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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 ways to navigate to a very specific portion of an image inside Photoshop. One using the obvious Navigator panel, and the other using a much less obvious but more practical technique in my opinion, that Adobe now calls Contextualized Panning, but originally they called it Birdseye. So here I am inside the Water drops.jpg file. I happen to be in the upper right corner of the image zoomed in at 100%. Now let's say I want to go to one of those droplets that I can see in the Layers panel thumbnail.
Well, I could press the Spacebar to get my Hand tool and I can drag my way or toss my way over there. But here's another way to do it, if you want to go right to a specific location. Go to the Window menu and choose the Navigator command to bring up the Navigator panel. Now in my case it's doing this thing where it's a tiny little icon with the Navigator panel hanging off of it, which is supposed to be a space-saving measure, but it's wasting space. So click on this little guide to expand the panel so that we get rid of the button, and then watch.
You can increase the size of the panel if you want to, so you can get a bigger view of the image. And then just drag this little rectangle around on screen, and that will move your view of the image as well, or even better we were up there you may recall, even better, just click, like so, and you go to that location. So it's a very handy way to scroll inside very large images. Another thing that you can do is you can press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and you can drag around the detail, and that will magnify in on that detail.
So that's how you work with the Navigator panel. The problem with it is fairly obvious I think, it takes up a lot of room on screen, and I certainly don't have room for it on this screen. So I'm going to go ahead and close my Navigator panel, and I'm going to show you the other more obscure way to work. This is that Contextual Birdseye thing, you press and hold the H key, which gets you the Hand tool, just like the Spacebar does, but it gets you a different kind of Hand tool. So press and hold H keep it down and click, and you will get this rectangle right here.
Then move the rectangle down to the location where you want to go, and this of course, is going to be your screen simulated by the rectangle, then release the mouse button and then release the H key. So again, I know it's a little strange, but it works beautifully. You press and hold the H key, click and hold, drag to the desired location, and I'll drag down to here, because it's pretty, and then release the mouse button to go there and then release the H key.
Adobe now calls it Contextualized Scrolling or Panning, they originally before they shipped Photoshop CS4, they called it Birdseye. Whatever you call it, I think it's a heck of a feature.
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