The number of ways to move around an image in Photoshop is mind-boggling, and who better to help us navigate the high Photoshop seas than that scurvy pirate Cap’n Deke “One-on-One” McClelland. OK, that’s as far as I’m going to take this seafaring metaphor. But seriously, knowing your way around an image is one of the critical basic skills you need to get the most out of Photoshop. This week, we chat about all the ways you can zoom, pan, scroll, toss, flick, and generally move about your images.
If you’ve been stuck using the scrollbar, but sensing there is a better way, this is the show for you. For your navigation consideration…
There’s the Navigation panel, which I personally have almost never used, actually has some good “You Are Here” features that can be especially handy if you have a second monitor on which to house it so it doesn’t interfere with your actual image.
We ponder the amazing nature of what Deke considers best tool in Photoshop is the Hand tool, which of course you can get by holding down the biggest key on the keyboard, the spacebar. And with the advent of CS4 the hand tool reacts to the physics of your movements. Deke loves to toss images. And for some reason he thinks “tossing” is more serious than “flicking.” I’ll have to ponder the meaning of that.
Deke also shares a bunch of ways for getting incremental zooms that employ scroll wheels, spring-loaded keyboard keys, and trackpad gestures. And there’s so much more. Who knew navigation could be so interesting. (Well, the answer is Deke, who gave this set of tools the ranking of #4 on his Photoshop Top 40 countdown.)
Chill out and get your bearings with this week’s show. What do you need more than relaxation and direction? Here’s the regular-quality (128kbps) audio file. For best results, right-click and choose Download or Save. For you audiophiles out there, here’s the high-quality (320kbps) file. Definitely download this one (as opposed to streaming it).
Here’s to your feeling properly oriented and well rested until next week. Cheers!