Posts tagged "Panning and Zooming"

March 25, 2014

Navigating Through a Document in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom

As some of you have pointed out, the shortcuts used to navigate through an open document in Photoshop (to make sure that you don’t miss any spots from sensor dust for example), are slightly different than when navigating through an open document in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. 

Tapping the Home and End keys in ACR and Lightroom take you to the top-left and bottom-right corners of the picture, respectively.  These shortcuts are the same as Photoshop. Likewise, tapping the Page-down key takes you down 1 full screen: the same as Photoshop.

Unlike Photoshop, however, if you’re already at the bottom of the image in ACR or LIghtroom, tapping the Page-down key again takes you back to the top, and to the right by 1 full screen.  So, if you start at the top-left of the picture, pressing page-down repeatedly will take you through your image, 1 screen at a time, till you’re at the bottom-right corner of the picture. Page-up does the same thing, but in the opposite direction.

In a nutshell, think of your picture like a book, with the top-left corner as the beginning, and the bottom-right corner as the end.  Press Home to visit the beginning, then press Page Down till you get to the end.  By doing so, you will see every single pixel of the image at least once.

Folks on the ACR and Lightroom team (myself included) think this variation is an improvement over Photoshop, because for those of us who need to do final inspection of their pictures (e.g., to make sure there aren’t any dust spots, etc.), it’s important to have an easy way to make sure we’ve seen every part of our pictures up close.  With Photoshop, I have to remember where I am in the picture, because if I’m in the bottom-left corner of the picture, then tapping the Page Down key does nothing.  In ACR and Lightroom, I have a guaranteed way to see all the pixels in the image, and Page Down/Page Up shortcuts allow me to continue navigating regardless of where I am in the picture.

You might not agree – which is absolutely fine, but now you know why the behavior is different between the programs.  : )

Thank you Eric for helping me to explain this and for offering the book example above!

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March 21, 2014

Zoom All Documents in Photoshop

 With the Zoom tool selected, checking Zoom All Windows (in the Options bar) will zoom all open documents at one time. If you don’t want the option on all of the time, press the Shift key to temporarily toggle on/off  the Zoom all Windows feature. 

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March 20, 2014

“Birds-Eye” Zoom View in Photoshop

A quick way to navigate to another part of an image is to use “Birds-Eye View”. With any tool selected, hold down the “H” key (to temporarily select the Hand tool) and click in the image area to “crash”-zoom the image to Fit on Screen. Drag to reposition the rectangle and release the Hand tool to zoom in on that area.

 

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March 19, 2014

Zooming and Panning in Photoshop without Switching Tools

• Spacebar + Command (Mac) | Spacebar + Control + Alt  (Win) will temporarily give you the Zoom In tool without having to switch to the Zoom tool.

• Spacebar + Option + Option (Mac)/ Spacebar + Alt (Win) will temporarily give you the Zoom Out tool without having to switch to the Zoom tool.

On Mac, it’s important the order that you hold down the keyboard modifiers – press the spacebar first – otherwise Apple’s “spotlight” is activated.

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March 18, 2014

“Flick Panning” in Photoshop

When using the Hand tool to pan (move left, right, up or down in an image), Photoshop “eases out” of the pan. For an abrupt stop when panning,  click, drag and hold with the Hand tool. If you prefer, Flick Panning can be toggled off in the General Preferences by unchecking  Enable Flick Panning. 

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March 17, 2014

Zooming in Photoshop

• Double click on the Zoom tool to display the image at 100%. 

• Double click on the Hand tool to display the image as large as possible on the monitor, while still seeing the entire image (View > Fit on Screen).

• Command + “+” (plus)  (Mac) | Control  (Win) +” (plus) zooms in.

• Command +  “-” (minus) (Mac) | Control  (Win) + “-” (minus) will zoom out.

• Command + 1 (Mac) | Control +1 (Win) sets the zoom level to 100% (also referred to as Actual Pixels).

• Command + 0 (Mac) | Control +0 (Win) sets the zoom level to Fit on Screen (note, the zoom level will vary in order to fit the entire image on screen).

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May 31, 2013

Lock Zoom Position in Lightroom 5

Command + Shift + = (Mac) | Control  + Shift + = (Win) toggles Lightroom’s Lock Zoom Position feature enabling Lightroom to remember the zoom position of each image when switching between them.

 

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February 23, 2009

Video Tutorial – GPU Acceleration in Photoshop CS4

Learn how the new GPU Acceleration in Photoshop CS4 greatly enhances your productivity as Julieanne Kost talks about this great new time saving feature in this video tutorial (GPU Acceleration in Photoshop CS4).

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