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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 am going to introduce you to some new and unusual behavior associated with the Zoom tool inside of Photoshop CS 5. I like it. I think the tool works better than it did before. However, it takes some getting used. If you have been using Photoshop for any period of time, this is not the way the tool used to work. So here I am looking at Dark portrait.jpg, found inside the 04_navigation folder. And let's say I really want to zoom in on that detail on the woman's face. Figure out if it's a beauty mark, and I want to leave it alone, or whether it's a blemish that I want to get rid of.
So I could grab my Zoom tool and click and click and click and click, over and over again to zoom into at least 100%. Or I could take advantage of to continuous zoom options. One is the slow drifty zoom that was introduced in Photoshop CS 4, and the other is a rapid fire back-and- forth zoom that we have in CS5. So I'm going to press and hold the Z key, because they both work with the Zoom tool. And I'm going to click and hold to zoom in. And notice I'd just start zooming in continuously on screen.
And then if it goes too far, I can press hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac to zoom back out. And then I could release Alt or Option to zoom back in. And press Alt or Option to zoom back out again. The whole time I've got the Z key down by the way. And I am going to let it go out pretty far there. And then you release your mouse button. And then you release the Z key to go back to your originally selected tool. If you end up releasing the mouse button before you release the Z key, then the Zoom tool will remain selected.
And you'll have to press the M key to return to the Rectangular Marquee tool, which just so happens to be a great default. Okay, so that's one way to work, the Z click and hold technique, then there is the Z scrub. Now see in the old days what we would do is we would press the Z key or Ctrl+Spacebar, what have you, and drag around an area. I'm not doing that. But you drag around an area to create a Marquee and then you'd zoom into that area. Great, doesn't work at all anymore. This is what happens now. If you press the Z key and drag immediately to the right, you'll zoom in.
If you drag to the left, you'll zoom out. And look how fast it happens. It is so rapid. I just love this technique. Again, you got to get used to it, and you got to get out of the habit of marqueing an area to zoom it in. But once you get used to it its absolute fantastic. So again, you just press the Z key, drag to the right to zoom in, drag to the left to zoom out. And we see that this is a blemish, I believe. It's just not consistent enough to be a mole. So you know what I am going to do, I am going to fix it in front of you, using another Photoshop CS5 technique, that I think will just slightly blow you away.
I am going to switch for the Rectangular Marquee tool to the Elliptical Marquee tool, which I can do by selecting this tool from the flyout menu or pressing the M key. And then I'm going to draw a little selection around this thing, whatever it is. And watch this. I am just going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac. And up comes the Fill dialog box. Now the Fill dialog box is coming up because we are working on a Background layer. If we were working on some other layer, we would just delete the pixels. But when you press Backspace on a PC or Delete on the Mac.
Or in case you're curious, when you press Shift+Backspace or Shift+Delete, when you're working on any layer but Background, you bring up the Fill dialog box. Here is the interesting thing. By default, Use is set to Content-Aware. Make sure Blend mode is set to Normal and make sure Opacity is set to 100%. Change Use to Content-Aware if it's not already selected. And then click OK. And you are thinking what's Content-Aware? Content-Aware is smart enough to heal that selected region of the image.
So it's basically an on-the-fly Spot Healing tool. All right, so I am going to now go to select menu and choose Deselect or press Ctrl+D, Command+D on the Mac. Is it perfect? No, it's not perfect. I can actually see the edges there. But it's amazing that it's an option. And once we start zooming out from the image, this time I am doing it by pressing Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac. It looks like a really good fit. Probably look great in print, for all of that. So there you have it, new ways to zoom and heal a blemish.
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