Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Panning and zooming documents, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics.
- [Instructor] There are a variety of different ways to zoom in and out of an image, as well as pan around to see different areas. If we look at the View menu there are four different options that I use quite often Zoom In, Zoom Out, Fit on Screen and 100%. You'll notice that each one of these has its own keyboard shortcut, on Mac it's the command key on Windows it's the control key and you use plus or minus to zoom in and out, or zero and one, to either fit on screen or go to 100%.
I'll go ahead and choose to view at 100% and Photoshop automatically zooms in to that percentage. If I use the command key and the minus key, that allows me to quickly zoom out, every time I tap the minus key. If I switch to the plus key, I can quickly zoom in. If I use command zero, then, Photoshop will show me my entire image in the preview area. Sometimes this does appear at a very odd zoom percentage, we can see right now that it's fit to 37.1% and every once in a while I'll notice that my image looks a little bit jaggy at some of these odd percentages, so if that ever happens just come in here and we can change this maybe to, like, 35%, and those jaggies typically will go away.
Now let's take a look at the zoom tool. I can select it by tapping the z key or we can click on it in the toolbar. Every time I click in my image area with the zoom tool it zooms in, if I want to zoom out, I can either switch to the Zoom Out option or I can remain with the Zoom In, and just hold down the option key or the alt key on Windows. If I hold down the option key you can see that the icon in the center of the zoom tool switches from a plus to a minus, and now every time I click, I will zoom out.
If I click and just hold down my mouse, Photoshop will continue to zoom into that area. This is called animated zoom, and if you zoom in far enough you actually get this pixel grid overlay. Again if I hold down the option key, then click and hold down the mouse, then, we'll zoom out, using that same animated zoom option. Now, if I click and drag to the left or the right with the zoom tool, well, clicking and dragging to the right will zoom in, and clicking and dragging to the left will zoom out.
Another great way to zoom is using the navigator panel. Now the panels will be discussed in more detail in other videos, but for now, let's just select Navigator, and we can zoom in or out using the slider, moving to the left will zoom out, moving to the right will zoom in. Once I'm zoomed in, I can reposition the rectangle here to zoom into a different area, or I can hold down the command key and actually click and drag my own rectangle in any area of the image in order to zoom into that area.
Alright I will close the navigator panel by clicking on the two chevrons right here and let's take a look at the hand tool. I can either click on the hand tool to select it in the toolbar, or I can tap the H key in order to select it. The nice thing about using the hand tool in order to pan around my image, is that I'm not limited to just going left or right, up or down, like I would be if I was using the scroll bars on the left side, or along the bottom.
When I use the hand tool, I can go in both of these directions at one time. You'll probably notice that, when you are panning around your image, the image continues to move, even after you release your cursor. And this is called flick panning. If you don't like flick panning and you want to disable it, you can go under the Photoshop menu, choose Preferences, and then Tools. You can disable the flick panning by un-checking it here. I actually like it, so I'll leave it on, and click OK.
If you do find that you've started to pan and you actually want it to stop, you can simply click anywhere in your image and it stops that pan. Another way that I can quickly either fit on screen or zoom to 100% without knowing any keyboard shortcuts, is to double click on the hand tool, in which case Photoshop will fit the image on screen or I can double click on the zoom tool, in order to zoom to 100%. Now let's see how we can zoom and pan when we're working with multiple images.
I'll go into the Window menu and choose Arrange, and I'll tie all these all vertically. We can see that both of these images are at a different zoom percentage. The one on the right is at 100% and the image on the left is at 33%. If I ever wanted to match the zoom percentage, I could select Window and then Arrange, and then Match Zoom. Now they're both at the same zoom percentage. You'll notice the one on the left changed because it was matching the one on the right, which was the active window.
If I want to zoom out on both of these images, I'll select the Zoom Out tool, and then, I'm going to enable Zoom All Windows. Now when I click in one window, you'll notice that both of them zoom out. If I wanted to zoom in, I'll switch tools and click to zoom in. Likewise, if I select the hand tool, I have an option to scroll all windows. Now, if I click and drag in one image, both images scroll at one time.
If I want to disable the Scroll All Windows as well as the Zoom All Windows but I just want to temporarily turn them on, you can do so by holding down the shift key and then clicking, for example with the zoom tool to zoom all windows, either in or out, if you add the option key, and if I switch to the hand tool by tapping the H key, and I hold down the shift key then it temporarily enables the scroll all windows. So as you can see there are a variety of different ways to view your images, it's good to know that they all exist so that you can find the method that works the best for you.
Julieanne reviews the basics of digital imaging—from working with multiple images to customizing the Photoshop interface to suit your needs. She shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She also demonstrates the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Opening documents in Photoshop
- Opening files from Bridge and Lightroom
- Working with multiple documents
- Panning and zooming documents
- Customizing the Photoshop interface
- Modifying keyboard shortcuts for speed
- Understanding file formats
- Choosing color modes, bit depth, and color space
- Cropping and transforming images
- Working with layers and layer masks
- Making selections
- Removing distracting elements
- Getting to know the blend modes
- Working with adjustment layers
- Applying non-destructive filters
- Getting to know the blend modes
- Applying filters