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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to continue to focus in on the Applications Bar. In particular we are going to look at how we can navigate around our images. Well, here I have this photograph that I captured in Rockport, Massachusetts. I'm going to navigate up to the Applications Bar. I'm noticing that I'm viewing this image at 25% zoom level. Now I can change this by clicking on the icon here and choosing 100%. Now when I go to this 100% view, I can't really see what I want to see. I see a portion of the image but not the area of the image that I want to focus in on. In order to move around the image I need to access the Hand tool. Now there are a number of different ways to access this tool. To temporarily access the tool, press the Spacebar and then click and reposition the image. All right, I can also press the Spacebar and then click and drag and you notice that I can throw the image and I'm throwing with a little bit of friction or acceleration.
Now at first glance you may think, okay well why would I want that feature? Well, what this allows me to do is to get to the areas in my image really quickly. You can see here it's as if I'm navigating through the image and again I can get to a location with two clicks, which previously took me 10 clicks. Well, that's how we can temporarily access the Hand tool. We can also select the Hand tool by pressing the H key or clicking on the Hand tool in the Application Bar or in the Tools panel. So I'll go ahead and click on the Hand tool, same thing here I can click to reposition or I can click and toss in order to get to an area of the image more quickly. Now what we are doing at this point is we are navigating around our image and you may remember the Navigator panel from the previous version of Photoshop.
We can open up the Navigator panel by going to Window > Navigator. Now I have this floating Navigator panel. I'm going to dock this over here in the other panel group and then click on the Navigator icon. Now you remember how this works, right we click and drag the red rectangle and we can navigate to a different area of the image. Now we can change the zoom rate here as well, and I'm going to go ahead and zoom in and then I can click and reposition that little rectangle and then what I see in the main document window is updated. Well, let's say I don't have the Navigator panel open, that's closed. I can access the navigational feature that mimics the Navigator panel from right inside of the Hand tool.
Here is how you do it. You press the H key, then you hold down the H key and you click and check that out. That looks a lot like that Navigator rectangle, let me go ahead and then refocus on the red boathouse back there. Now at this point I have zoomed into the red boathouse but I really want to see the whole image. So what I'm going to do is click on this options here, Fit Screen, I can now see entirely in my image. You also notice I have some other options Actual Pixels that would take it to 100%, Fill Screen and then Print Size as well. All right, well so far so good we have looked at how we can change the zoom rate by using this pulldown menu; we have looked how we can use the Hand tool.
What about the next tool, the Zoom tool? I can either click on it in the Applications Bar or in the Tools panel here, same thing. So I'm going to go ahead and click on it up top. Now you notice I have a few different options again Actual Pixels, Fit to Screen, Fill Screen; let's go to the Actual Pixels. So now I'm at 100%, well with the Zoom tool selected I want to reposition the image. So I press the Spacebar and then I click to reposition that or I click and toss, so to speak to reposition the image to where I want it to be. Now to zoom in I can do a single click that will then zoom the image into a certain percentage or if I want to zoom out, I can press the Option key on the Mac/Alt key on the PC and keep in mind that's the renegade shortcut key. That is the shortcut key that says, I m going to do things differently.
So when I hold on the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on the PC, the zoom icon has a minus sign in it and that allow me to zoom out. Well, we have seen that kind of zooming before. Well, there is a new feature inside of Photoshop CS4 and its smooth zooming. If I click and hold, you will notice that I'm zooming into the image. Now the nice thing about that is I can zoom in to an area a little bit more quickly, more fluently and there is a little bit flexibility. You will notice that when I zoom in here I just have these fix percentages, and the same thing is true if I zoom out. So I'll go ahead and hold down the Option key on the Mac/Alt key on a PC and you can see those fixed percentages there, right. On the other hand, if I click and hold I can determine that percentages based on what I'm seeing, there isn't a fixed percentage per se.
Now of course you can also zoom with the shortcut which worked in previous versions of Photoshop, and that is Command+plus or minus on the Mac/Ctrl+plus or minus on a PC. So again, Command+plus on the Mac zooms in, Ctrl+plus on a PC zooms in and then Command+minus on the Mac to zoom out, Ctrl+minus on a PC to zoom out. So those shortcuts work as well and that wraps up our conversation about a few of the Navigational tools that you can from access from right inside of the Applications Bar.
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