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Chapter 1. Tool and Palette Primer > Navigating Your Document

Navigating Your Document

Most of us struggle with monitors that are not large enough to view an entire document (except, of course, the more privileged Photoshoppers who have monitors that are practically as large as drive-in movie screens). To deal with this ever-present limitation, you must train yourself to be a quick and nimble navigator. Photoshop offers you a huge array of choices, and, as usual, you'll need to weed through them to find your favorite method. In this section, we'll cover the palettes and tools you need to maximize the speed with which you get around your document.

The Navigator Palette

If you do a lot of detail work where you need to zoom in on your image as if you're wearing glasses as thick as Coke bottles, you should love the Navigator palette (Figure 1.15). The Navigator palette floats above your document and allows you to quickly move around and zoom in and out of your image. A little red box indicates which area of the image you're currently viewing. By dragging this box around the miniature image of your document that appears in the Navigator palette, you can change which area you're viewing in the main image window. You can also just click outside the red box and the box will center itself on your cursor.


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