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Photoshop for Beginners: Tips, tricks and fixes

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Magazine, by The Photoshop Creative Team
July 27, 2011

The free 16-page supplement with issue 77 is packed full of useful tips to help you work faster and improve your images

Continuing our free Photoshop for Beginners supplement, this issue we bring you a selection of the best tips and fixes to help you improve your images and save some time. Here’s an excerpt from the supplement, revealing how to work with different views. This is great if you are doing something fiddly like cutting something out, as you can nice and close as well as see the whole picture.


There are times when dealing with the finer details of a project that you absolutely need to zoom in and work at nearly a pixel by pixel level. The problem with this is that you have to zoom back out to see how your edits impact the overall design. This can lead to a lot of zooming in and out that wastes time and energy. So here’s a better approach. Open the Arrange menu (it’s located to the right of the regular menus. Look for an icon that resembles the panels of a comic strip) and select New Window. Choose the 2-Up arrangement to display the windows side by side. These will be two views of the same document. Zoom in on one for your detail work and leave the other at a full view to get an idea of the overall image. You can see your edits automatically update in both windows as you work.