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Since zooming in on an image and panning around is one of the most common things you'll do in Photoshop, there are a variety of different ways that we can accomplish the task. Let's go ahead and take a look at some of these different methods. From Bridge, I'll double click on the first image here in order to open it in Photoshop. When you open a document by default, Photoshop zooms the image to fit in window. Meaning that it zooms in or zooms out as much as it needs to in order to fill the window area with the image as large as it can without actually cropping it.
So, we can see down here in the lower left that right now we're viewing this at 50%. But depending on the monitor that you're viewing at that might actually differ. And when you open up different documents, of course, this number is going to be different as well if those documents are different sizes. Now, in order to zoom in, we can tap the Z key or we can select the Zoom tool from the Toolbar. Every time that you click with the Zoom tool, you'll zoom in one level. So here, I can continuously click in order to zoom in. And if I wanted to zoom out, I could either select the zoom out option in the Options bar, or I can hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows and click.
And every time I click, I'll zoom out. I can also zoom in a much more dynamic way, and that's by simply clicking and holding down the mouse. You'll notice that Photoshop continues to zoom in to a specific point. In fact, if we zoom in far enough, you'll see this pixel grid overlay. If I hold down the Option or the Alt key, and click and hold down my mouse, you can see that Photoshop will do the opposite, it will zoom out. You can also click and drag with the Zoom tool. If I click and drag to the left, you can see that I am zooming out.
If I click and drag to the right, you can see that I'm zooming in. This is considered Scrubby Zoom, and you can see that I have the option for it toggled on in my Options bar. If you didn't want that behavior for some reason, you could un-check this. Let's go to the View menu, and reset our zoom percentage by selecting Fit on Screen. Now with the Scrubby Zoom turned off, if I wanted to zoom around a specific area, I can click and drag with the mouse to zoom over the area that I've drawn in this marquee. When I release the mouse, we'll zoom in directly to there. If I click and drag again to zoom in even more, I can just show you, the only problem with turning off Scrubby Zoom is now zooming out. Remember, with Scrubby Zoom turned on, if I drag to the right, we zoom in. If I drag to the left, we zoom out.
But without that option, in order to zoom out, I need to hold down the Option or the Alt key, and then click multiple times. Or, click and hold in order to zoom out. So, it's up to you whether or not you want to turn on or off the Scrubby Zoom. Let's go ahead and turn it back on for now. There are also some keyboard shortcuts that you can use to zoom in and out. If you hold down the Cmd key on the Mac or Ctrl key on Windows and tap the plus icon. Each time you tap the plus icon is the same as if you were clicking with the mouse. So, we can zoom in or we can zoom out using that same Cmd key or Ctrl key on Windows and tapping the minus key. We can also use two unique keyboard shortcuts, and you can see these under the View menu.
The first one is to Fit on Screen, which is Cmd+0 or Ctrl+0 on Windows, and the second is to view at 100%, which is Cmd or Ctrl+1. So if I select this, you can see that I'm now viewing at 100%. And down in the lower left, the percentage says 100. If I use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+0, I'm now fitting in screen and I'm down to 58.39%. Again, this might vary depending on the resolution of your screen.
Let's go ahead and zoom back in using the keyboard shortcut Cmd or Ctrl+1 so that we're at 100%. You'll notice that when we're zoomed in, we have scroll bars at the bottom, as well as at the right side of the image. We can either use the scroll bars to pan around, or we can tap the H key. The H key will automatically select the Hand tool and I can then click and drag in order to scroll. And you'll notice that I can scroll both up and down and left and right at once. There's also an option in Photoshop called Flick Panning. If I hold the mouse down, and sort of drag and then release, you can see that Photoshop doesn't stop the pan right away.
Instead, it kind of almost flicks the image across the screen. Again, if I start in the upper right and kind of hold my mouse down and drag rather quickly and then let go, you can see that I've flicked that image down. Now, if you start the image kind of doing this flick pan and you want to stop it, you can just click the mouse. So again, I will click and drag and let go and then to stop it, I just click the mouse down again. Now, flick panning is not for everyone. When this feature first appeared in Photoshop, a lot of people wanted to turn it off.
I've actually gotten used to it, and I really like it now, but you should know there's a preference for it. So, under the Photoshop menu on the Mac or on the Edit menu on Windows, if we come down to Preferences and then General, right down here there's an option to enable flick panning. If you don't like this, you can go ahead and disable it by unchecking it. For now, I'll leave it on and then click OK. Let's go ahead and open a secondary image by selecting file and then browse in Bridge. I'll double-click on the second image and it'll open it up in its own tab.
Then, we can either use the keyboard shortcut we made in a previous video or we can choose Window > Arrange > Tile to see both of the images at one time. I'll return back to the Zoom tool by tapping the Z key, and then I'll zoom out on the image on my left hand side. By default, I have the plus to zoom in so I'll have to hold down the Option or the Alt key and then zoom out. Now if I wanted to zoom in or zoom out on both of these at one time, I could chose to Zoom All Windows. Now each time I click, you'll notice that both of the windows change, they're both zooming in.
And again, if I hold down the Option or Alt key on Windows and click, they'll both zoom out. I also have the option under the Window menu under arrange to actually match the zoom for both documents. When I select Match, we can see they're now both at 33.33%. So now when I zoom in, though both zoom in at the same percentages, but I can't see the same location in both images. So, I'm going to tap the H key, which will give me the Hand tool and I'll move this image around, let's say to the upper left.
Now if I wanted to match both of the zoom percentages as well as the location that I am viewing, I can go under the Window menu and then arrange. And I can say Match Location. This can be really handy when you're trying to compare two images. Especially if you're trying to maybe check for focus and you're trying to compare your two open documents. You'll also notice that the Hand tool has an option to scroll all windows. So if I check that on and then I select either of my documents and I start moving around, you'll notice that they both move around together.
I can uncheck the Scroll All Windows and just temporarily turn it on by holding down the Shift key when I use the Hand tool in order to pan. Likewise, if we return back to the Zoom tool by tapping the Z key, I can disable the Zoom All Windows. But if I want to zoom into a document, I can simply hold down the Shift key when I click to zoom in. Or, I can hold down the Shift key and the Option key, and click, to zoom out, all of my open documents at one time. Alright, lets use the Window menu, or you can use your keyboard shortcut in order to consolidate all to tabs.
And I'll use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+0 in order to fit in view. I just want to show one last tool, and that's the Rotate View tool. The Rotate View tool is actually nested with the Hand tool, but it has its own keyboard shortcut, which is R. Now, I don't want to confuse you. The Rotate View is not going to rotate any of the pixels in your image. This is not like transforming the actual data in your file. It's only the way that you're viewing the image on the screen.
As soon as I click and start dragging with my cursor, you'll notice that I get a little compass. So, what I'm doing is I'm actually rotating just the view of the image. And you might be thinking why would you want to do this. Well, sometimes when you're using the Masking tools or the Paint brush, or you're drawing with the Pen tool, sometimes it's just easier to draw at a certain angle. I'm sure that if you've ever been drawing something on a flat surface, sometimes it's easier to rotate the paper and continue drawing.
That's the theory here with the Rotate View tool. So, I'm not changing any of the pixels. I'm just kind of rotating my picture so that I get a better angle to draw on it or paint on it. If I want to reset the View All, I need to do is click Reset View. Or again, let's go ahead and rotate it. If I tap the Esc key, that will also reset the view. If I have more than one document open, I can also choose to rotate all of the windows at one time by just checking that on in the Options bar. So as you can see, there are a variety of different ways not only to view your image using the Zoom tool and the Hand tool, but also the Rotate View tool.
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