Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing screen modes, part of Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.
Photoshop CS4 offers three different display modes for viewing and showing your images. You can access the three modes from the application bar at the top of the screen using this last menu, the Screen Mode menu. You can see that we're currently in Standard Screen Mode and you're familiar with that, but you might want to try out these two other Screen Modes to share your images without all the interface elements surrounding them. I'm going to choose a Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar. Notice that I currently have three images open. They're represented as three tabs in this single document window.
If I choose the Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar, I get this view of one of my images. From here I could press the Tab key on my keyboard and that will make all the panels and the toolbox disappear and show me one of my images. Notice that I still have my menus at the top, if I need to navigate around or use a command on this image. If I need to get my panels back in this mode, I can just move over to the right, and the panels come back temporarily if I need to use one of the commands from there and the same is true if I move over to the left.
I can get my toolbox back. Now I want to go to the last of the three modes and that is a Full Screen Mode, but I don't have any command for that. It doesn't matter. There is a shortcut and that is pressing the letter F on the keyboard. That takes me into this very nice Presentation Mode where I see only my images with absolutely no chrome around them. I'm going to move my cursor out of the way too so you can get the full effect. Now to cycle through the currently open images, I'll press another keyboard shortcut, holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the Tab key at the same time.
That gives me this temporary sideshow effect that I can use to display my images to family, friends, and clients. If I need to get back to Standard Screen Mode, I just press the F key on my keyboard and then I press the Tab key to bring back all the interface elements, so I can do some more work in Photoshop.
- Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
- Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
- Working with Adobe Camera Raw
- Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
- Creating Photomerge panoramas
- Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.)
Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes. But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you before saving it as JPEG.
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1. The Interface
6. Photo Manipulation
7. Photo Adjustments
8. Photo Retouching
9. Raw Processing in Adobe Camera Raw
12. Special Effects
13. Combining Images
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