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Zooming in and out is something you'll do all the time when you're working on a photo in the Full Photo Edit workspace. Zooming in magnifies a photo for a closer view of its details, zooming out backs off a photo, so you see more of it in the document window. I'll show you some zooming techniques here and I'll recommend those I think are most efficient. When you first open a photo, it automatically shows up at the largest size at which it will fit in the document window. In this case, 50% of its actual size in pixels. The Zoom percentage is reported up here in the tab at the top of the document window and down in the Status Bar, at the bottom of the document window.
To understand what 50% means, I'm going to click on this info field down at the bottom of the document window. And here, I learn that this particular image is 1200 pixels across, and 800 pixels tall. I don't have that many screen pixels in the space allotted to my document window on this monitor. So that's why Elements had to shrink the photo to 50% of its actual pixel size to show us the whole thing. So how do you zoom? My favorite way to zoom in and out is actually a keyboard shortcut, and that is to hold the Ctrl key on the PC, the Command key on the Mac, and click the Plus key on your keyboard, and each time you click, that zooms you in to another set percentage.
If you want to go the other way and zoom out, hold the Ctrl or Command key and click the Minus key on your keyboard. There is a longer way to do that and if you're a beginner, you may want to know about this. You can always go over to the toolbar, and select the Zoom tool, then go up to the Options Bar, and make sure that it's set to this plus symbol, and then, every time you click, that will zoom you in, and if you go up here and get the minus symbol, every time you click, that will zoom you out. But the shortcut is a lot faster.
There are a lot of times when you're going to want to set the photo to 100% view, and that means that one pixel of the image will be displayed in one pixel of the screen. That's important when you're sharpening an image or when you're doing detail work. I think the most efficient way to get to 100% view quickly is to go over to the toolbar and double-click the Zoom tool; double-click, takes me to 100% view. Again, there are what I call the long ways to do the same thing, if you select the Zoom tool and then click this 1:1 button in its Options Bar, that will also take you to 100% view, or if you have the Hand tool selected, which we will look at in a minute, and you click Actual Pixels, that will also take you to 100% view.
When you are at 100% view, and you have a large photo like this, you won't be able to see all of the photo. So what do you do in that case if you need to work on a different part of the photo? You can move the photo around in the document window; that's called panning. To do that, you'll select the Hand tool, and then click in the image and drag. And now I can see these flowers in the background over here on the right side of the photo. When you need to pan, you'll probably have some other tool selected, because you'll be working on the photo.
So let's say that I've got this Sharpen tool selected, which is behind the Blur tool in the toolbox, and I want to work on a particular part of the photo that I can't see. Instead of having to go up and select the Hand tool, and then drag, I can just hold the Spacebar on my keyboard and that changes me to the Hand tool temporarily, so that I can pan this large image around in the document window to the area that I want to see. And one more shortcut, you'll often want to see the entire photo in your document window.
The quick way to do that is to go to the toolbar, and double-click the Hand tool. And that zooms the photo out to whatever percentage is needed to show the entire photo in the document window. The long way to do that is to select the Hand tool, and then go up to its Options Bar, and click Fit Screen, or the Zoom tool also has the same Fit Screen option. So there are a number of ways to zoom and pan in the document window. This is one time when shortcuts really are the way to go even if you're an Elements novice, because shortcuts are so much more efficient for zooming and panning.
So to recap my favorite shortcuts; to see a photo at 100% of its actual pixel size, for sharpening and detail work, I like to double-click the Zoom tool. To pan a large image in the document window so I can see another part of it, I like to hold the Spacebar to temporarily switch to the Hand tool, and then click and drag in the document window. And to see the whole photo in the document window, my favorite method is to double-click the Hand tool, and that fits the photo on screen.
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