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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's go ahead and begin to talk about the application bar, as well as a few other tips and tricks that will help us as we begin to work with files inside of Photoshop. For starters, you can navigate to your Window pulldown menu. Here, you can turn on and off the visibility of the application bar by clicking here. I just point this out in case it isn't invisible. Go ahead and navigate to Window and then choose Application Bar. Now, in the application bar we have a handful of options. We can click on this icon to open up Bridge, this one to open up MiniBridge.
The next icon is kind of interesting. It allows us to show or hide extras. For example, we can Show Grids or we can Show Rulers. Once rulers are there, hover over the ruler, click and drag, and now you have a guide. Well, the guide and the grid is kind of tough to work with. So, let's go back and let's hide that grid. Now, we can see there is our guide. It's a kind of tricky to see. But you can see it across the image. As a refresher, you may remember that we've talked about that you can rotate these guides by simply holding on the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and you can rotate it vertically or horizontally. What's next? Here, we have some different view rates.
We can go to 100% view and view the image that way. Then next, we've already looked at this as well. This has to do with working with multiple documents. We can arrange these or consolidate these in some different ways. Final thing here has to do with our screen modes. We have Standard and then Full Screen With Menu Bar and Full Screen without. Let's take a look at those options. Yeah, before we do so. I want to go ahead and hide these rulers. Well, let's toggle through these different options.
Here's the first one. Full screen, yet we still have this menu bar. If you hold down the Spacebar key and click and drag, we can reposition the image and right here we have a background color. We can change that color by right- clicking or Ctrl+Clicking, and then by selecting a new color. We can go ahead and select a custom color and just illustrate-- This won't be very good. But here you can see we now have a new color in the background. Right-click or Ctrl+Click again to take that back to something more neutral.
In this case, I am going to zoom out a little bit. I am going to zoom out by going back to this zoom field here and go to 25%. Now, we can really see this background color. I'll go ahead and hide that guide there. Let's go to the next Full Screen View mode. We can do so by selecting this option here. And it gives me a message. It says In Full Screen View mode the panels will be hidden. You can press Tab to bring it back, or F to exit Full Screen View mode. Let's try it out.
So here we are. Press Tab that will bring back everything. Press Tab again, and it now hides everything. Let's say we want to zoom in on the image. Press Command+Plus on a Mac or Ctrl+Plus on a PC. Then press the Spacebar key and reposition the image. Now, let's say that we just want to bring back our Layers panel. Well, all that we need to do is to press the F7 key so that we have our layers. Sometimes, this is helpful. So, we can work with layers and really focus in on a particular photograph.
Let's say we want to get out of Full Screen View mode. All we need to do is to press F one more time. Now, in this case we can see that the rest of the Photoshop interface is hidden. It's hidden because I just brought back the layers. Well, if we go ahead and press Tab, it will bring everything back to normal. You can think of that Tab key as the default hide everything or bring everything back to normal. Another way that we can navigate through these Full Screen View modes is by pressing the F key itself to move forward through Full Screen, or by pressing Shift+F and that will actually move backwards through those different Full Screen View modes.
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