Zoom and Pan

This post details the methods to navigate an image in Photoshop, zoom and panning. Three methods to zoom (incremental, continuous, custom) and the methods to pan are detailed separately. While they are detail below, two commands to note follow.

  • Command and 0 keys fits the image to the screen.
  • Command and 1 key zooms the image to 100%.

Incremental Zoom
To zoom on the central portion of a image.

  • Command and + keys zooms in on an image
  • Command and – keys zooms out of an image

To zoom on a specific area of an image.

  • Zoom in, place cursor on the desired area, hold the “Z” key, click the mouse
  • Zoom out, place cursor on the desired area, hold the “Z” and option key, click the mouse

Holding the command and spacebar simultaneously will accomplish the same thing as holding the “Z” key (zoom in). Add the option key to the above and this accomplishes the “Z” and option keys (zoom out).

Continuous Zoom
To zoom on the central portion of a image.

  • Zoom in, hold the option key and move your finger up.
  • Zoom out, hold the option key and move your finger down.

To zoom on a specific area of an image.

  • Zoom in, place cursor on the desired area, hold the “Z” key, click and hold the mouse
  • Zoom out, place cursor on the desired area, hold the “Z” and option key, click and hold the mouse

A final method to quickly zoom
If the Scrubby Zoom is checked then hold the “Z” key and drag to the right and left to zoom in and out of the image. If the Scrubby Zoom is not checked then when the mouse is moved a selection box will display on the area to be zoomed.

Custom Zoom
The custom zoom value in the lower-left corner of the image window can be used in zoom in and out of the image.
Method 1

  • Click the custom zoom value to active the box.
  • Then press the up/down arrow keys to increase decrease the zoom.
  • Press enter to activate the zoom

Method 2 – Leave the Custom Value Box active for more precise zoom control

  • Click the custom zoom value to active the box.
  • Then press the up/down arrow keys to increase decrease the zoom.
  • Press enter and shift to activate the zoom
  • If necessary change the zoom value by entering a value pressing the arrow keys

Method 3 – Preview zooms on the fly

  • Click the custom zoom value to active the box, keeping the cursor in the box
  • Hold the command key
  • Press and hold the hold, moving it right and left to zoom in and out

Scroll and Pan

  • Drag with two fingers the mouse to scroll the image right, left, up and down
  • Select the hand tool and pan the image.
  • Hold the spacebar (which activates the hand tool) and pan the image
  • Re-center the view
      • Press and hold the “H” key
      • Click and hold the mouse
      • Move the rectangle to the desired location and release to re-center.
  • In “2-up” view, hold the shift and spacebar to pan both images simultaneously