How to Zoom in Photoshop: Instead of squinting, struggling to see the details of an image on the computer screen, use the Zoom tool in Photoshop Elements to improve your vision. Photoshop Elements allows you to choose an extension level that helps you closely examine any part of an image with comfort. You can even perceive individual pixels using the maximum zoom level, which can help you correct minute image defects.
We explain two tools of Photoshop, the hand to move by an image and the zoom to enlarge and reduce the view. Fundamental to our day today.
In the present article, we will see two fundamental tools in our work with Photoshop. These are two tools that have one thing in common and that differentiates them from others we have seen before: they help us to change the view of the image and not to edit it. That is, whatever we do with the Zoom or the Hand tool, it will change how we see an image but it will not change the image itself. Before that, you can see the direct steps to zoom in photoshop.
How to Zoom in Photoshop Step by Step Process:
Steps for how to zoom on photoshop directly. Below are the steps for how to zoom in photoshop directly.
Start Photoshop Elements. Click on “File”, then “Open” and double-click on an image file to open it.
Click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the toolbox to activate the Zoom tool. Two circular buttons, one with a “+” and the other with a “-” appear in the options bar, which is near the top of the screen, below the shortcut bar.
Click on the button with the “+” sign in the options bar to enlarge the image.
Click on the image with the Zoom tool. Continue clicking to increase the size of the image, or click and drag on the part of the image you want to enlarge. Photoshop Elements has a maximum magnification of 3,200 percent.
Select the button with the “-” sign in the options bar to reduce the image.
Click on the image to reduce the enlargement. Keep clicking until you reach the desired level of expansion.
Hand tools and Zoom in Photoshop:
We explain the two together because they are, instead of just one, as they are simple enough to explain and understand by any type of user. In fact, it is very likely that at the time of reading this article you already know these tools or use them regularly. However, as one of the most fundamental utilities of Photoshop, it is worth stopping to explain it, even if only by commenting on the quick keys to operate with them. In addition, in any case, they are two utilities that we should not miss in the Photoshop Manual.
Hand Tool in Photoshop:
The Hand tool is used to move the visible area of an image. If we open an image, Photoshop is smart enough to open it with the appropriate zoom so that it fits in the window of the image. But we can zoom and what will happen is that, if the image does not fit in the Photoshop window, there will be some side and vertical scrollbars that we can move to move the visible area of the image. The hand would be like a shortcut to avoid using the scroll bars, which are often quite uncomfortable.
The use is very simple. Select the hand tool in the Photoshop keypad, then move the image by clicking, with the left mouse button. On any part of the image and dragging without releasing the click. When we see the area of the desired image, we can release the left button and the image will be in that position of displacement.
Only when the scrollbars appear in the image window does it make sense to use the hand to move the area of the image that can be seen.
Spacebar: The quick key to momentarily select the hand is the space bar. At any time, if we press the space key, we will see that the mouse cursor becomes a hand, with which we can move the image by clicking and dragging to the position we want.
Photoshop Zoom Tool:
Another of the fundamental tools in any design program is the zoom tool, with which we can expand and reduce the scale in which the image is displayed. Many times we will have to perform this action, enlarging the zoom to obtain more detail of the pixels of the image and reducing the zoom to obtain a vision of the most general graphic.
To start the zoom, we choose the tool on the keypad and then click anywhere in the image. With this, we will expand the view of the image by zooming in at that point.
If we want to zoom to the contrary, to reduce the view of the image, we have to press the ALT key (Alternative) while we have the zoom tool selected. We can also zoom backward, to reduce, if we click with the right button on the image with the selected tool.
CTRL +/-: There are a couple of quick keys for the Zoom tool that every person should know as well, so as not to lose time when you need to enlarge or reduce the scale with which the image is displayed. CTRL + “+” (Press the “+” key with the Control key pressed) causes the zoom to increase the image. CTRL + “-” (Press the “-” key with the Control key pressed) causes the zoom to reduce the view of the image.
Both for the hand tool and for the zoom tool. They are almost never selected in the Photoshop toolbar. Since the quick keys are very useful and allow to operate almost instantaneously, in order to “navigate” through the image without having to change the tool that we have selected.
How to Zoom Photoshop CS6:
Keyboard shortcuts are the fastest way to zoom. When you press a keyboard shortcut, Photoshop CS6 zooms in or out by one of its pre-set increments (such as 200%, 100%, 66.67%, 50%, 33%, 25%, and so on). The maximum enlargement Photoshop now allows is 3,200% – the minimum increase is less than 1%, much more than what one always needs.
- Zoom in: Ctrl + the most key (Press Ctrl and the + key.)
- Decrease the zoom: Ctrl + the minus key (Press Ctrl and then the – key)
- Zoom into a point where you focused on clicking on the mouse button: Spacebar + Ctrl-click
- Zoom out from a point centered on the one you click: Spacebar + Alt + click
Click on the Zoom tool in the Tools panel or press Z to activate it. Click on any part of the image to enlarge it. Press and hold the Alt key (or the Option key on Mac) and click on the Zoom tool to zoom out. In any case, the zoom centers at the point you click.