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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.
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