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In Photoshop CS4 New Features, leading industry expert Deke McClelland covers the latest developments in Adobe's powerhouse image editor, Photoshop CS4. Deke explores the new tabbed window interface and the Adjustments and Masks palettes, the enhanced toning tools, content-aware scaling and the latest versions of Camera Raw and Bridge, which prove nearly indispensable to the digital photographer's workflow. From the interface to integration, Deke leaves no stone unturned.
All right some of you are going to work inside the new tabbed window interface and others are going to prefer to work old school. That is with images inside free-floating windows and you may even decide to work both ways, with some images in tabs and other images floating free. When you're working with free-floating windows, those of you who've been working with Photoshop for a few years, are going to notice a little difference associated with zooming and resizing the window. So for example I have this image open here. The window exactly fits the image at 12.5%. If I press Ctrl+Plus in order to zoom in, notice that the window is not expanding along with the zoomed image.
It's staying the same size. If I don't like that, I'd go to the Preferences command, which is under the Edit menu on the PC; it's under the Photoshop menu on a Mac. Then I'd go down to Preferences and then I would choose General or I can press a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+K. That's Command+K on the Mac. And I would find this option right there, Zoom Resizes Windows, and I'd turn it on. I'd turn on that check box. And now when I press Ctrl+Plus, I go ahead and zoom both the image and its window together and that's Command+Plus on the Mac. Here's the problem I have with this.
If I switch over to the Zoom tool, and I'm going to switch over to it manually just by clicking on it so that I can show you something, notice Resize Windows To Fit is turned on up here in the options bar. That's because it's linked to the check box we saw a just a moment ago inside the Preferences dialog box. It didn't used to be that way; they used to be independent options. Now they are linked together. So if I Alt-click or Option-click inside the window in order to zoom out. Then I'll Option or Alt-click again notice that I'm resizing the window as well. So you've got to do it both ways. In other words, any zooming you do has either got to re- ize the window along with or not resize the window along with. So used to be when we were using Ctrl+Plus for example or Command+Plus the Mac, that would zoom the window so we had two different behaviors. Okay, so how do you get around it? What if you want two different behaviors? Here's what you do. First of all turn off that checkbox.
It's going to turn off the ability of the keyboard shortcut to resize the window too but go ahead and do it. Turn off that checkbox and now up there in the options bar, or you can do inside the Preferences dialog box. Either way, they both go together and I'll just show you. Press Ctrl+K or Command+K on a Mac. Notice this check box is now turned off. All right, I'll cancel. Now I can zoom into the image by clicking or I can zoom out from the image by Alt-clicking or Option- clicking with the Zoom tool and that does not affect the window. So how do you go about now affecting the window? Here is how. New keyboard shortcut that you have to add to your brain here.
Ctrl+Alt+Plus or Ctrl+Alt+Minus will go ahead and resize the window as you zoom. On the Mac that's going to be Command+Option+Plus or Command+Option+Minus. So that Alt or Option key goes ahead and overrules the re-sizing preference setting. So that's the way I recommend you work. It's the way I've been working out. I've been having the most success with it. So turn off that checkbox that I showed you a moment ago that's associated with the Zoom tool and the Preferences dialog box. That way you can zoom with the tool the way you have in the past and then just remember to zoom the window. To go ahead and resize the window along with the image, add Alt or Option. So it's Ctrl+Alt+Plus once again, or Command+Option+Plus or Minus on the Mac.
There you have a new behavior. Weird behavior, but new inside of Photoshop CS4.
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