Photoshop Elements 2022 For Dummies
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In Photoshop Elements, precision goes a long way toward making good edits on photos. When you’re working carefully on image detail, zoom in on any part of a picture where you want to (carefully) apply some fine-tuning. Nothing looks worse than photos with obvious edits that were clumsily made.

For some quick zooms in and out of photos, you can use keyboard shortcuts. Here are a few to keep in mind when you need to quickly change the zoom level:

  • Ctrl++ (Cmd++ on the Mac): Press the Ctrl (Cmd) key and the plus (+) key, and you zoom in on a photo. Keep pressing the same keys to continue zooming in. By default, when you press these keys, the photo and the Image window zoom together.

  • Ctrl+– (Cmd+– on the Mac): Press the Ctrl (Cmd) key and the minus (–) key, and you zoom out. Again, the Image window zooms along with the photo.

  • Ctrl+Alt++ (Cmd+Option++ on the Mac): Press both the Ctrl (Cmd) and Alt (Option) keys and then press the plus (+) key. The photo zooms in, but the Image window stays fixed at one size.

  • Ctrl+Alt+– (Cmd+Option+– on the Mac): Press both the Ctrl (Cmd) and Alt (Option) keys and then press the minus (–) key. The photo zooms out, but the Image window stays fixed at one size.

  • Ctrl+0 (Cmd+0 on the Mac): Press the Ctrl (Cmd) key and then 0 (the zero key), and the photo zooms to fit the Image window.

  • Ctrl+spacebar (Cmd+spacebar on the Mac): This combination temporarily activates the Zoom In tool. For this shortcut to work on a Mac, you need to change the System Preferences and reallocate the Spotlight shortcut to another key combination.

  • Ctrl+Alt+spacebar (Cmd+Option+spacebar on the Mac): This combination temporarily activates the Zoom Out tool. You also need to reallocate the Spotlight shortcut on the Mac.

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Barbara Obermeier is the principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio, and an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University. She has authored or coauthored more than 30 books. Ted Padova, author of more than 60 computer books, is an adjunct professor of visual arts and digital photography at Silliman University in Dumaguete, Philippines.

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