Zoom In and Out of Images with Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Zoom In and Out of Images with Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Zooming in and out of images is a task you perform routinely while editing images in the image window, and also when working in other windows, such as the Camera Raw window and the Full Screen view. Zooming in is necessary when you want to precisely edit a section of an image or examine detail in a small area.

You then need to zoom out to see the edits as they compare to the entire image.

Zoom by clicking in Photoshop Elements 10

The Zoom tool appears on the Tools panel. To use the tool for zooming in and out, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Zoom tool on the Tools panel to select it (or simply press Z).

  2. Move the cursor, now loaded with the Zoom tool, to the image window and click the place where you want to zoom.

    To zoom in more, click again; keep clicking until you zoom in to the magnification you want.

  3. To zoom out of an image, keep the Zoom tool selected, hold down the Alt key (Option key on the Macintosh), and click.

    The cursor changes to a magnifying glass tool with a minus (–) symbol.

Zoom to a selection in Photoshop Elements 10

Another way to change a view is to zoom to a target area in an image. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Zoom tool on the Tools panel.

  2. Drag a box around the area you want to zoom.

    Keep the mouse button pressed, and as you drag the mouse, a dashed rectangle marquee appears.


  3. Move the rectangle marquee if you need to adjust the selection.

    If you have a marquee drawn with the Zoom tool and the size appears just right, but you want to move the rectangle, press the space bar while you keep the mouse button pressed. You can drag the marquee rectangle anywhere in the image to zoom to the area defined by the rectangle boundary.

  4. Release the mouse button.

    The view zooms to fit the space defined by the marquee rectangle.