Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

The status bar

From: Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers

Video: The status bar

When you have an image open in Photoshop, down below the image, you'll find a Status bar, which contains a little bit of information about the photo. On the left side of the Status bar, you'll see the zoom indicator. This indicates what percentage zoom the image is currently set at. So, for example, if I zoom in, you'll see that number go up and if zoom out you'll see the number go down. This is also an interactive control. I could type a specific value in that box if I wanted to, in order to set a particular zoom setting. I'll go ahead and fit the image to the available space though. We also have another area on the Status bar that can display information about the image and here you can actually specify which information you'd like to see.

The status bar

When you have an image open in Photoshop, down below the image, you'll find a Status bar, which contains a little bit of information about the photo. On the left side of the Status bar, you'll see the zoom indicator. This indicates what percentage zoom the image is currently set at. So, for example, if I zoom in, you'll see that number go up and if zoom out you'll see the number go down. This is also an interactive control. I could type a specific value in that box if I wanted to, in order to set a particular zoom setting. I'll go ahead and fit the image to the available space though. We also have another area on the Status bar that can display information about the image and here you can actually specify which information you'd like to see.

At the moment, I have document sizes and that indicates the size of the current image if it is saved flattened. In other words, with no layers, with no compression applied. To the right of the slash is the overall file size, including layers. In this case, the image of course, doesn't contain any layers. But if I duplicate the background image layer, for example, you'll see that I now have a size with layers that is about double the size without layers. In addition to document sizes, we can choose a variety of different settings here.

We can view which profile is set for the current document. We can see the current document dimensions. For example, the height and width in inches, as well as the pixel per inch resolution. We can see efficiency, which indicates whether or not the scratch disc is being used. What that really means is at 100% efficiency, you're using memory only, not your hard drive, which is more efficient, and therefore faster. So, if you see this number drop below 100%, you know that things are slowing down a little bit and you might need to upgrade your computer's memory.

We can also see timing, which is an indication of how long the most recent task took. And we also have an option to display the current tool. Of course, we can also see the currently active tool on the toolbox, but sometimes it's helpful to see which tool is visible. For example, if we had hidden the tools panel. Generally speaking, I prefer to use the document sizes setting here. Frankly, I don't really look down here on the Status bar all that often, but from time to time, it is helpful to get a bit of information about your photo.

And as you can see, that information is also customizable to some extent.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers
Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers

31 video lessons · 2283 viewers

Tim Grey
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop CS6 Quick Start for Photographers.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

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.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.