How to Use the Magnifying Glass and Hand Tools in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the best known and most used image editing programs , by anyone who is and belongs to the world of design or photography. Its great interface contains a great variety of tools that will facilitate the user to edit any image, from erasing wrinkles , changing colors, to using the magnifying glass and the hand tool in this program. So keep reading to learn more about it.

Index(  )

  1. Where can I find the magnifying glass and hand tools?
  2. How does the Photoshop CC toolbar work?
    1. Position
    2. Randomness of a toolbar
  3. How to use the magnifying glass tool in Photoshop?
    1. Mouse movements
  4. How can I use the hand tool?
    1. Hand movement
    2. Use without the mouse
  5. How does the hand tool help in document editing?
  6. How to enable drag zoom in Photoshop?

Where can I find the magnifying glass and hand tools?

Photoshop, being such a complete editing program , contains endless tools that will facilitate this type of work, at the moment you want to start using the tools, we will have to have an idea of ​​the location of each one, especially if you want to zoom in and move the image, in this case we are talking about the magnifying glass and hand, which we can find in the toolbar on the left, almost at the end of it.

How does the Photoshop CC toolbar work?

Its function is to provide us with quick access to design tools , such as brushes widely used to alter the color of the eyes or clothes, among other advanced functions.


This toolbar is divided into sections, therefore, its position is found throughout the work screen, with each of its sections divided as follows:

  • Top, the buttons to close the window or minimize, in addition to the general options.
  • Left Part, the most important bar, since it contains most of the tools, from the hand, magnifying glass, cut, apply, among others.
  • Right part, we find the bar to modify the color layers of the images, among others.

Randomness of a toolbar

As mentioned, due to its wide variety of tools, its use can be confusing. Randomness is created so that each of them has the probability of being used. The tools are identified with an image or symbol similar to their name, which will help identify their function, such as the magnifying glass tool, which is identified with a magnifying glass.

How to use the magnifying glass tool in Photoshop?

The Magnifier tool, we will find it at the end of the bar on the left side, to make it easier for users to use, it will only be required to click on it, the cursor will turn into a magnifying glass with a plus sign (+).

Mouse movements

We will use this tool with the mouse, when we left click, the image will zoom in to a medium percentage, if we want to zoom out the image we will have to press ALT + Left Click, the magnifying glass will show a minus sign (-) and we can zoom out. image. On the other hand, if we want to freely zoom in or out of the image, we will have to hold down ‘ALT’ and the mouse wheel.

How can I use the hand tool?

The hand tool is one of the simplest compared to the others, but it does not diminish its movement function, we will only have to select it in the bar on the left next to the magnifying glass.

Hand movement

When we activate it, we can make use of the tool and we can move an image with the mouse, as long as we are using the zoom function.

Use without the mouse

If we are using another tool and we want to quickly return to the hand tool, just hold the space bar and it will be activated, when it is released it will return to the previous tool.

How does the hand tool help in document editing?

This tool will help us to be able to move and review the edition in the workspace, while we have the zoom function activated, with all possible freedom without affecting the other editions.

How to enable drag zoom in Photoshop?

One of the problems that can appear out of nowhere in this program is the disappearance of the ‘Drag Zoom’ option, which cannot be solved by resetting the general values. Luckily, there is a solution for this problem, which we will do the following:

  • We go to the ‘Edition’ tab – ‘Preferences’ – ‘Performance’
  • In the menu that appears, we look for the option ‘Use Graphic Processor’ and press the box to activate it again. This is unmarked due to a problem with the program.
  • For the changes to take effect, we will have to restart the program
  • To know if it was successful, we upload an image and activate the ‘Magnifying glass’ tool, and the option ‘Zoom with Drag’ should appear at the top.

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