How to Zoom in Photoshop

If you’re doing any seri­ous edit­ing in Pho­to­shop, at some point you will want to zoom in to get a clos­er look at things. This is espe­cial­ly true when using the clone and heal tools. Whether you’re using Pho­to­shop CC 2020, Pho­to­shop CC 2018, or any oth­er ver­sion of Pho­to­shop, the steps are the same. Here’s how to zoom in and out in Photoshop.

How to zoom in and zoom out with keyboard shortcuts

You can use the fol­low­ing key­board short­cuts to zoom in and zoom out in all edi­tions of Photoshop:

ActionWin­dows Short­cutMac Short­cut
Zoom inCtrl+ Plus (+) Cmd+ Plus (+)
Zoom outCtrl+ Minus (-)Cmd + Minus (-)
Zoom in to mouse pointSpace­bar + Ctrl +
Spacebar+Cmd +
Zoom out from mouse pointSpace­bar + Alt +
Space­bar + Option +

These key­board short­cuts also work in many Pho­to­shop alter­na­tives, includ­ing GIMP and Krita. 

Using the View menu to zoom in

Use the View menu to eas­i­ly zoom in and zoom out.

You can also access the zoom options above via the View menu. Sim­ply go to View -> Zoom In or View -> Zoom Out to zoom in or zoom out. There are also short­cuts to quick­ly jump to 100% view or 200% view.

Select­ing “Fit on Screen” will choose the best match for your screen size. We use it quite fre­quent­ly when we are unsure what zoom lev­el to choose.

Using the zoom tool for click-to-zoom in Photoshop

The zoom tool lets you click where you would like to zoom.

Pho­to­shop also has a ded­i­cat­ed tool for zoom­ing in the tools palette. It looks like a mag­ni­fy­ing glass. The zoom tool lets you click-to-zoom in on a par­tic­u­lar part of the image. You can also zoom out in the same way, quick­ly fit an image to the screen, and fill the screen with the image.

How to zoom in Photoshop with the mouse wheel

If you’re mouse has a scroll wheel, you can also use this to zoom in Pho­to­shop. On Mac, just press the “Option” key and scroll the wheel to quick­ly increase detail. Scroll back­ward to zoom out. Press Alt and scroll to do the same in Windows. 

You can also scroll direct­ly with the scroll wheel with­out using the key­board through a spe­cial option in Pho­to­shop set­tings. Press Ctrl + K (Cmd + K on Mac) access Pho­to­shop Pref­er­ences and enable “Zoom with Scroll Wheel” in the Tools pane. This will let you scroll to your heart’s con­tent with­out the need to press Option or Alt on your keyboard!

Other things to consider:

  • If you find your­self con­stant­ly need­ing to zoom in, con­sid­er decreas­ing your mon­i­tor’s res­o­lu­tion to increase the size of the pic­ture dis­played. Both Win­dows and Mac have oth­er acces­si­bil­i­ty set­tings to increase pic­ture size
  • Mac users can also con­fig­ure mag­ic ges­tures to zoom in. By default, Mac users can “pinch to zoom” to increase detail. 
  • Some graph­ics tablets also have short­cuts for zoom­ing in and out.

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