Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
In this movie, I'll show you how to scroll, or if you prefer, pan your image because after all, you want to be able to move inside your image fluidly. For example, I'm currently seeing a wide view of this portrait shot, but if I press Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on a Mac to switch to the 100% view, I'm seeing some great detail; but I'm not really seeing the portion of the image I want to look at. I can use the scroll wheel on my mouse. So if I scroll up, I'll scroll upward, if I scroll down, I'll scroll downward. You also have the option of pressing and holding the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and scrolling upward to scroll to the left or scrolling downward to scroll to the right.
On the Mac, you can drag with two fingers down in order to scroll the image as well. So that's one way to work but the more popular cross-platform technique is to take advantage of the Hand tool. Now you can select the Hand tool manually down here at the bottom of the toolbox or you can gain access to it by pressing and holding the spacebar either on the Mac or the PC. And with the spacebar down, you can drag the image in order to pan it to the exact location you like. Now assuming that your video card supports OpenGL, which most do, you can also take advantage of flick-panning and let me show you how that works.
You press and hold the spacebar and then you basically toss the image like so in order to flick it to a different location, and you can either do small flicks or big ones to move very rapidly through your image. Here is another technique that's known as the Bird's Eye View. If you press and hold the H key, which is another way to get to the Hand tool, and then click and hold, you'll see this little rectangle inside of a wide view of the image, then go ahead and move the rectangle to the desired location and release in order to re-center your view.
Let me show you one more trick that allows you to pan multiple images at the same time. I'm going to zoom out a little bit so we take in more this guy's face. Press the spacebar and drag him in the view. All right, now I'll go up to the Window menu, choose Arrange and choose 2-Up Vertical so that I can see two images at the same time. Now let's say I want to be able to pan these images together. Now I could click inside this right-hand window and I can press the spacebar and drag in order to pan just one of the images like so. However, if I press the spacebar and the Shift key together, and then drag one of the images, both of the images move in kind as you can see here, which allows me to pan both of the images in kind.
And those are some standard and very helpful methods for panning images here inside Photoshop.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
119 Video lessons · 50772 Viewers
117 Video lessons · 38470 Viewers
113 Video lessons · 81491 Viewers
65 Video lessons · 11398 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.