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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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There are quite a few different ways to zoom in and out of a document inside Photoshop. I'm going to show you my favorite way. Even though I use and mix and match the different methods from time to time, this method is the one I use most often. It's Command+Plus and Minus or Ctrl+Plus and Minus. Pretty intuitive. It does exactly what you think it might. Command+Plus zooms in; Command+Minus/Ctrl+Minus zooms out. And I just tap it one time for each increment. A little secret that a lot of people don't realize, if you hold down the Minus or plus keys, it actually continues to zoom in and out progressively. So if you do Command or Ctrl+Minus, you will see it starts jumping. Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus, it starts zooming in. So you can just hold that down until you get as far as you want and then you let go.
Now you see I'm all the way zoomed in and out, so my other two shortcuts that I use all the time is Fit to Window and 100% View. So Fit to Window is Command or Ctrl+0. 100% View, Actual Pixels is Command or Ctrl+1. So those are the two most popular views inside Photoshop. Show me the entire document, Fit to Window, Command or Ctrl+0 and then show me my document at actual pixels, the one-to-one view, the 100% view, Command or Ctrl+1. There is a slight variant to the Command +Plus and Minus or Ctrl+Plus and Minus shortcuts. So to show you that I'm going to go back to Fit to Window, Command+0, Ctrl+0.
And I'm going to take this back to be a floating document. I was using that document in the full screen mode. Here we've got it as a floating document. You will note that if I do Command or Ctrl+Minus here, the image is getting smaller, right, like we expected. But it's getting smaller within a fixed window size meaning the window is not getting smaller with the content. Command+Plus of course. Again, the content gets bigger within the window, then I get scrollbars. I'll do Command or Ctrl+0 to go back to Fit to Window. If I want to resize the window as I'm zooming down on the content or up, then we want to use our old friend, the make better key, to just enhance the current shortcut that we just learned. So if I add Option or Alt to my Command+Plus or Command+Minus shortcuts, I'll resize the window at the same time.
So Command+Option+Minus or Ctrl+Alt+ Minus, zooms out and makes the window smaller at the same time. Command+Option +Plus or Ctrl+Alt+Plus makes the window larger until it's as large as it can be and then the content just continues to get bigger inside that maximized window. So there you have it, two common methods of zooming in and out. It's the Command+0, Ctrl+0, Command+1, Ctrl+1, to Fit in Window, zoom in or out. Or of course, Command+Plus and Minus, Ctrl+Plus and Minus.
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