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Chapter 4. Introducing Web and Graphics ... > The Magnify and Hand tools and Navig...

The Magnify and Hand tools and Navigator palette

The Magnify and Hand tools, along with the Navigator palette, help you move around your document and zoom in or out for a better look.

  • Magnify tool: To zoom in on a portion of the work area, choose the Magnify tool and click on that area. Double‐click the Magnify tool icon to go directly to 100%. Use the Navigator palette (by sliding the small red triangle under the preview window) or enter a percent value into the box at the lower left of the document window to zoom back out.

  • Hand tool: This one moves your viewing area around the document; it doesn't move any of the artwork. Select the tool, click within the document work area, and then drag the work area around. The whole Photoshop file will appear to move around within the document window area. You are not actually moving the graphics — only the visible area. This is particularly helpful if you are zoomed in far enough that your whole document is not visible in your document window. You can drag the area that you are looking at without having to move the actual graphics around.

  • Navigator palette: This palette performs the same functions as the preceding two. The slider zooms in and out, and the red box indicates your viewing area. You can also use the Navigator to orient yourself in the document. Click the red box and drag it around the document thumbnail so that you can change the viewing area as you work. See Figure 4-16 for an example of how the Navigator works. If you cannot see the Navigator on your screen, open it by choosing Window⇨Navigator.

    Figure 4-16: Use the Navigator to zoom in and out and move around your work area without moving the artwork.


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