Would you consider yourself a zooming expert?
How about an amateur? Maybe just a novice?
Let’s take a quiz to find out. Here’s your assignment (no peeking at the list below):
Open your Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and list how many ways you can think of to ZOOM in and out of your document.
All finished? Okay, let’s compare our lists.
ZOOM Tip #1
We’ll start out with the obvious—the Zoom Tool. These tips only work when the Zoom Tool is active.
- Get the Zoom tool.
- Click on the document to zoom in. Click again to zoom in more.
- Hold down the Alt key (Mac: Opt key) and click on the document to zoom out.
- In the Tool Options, use the Zoom slider or click on one of the Zoom icons.
ZOOM Tip #2
This tip also only works when the Zoom Tool is active, but it’s a quick way to zoom into a specific area of your document very quickly.
- Get the Zoom tool.
- On the document, click and drag to create a Zoom Selection. When you let go, it will fill the screen.
ZOOM Tip #3
Here is a shortcut that I often forget about. It works when any tool is active.
- Press Ctrl + or – (Mac: Cmd + or -) to zoom in or out by Adobe preset increments.
ZOOM Tip #4
This one is extremely helpful when scrapbooking. It allows you to see your entire page quickly. It also works with any tool.
- Press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to fit the page to the screen.
ZOOM Tip #5
This shortcut is new to me and useful if you often need to zoom in 100%. Which I do.
- Using any tool, press Alt Ctrl 0 (Mac: Opt Ctrl 0) to zoom in 100%.
ZOOM Tip #6
Here’s a new one on me. This works with any tool and it might come in handy.
- Hold down Alt Spacebar (Mac: Opt Spacebar) and click on the document to zoom out.
- Hold down Ctrl Spacebar (Mac: Cmd Spacebar) and click on the document to zoom in.
ZOOM Tip #7
This one only works if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel.
- In the General Preferences (Ctrl/Cmd K), enable Zoom With Scroll Wheel.
- Hover your mouse over your document, scroll up to ZOOM IN, scroll down to ZOOM OUT.
ZOOM Tip #8
This one is not so quick, but it is best way to get an exact percentage (other than 100%).
- In Zoom field located in the lower left corner of the document screen, click and drag to highlight the current percentage.
- Enter an exact percentage.
- Press Enter or Return to commit.
ZOOM Tip #9
This is one that I didn’t know. I LOVE it when I find some new-to-me trick in Photoshop!
- In the Tool bar, double click on the Zoom tool.
- Your document will automatically zoom in 100%.
Okay. All through. How did you do? If you knew all nine of my tips, give yourself a gold star!!
But wait! Maybe there are even MORE! If you have one that I have not listed, please share it with us. If it tests out good in Photoshop Elements 12, I’ll add it to this list and give YOU the credit.
Credits: Recollection by Joanne Brisbois [notepaper], Sweet Comforts by Shabby Miss Jenn [pink paper], DJB Leoni Regular [font]
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
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