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    Default Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    The Retoucher's best friend.

    I know many people who do retouching, and they zoom way in on their image to work on some detail in the image, then zoom back out to see how it looks at 100%. They keep doing this all while they are retouching the image.

    With this simple tip, you can avoid all the zooming in and out while retouching.

    1. Open the image you intend to retouch.

    2. Click on Windows/Arrange/New Window for....... (the name of the file you are working on will appear here).

    3. This will open a second window of the same image. Size this new image so you can see the full image.

    4. Arrange the two windows so they are both visible on your screen at the same time.

    5. Click on the first window to make it active, and zoom in to the appropriate size for retouching.

    6. As you do your retouching on the zoomed in image, the changes are being made on the full size image as well. Now you can just glance between the two windows instead of zooming back and forth.

    This is really a good tip for those with dual monitors as you can move the window with the full sized image to your second monitor. Now you can view and edit the image, both at full screen resolution.

    Lawrence

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    A good tip that a lot of people don't know about, or forgot. Good to post this LK.

    Also, in you dual monitor scenario, just make a note that they need to be calibrated pretty closely to each other if you split the images.

    Might just be for the really picky people though

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    Nice one, Lawrence!

    I also use the zoom feature of my mouse. It's a basic Microsoft "Comfort Optical Mouse 3000" and it has a little button on the left side that zooms the display. Plus, it works with all programs---not just Photoshop.
    Best regards, FL

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    FL,

    I also have the Logitech NuLOOQ device that is great for zooming and moving the image around. Plus it has a number of buttons you can program for certain tasks. It is a great time saver for Photoshop users.

    Lawrence

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    I'm OK with this up to step 3 but how do you "size this new image so you can see the full image"? I can open two images but they are then too big to fit on the screen side by side.

    Thanks, Bill

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    Quote Originally Posted by madmax40 View Post
    I'm OK with this up to step 3 but how do you "size this new image so you can see the full image"? I can open two images but they are then too big to fit on the screen side by side.

    Thanks, Bill
    Bill,

    I probably should have explained this a little differently. I hope this screen capture will help. The sometimes show the full image on the right side, or sometimes I size to to either 50% or 100%. I have the other image zoomed in to what ever size works for the retouching I am doing.

    Note: I am not at my main computer and do not have full resolution images to show. I am working off my laptop with a low resolution image, but I hope this answers your question.



    Lawrence

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    Lawrence,

    There are a lot more advanced mice on the market than mine but I have a strange requirement. I'm ambidextrous and control the mouse with my left hand most of the time because I injured the carpal tunnel of my right wrist many years ago. So I prefer a symmetrical mouse.

    My right wrist is basically okay today, but its carpal tunnel fatigues more quickly than my left so I favor it. One of the curses of being ambidextrous is that I frequently confuse my left and right. I often keep it straight by which side my mouse is on.


    Everyone,

    Here are some Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that help with sizing the image windows in Lawrence's example. Note: I keep the "Zoom Resizes Windows" option turned on in the "General" Preferences dialog.
    • Ctrl+0 -- (Ctrl and zero key) resize the selected window to fit the available workspace.
    • Ctrl++ -- (Ctrl and plus key) zoom in and resize the selected window
    • Ctrl+- -- (Ctrl and minus key) zoom out and resize the selected window
    • double-click the zoom tool in the toolbox -- resize the selected image to 100% without resizing its window (one image pixel is represented by one display pixel)
    Best regards, FL

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    A great tip Lawrence, it works in Paint Shop Pro too!
    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    Great tip, Lawrence.
    It works for PSE5 too: select "View" , "New window for ..."
    Thanks.
    Luc

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    Default Re: Photoshop Tip of the Week #14

    Thanks Lawrence, nice tip, didn't know that could be done.

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