The Hand Tool

With all that zooming, sometimes you're not going to be able to see your entire image at once. Elements includes the Hand tool to help you adjust which part of your image you can see. It's very easy to use. Just click the little hand in the Toolbox or press H to activate it.

When the Hand tool is active, your cursor turns to the little hand as shown in Figure 10-3 . Drag with the hand to move your photo around in the window. The hand tool is very helpful when you're zoomed in or working on a large image.

Figure 10-3. The easiest way to call up the Hand tool is to press the Space bar on your keyboard. You can tell the Hand tool is active by this little white-gloved cursor (circled in red here). No matter what you're doing in Elements, the Space bar activates the Hand tool until you release the bar. Then the tool you were previously using returns.

Figure 10-3. The easiest way to call up the Hand tool is to press the Space bar on your keyboard. You can tell the Hand tool is active by this little white-gloved cursor (circled in red here). No matter what you're doing in Elements, the Space bar activates the Hand tool until you release the bar. Then the tool you were previously using returns.

The Hand tool gives you the same Scroll All Windows option you have for the Zoom tool, but you don't have to use the Options bar to activate it. Just press Shift while using the Hand tool, and all your windows scroll in synch. The Hand tool also gives you the same three Option bar buttons (Fit on Screen, Actual Pixels, and Print Size) that the Zoom tool does. Once again, they work the same as the menu commands described at the beginning of this section.

Figure 10-4 shows the Hand tool's somewhat more sophisticated assistant, the Navigator palette, which is very useful for working in really big photos or when you want to have a slider handy for micro-managing the zoom level. Choose Window —+ Navigator to call it up.

Figure 10-4. Meet the Navigator. You can travel around your image by dragging the little red rectangleit marks the area of your photo that you see onscreen. You can also enter a percent number to designate your photo's display size, or move the slider or click the zoom in/out magnifying glasses on either side of it to change the view.

Figure 10-4. Meet the Navigator. You can travel around your image by dragging the little red rectangleit marks the area of your photo that you see onscreen. You can also enter a percent number to designate your photo's display size, or move the slider or click the zoom in/out magnifying glasses on either side of it to change the view.

Now you know how to position and zoom your photos onscreen so you can see exactly what you want to work on; the tools in the rest of this chapter, and the chapters that follow, help you make changes to your actual photo file.

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