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A Complete Guide To Viewing Images In Photoshop

Workplace in Photoshop is the arrangement of elements such as panels, bars, and windows. Most Adobe applications share the same workplace experience, making it easy for you to move between them. Viewing images aspect of Photoshop plays a vital role in the overall usage and enhancements of Photoshop. It can include screen mode, viewing other areas of image, using the navigator panel, zooming in or out, multiple windows, info panel and more. In this complete guide we will look at some different available options for viewing images.

This article is part of complete guide series, which also includes, complete guide to Photoshop Preferences, guide to Layers, guide to color channels and guide to Type in Photoshop.

Screen Mode

imageYou can use the screen mode options by navigating to View > Screen Mode. Standard screen mode is selected as the default screen mode. Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar gives you a full-screen window with a menu bar and 50% gray background. Finally, Full Screen Mode displays a full-screen window with only a black background, no title bar, menu, scroll bars ,or panels. Most of the time, you’re working with standard screen mode with available menu bar, tool bar and panels. Full Screen Mode is mostly used to preview the final document, hiding everything else on the screen.

Hand Tool

imageMoving on, if you have opened an image and you’d like to view another area of the image; select the hand tool and drag it to pan over the image. You can use the hand tool with other selected tools as well by holding down spacebar as you drag in the image. Rotate View Tool helps you rotate the canvas without transforming the image. It can be useful when facilitating easier painting or drawing. OpenGL has to be enabled. To restore the canvas of your open document to the original angle, click Reset View.

Navigator Panel

imageNavigator Panel is used to quickly change view of your clipboard using a thumbnail display. To display Navigator Panel, select Window > Navigator. The colored box in the navigator also called the proxy view area corresponds to the currently viewable area in the window. To change the magnification, simply type in the value in the text box, click zoom in or zoom out , or drag the zoom slider. To move the view of an image, drag the proxy box in the image thumbnail. If you want to change the color of the proxy view area, click Panel menu button on the top right and select panel options. You can select a preset or custom color.



You can also use the zoom tool to zoom in or out from the Tool Bar. When you use the zoom tool, each click magnifies or reduces the image to the next preset percentage and centers the display around the point clicked. The magnifying glass appears empty, when the image has reached its maximum magnification level of 3200% or size of a single pixel. As soon as you select the zoom tool, a tool bar appears at the top, giving you options to zoom in (default selected), zoom out, resize windows to fit, zoom all windows, scrubby zoom, actual pixels, fit screen, fill screen and print size.

To magnify a specific area in a document, select the zoom tool and drag over the part of the image that you want to magnify. The area inside the zoom marquee created is displayed at the highest possible magnification. To move the same sized marquee around in the document, hold down the spacebar and drag the marquee.

Automatically resize the window when zooming when the zoom tool is active. Select Resize windows to fit from the zoom options bar at the top. The window is resized when you magnify or reduce the view of the image. If it is deselected, the window maintains a constant size regardless of the image magnification. It becomes helpful when using small screens.

And not to forget, to temporarily zoom an image, hold down the H key, click in the image and hold down the mouse button. The image will return to the previous magnification and tools, once you release the mouse button and then the H key.

To zoom continuously, select Scrubby Zoom from the zoom options bar. Finally, you can set zoom tool preferences by navigation to Edit > Preferences > Performance.

Arrange Windows

imageYour opened images appear in the document window. You can open multiple windows to display different images or different views of the same one. A list appears in the Window menu. To bring an open image up front, choose the file name from the bottom of the Window menu. Memory plays a vital role in the opening of windows. It might limit the windows per image. Choose Window > Arrange to see available options.

Cascade will display undocked windows stacked and cascading from the upper-left to the lower right of the screen. Tile will display windows edge to edge. The open windows will be automatically resized to fill the available space, if any window closed. Float in window allows image to float freely. Float all in in windows lets all images float. To show one image in full screen and minimizes the other images to tabs select consolidate all to tabs. Match zoom will match the magnification level of all open windows. Match location will locate and display images from the same location.

Info Panel

imageThe Info Panel shows the color values beneath the pointer and depending on the tool in use. It also display a hint on using the selected tool, document status information and can display 8-bit, 16-bit or 32-bit values. It displays information about an image and also provides feedback about the color values as you move pointer over an image. Choose Window > Info to reveal info panel. You can set the options for the information you want to be displayed by going in the Info Panel dialog box. For the first Color Readout, you have actual color, proof color, color mode, total ink and opacity.

Actual color displays values in the current color mode. Proof color displays values for the output color space. Color mode simply displays the color values in that color mode. The total percentage of all CMYK ink at the pointer’s location, based on the values set in the CMYK setup box is displayed in Total Ink. Opacity display the opacity of the current layer.

Moreover, the status bar located at the bottom of every document window displays some useful information such as the current magnification, file size and brief instructions for using the active tool. You can change the file information view options any time from the pop-up menu. They include note, version cue, document sizes, document profile, document dimensions, measurement scale, scratch sizes, efficiency, timing, and 32-bit exposure.

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