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Chapter 4. Editing Photos > Zooming Photos

Zooming Photos

It can be helpful to zoom in and out while editing, particularly when selecting eyes for red-eye reduction or using the Retouch tool.

To zoom in the display pane:

  • With an image showing in the display pane in edit mode, drag the size slider to the right to zoom in (Figure 4.13). To zoom out, drag the slider to the left (Figure 4.14).

    Figure 4.13. To zoom in on a photo, drag the size slider to the right. Here I’ve zoomed all the way in, which is why the image looks so pixelated.

    Figure 4.14. To zoom back out, drag the slider to the left. Here I’ve zoomed back out to the size that matches the display pane’s size.

To zoom in the image-editing window:

  • When the photo fills the image-editing window exactly, drag the resize handle to resize the window and the photo. The window resizes proportionally. This approach limits zooming to the maximum and minimum window sizes.

  • Click the left Zoom button in the image-editing window’s toolbar to zoom in. Click the right Zoom button to zoom out (Figure 4.15).

    Figure 4.15. Click the Zoom buttons in the toolbar to zoom in and out in the image-editing window. Click Fit to make the image fit in the window if there’s extra white space after zooming out.

Tips

  • Make a selection before zooming to zoom to that part of the image.

  • If the image doesn’t fill the image-editing window after zooming, click the Fit button to make it fit. If there’s still white space along the edges of the photo, resize the window to eliminate the borders.

  • To scroll more quickly than with the vertical and horizontal scroll bars, hold down and drag the image.

  • iPhoto can zoom in to 400 percent, and out to 5 percent.

  • Each click of a Zoom button makes the image roughly a third larger or smaller than the previous size.


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