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Tips for zooming & navigating your document

Daniel Walter Scott || VIDEO: 9 of 49

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In this video you’ll learn how to zoom in an out of your document. You’ll learn that the 100% view can be your friend and what to do if you are using a retina mac to design your websites in Photoshop.

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Hi. In this video we’re going to look at zooming and moving around in a document. Now there are many ways to zoom in and out of a document. I’m going to show you the quickest and easiest way. On a MAC you hold down the command key and tap the plus on your keyboard.

Now if you’re on a PC hold down the control key and the plus and it will zoom in. Now holding that same key and tapping the minus will zoom out. Now what we want to do is we want to make sure that we’re viewing our Photoshop mock-up in the same size as its going to be rendered in our web browser, because our web browser, obviously we can’t zoom in and out like we can do in Photoshop so what we want to do is see it in actual size. Now to do this, if you’re on any computer other than a new MacbookPro the easiest way is to go to view and pick a 100%. That will straightway show it at its actual size. Now you can see on mine here it is about half the size it should be because I’m using a MacbookPro with a retina display. Long story short, it essentially shows you everything in about half size. Now what we need to do, for anybody with a MacbookPro is you need to be set to this 200%. They blow it up twice the size. Now Photoshop will show it in the same sort of size it will show you on a website so you can be a bit clearer about what sort of font sizes you want to pick.

So to be clear, if you’re on any computer but a MacbookPro retina display use this 100%, if you are on a retina display use 200%.

Now that we’re in this kind of closer zoom level we want to move around. Now the long way is I could drag these little sliders around and it works. A nicer way to work is if I hold down my space bar key on my keyboard you’ll see that my cursor changes from movetool to this little hand and this hand will allow me to click, hold and drag my mouse and move around my document. So I’m holding my space bar down the whole time and I’m clicking and I’m dragging and then letting go with my mouse and this is a nice easy way to move around a document. Right, that’s zooming and navigating your document.