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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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So in this video, I want to give you some tips on how to work with multiple documents in terms of panning and zooming and whatnot. So here you see I have got four documents set up. They are all opened and tiled here and they are all at different zoom percentages. So the one in the left is viewed at 300%, this one is at 50%, 66.7%, and this one at 33.3%. What you might want to do sometimes is get all the windows to match the current zoom location and rather than getting the Zoom tool and click, click, click, click on each window to get them to match, Photoshop has some commands to help you out to do that. So you can access the Arrange commands from the Arrange Documents widget and to get the documents to match their current zoom location, you just need to make the document you want to use as the reference the active document.
So here I have got this document at 300% view. That's the one I want to base all the other windows on. So I have that to be the active document. I go to my Arrange Documents widget and I have got three options here, Match Zoom, Match Location, or my favorite Match Zoom and Location. You will see now all four document windows are all set to 300% and are positioned in the same relative position to each other. Now, if I get my Zoom tool, which I have here, and if I click, by default it only zooms the one document window that I clicked into. Hold down the Option key or the Alt key and click down one more time.
If I want them all to zoom together, I have got two different ways to do that. I can turn that on as a permanent option here in my Options bar, Zoom All Windows. And if I turn that on, I'll show you what happens if I click, all four document windows zoom in at the same time. If I hold down the Option key or the Alt key, they all zoom down at the same time. If this is an option that you don't want to have on all the time, but you just want to use it selectively, I'm going to turn that option off and to do it selectively, you'd hold down the Shift key with your zoom technique. So if you are using the Zoom tool, just Shift-click with the Zoom tool and that will zoom all the windows together. To zoom out all together, hold down Option or Alt, and then add Shift to it, and they will all zoom out together at the same time as well.
So same concept applied to panning. If I switch to the Hand tool by pressing the letter H, again by default, only the document that you actually click-in is going to pan around. If you want them all to pan at the same time, you turn on the Scroll All Windows check box in the Options bar, and you will see now that they will all pan together. Again, if you don't want that on as a permanent option, we'll turn that off, and just like with the Zoom tool, if you want to do it selectively just this one time, just hold down the Shift key to do it multiple at the same time.
So that's Match Zoom and Location and then Pan and Scroll All Windows available either as permanent switches that you can turn on and off, or invoke temporarily by holding down the Shift key.
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