How To Zoom In Photoshop

How To Zoom In Photoshop

Zoom in or out

Use the Zoom tool  or the View menu commands to zoom in or zoom out of an image. When you use the Zoom tool, each click magnifies or reduces the image to the next preset percentage and centers the display around the point you click. When the image has reached its maximum magnification level of 3200% or minimum size of 1 pixel, the magnifying glass appears empty.

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Set Zoom tool preferences

  • Choose Edit > Preferences > Performance (Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences > Performance (Mac OS). In the GPU Settings section, select Enable OpenGL Drawing.
  • In the General preferences, select any of the following:

    Animated Zoom

    Enables continuous zooming while holding down the Zoom tool

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    Zoom With Scroll Wheel

    Enables zooming with the scroll wheel on your mouse.

    Zoom Clicked Point To Center

    Centers the zoom view on the clicked location.

Zoom a preset amount

  • Do any of the following:
    • Select the Zoom tool , and click either the Zoom In  orZoom Out button  in the options bar. Then, click the area you want to zoom in or out.Tip: To quickly switch to zoom out mode, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS).
    • Choose View > Zoom In or View >Zoom Out. The Zoom In or Zoom Out command becomes unavailable when the maximum image magnification or reduction is reached.
    • Set the zoom level at the lower left corner of the document window or in the Navigator panel.

Display images at 100%

A zoom setting of 100% provides the most accurate view, because each image pixel is displayed by one monitor pixel. (At other zoom settings, image pixels are interpolated to a different amount of monitor pixels.)

  • Do one of the following:
    • Double-click the Zoom tool in the toolbox.
    • (Creative Cloud) Choose View > 100% or, click 100% in either the Zoom tool or Hand tool options bar.
    • Choose View > Actual Pixels or, click Actual Pixels in either the Zoom tool or Hand tool options bar.
    • Enter 100% in the Status Bar and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).

Zoom continuously

  • Select the Zoom tool, and then do any of the following:
    • Click and hold in the image to zoom in. Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) to zoom out.
    • In the options bar, select Scrubby Zoom. Then drag to the left in the image to zoom out, or to the right to zoom in.

Magnify a specific area

  • Select the Zoom tool.
  • Drag over the part of the image that you want to magnify.
    Dragging the Zoom tool to magnify the view of an image


    The area inside the zoom marquee is displayed at the highest possible magnification. To move the marquee around the artwork in Photoshop, begin dragging a marquee and then hold down the spacebar.

Temporarily zoom an image

  • Hold down the H key, and then click in the image and hold down the mouse button.

    The current tool changes to the Hand tool, and the image magnification changes as follows:

    • If the entire image originally fit within the document window, the image zooms in to fit the window.
    • If only a portion of the image was originally visible, the image zooms out. Drag the zoom marquee to magnify a different part of the image.
  • Release the mouse button and then the H key.

    The image returns to the previous magnification and tool.

Automatically resize the window when zooming

  • With the Zoom tool active, select Resize Windows To Fit in the options bar. The window is resized when you magnify or reduce the view of the image.

    When Resize Windows To Fit is deselected (the default), the window maintains a constant size regardless of the image magnification. This can be helpful when using smaller monitors or working with tiled views.

Fit an image to the screen

  • Do one of the following:
    • Double-click the Hand tool in the toolbox.
    • Choose View > Fit On Screen.
    • Select a zoom tool or the Hand tool, and click the Fit On Screen button in the options bar.These options scale both the zoom level and the window size to fit the available screen space.

Hide the pixel grid

Over 500% magnification, the image’s pixel grid becomes visible by default. To hide the grid, do the following.