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Chapter 4. Editing Photos > Using the Toolbar

Using the Toolbar

Although most aspects of using the toolbar are obvious (click the buttons!), there are a few facts about it that you might not find on your own.

Ways to use the toolbar:

  • To activate a toolbar button, click it. Be careful with the Zoom buttons, since they zoom several steps for each click and on slower Macs, it’s easy to click too many times.

  • To enter a custom aspect ratio in the Custom fields, type the desired numbers before selecting part of the photo.

  • When tools are cut off due to the window being too narrow, click the chevron that appears to access them via a menu (Figure 4.10 and Figure 4.11).

    Figure 4.10. When the window is too small to display all the tools, a chevron appears on the right side.


    Figure 4.11. Click the chevron to display a pop-up menu containing choices corresponding to the tools that didn’t fit on the toolbar.


  • -click a toolbar button to display a contextual menu that lets you remove the tool from the toolbar, change how toolbar buttons display, and customize the toolbar (Figure 4.12).

    Figure 4.12. Control-click an item on the toolbar to access a contextual menu that lets you remove the item and modify the toolbar in various ways.


Tips

  • Add the tools you want to use the most to the left side of the toolbar, since with small windows, the ones on the right will be cut off.

  • You can use the space occupied by the Customize button for something more useful. Then, whenever you want to customize the toolbar, choose Customize Toolbar from the Window menu or from the contextual menu that appears when you -click the toolbar.

  • The Retouch button in the toolbar doesn’t currently work; instead, -click the photo and select Retouch from the contextual menu.


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