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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 focus in on some of the features that are new to Photoshop. These features allow us to arrange and navigate and view our images in really unique ways. Well, currently you can see that I have five images open and all these images are open in their own window. They are floating in their own window. You can also see my desktop in the background right here, right? I'm going to press the Tab key. That will hide the toolbox and it will hide the panels on the right and the Application Bar and the Options Bar, and there you can see my desktop. Press Tab again, and it brings it all back. I just want to illustrate that I can see through Photoshop and this is unique to Photoshop, which is running on a Mac. Well, if I want to change that, I can navigate to the Window pulldown menu and choose Application Frame. Now you notice that it blocks out that background.
You also notice that it has consolidated all of my images to this tabbed view. Let's say I still want those to be floating, I'll go to Float all in Windows, and now again; I can't see that background image. You also notice that the menus have changed just a little bit here. Well, let's turn that option off by going to Window > Application Frame. That takes things back to normal so to speak and I can see through the application. Now, my preference is to work in this particular mode, yet you will have to decide which works best for you if you are on a Mac. Well, now onto some of the other features which aren't contingent upon your Operating System? Well, we have already seen this icon here; it's called the Arrange Documents icon. Really fascinating! If we click on it, we can then choose a number of different options. We can consolidate all of our images to one document, so we see it in tabs. We can also view it in different grid formats and here we can see vertically.
Let's try some of those. So there we can see that type of an orientation or we can see this type of a grid. Let's go ahead and consolidate them all. Well, now that they are all consolidated, I need to figure out how I can navigate between my documents. Well, I can obviously click on the option here; so I'll go ahead and will click on 3, there I am, or click on 1, and there is 1. I can also click on the double arrows. If there are any images that I can't see, I can access them this way, so now there I'm at image 2. Now, let's say that the tab order isn't the tab order that I like. All I need to do is click and drag to reposition this. So I'm moving 2 over to this position, so now I have 1, 2, 3. Then 5 is on the wrong position, so I'll grab 4 and drag it right in front of 5. Again, all I'm trying to do here is illustrate how you can reorganize those tabs.
Now, let's say that you don't want one of these images in this tabbed consolidated group, click and drag it out of that and now, there it's free floating, it's by itself. Bring it back in by clicking and dragging; you see the blue highlight, and then drop, and its back in the mix. Now, there is another great shortcut for navigating between your images, and it works on a Mac and a PC. It's Ctrl+Tab. Now, Ctrl+Tab allows you to go forward through your documents. So I'm on 1, Ctrl Tab, again, I'm on 2, Ctrl Tab, again, I'm on 3. What if I press Shift+Ctrl+Tab? Well, that goes backwards.
All right. Well, so far so good. We have looked at how we can arrange our documents in some pretty interesting ways. What about this next icon? Well, we have briefly seen this before. This allows us to go through our different Full Screen View modes. Now, while this icon is kind of handy, I don't think you will be using it that often and here is why. To access all of the different Full Screen View modes, all you need to do is press the F key. So I press the F key once, we are at full screen, with the menu Bar, and then I press it again, everything is going to disappear, and we are in Full Screen View mode, and we can't see any of the interface. All right. Well, I'll press F again to go back to that Standard View and here we can see the Standard Screen mode.
Well, let's say we are in Standard Screen mode, what we want to do here is minimize the interface a little bit. So we can press the Tab key. That hides a lot of our interface. Press the Tab key to bring those items back. Press Shift+Tab that will get rid of the panels on the right, and then press Shift+Tab again, it will then bring those back. What about another scenario? Let's say we press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Then we press Tab key; we get rid of a lot of the interface, so we can really focus in on the image. Press the Spacebar key to reposition that image then press the Z key to access the Zoom tool; click and hold that will allow us to zoom in.
We say great, now we are zoomed in on the image. We can actually start doing some work on the image. But I really wish I had my Layers panel back. Well, to bring back your Layers panel, press the F7 key, yup. That will bring back the good old Layers panel. Now, there are a number of different F key shortcuts and you can find those under the Window pulldown menu: F5 is Brushes, F6 is Color, Layers is F7, and then the Info palette is F8. So again, if you were to press any one of those shortcut keys you could then bring that panel back. Let's say that you are working in this mode and you finished up on your image, you want to bring everything back. Well, how can you do that? Well, all you need to do is press the Tab key that brings everything back to normal.
We learned something interesting. We learned that if you are in this tabbed view mode. So I'm going to go back to my Standard Screen for a moment. We can press Ctrl+Tab to go forward, Shift+Ctrl+Tab to go backwards. The same thing is true with our Full Screen modes. F will go forward through the different screen modes. Shift+F, it goes backwards. So let's go back to an image. We are in Full Screen mode. We want to exit Full Screen mode. Rather than going forward to black and then back around to standard, if we are in the Full Screen View mode, just press Shift+F and then you can go backwards as well.
All right. Well, we have covered a handful of interesting navigational tips and techniques in this movie. Now if you are thinking, gosh, this stuff is all really kind of confusing. Stick with me, trust me on this one, we are going to be covering a lot of those same techniques as we navigate throughout this training. Yet I initially needed to show you those so that you have a handle on where I'm coming from when I start to talk about them. In addition, if you feel like I went too quickly, you didn't catch any of those, rewind the movie, go back, because you will want to know some of those shortcuts, especially the shortcuts to go through your different tabs. That was Ctrl+Tab, and a shortcut to go through the different Full Screen View modes, that was the F key.
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