Work with the Info panel

The Info panel shows the color values beneath the pointer and, depending on the tool in use, gives other useful information. The Info panel also displays a hint on using the selected tool, gives document status information, and can display 8‑bit, 16‑bit, or 32‑bit values.

The Info panel displays the following information:

  • Depending on the option you specify, the Info panel displays 8‑bit, 16‑bit, or 32‑bit values.

  • When displaying CMYK values, the Info panel displays an exclamation point next to the CMYK values if the color beneath the pointer or color sampler is out of the printable CMYK color gamut.

  • When a marquee tool is being used, the Info panel displays the x and y coordinates of the pointer position and the width (W) and height (H) of the marquee as you drag.

  • When the Crop tool or Zoom tool is being used, the Info panel displays the width (W) and height (H) of the marquee as you drag. The panel also shows the angle of rotation of the crop marquee.

  • When the Line tool, the Pen tool, or Gradient tool is being used, or when a selection is being moved, the Info panel displays the x and y coordinates of your starting position, the change in X (DX), the change in Y (DY), the angle (A), and the length (D) as you drag.

  • When a two-dimensional transformation command is being used, the Info panel displays the percentage change in width (W) and height (H), the angle of rotation (A), and the angle of horizontal skew (H) or vertical skew (V).

  • When any color adjustment dialog box (for example, Curves) is being used, the Info panel displays before-and-after color values for the pixels beneath the pointer and beneath color samplers.

  • If the Show Tool Hints option is enabled, you see hints for using the tool selected in the toolbox.

  • Depending on the options selected, the Info panel displays status information, such as document size, document profile, document dimensions, scratch sizes, efficiency, timing, and current tool.

Use the Info panel

The Info panel displays file information about an image and also provides feedback about the color values as you move a tool pointer over an image. Make sure the Info panel is visible in your workspace if you want to view information while dragging in the image.

  1. (Optional) Do one of the following if you need to display the Info panel:
    • Click the Info panel tab if it’s docked with other panels.

    • Choose Window > Info. File information about the image is displayed at the bottom of the Info panel. You can change the information displayed by clicking the triangle in the upper right corner of the panel and choosing Panel Options from the panel menu.

  2. Set the options for the information you want displayed in the Info Panel by doing any of the following:
    • Choose Panel Options from the Info panel menu and specify options in the Info Panel Options dialog box.

    • Click an eyedropper icon and choose display options from the pop‑up menu. You can also use the pop‑up menu to specify whether the Info panel displays 8‑bit, 16‑bit, or 32‑bit values.

    • Click the cursor coordinates icon  and choose a unit of measurement.

  3. Select a tool.
  4. Move the pointer in the image, or drag in the image to use the tool. The following information may appear, depending on which tool you’re using:

    Displays the numeric values for the color beneath the pointer.

    Displays the x and y coordinates of the pointer.

    Displays the width (W) and height (H) of a marquee or shape as you drag, or the width and height of an active selection.

Change the Info panel options

  1. Click the triangle in the upper right corner to open the Info panel menu and choose Panel Options.
  2. In the Info Panel Options dialog box, for First Color Readout, choose one of the following display options:

    Actual Color

    Displays values in the current color mode of the image.

    Proof Color

    Displays values for the output color space of the image.

    [Color mode]

    Displays the color values in that color mode.

    Total Ink

    Displays the total percentage of all CMYK ink at the pointer’s current location, based on the values set in the CMYK Setup dialog box.

    Opacity

    Displays the opacity of the current layer. This option does not apply to the background.

    Note:

    You can also set the readout options by clicking the eyedropper icon in the Info panel. In addition to the First Color Readout options, you can also display 8‑bit, 16‑bit, or 32‑bit values.

  3. For Second Color Readout, choose a display option from the list in step 2. For the second readout, you can also click the eyedropper icon in the Info panel and choose readout options from the pop‑up menu.
    Click eyedropper icon and choose a readout
    Clicking an eyedropper icon and choosing a readout mode from the pop‑up menu

  4. For Ruler Units, choose a unit of measurement.
  5. Under Status information, select from the following to display file information in the Info panel:

    Document Sizes

    Displays information on the amount of data in the image. The number on the left represents the printing size of the image—approximately the size of the saved, flattened file in Adobe Photoshop format. The number on the right indicates the file’s approximate size including layers and channels.

    Document Profile

    Displays the name of the color profile used by the image.

    Document Dimensions

    Displays the dimensions of the image.

    Scratch Sizes

    Displays information on the amount of RAM and the scratch disk used to process the image. The number on the left represents the amount of memory that is currently being used by the program to display all open images. The number on the right represents the total amount of RAM available for processing images.

    Efficiency

    Displays the percentage of time spent performing an operation instead of reading or writing to the scratch disk. If the value is below 100%, Photoshop is using the scratch disk and is therefore operating more slowly.

    Timing

    Displays the amount of time it took to complete the last operation.

    Current Tool

    Displays the name of the active tool.

    Measurement Scale

    Displays the scale of the document.

  6. (Optional) Select Show Tool Hints to display a hint for using a selected tool at the bottom of the Info panel.
  7. Click OK.

    Note:

    To change measurement units, click the crosshair icon in the Info panel and choose from the menu.

Display file information in the document window

The status bar is located at the bottom of every document window and displays useful information—such as the current magnification and file size of the active image, and brief instructions for using the active tool.

Note:

You can also view copyright and authorship information that has been added to the file. This information includes standard file information and Digimarc watermarks. Photoshop automatically scans opened images for watermarks using the Digimarc Detect Watermark plug‑in. If a watermark is detected, Photoshop displays a copyright symbol in the image window’s title bar and updates the Copyright fields of the File Info dialog box.

  1. Click the triangle in the bottom border of the document window.
    File information view options
    File information view options when Version Cue is enabled

  2. Choose a view option from the pop‑up menu:

    Note:

    If you have Version Cue enabled, choose from the Show submenu.

    Version Cue

    Displays the Version Cue workgroup status of your document, such as open, unmanaged, unsaved, and so forth. This option is available only if you have Version Cue enabled.

    Document Sizes

    Information on the amount of data in the image.

    Document Profile

    The name of the color profile used by the image.

    Document Dimensions

    The dimensions of the image.

    Measurement Scale

    The scale of the document.

    Scratch Sizes

    Information on the amount of RAM and the scratch disk used to process the image.

    Efficiency

    The percentage of time actually spent performing an operation instead of reading or writing to the scratch disk.

    Timing

    The time it took to complete the last operation.

    Current Tool

    The name of the active tool.

    32‑bit Exposure

    Option for adjusting the preview image for viewing 32‑bits-per-channel high dynamic range (HDR) images on your computer monitor. The slider is available only when the document window displays an HDR image.

Note:

Click the file information area of the status bar to display document width, height, channels, and resolution. Control-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS), to display tile width and height.

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