The Zoom Tool And Hand Tool

Photoshop Elements Zoom Tool



Photoshop Elements Hand Tool type


I put the Zoom Tool and Hand Tool together because the Options Bar for both Tools are very similar and the Hand Tool doesn't require much explanation.

It seemed like a good way to show you two different tools in one shot.

In this video I reveal something you might find surprising. Which is that I almost never use these 2 tools! You'll find out why, and pick up a couple great tips along the way.

I also needed to show more than 1 photo at a time in Elements for this tutorial. I know a lot of people wonder how to do this since Tabbed Documents were introduced in PS Elements 8.

So I give the step-by-step instructions for how to have more than 1 photo open at a time.

Shortcuts to Zoom and Scroll

As I promised in the video, here are the Keyboard Shortcuts to Zoom and Scroll in Photoshop Elements that I have used for years in the Full Version of Photoshop.

  1. To Change any Tool to the Zoom Tool:
    Hold down Control (Mac:Command) and the Space Bar. Add the Alt(Mac:Option) key to zoom out.

  2. To Zoom In:
    Press Cntrl (Mac:Cmnd) and +(plus).

  3. To Zoom Out:
    Press Cntrl (Mac:Cmnd) and -(minus).

  4. To go to 100% View:
    Hold down Control (Mac:Command) and Press 1.

  5. To go to “Fit Screen” View:
    Hold down Control (Mac:Command) and Press 0.

  6. To Change any Tool to the Hand Tool:
    Hold down the Space Bar.

Use these shortcuts and you'll be navigating Elements like a pro!

Until next time,
Take Care.

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