Photoshop Top 40, Feature #4: Navigation

You never forget your first voyage into the great seas of graphics navigation. Mine was in 1985. I was using MacPaint, my supposed (but entirely fictional) mastery of which helped me land my first design job. I was panning an image using the scroll bars and a coworker, horrified by my behavior, showed me a trick: Hold down the Option key to get what he called "Muffy." While I found it troubling that he'd invented a pet name for something that looked and worked like a hand---did he have a nickname for his actual hand?---I had to admit, I was amazed. It had never occurred to me that such a tool (otherwise unavailable in the software) so much as existed, let alone might save me so much effort.

In creating Photoshop, Adobe "borrowed" the hand tool. But it assigned a different shortcut: the spacebar. Which just so happens to be the biggest key on the keyboard. It's as if Adobe was saying, this tool needs a shortcut more than all the others. And I couldn't agree more.

But the hand tool is just the beginning. There's the zoom tool, the nudge tricks, the scroll wheel, the rotate view tool, the full-screen mode, and more. And every one of them is made possible by pressing a few keys and occasionally clicking.

For those who may be curious, the enormous panorama used in this week's video is file #15281209 from Serge Ramelli of the Fotolia image library. For an exclusive dekeOnline deal, click this link.

This Week's Winner, Next Week's Hint

This week's Photoshop Top 40: The Final 10 Contest winner is Jessica Boucher of Brooklyn, NY, who exactly nailed Feature #4, "Navigation." Congratulations, Jessica!

Now it's time to guess Feature #3. Hint: This one command gives you ultimate control over your pixels. Keep an eye out for my newsletter in your email inbox.

Big New Prizes

This week I really ramp things up with an expanded prize package valued at more than $2,000. Said prizes include a Wacom Intuos4 pen tablet, a year's membership to the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and your very own copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4. (Yes, I do mean the actual shipping software!) And as if that weren't enough, I've got a brand new piece of software for you called Magic Bullet PhotoLooks. And I'm really impressed by this one: Created by visual effects expert Stu Maschwitz, PhotoLooks lets you prioritize effects in a traditional capture-and-develop sequence, permitting you to create real-world interactions. Priced at just $199, PhotoLooks offers a powerful 32-bit imaging environment that takes up where Photoshop leaves off.

And that's just half the prizes! You'll also get $100 in Fotolia credits, two of my One-on-One books, a month subscription to, annual subscriptions to How and Print magazines, and the amazing Genuine Fractals 6 from onOne Software.

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Best of luck on Feature #3!

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Cheers for the info. It was a good read.

I have not been able to

I have not been able to download number 3 & 4 of the Photoshop Top 40 from iTunes. I have all the rest but when those were released they never showed up as new podcasts. Is there another way for me to be able to download them.

Thank You,

Photoshop Plug-ins


You're using the tools Photoshop gives you to manipulate your images. Do you ever use third-party plug-ins? For example, instead of Feature #5 (The Sharpen Filters), how about nik's Sharpener Pro 3.0? Shouldn't that give you the same, or better, sharpening in much less time?


Not getting emails

Hey Deke,

I am not receiving any of your newsletter mails. I even changed my email address under my account to my generic yahoo one and that didnt seem to help.

Can you help please....



Hey Jacob,

I work with Deke on the newsletter. I'm not sure what happened. I just double checked it and reentered it again. Let me know if this works for tomorrow's newsletter.

Dual Monitor

One thing I like is that when using multiple monitors the 'f' key continues to display any panels you have torn from the main app window and placed on another monitor.