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.

Photoshop Top 40 is available as a downloadable podcast from iTunes. Click here to subscribe.

Best of luck on Feature #3!

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  • 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.

  • 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….


  • 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?


  • 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,


  • Newsletter

    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.

  • monitor stands

    Cheers for the info. It was a good read.

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