How to Zoom in on Photoshop

By | April 15, 2023

Use the Zoom tool in Photoshop if you need to zoom in or out of your image to gain a better look or to carry out in-depth editing.

When you zoom, all you’re doing is altering how much the image appears enlarged on your screen, which isn’t the same as using the Crop tool.

However, this article will help show you how to zoom in on Photoshop. So let’s get started.

How Can I Zoom in Photoshop?

Using the Zoom tool

  • The Zoom tool can be chosen by either selecting the magnifying glass-shaped icon in the Tools Palette on the left side of the screen or by hitting Z on your keyboard.
  • Then click on the area of the image you wish to examine in more detail to zoom in. Clicking will advance the magnification by one step, up to Photoshop’s maximum zoom.
  • When you want to zoom out, click the Zoom Out button in the Tool Options bar at the top of the screen, which resembles a magnifying glass with a minus sign inside of it, and then click the picture once more.
  • When using the Zoom tool on the image, you have the option of zooming out by pressing and holding the Alt key on your keyboard.

Using the Navigator Panel

The navigator panel’s zoom feature is also available. On the right side of your screen, click the symbol that resembles a ship’s helm to access this panel.

To zoom in or out, click the large mountains on the right and the little mountains on the left, respectively. Alternatively, you can zoom in or out by moving the slider to the left or right, accordingly.

Using the Mouse Scroll Wheel

If your mouse includes a scroll wheel, you can zoom in and out while using any tool, so you don’t need to use the Zoom tool to adjust the image’s magnification.

  • Put the mouse pointer where you wish to zoom in or out of the image.
  • To zoom in or out on a computer, hold down the Alt key while moving the scroll wheel.

Scrubby Zoom with Move Tool

You can use the keyboard to start Scrubby Zoom when the Move tool is engaged. From the toolbox on the left, choose the Move tool. On the keyboard, simply press the letter V. Hold down Space + Ctrl (Space + Command) when using this tool, then click and drag. While dragging to the left zooms out, doing so to the right zooms in.

Using the Zoom Percentage box

There is a little box with a % inside it at the bottom of the Photoshop screen. Your current zoom level is represented by this percentage.

By entering a new number, you can change the percentage by clicking on the box. You are zoomed in more if the number is higher.

Using Animated Zoom

When you click and hold a location on your image and choose Animated Zoom, Photoshop will gradually zoom in on that area for you.

You must first turn on the functionality before using it. Open Photoshop’s settings by selecting Edit (or Photoshop on a Mac) > Preferences > General.

Turn “Animated Zoom” on in “Preferences,” under the “General” tab. Then click “OK” in the top-right corner of the window.

Once you’re back on the image, hit Z to activate the zoom tool. Then let Photoshop automatically zoom in on that part of your shot by clicking and holding a point there.

Click and hold the image while simultaneously holding down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key on your keyboard to zoom out.

Use a Menu Bar Option

You can zoom in and out of your images using a menu bar option if you’d like to do it on-screen.  Open Photoshop and your photo first. Select “View” from the menu bar of the application next. To zoom in or out on your photo, select “Zoom In” or “Zoom Out” from the “View” menu.

Make the Image fit Your Screen

The easiest approach to see photographs as accurately as possible is to view them at 100%. For each picture pixel shown on this display, one monitor pixel is used. The size of the image must determine how closely you may zoom in.

Double-clicking the Zoom tool will bring you there more rapidly. Alternatively, pick 100% under View in the menu bar. Ctrl + 1 (Command + 1) is an additional fast shortcut.


There are several methods to zoom in and out in Photoshop. The most popular techniques are the zoom tool and keyboard shortcuts, but you may also utilize the Navigator panel, the menu bar option, or other approaches.

Regardless of the method you choose, Photoshop makes it simple to zoom in and out for a closer look at your image and more precise editing.

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