command+Option+Plus on the Mac. And that not only zooms the image, but it expands the Image Window. And if you want to zoom out from the Keyboard and shrink the Image Window, you press Ctrl+Alt+Minus or Command+Option+Minus on the Mac.
So that Alt or Option key becomes an override. All right, one other thing I thought I'd show you is this Scrubby Zoom checkbox. As long as we have the Zoom tool selected, might as well take a look at it. And I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+A. By the way that Keyboard shortcut of mine Command+Shift+A on the Mac that consolidates the image inside of a tab, so that we are maximizing our view of the image on screen. And remember that I told you, if you drag to the right you are going to zoom in, and if you drag to the left you are going to zoom out.
That is this Scrubby Zoom right there. Now I happen to love this feature, I think it's great. Like I said, it throws you at first if you are an old time user. But if you don't like it you can turn it off. Turnoff that checkbox and now when you drag with the Zoom tool like so. Then you will marquee the area that you want to zoom. And that's basically the only advantage of turning the feature off is is now you can do the old marquee thing. But I just wanted to show you that it's its there. I am of course going to go back and turn on Scrubby Zoom.
And now I can drag to the left in order to zoom the image out a little bit. And there we have it. Old school zoom techniques that are still available here in Photoshop CS5.
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