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Tutorial: Master iPhoto’s Zoom & Scroll Tools

Get up close and personal with your images when you wish to re-touch them. We’ll show you how to get more out of the Zoom and Scroll tools when editing.

MainGet up close and personal with your images when you wish to re-touch them. We’ll show you how to get more out of the Zoom and Scroll tools when editing.

The Zoom and Scroll controls are a vital boon for any edit-happy Mac user, but did you know that there are actually simpler and more effective ways to harness these features? Editing can be a tricky business at the best of times, so if you need to get that little bit closer to the problem or you want to edit the tiniest areas of the image that you need to affect, then zooming in can be a real life-saver and make all the difference to the final image. There are a bunch of shortcuts that photographers can press to jump into their images, there are tricks users can employ to enlarge and reduce the scale of their shots and there are even very handy pop-up navigation screens that can tell you where exactly you are on a zoomed-in snap. Simply follow this four-step guide to take complete control over your edits in iPhoto, especially if you don’t have the screen real estate of the bigger Apple displays.

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1: The key to it
Hit the numbers 0, 1 or 2 during editing and iPhoto will alter the magnification of the image for you. By hitting 1 you will be able to witness every single pixel, whereas pressing 2 will take you even closer by doubling the magnification. Hit 0 to return to the original image.

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2: Window of opportunity
Now hold down the Control key and select an image you wish to edit. From
the menu, opt for Edit in a separate window. By grabbing and dragging the
bottom right-hand corner of the window you can affect both the size and
magnification of the entire image.

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3: Go full screen
Hold Control on the keyboard and choose a thumbnail. Now, from the menu, hit Edit In Full Screen. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the Zoom bar. Slide it right to zoom in and left to zoom out. A Navigation window will appear to show you where you are in context to the whole image.

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4: Scroll it
Owners of a Mighty Mouse can use the scroll pea to move around the image
while it’s magnified. However, if you are without this function, just hold down
the Spacebar on the keyboard and drag your image by clicking and moving
the mouse.

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