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Pan and zoom

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Video: Pan and zoom

There are a lot of ways that you can pan and zoom around inside an image in Photoshop. And I think it's because it is just something that you're going to be doing all the time. You're going to be zooming in. You're going to be zooming out. You're going to be moving the image around the screen. So, a lot of different ways to do the same thing. It's nice to have options. So I'm going to run you through a couple of different ways to do it and then you kind of decide which one makes sense to you and you can just stick with that one. So, the most basic way of course is to use the Zoom tool and the Hand tool. For the Zoom tool you can press the letter Z to switch to the magnifying glass or the Zoom tool or I can click on the actual icon itself.

Pan and zoom

There are a lot of ways that you can pan and zoom around inside an image in Photoshop. And I think it's because it is just something that you're going to be doing all the time. You're going to be zooming in. You're going to be zooming out. You're going to be moving the image around the screen. So, a lot of different ways to do the same thing. It's nice to have options. So I'm going to run you through a couple of different ways to do it and then you kind of decide which one makes sense to you and you can just stick with that one. So, the most basic way of course is to use the Zoom tool and the Hand tool. For the Zoom tool you can press the letter Z to switch to the magnifying glass or the Zoom tool or I can click on the actual icon itself.

And then the Hand tool is this little guy there of course. You can press the letter H. So H for Hand, Z for Zoom. Let's try with zooming. It starts out by giving a Plus sign in the magnifying. So if I click, it's going to zoom up. First thing to just kind of point out there, when you open an image, by default it's going to be in the Fit Screen view. Now, what particular zoom percentage you are at is going to be dictated by the size of your document, how many pixels are in it. So, this one happens to be 19%. You might open an image and it says 50%. So, it just depends on how many pixels are on that file.

Point being all of the view of that image can be fit into the screen. There's no scroll bars per se. If I start zooming I can click-and-hold and you'll see that the image starts zooming in, in this nice smooth kind of way that's kind of cool. If I zoom in far enough, I actually start to see a Pixel Grid and you can see pixels are a grid of squares. If I want to zoom out, the easiest way to that is to hold down the Option or Alt key and you'll see the Plus sign turns into a Minus sign and again I just click-and-hold, I'll start to zoom out and it animates gracefully there.

When I'm done getting to where I want to be, I just let go. Now if you click-and-drag with the Zoom tool, instead of clicking-and-holding you can actually zoom in a lot faster and I can actually just click-and-drag back and forth. And what's nice there is I don't have to hold any modifier key down, right? You'll see as I move the mouse down on my Desktop here, I'm zooming in and when I drag up with the mouse I'm zooming back out. So, this is actually probably the most fun and easy way just to zoom in and out, just by using this gesture. This is happening because this option up here in the Options bar called Scrubby Zoom is turned on.

If that's turned off, you get the traditional Marquee style of zooming. So if I click-and-drag, I'm dragging out an area, that when I let go will fill the screen. So that's the difference between a Drag Marquee with a Zoom tool versus the Scrubby Zoom. We'll go and turn that back on and this time we'll just click-and-drag up to start zooming out or to drag down to start zooming in. That's the difference between Scrubby Zoom being on or off. Once I've zoomed in, let's go ahead and click-and-hold to zoom in, I now want to move those pixels around on my screen.

You can see I have scroll bars. That's letting me know that there's more to this image that I can currently see in my view. I'm going to switch to the Hand tool, press the letter H to do so and that's just as simple as clicking-and-dragging the image around. Now there is kind of a cool fun way to do this, if you click-and-throw the image. This is called Flick Panning. You can click and just kind of move and let go the mouse at the same time. And the harder you flick it the faster it will scroll. If I click-and-drag really hard, I can just click to stop the pan. So you've got some really nice fluid ways to zoom in and out and move the image around on your screen.

If you don't want to have to actually switch to tools to go back and forth for zooming and panning of course there are keyboard shortcuts for that as well. These are just standard ones that you should learn. For instance, I have the Move tool selected. If I hold down the Spacebar it temporarily turns my current tool into the Hand tool. So I can pan around, let go the Space bar and I'm back to whatever tool I was using. Same thing to get to the Zoom tool. If I hold down Command+Space or Ctrl+Space, if you're on the Macintosh you might see the Spotlight Search coming up in the upper-right-hand corner, but just ignore that.

And I'm just holding down Command+Space or Ctrl+Space to temporarily get to Zoom tool to move in and out. And then when I let go over the keys, I'm back to whatever tool I was using. Then the final way to zoom in and out that I'll show you here is to use Command++ and Command+- or Ctrl++ Ctrl+- on your keyboard. This is just a more controlled way to do it. It goes down and larger increments, so Command+-, Command+-, Command+- rather than seeing it zoom in and out smoothly, this just goes down or up in chunks. So Command++ or Ctrl++, Command+- or Ctrl+-.

The two most common views that you are going to be working with in Photoshop is the Fit to Screen view and the 100% view. So there are a couple of ways to do that as well. Easy way first is to double-click on the Zoom tool or double-click on the Hand tool, so not double-clicking with the Hand tool, but double-clicking on the Hand tool. So if I double-click on the Hand that takes you back to the Fit to Screen view. If you double-click on the Zoom tool that takes you to the 100% view. So, nice easy gestures to get back to those two most common views.

And for those you who dream in keyboard shortcuts, of course there are keyboard shortcut ways to do that. The Fit to Screen keyboard short is Command+0 or Ctrl+0. And the 100% view is Command+1 or Ctrl+1. So there you have it, lots of different ways to zoom in and out and to pan around within an image. Stuff that you're just going to be doing all the times so start learning the way that feels most natural to you and then stick with it and over time you might pick up a couple of other methods depending on the context of what you're trying to accomplish.

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  1. 6m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. What is Photoshop?
      2m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  2. 28m 29s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      1m 54s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      3m 39s
    3. A tour of the different workspaces in Adobe Bridge
      4m 58s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 35s
    5. Changing obscure camera file names with the Batch Rename command
      2m 36s
    6. Adding basic metadata to every image with metadata templates
      3m 36s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 6s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      4m 5s
  3. 23m 4s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejects
      5m 27s
    2. Protecting the keepers by saving them in collections
      3m 18s
    3. Rating images
      3m 15s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 43s
    5. Viewing final choices in a slideshow
      2m 12s
    6. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      4m 9s
  4. 30m 50s
    1. Raw vs. JPEG files
      5m 13s
    2. Why you should start in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. A tour of the Camera Raw user interface
      6m 44s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      4m 2s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      2m 37s
    6. Choosing output settings
      2m 45s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      4m 20s
  5. 41m 34s
    1. Eliminating red-eye with the Red Eye Removal tool
      1m 13s
    2. Improving composition with the non-destructive Crop tool
      3m 33s
    3. Correcting a rotated horizon line with the Straighten tool
      3m 5s
    4. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      2m 13s
    5. Fixing blown-out highlights with Recovery
      2m 36s
    6. Revealing hidden shadow detail with Fill Light
      1m 47s
    7. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 37s
    8. Removing color fringes with Chromatic Aberration
      2m 36s
    9. Sharpening the details
      8m 59s
    10. End to end: Taking a so-so photo and making it great
      9m 55s
  6. 39m 5s
    1. Fixing blown-out skies with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 34s
    2. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 41s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      4m 28s
    4. Quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 33s
    5. Converting to black and white
      3m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustments tool
      4m 18s
    7. Easy sepia and split tone effects
      2m 35s
    8. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 46s
    9. Adding vignettes and border effects
      2m 13s
    10. Saving variations within a single file with Snapshots
      4m 21s
  7. 15m 48s
    1. Copying settings from one file and pasting across another in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 33s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      4m 40s
  8. 30m 39s
    1. Opening files from Adobe Bridge
      3m 1s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      2m 57s
    4. Changing Mini Bridge so it auto-collapses
      1m 20s
    5. The Application frame
      2m 16s
    6. The Application bar
      1m 16s
    7. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 23s
    8. Panel management
      5m 31s
    9. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 18s
    10. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      3m 9s
  9. 16m 12s
    1. Tabbed documents
      2m 1s
    2. The Arrange Documents widget
      1m 38s
    3. How to stop Photoshop from tabbing documents
      3m 34s
    4. Pan and zoom
      5m 21s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 38s
  10. 36m 59s
    1. File formats
      13m 6s
    2. What resolution does your image need to be?
      10m 15s
    3. Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      3m 58s
  11. 42m 17s
    1. Crop options
      4m 12s
    2. Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    3. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      1m 34s
    4. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      6m 1s
    5. Making the canvas bigger by a specific amount with Relative Canvas Size
      1m 39s
    6. Correcting perspective with the Crop tool
      3m 5s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      50s
    8. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      4m 12s
    9. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      4m 2s
    10. Warping images
      3m 40s
    11. Preserving the important elements with Content-Aware Scaling
      9m 32s
  12. 54m 42s
    1. The Background layer
      5m 14s
    2. Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels
      4m 12s
    3. Loading multiple images into a single Photoshop document as layers
      1m 30s
    4. Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing the stacking order of layers
      2m 51s
    6. Selecting layers without using the Layers panel
      6m 28s
    7. Transforming layers
      7m 16s
    8. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 51s
    9. Changing the opacity of layers
      2m 57s
    10. Organizing layers into groups
      2m 55s
    11. Saving variations with layer comps
      5m 3s
    12. When to merge and rasterize layers
      5m 0s
    13. Flatten vs. Save As (a Copy)
      3m 7s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      7m 23s
    2. Transform selections
      2m 40s
    3. Quick Mask is your friend
      4m 31s
    4. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      6m 33s
    5. Using the Quick Selection tool
      3m 1s
    6. Re-selecting a previous selection
      1m 35s
    7. Improving a selection with Refine Edge
      4m 21s
    8. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      12m 7s
    9. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      2m 59s
    10. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 53s
    11. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      3m 53s
    12. Combining multiple exposures with the Blend If sliders
      6m 26s
    13. Replacing the sky in an image
      4m 19s
  14. 1h 1m
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      7m 57s
    2. Starting with a preset
      4m 25s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      10m 28s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 4s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      5m 56s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 55s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      9m 0s
    8. Making washed out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 46s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      5m 49s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an Adjustment Layer
      7m 28s
  15. 11m 32s
    1. Shadow/Highlight
      9m 3s
    2. Matching color across multiple images
      2m 29s
  16. 34m 12s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing brush
      6m 21s
    2. Quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      8m 23s
    3. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 47s
    4. Making teeth bright and white
      1m 43s
    5. De-emphasizing wrinkles
      4m 41s
    6. Removing unwanted details with Content Aware Fill
      4m 26s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify
      3m 51s
  17. 21m 6s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      7m 20s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      8m 30s
    3. Combining group shots with Auto-Align
      5m 16s
  18. 25m 36s
    1. Overview of filters
      4m 6s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
      4m 45s
    3. Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      4m 41s
    4. Adding noise to an image with the Add Noise filter
      3m 34s
    5. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      4m 12s
    6. Giving an image more texture with the Texturizer
      1m 17s
    7. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 1s
  19. 30m 44s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      4m 43s
    2. Three blending modes you must know
      6m 41s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      3m 33s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      4m 33s
    5. Creating a diffused contrast glow effect with Overlay
      6m 2s
    6. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      5m 12s
  20. 21m 39s
    1. Character (point) type
      8m 19s
    2. Paragraph (area) type
      4m 42s
    3. Type on a path
      2m 54s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      2m 24s
    5. Warping type
      3m 20s
  21. 20m 35s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      4m 43s
    2. Adding an outer glow effect
      3m 13s
    3. Adding a border around an image
      2m 53s
    4. Copying layer effects and applying them to other layers
      2m 3s
    5. Saving layer styles and applying them in other documents
      2m 42s
    6. How (and when) to scale layer effects
      5m 1s
  22. 16m 6s
    1. Creating PDF contact sheets
      6m 41s
    2. Exporting web photo galleries
      6m 8s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 17s
  23. 1m 19s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 19s

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