In a previous lesson we talked about the basics of navigating images in Photoshop – zoom in and zoom out with Zoom Tool and approaches Hand Tool to view the most important options in the playback menu to quickly fit the image to the side of the screen, or enable viewing at 100% size. In this training lesson, we’ll learn some tips and ways that you pocherpnete only arguments “for”, but not “against”!
As in previous lessons, I will use Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC, the program (CS6) is also fully compatible with Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud).
Here is an image I opened on my screen (male portrait photograph):
Basic keyboard shortcuts that we learned the basics of navigation on the image again included here, but also along with them, you will find a completely new, less well-known navigation tips and tricks. Let’s get started!
Zooming with the keyboard
Zoom in to the center of the image, on PC Windows, Ctrl + plus sign (+). On a Mac press Command + plus sign (+). Press the hotkey repeatedly to zoom in in increments of a few degrees.
To change the image scale from the center of the image, on PC Windows, Ctrl – minus sign (-). On a Mac press Command – minus sign (-). Press the hotkey a few times to zoom out.
Full size image on the screen
To quickly switch view to the fact that it fits the entire image on the screen, press Ctrl + 0 (Win) / Command + 0 (Mac).
To immediately switch to 100-percent level of zoom for the most precise display of pixels, press Ctrl + 1 (Win) / Command + 1 (Mac).
The choice of zoom tool from the keyboard
To select Zoom Tool, instead look for the symbol in the tool group, usually press the letter Z on the keyboard.
Toggles between zoom in and zoom
Default Zoom Tool increases the scale of the area you clicked on. Press and hold Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key to temporarily switch to the zoom zoom, and click on the image. Press Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key to go back to increase.
Temporarily switch to Zoom Tool
Temporarily switch to a tool Zoom Tool when another tool (Move Tool, for example) is active, press and hold Ctrl+spacebar (Win) / Command+spacebar (Mac), then click on the image to zoom in. When you release the keys, you will return to the previously selected tool.
To temporarily switch to Zoom Tool in the reduction mode, press and hold Alt+spacebar (Win) / Option+spacebar (Mac), then click on the image to zoom out. Release the keys to return to the previously selected tool.
You can also temporarily access the Zoom Tool, pressing and holding Z on the keyboard. Note that the function differs from the simple push Z key to select Zoom Tool, which causes the tool to remain active until you choose another tool from the tool group. If you press and hold Z, you will get access to Zoom Tool the scale of the image. While you hold a key for at least about 1 second, you release the Z key to return to the previously selected tool.
Quick and accurate zooming
While you hold the Z key you can also switch to reduce, by pressing and holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key. Release Alt / Option (pressing and holding Z) to return to way to increase or release the Z key to go to the previously selected tool.
Moving the mouse on the screen with active tool Zoom Tool, you can zoom in and out inside the open document.
You can do the same action using any of the methods described above to switch Zoom Tool to zoom out. Click on the area where you want to zoom, hold down the mouse button, and Photoshop will scale the image in one continuous movement until you release your mouse button.
To zoom much faster to image and to obtain improved control over the level of zoom, with active Zoom Tool tool, click on the area in which you want to zoom in, and as soon as you click the mouse, pull it to the right. If you move the mouse quickly, the zoom in will happen quickly. If you pull the mouse slowly, it will zoom in slowly, but will get more precise control over the level of zoom of the image.
The same action occurs when you drag the mouse quickly to the left. Thus, you reduce the scale of the label guidance on which you clicked. Moving slowly to the left will give you precise control over the level of zoom, so as you reduce the scale.
Another way to quickly zoom in and out of your image, and to obtain more precise control over the level of zoom means to scroll the mouse cursor over the area you want to zoom in or out, then press and hold Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key on your keyboard and scroll your mouse wheel down. Scroll up the mouse wheel to zoom in or scroll down to zoom out. Great news of this technique is that you don’t need to choose Zoom Tool. This works regardless of which tool is currently active.
Select region zoom
We recently learned that you can drag left or right corner of the image Zoom Tool to quickly increase or decrease the zoom on the region on which we clicked. This feature is known as dynamic zoom. The default choice is allowed, but we can turn it off by unchecking the it in the settings panel (when Zoom Tool is selected):
Dynamic zoom zoom Zoom Tool behaves very much like Rectangular Marquee Tool. Just drag the selection frame fragment around the area where you want to zoom in. Here, I pull a selection around the lips of the model:
When you release the mouse button, Photoshop zooms in immediately in the area you choose and displays it on the screen. You can switch back to the dynamic behavior of the zoom at any time by checking the selection again in the preferences panel:
Enter special data in the zoom level
In the previous lessons on the basics of navigation in the image, we learned that not only that, we can consider the current level of zoom in the bottom left corner of the document window, but we can also double-click the value to select it, and then modify them:
The problem we face is that as soon as we click Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) to accept the new value, the input box loses alignment. In other words, if we want to try different levels of zoom, we need to double click again on the current value to select it before we can get a new one. However, if you press and hold the SHIFT key when you press Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) to accept the value that the input box will remain in the center, and the value will remain in the foreground, allowing you to dial in different values without selecting the current:
Another trick is to use the input box at the bottom left corner and change the value using a dynamic regulator of Photoshop. Hover the mouse cursor over the entry box, then press and hold Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) key on your keyboard. Your mouse cursor will change to a small hand with an arrow pointing to the left and right sides. It is a symbol of dynamic slider. Click on the input box, then hold down the mouse button, drag to the left or right to increase or decrease the value in %-s ratios:
Select Hand Tool on the keyboard
To move or scroll the image, we use Hand Tool in Photoshop, but there is no need to select it from the tool group. Just press H on your keyboard.
Temporary Hand Tool
To select the tool Hand Tool in addition, as has been already selected another tool, you simply need to click the keyboard spacebar. If you want to return the old tool back, again press and hold the spacebar.
Another way to scroll the image (this works when any tool is active) is to just use the scroll wheel on your mouse. Scroll up the mouse wheel to scroll the image up in the document window, or scroll down to scroll down.
If you press and hold Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) key on your keyboard, you can scroll the mouse wheel to pan the image left or scroll wheel down to view the different aspects of the image.
View from bird flight
Finally, to quickly switch from one area of your image to another, press and hold H on your keyboard (even if Hand Tool is currently active). Click on the image and hold the mouse button. Photoshop will temporarily return to the kind from height of bird’s flight, and you can see the rectangular diagram, which you can move. Drag a rectangle around the area you want to consider:
When you release your mouse button, Photoshop will immediately switch into this area and show it on the screen: