Effectively using Adobe Photoshop CS5 to edit or create high resolution images will eventually require you to zoom in pretty close to the image. Whether this is because you need to do some edging with a brush or eraser, or because you need to make some very small changes, you will need as much screen space as possible to see a lot of the image. Otherwise you will need to do a lot of scrolling to move within your zoomed image, which can be annoying and time consuming. Fortunately you can switch to full screen mode in Photoshop CS5 to increase the size of your canvas, which will allow it to take up more of the screen and reduce the amount of scrolling that you need to do.
Full Screen Mode View for Photoshop CS5
A lot of other programs also have full screen modes, and they can be very helpful if you are focused on one task and do not need to have immediate access to other programs or menus. By eliminating the buttons and links to these other items, you can maximize the amount of the screen that you are using for the task at hand. And since switching to full screen mode in Photoshop CS5 is not a permanent setting, you can exit the view once you have finished the work that required full screen mode in the first place.
Step 1: Begin by opening the image that you want to edit in full screen mode in Photoshop CS5.
Step 2: Click View, then Screen Mode, then Full Screen Mode.
Note that you can also choose a Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar option, which may be more helpful if you need to access the toolbox, panels and menu bars frequently. Experiment with both options to see which one you prefer.
Step 3: Click the Full Screen button to switch to the correct mode.
You can exit full screen mode by pressing the Esc key at the top-left corner of your keyboard. While you are in full screen mode, you can open the toolbox or panels by dragging your mouse to the left or right side of the screen, respectively.
The items that you need will display themselves after a vertical gray bar appears at the side of the screen.
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