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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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If you're sufficiently zoomed into an image then you can't take any entire image at once, meaning that you need to able around by scrolling or if you prefer panning the image inside Photoshop. So here I am looking at Everlasting.jpg that insanely cool illustration from the Photolia Image library, and I'm going to go ahead and zoom this image to 100% by going out to the View menu and choosing actual pixels, or I can press Ctrl+1, Command+1 on the Mac. Now a note about that keyboard shortcut. It assumes that you're not using the old channel shortcuts.
If I go to the Edit menu and choose a keyboard shortcuts command or press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, Command+Shift+Option +K on the Mac, brings up the keyboard Shortcut's dialog box and there is this checkbox right here. It's turned off by default. But if you turn it on, you will reinstate the old shortcuts from Photoshop CS3 and earlier. That dictated that Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on the Mac took you to the Red channel. So you don't want it to work that way. You want to make sure this checkbox is turned off. Much better I think Ctrl+1 or Command+1 to zoom the image.
All right, so here we are zoom pretty far in. Let's say that I want to scroll to a different portion of the image, like scroll at the right. Why I could drag this scroll thing here? But that's the sucker's route, much better to use the Hand tool. And you don't have to select the Hand tool from the toolbox. You can get it from the keyboard by pressing and holding the biggest key there is, which is the Spacebar, and then just dragging the image to a different location. So that's one way to scroll that's actually a really great way and a very common way to scroll inside of Photoshop.
Another way to scroll is to toss the image, something that Adobe calls flicking, that only works if your video card supports OpenGL and actually you know what? That goes for the previous exercise too. You need OpenGL support for those zoom tricks and you might want to confirm that your video card supports OpenGL. You press Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box, and notice by default, Enabled Flick Panning is turned on. Now if it's dimmed for you, you've got a problem.
You need to switch over to Performance and check that Enable OpenGL Drawing is turned on. If that's also dimmed, Photoshop does not believe that your video card supports OpenGL. It could be right. It could be wrong, what you need to do is figure out what video cards you have, check your vendor's Website, find out if it supports OpenGL, if it doesn't, oh well. You're going to miss out on a few navigation tricks. If it does, download the most recent version of the driver software from your vendor's Website, go ahead and install it and then restart Photoshop and see if that doesn't solve your problem.
Anyway, I'm going to cancel out, so now let's say that I want to scroll quickly to the other side of the image, i.e. instead of doing this number over and over again, I just want to be able to do this. So you can just toss the image if you want to, so I can toss at this direction and you could really give it a big toss, notice that. That's going to take you potentially too far, but it actually took me exactly where I wanted to go. I wanted to check out this little spaceship right there. Anyway, that's how image tossing works.
I promised to share with you one more trick and this is a little known trick inside of Photoshop that's been around for a while, doesn't depend on OpenGL. I'm going to switchover to my Dark portrait.jpg image here, and I'm going to grab the White Feathers tab, and I'm going to move it off into a separate image window like this. Notice that I'm just dragging it over until I see a blue vertical bar then I drop it in the place. And let's say I'm not happy with the way that I'm zoomed into either of these images. Why, I could go ahead and press the Spacebar and drag one of them in order to scroll just a single image, or if I press Shift+Spacebar and drag inside the active window, I will scroll all images inside of Photoshop.
All open images, and you can see both of these are moving at the exact same time. So that's a Shift+Spacebar drag. In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to Preview the image at the size it will print.
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