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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Zooming In and Out with the Magnifying Glass

Zooming In and Out with the Magnifying Glass

Because the Stage and Work Area in Flash share the same space with a variety of panels, palettes and windows, it is often necessary to change the magnification level. You can use the Magnifying Glass to zoom out and see the entire piece or zoom in to do more detailed work on a small portion. The tool is made up of two modifiers: a plus (+) symbol in the circle indicates enlargement of the Stage and a minus (-) indicates reduction. Flash allows magnification levels from 8 percent to 2000 percent.

Zoom In

Click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar.

Click the Enlarge button in the Options area of the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes a magnifying glass with a plus (+) symbol in it.

Click on the area of the Stage you want to zoom into.

TIMESAVER Press Z to select the Zoom tool. To temporarily toggle between the Enlarge and Reduce Modifiers buttons in the Options area of the Toolbar, press Option (Mac) or Alt (Win).

Zoom Out

Click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar.

Click the Reduce button in the Options area of the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes a magnifying glass with a minus (-) symbol in it.

Click on the area of the Stage you want to zoom out from.

Zoom Into a Specific Area by Dragging on the Stage

Click the Zoom tool in the Toolbar.

Click the Reduce or Enlarge button in the Options area of the Toolbar.

Click on the area of the Stage you want to magnify and drag the pointer.

Did You Know?

You can change the magnification level in several places. The Zoom Control field in the top right hand corner of the Stage allows you to enter a value or access a popup with various magnification levels. You can also change the magnification submenu in the View menu or use the keyboard shortcuts + - (Mac) or Ctrl+ - (Win) to zoom out, and + + (Mac) or Ctrl+ + (Win) to zoom in. Quickly switch to 100 percent magnification by pressing +1 (Mac) or Ctrl+1 (Win).


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