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- A guided tour of Photoshop
- Setting up your environment
- Color modes, bit depth, and image resolution
- The Histogram
- File formats
- Basic adjustments
- Output workflow
Skill Level Beginner
I use a variety of different view options depending on the particular task I'm performing in Photoshop. For example, sometimes I want to get a good look at just my image. In those cases, one thing I'll often do is hide my panels. If you press the Tab key on the keyboard, you'll hide all of the panels. You can see that the toolbox on the left side, the Options bar at the top, and the panels that I had visible over on the right side, have all disappeared. If I press Tab again, those panels all come back. If I hold the Shift key while pressing Tab, in other words press Shift+Tab, then I'll get all of the panels on the right side to go away, but the toolbox and the Options bar remain.
I'll go ahead and press shift to tab to bring back those panels. And we can take a look at another option, and that is full screen mode. If you press the f key once, then you'll see that some of the interface elements go away. But we still have our panels and we still have our menu bar up at the top. If I press f one more time, then all of the interface elements disappear. I can only see my image. And only against a black background. However, you'll notice that the image is not filling all of the available space. And that's because there are still some interface elements back behind that black overlay.
If I press the tab key, you can see that those panels come back, and I can also re size my image to fit the available space. Pressing control plus to zoom in a little bit, or control minus to zoom out. That would be command plus to zoom in on Macintosh, and command minus to zoom out on Macintosh. And of course, if I want to get back to my full interface getting out of full screen mode, I can press the letter F one more time, and since I've hidden my panels, I'll press tab to bring those back. In addition, there are some options you may want to take a look at on the view menu.
Or go to the view menu, and you'll see that we do have some zoom options for example, we can zoom in or zoom out, we can also fit the image on the screen. Another good option is the ability to view actual pixels so that we can get a better sense of sharpness in the image, for example. And that's because the actual pixels display is a 100% zoom, so one pixel in the image is represented by one pixel on the monitor. In addition we have some other interface elements that we can enable. On the View > Show menu you'll see a variety of different options.
For example we can display a pixel grid so that if we zoom in really close on the image we'll be able to see a grid showing us where the boundaries are for all of our pixels. If you find that a little annoying obviously you can simply choose View > Show, then turn off the pixel grid. I'll zoom back out on the image, and taking a look at a few other options on the view menu, you'll see that we have rulers, and that allows us to see the actual dimensions of the image based on the current resolution. So this doesn't necessarily mean that the size shown on the ruler is exactly how large the image will print, but it does give you some sense of the overall image size, and that's especially helpful when you're producing a page layout in Photoshop.
Generally speaking, I prefer not to have the rulers turned on, unless I actually need them. So I'll go ahead and press Control-R on Windows or Command-R on Macintosh to hide those rulers. There are, of course, some other view options that you might be interested in down the road, but I think those that I've shown you here represent the most commonly used features, the ones that you'll likely use in your own workflow.