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Chapter 2. Understanding Navigation and ... > Changing the View with the Zoom Tool

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool

Working with the Zoom tool gives you one more way to control exactly what you see in Photoshop. Just like the Navigator palette, the Zoom tool does not change the active image, it only lets you view the image at different magnifications. The Zoom tool is located towards the bottom of Photoshop's toolbox, and resembles a magnifying glass. The maximum magnification of a Photoshop document is 1600 percent, and the minimum magnification is less than 1 percent of the original image size. Increasing the magnification of an image gives you control over what you see and gives you control over how you work. Large documents are difficult to work with and difficult to view. Many documents, when viewed at 100 percent, are larger than the maximized size of the document window. When this happens, viewing the entire image requires reducing the zoom.

Zoom In the View of an Image

Select the Zoom tool on the toolbox.

Use one of the following methods:

  • Click on the document.

    The image increases in magnification centered on where you clicked.

  • Drag to define an area with the Zoom tool.

    The image increases in magnification based on the boundaries of the area you dragged.


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