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Chapter 2. The Photoshop Interface > Zooming for Improved Production

Zooming for Improved Production

In addition to good palette placement and management, Photoshop offers a number of other ways to improve your work environment onscreen. Familiarizing yourself with the basic zoom techniques is especially useful for working with laptops and other systems that have limited screen resolution.

Zooming In and Out

Some work is best done zoomed in so that each pixel is individually recognizable. Some portrait retouching and restoration jobs, for example, require close-up work. Refining icons and thumbnails might also need pixel-by-pixel perfection. Other work must be done at 100% zoom, such as proofing Web graphics and evaluating some filter previews. You can zoom to any factor between 0.13% and 1600% with double-decimal accuracy. Photoshop offers a number of ways to get back and forth between an overall look at the larger picture and the intimate look at the tiny colored squares that make up an image:


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