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Lesson 1. Getting to Know the Work Area > Changing the view of artwork

Changing the view of artwork

You can reduce or enlarge the view of artwork at any magnification level from 3.13% to 6400%. Adobe Illustrator displays the percentage of the artwork's actual size in the title bar, next to the filename, and at the lower left corner of the Adobe Illustrator window. Using any of the viewing tools and commands affects only the display of the artwork, not the actual size of the artwork.

Using the View commands

To enlarge or reduce the view of artwork using the View menu, do one of the following:

  • Choose View > Zoom In to enlarge the display of the Parrots.ai artwork.

  • Choose View > Zoom Out to reduce the view of the Parrots.ai artwork.

Each time you choose a Zoom command, the view of the artwork is resized. Additional viewing options appear at the lower left corner of the window in a hidden menu, indicated by a triangle next to the percentage.

You can also use the View menu to fit the artwork to your screen.

1.
Choose View > Fit in Window. A reduced view of the entire document is displayed in the window.

2.
To display artwork at actual size, choose View > Actual Size. The artwork is displayed at 100%. (The actual size of your artwork determines how much of it can be viewed on-screen at 100%.)

3.
Choose View > Fit in Window before continuing to the next section.

Using the zoom tool

In addition to the View commands, you can use the zoom tool to magnify and reduce the view of artwork.

1.
Click the zoom tool () in the toolbox to select the tool, and move the cursor into the document window. Notice that a plus sign appears at the center of the zoom tool.

2.
Position the zoom tool over the parrot in the upper left corner of the illustration and click once. The artwork is displayed at a higher magnification.

3.
Click two more times over the upper left parrot. The view is increased again, and you'll notice that the area you clicked is magnified. Next you'll reduce the view of the artwork.

4.
With the zoom tool still selected, position the pointer over the upper left parrot and hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Macintosh). A minus sign appears at the center of the zoom tool ().

5.
With the Alt/Option key still depressed, click in the artwork twice. The view of the artwork is reduced.

In addition to clicking the zoom tools, you can drag a marquee to magnify a specific area of your artwork.

6.
With the zoom tool still selected, hold down the mouse button and drag over the area of the illustration you want to magnify; then release the mouse button.

7.
Drag a marquee around the lower parrot.

The percentage at which the area is magnified is determined by the size of the marquee you draw with the zoom tool (the smaller the marquee, the larger the level of magnification).

Area selected

Resulting view

Note

Although you can draw a marquee with the zoom tool to enlarge the view of artwork, you cannot draw a marquee to reduce the view of artwork.

You can also use the zoom tool to return to a 100% view of your artwork, regardless of the current magnification level.

8.
Double-click the zoom tool in the toolbox to return to a 100% view.

Because the zoom tool is used frequently during the editing process to enlarge and reduce the view of artwork, you can select it from the keyboard at any time without deselecting any other tool you may be using.

9.
Before selecting the zoom tool from the keyboard, click any other tool in the toolbox and move it into the document window.

10.
Now hold down spacebar+Ctrl (Windows) or spacebar+Command (Mac OS) to select the zoom tool from the keyboard. Click or drag to zoom in on any area of the artwork, and then release the keys. The tool you selected in the previous step is displayed.

11.
To zoom out using the keyboard, hold down spacebar+Ctrl+Alt (Windows) or spacebar+Command+Option (Mac OS). Click the desired area to reduce the view of the artwork, and then release the keys.

12.
Double-click the zoom tool in the toolbox to return to a 100% view of your artwork.

Scrolling through a document

You use the hand tool to scroll to different areas of a document.

1.
Click the hand tool () in the toolbox.

2.
Drag downward in the document window. As you drag, the artwork moves with the hand.

As with the zoom tool, you can select the hand tool from the keyboard without deselecting the active tool.

3.
Before selecting the hand tool from the keyboard, click any other tool in the toolbox and move the pointer into the document window.

4.
Hold down the spacebar to select the hand tool from the keyboard, and then drag to bring the artwork back into view.

You can also use the hand tool as a shortcut to fit all the artwork in the window.

5.
Double-click the hand tool to fit the document in the window.

Using the Navigator palette

The Navigator palette lets you scroll a document at different magnification levels without scrolling or resizing artwork in the document window.

1.
Make sure that the Navigator palette is at the front of its palette group. (If necessary, click the Navigator palette tab, or choose Window > Navigator.)

2.
In the Navigator palette, drag the slider to the right to about 200% to magnify the view of the parrots. As you drag the slider to increase the level of magnification, the red outline in the Navigator window decreases in size.

3.
In the Navigator palette, position the pointer inside the red outline. The pointer becomes a hand.

Dragging slider to 200%

200% view of image

View in Navigator palette

4.
Drag the hand in the Proxy Preview area of the Navigator palette to scroll to different parts of the artwork.

You can also drag a marquee in the Navigator palette to identify the area of the artwork you want to view.

5.
With the pointer still positioned in the Navigator palette, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS), and drag a marquee over an area of the artwork. The smaller the marquee you draw, the greater the magnification level in the document window.

Using the status bar

At the bottom left edge of the Illustrator window is the status bar. The status bar can display information about any of the following topics:

  • The current tool in use.

  • The date and time.

  • The amount of virtual memory (Windows) or free RAM memory (Mac OS) available for your open file.

  • The number of undos and redos available.

  • The document's color profile.

To specify the type of information you want to display in the status line, do the following:

1.
Position the pointer over the triangle in the status bar, and hold down the mouse button.

2.
Drag to choose the type of information you want from the pop-up menu.

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