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Navigating documents

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Video: Navigating documents

No matter what you're using Photoshop for, the thing that you will spend the bulk of your time doing in Photoshop is most likely going to be navigating around a document. By that I mean just zooming in and zooming out and panning around so you could, see different parts of it while you're zoomed in. And because you do that so often no matter what you're doing in Photoshop. It's a really good idea to master those tools. And so in this movie, I'm going to show you several different ways to do that, you can pick the way that works best for you. But I really recommend mastering this, just exercising it the same way you'd do pushups and situps.

Navigating documents

No matter what you're using Photoshop for, the thing that you will spend the bulk of your time doing in Photoshop is most likely going to be navigating around a document. By that I mean just zooming in and zooming out and panning around so you could, see different parts of it while you're zoomed in. And because you do that so often no matter what you're doing in Photoshop. It's a really good idea to master those tools. And so in this movie, I'm going to show you several different ways to do that, you can pick the way that works best for you. But I really recommend mastering this, just exercising it the same way you'd do pushups and situps.

Or the same way you, you are supposed to do (LAUGH) pushups and situps all the time, or whatever, just to get good at this. So, the first way to do this is with using tools here in the tools panel. So you can use the Magnifying Glass tool, and I can click on something that I want to zoom into. So if I click on arrow above menus I'll click into that. If I want to zoom out, I can go to this little zoom out icon in the options bar up at the top of the interface and then click to zoom out. I can also, while I'm just using the regular old tool, I can hold the Alt key on the PC or the Option key on the Mac to zoom out. So I'll zoom in to tools over here, and then hold the Option key or the Alt key to zoom back out again.

Now while you're zoomed in here, let me click again to, to zoom in to something I could also select the Hand tool, and click and drag to change my view. So I'm not zooming in and zooming out. And I'm actually not moving any of the objects. I'm just changing my view of the objects. This isn't changing my image, it's just changing my view of the image. So that's also very handy. Another common way to navigate documents, is by going to the Window menu, and opening the Navigator panel. I click that, and it's like a little steering wheel icon here, like a ship captain steering wheel.

And I have these mountains here. I could click the mountains to zoom in, or the left mountain to zoom out, or I could just this slider if I wanted to do that. And once I zoom in, then Photoshop senses the area of my document that is visible to me and gives me a little rectangular preview of that. So, I can grab this, let's say for example I wanted to look at menus. I can grab this until the preview shows me I'm looking at menus and here it is. So essentially this is the Magnifying Glass, and the zoom out tool, and the hand all in one Handy dandy panel. Now going to click the icon to close that.

Finally I want to show you one other way. This is actually the way that I prefer to do things. I like to do things with keyboard shortcuts cause it's the fastest most efficient way possible. And to do this I'm going to go ahead and select the Move tool at the top of the tools panel. And I'm doing that for a specific reason that I'll. Okay but let's say I'm using the Move tool to move things around, and this is the tool that I want to be using. If I want to pan around my document or zoom in or zoom out I now have to take a break from whatever creative task I'm doing. And either use the navigator or one of these tools, unless I use these keyboard shortcuts.

So, if I hold down the Spacebar key, you'll see that whatever tool I'm using becomes the Hand tool. I can move stuff around to my heart's content, but then here's the magic. Watch my cursor, here, I'm going to let go of my Spacebar, and, boom, it goes right back to being the Move tool. So imagine if I was painting something. And then I could just hold the Spacebar, move around, paint a little bit more over here. Hold the Spacebar, paint a little bit more over here. It didn't interrupt my workflow at all. I could also add the Cmd key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on the PC, so that would be Spacebar+Cmd on the Mac or Space bar+Ctrl on the PC, and click to zoom in. I could also add the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, to zoom out. And again, all of these keyboard shortcuts with the spacebar are just toggles.

So as soon as I let go of them, I go back to whatever tool I was using. It's a little bit more confusing. It's like playing a game of twister with your left-hand there but at the same time it is a much more efficient way to work so that is how I prefer to do things. One other little trick here. If I am using the Magnifying Glass tool I can actually click and hold my cursor down until I get to the proper zoom and that's kind of just fun actually and I could also do the same thing when I'm zooming out. I hold the mouse and I kind of, slides a little bit.

So that's another way to do things, so you don't have to click a million times to get where you want to go. So, the moral of the story, whether you use these tools, to navigate documents or the Navigator panel, or the keyboard shortcuts. I really recommend taking some time out, and practicing this to be as efficient as possible when navigating documents.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

43 video lessons · 10475 viewers

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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