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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
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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