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Using the Navigator panel

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Video: Using the Navigator panel

You often want precise control over the display of your image, which is tough, because when you switch to a Full Screen Mode, you lose the image window along with this custom zoom value down here in the lower left-hand corner. Notice the first mode goes ahead and hides the value, and of course, the second mode ends up hiding everything, and we reveal this large area of pasteboard along the left and right-hand sides of the image. That's where the Navigator panel comes in. I'll start by introducing you to the panel and then I'll show you how to use it in the Full Screen Mode.

Using the Navigator panel

You often want precise control over the display of your image, which is tough, because when you switch to a Full Screen Mode, you lose the image window along with this custom zoom value down here in the lower left-hand corner. Notice the first mode goes ahead and hides the value, and of course, the second mode ends up hiding everything, and we reveal this large area of pasteboard along the left and right-hand sides of the image. That's where the Navigator panel comes in. I'll start by introducing you to the panel and then I'll show you how to use it in the Full Screen Mode.

So I'm going to press the F key in order to switch back to the Standard Screen Mode. And then I'll go up to the Window menu and choose the Navigator command to bring up the Navigator panel. As you may recall, I've docked the panel in this column of icons over to the right of the image, and it's important that you do so as well if you want to use the panel on the Full Screen Mode. Now as you can see the, Navigator features a very small preview of the image, but you can make it larger just by dragging a corner of the panel in order to expand it.

This red rectangle represents your view into the image. So if I press Ctrl++ or Command++ on the Mac, the rectangle grows progressively smaller because after all, I can see less of the image at a time. You can change which part of the image you're viewing by dragging the rectangle, and as you can see, that goes ahead and pans the image on the fly. Another option is to press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, which gets you the Zoom tool and then you drag inside the image in order to define the area of your zoom.

Down here at the bottom of the panel, you have a zoom slider which allows you to zoom in and out incrementally. You can also click on the big mountain to zoom in or the little mountain to zoom out. Problem is, neither the little mountain icons nor that slider give you all that much control. The control comes in the zoom value that appears in the lower-left corner of the panel just as it does on the lower left corner of the image window. And it works just like that value as well. So if I press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac to zoom all the way out, and then I go ahead and hide the Navigator panel.

I'll press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen Mode. And then if I press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac, I have more screen real estate to work with. So I zoom a little farther in, however, I still have all this pasteboard. If I want to zoom into that exact ratio that's going to hide the pasteboard but show me as much as possible of the image. When I hover against the right-hand side of the screen to bring up those right-hand panels, I click on the Navigator icon to bring up the Navigator panel, and then I use it just as I do that value in the lower-left corner of the image window.

Now you have to take care, by the way, to keep your cursor inside the panel or everything is going to disappear like so. All right, I'll go ahead and bring things back up and I'll select that value. And let's say I dial in a value like 40% and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. I can see that's too far away. So I have a couple of options available to me. One is to highlight the value and then press the Down arrow key a few times and press Shift+Enter or Shift+Return on the Mac in order to zoom out and keep the value active.

I can also press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and then go ahead and scrub the value in order to zoom to that exact percentage that's going to work. And for me, it happens to be 32%. Once you find a value that works for you then go ahead and move your cursor away from the panels and all you'll see on your screen is image, and that's how you work with the simple but remarkably powerful Navigator panel.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 35m 44s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 NEW
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    7. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 20s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving UPDATED
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time UPDATED
      49s

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