Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating around images, part of Photoshop CS4: Color Correction.
In this section, I'd like to talk about the fast way to navigate around a Photoshop image, because part of working quickly inside of Photoshop is navigating rapidly. By the way, I move to Homer, Alaska because I like the hike and bike and kayak and ski. So, I got a lot of that stuff to do. So I only like to work about two days a week. So, all of these keyboard shortcuts are designed to keep me working about two days a week and somebody has to do all that stuff. So that will be me. So this is one of the things that I do to work quickly.
Again, let's start in the Bridge interface and let's open up an image, and this is another image, we've seen a little bit of this one. This is view from my front porch in Homer, sunrise and then early fall mornings. So there is snow in the mountains, and that's the glacier across Kachemak Bay. It's about 10 miles away. This beautiful morning is there. And remember, what we do, when we first open up an image inside of Photoshop, you go Command+Minus, Minus and then we are going to duplicate before we do anything else, and we'll call this one the Working copy, there we go, then hit OK.
So the first navigation is concerned. There are tools that you can go ahead and select, like you can select the Move tool if you want to, and you can select the Hand tool, if you want to from the palette, but there is really no need to do that, because all of this can be done from the keyboard shortcuts. Every single one of this can be done. Now before we move any further, let's go back to our Preferences, and just make darn sure, we've got the Zoom Resizes Window turned on, so that the frame as well as the image will expand and contract, as we zoom in and zoom out on our window.
And the keyboard shortcut for preference remember is, that's right, Command+K, all right. So how do we navigate around this image? What's the fast way to do this? Well, we can use these two keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and zoom out on a Window. Let's try that. We'll go Command and then Minus, Command+Minus, Minus and Command+Plus, Plus. And by the way you want to use always two hands to do this, where one hand is going to be on the Command, the Option, the Ctrl, the Alt, the Shift, in this case the left-hand and then the right-hand is going to be navigating the Plus and Minus keys.
And that's going to be the fastest and the easiest and most ergonomically sensible way to go ahead and apply this keyboard shortcut. Command+Plus and Minus. All right so that's an easy way to do that. There is a couple of other keyboard shortcuts under here. These two in particular, to Fit on Screen and then the Actual Pixels, this one is really useful, this is Command+0 or Ctrl+0, and if you just make a like a zero with your arms, holding up above your head, imagine that you are fitting the whole image in there. That's how I remember it, as Command+0 is the whole image.
So, if we have zoomed way out like this let's say and I just want to look at the whole image and just go Command+0. Again left-hand for the Command or Ctrl key and then right hand on the zero and I like to use the keypad which works just fine in Photoshop for doing that. So no matter where you are in an image, when you go Command+0, you get to see the whole image up on screen. Command+0, if you are zoomed down like this, go Command+0. It'd bring the whole image up on screen, give you full screen preview. Notice in this particular image, on this particular monitor we are at the 133%.
The other one that I like to use, the Command+1 or Ctrl+1 that takes me to 100%, and that's one you want to use, for you want to get the best particular preview, a specific preview of what an image looks like. And when you're applying a filter like a Sharpen Filter, a Smart Sharpen Filter, and you want to get the best possible representation on screen of what that sharpening looks like, you always wanted to be at 100% view, because if you are any other magnification it's all interpolation on screen. If you want to see what it is, Command +1 is 100% and that's kind of easy to remember, Command+1 or Ctrl+1 for 100, and what is it if you want to see the whole screen as big as you can? That's right zero.
So you can see the whole screen in those arms, and then Command+Minus, and Command+Plus, navigate the image. Now we are not quite done yet. I mentioned earlier that there is some new navigation tools in Photoshop and let's take a look at Preferences. Remember, the keyboard shortcut is Command+K, we look on the right-side of this window, when we've already check this one on, Zoom Resizes Windows, but there is Animated Zoom, Zoom with the Scroll Wheel, Zoom Clicked Point to Center, and Enable Flick Panning.
All right, those are the new ones and remember, in order for those to work, you have to have that Detected Video Card. The GPU Settings with more advanced computers with the advanced graphics video card. But if you have those turned on, and you have the capabilities, with your Zoom key, if you click on something and then just hold, it will zoom right in on that. And then if you have the Zoom Out key, you can zoom right out like this. Now how do you activate those zoom keys? Notice that I'm in the Move tool, I could be in the Brush tool, and I can still activate the Zoom tool, how do we do that? It's simple, no matter what tool you are in.
If you hold down the Spacebar, and typically I'll do that with my thumb, that brings up the page grabber hand, so you never ever have to actually select the page grabber hand. If you add the Command key to that, Ctrl on Windows, it brings up the magnifying glass. If you then add the Option key, Alt in Windows, it brings up the demagnifying glass. So, let's go Command+0 to go all the way up, and then Space > Command, and then you can just click Zoom, it will zoom in right on that particular point, add the Option key it will zoom out from that particular point.
So that's pretty nice. To be honest with you, I don't use it very much. And here is why? I still use the same keyboard shortcuts to access the Zoom tool, Space+Command or Space+Ctrl but then this is what I do when I want to zoom in on the particular area. I just click and drag and it zooms right there. See how fast that is? Click and drag and the smaller the area that I select, the more the zoom percentage. I select the larger area, very little zoom, smaller area lots of zoom.
Then I just go Command+0 to go back out. So, this is how I typically move around my images. Give it a try. See if you like it. Still it is doing that zoom in which take some time, Space > Command, just zoom right in, and then Command+0. Space > Command, now if I want to move around a little bit, right, just hold down the Spacebar, and I can still do the local navigation by holding down my Spacebar, and of course, I'm using one hand on my mouse and one hand on the keyboard shortcuts. Then Command+0 to zoom back out, and that Flick pan, when you zoom in and you Spacebar, to bring up the page grabber hand and then you move it quickly, you can keep the image moving, all right.
That just kind of Flick pans around. It's kind of fun. Command+0, Space+Command, Zoom In, Command+ 0, you can move quickly around your image. Anywhere you want to go very, very rapidly by doing those keyboard shortcuts. So I don't tend to use these new capabilities because I found that in the old tried and true method of click and drag, and then Command+0 is about the fastest way to move around. So quick review, Command+Minus, Minus, Command+Plus, Plus, make sure you get the Preference turned on, Zoom Resizes Window, Command+0 to full screen, Command+1 to 100%, Spacebar brings up the hand, Command or Ctrl, Zoom In, back to Command+0.
You do that, you adding half-a-day of kayaking by the time, Thursday rolls around. Oh, yeah! There is navigating through an image in Photoshop.
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