The Navigator palette

I saved the best for last. Shown in Figure 2-13, the Navigator palette is the best thing to happen to zooming and scrolling since Photoshop was first introduced. If you routinely work on large images that extend beyond the confines of your relatively tiny screen, you'll want to get up and running with this palette as soon as possible.

Photoshop Navigator Palette

Image thumbnail

Size box

Magnification box Zoom out

Zoom in

Zoom slider

Figure 2-13: The Navigator palette is the best thing to happen to zooming and scrolling since Photoshop 1.0.

Image thumbnail

Size box

Magnification box Zoom out

Zoom in

Zoom slider

Figure 2-13: The Navigator palette is the best thing to happen to zooming and scrolling since Photoshop 1.0.

If the Navigator palette isn't visible, choose Window ^ Show Navigator. You can then use the palette options as follows:

4 View box: Drag the view box inside the image thumbnail to reveal some hidden portion of the photograph. Photoshop dynamically tracks your adjustments in the image window. Isn't it great?

Tip But wait, it gets better. Press Ctrl to get a zoom cursor in the Navigator palette. Then Ctrl drag to resize the view box and zoom the photo in the image window.

You can also Shift-drag to constrain dragging the view box to only horizontal or vertical movement.

4 Box color: You can change the color of the view box by choosing the Palette Options command from the palette menu. My favorite setting is yellow, but it ultimately depends on the colors in your image. Ideally, you want something that stands out. To lift a color from the image itself, move the cursor outside the dialog box and click in the image window with the eyedropper.

♦ Magnification box: This value works like the one in the lower-left corner of the Photoshop window. Just enter a new zoom ratio and press Enter.

♦ Zoom out: Click the zoom out button to reduce the view size in the same predefined increments as the zoom tool. This button doesn't alter the size of the image window, regardless of any window resizing options you set for the other zoom controls.

♦ Zoom slider: Give the slider triangle a yank and see where it takes you. Drag to the left to zoom out; drag right to zoom in. Again, Photoshop dynamically tracks your changes in the image window. Dang, it's nice to zoom on the fly.

♦ Zoom in: Click the big mountains to incrementally magnify the view of the image without altering the window size.

♦ Size box: If you have a large monitor, you don't have to settle for that teeny thumbnail of the image. Drag the size box to enlarge both palette and thumbnail to a more reasonable size.

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  • Semolina
    How is the navigator palette and the scrolling bar?
    8 years ago

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