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Magnifying an Object

I saw this popular effect recently in a Xerox print ad that ran in USA Today. When I took a close look at the ad, not only was the magnification effect created from scratch, but the magnifying glass as well. It's actually very simple, thanks to Felix Nelson (the photo-realistic genius guy) who figured out the gradients you'll need to create a realistic magnifying glass. (Note: If nothing else, you'll want to keep Felix's great metal gradients for future use.)

Quick Tip: Seeing Meta-data with the naked eye

Back in Photoshop 7's File Browser, you could view the EXIF data embedded into most digital camera files (including things like the make and model of the camera used, f-stop, exposure, flash status, etc.), but this info appeared in such a tiny point size, even 12-year-olds with 20/20 vision were grabbing a magnifying glass. Not any longer. In Photoshop CS you can increase the font size by going to File Browser, to the Metadata panel's pop-down menu and choosing Increase Font Size. Best of all, you can choose this command more than once, for even larger font sizes.



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