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And let us go find the queen. I believe she is over this way. Actually, I want to show you a little trick. I am zoomed in to this image, right. I am having problems figuring out where I am. That is when the navigator pallet comes in really handy.
You may recall that I put the navigator pallet in the docking well in the previous lesson. So, I can just click, or I could just drag that navigator out so that we can see what is going on here a little better. If you put it elsewhere, you can go to the window menu and you can choose the navigator command.
All the pallets are listed in alphabetical order in the window menu, just so you know.
Now, I go back to the navigator pallet. One of the really interesting things about the navigator pallet is that is really, this is little itty-bitty, tinny-whinny version of your image, just this little preview of your image. And, you can scale it by dragging back and forth on the slider if you want to, or clicking these mountain ranges here.
I am just going to scale the size of the pallet by dragger the lower right corner of the pallet, this little size box as it is called in order to see the image a little better. So, I can make out where the queen is. Well, there she is. And to go to the queen, all I have to do inside the navigator is click on her, and that will take me right to that part of the image.
So even though I am really zoomed in, I can just click on different details like click on the cab – we go to the cab, click on the mob, this guy his face is here, they represent mob. To go to the mob, click on this little mission. It is one of the harder things to figure out inside this little puzzle. That is a mission, just in case you wanting to do this. Sort of a give-away, but there you go.
All right, so let us go back to the queen just by clicking on her in order to center that portion of the image on screen. All right, so, so much for the navigator. I am going to put it back in the well. And, there she is.
All right, so back to our original story, here is the queen after the down sampling, and she still looks great. She looks very, very smooth. She looks as good as she did before on screen. So, by down sampling this image, we really have not lost anything. So, that is one of the big sort of curiosities about working inside the Photoshop.
Adding pixels from inside Photoshop really does not work. You rarely want of up sample and image inside Photoshop where as genesenting pixels, throwing away pixels in order to get fewer pixel but pixels that are better expressed, a nice sharp image, more fission image, less pixels involve tends to work out pretty well.
And you want to just get a feel for it, just through experimentation and through experience. That is how you will gain a sense of how many pixels you need and what works best.
Now, you might say at this point okay, I understand vaguely how this stuff works with linear, but what about with the photographic image?
Well, I have also provided some photographic images for you to play around with inside that same lesson for folder. Namely, there is this image called snow on branch, and it comes in both a high resolution version. So, snow on branch high, and snowonbranchlow.jpeg, and this is a 12 megapixel photographic image, and so that means we can really zoom in on it to see more and more detail inside this image. So, we can really get in on these individual snow crystals inside this image.
Compare that to the low resolution version of the image, this is that same set of snow crystals right there, you know, no matter what we do in terms of up sampling this image, we are just not going to get anywhere.
So the moral of the story is, shoot your images. In this case is, is that with a digital camera. The linear was done with the scanner. The photographic image was shot with the digital camera. Shoot your images with a digital camera when you are shooting your photographs at the maximum resolution. Your camera provides without fail.
Never, ever, ever, ever, ever shoot at a lower resolution. I do not care where you are going with that image, it