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Flick Panning in Adobe Photoshop

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This is a great feature from Photoshop CS4 that many don't use. The Flick Panning feature allows you to quickly throw the image canvas around as a way to navigate. It takes a little getting used to, but it feels very natural with a little practice.

  1. Check your General Preferences to make sure Flick Panning is turned on by Pressing Command+K (Ctrl+K).
  2. In the General tab, make sure a check mark is next to Enable Flick Panning and click OK.
  3. Set the the Zoom level set to 400% (or greater) for the image.
  4. Switch to the Hand tool by pressing H.
  5. Click to grab the image then quickly move your mouse in the direction you want to flick and release the mouse button.
  6. To stop the pan, simply wait and let “inertia” kick in or you can click again to stop at a desired point.

Be sure to check out my two Photoshop books –
Photoshop for Video and Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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