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How Do I Get a Picture From 66% Size to 100% Size?
You might have noticed that Photoshop has a habit of showing your images at 66%, and no matter how hard you try you can't seem to get it to show up at 100%. Believe it or not, this is a fairly common problem that many people run into when first using Photoshop, and it has an extremely easy fix.
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Why Does Photosohop Do This?
Why does Photoshop pick certain intervals to display images at? If you've opened enough documents, you'll notice that Photoshop actually has a few favorite "distance" intervals to display images at, the main three being 33.3%, 50% and 66.7%. These three specific, predefined distances allow Photoshop to show your image with the least amount of distortion.
Photoshop will normally pick the size that is closest - but not over - the amount that can be shown without clipping off the canvas. For instance, if your image can be shown easily at 66% without clipping off of the canvas in any direction, Photoshop will pick 66%. If it cannot be shown easily at 66%, it will round down to 50%. Most other distances between these, from 1-99% will almost always show a slight amount of inaccuracy, such as blurred or slightly crooked lines and strange blurs.
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Still, it is easiest to work on details of pictures and get the most accurate view by viewing something at the 100% zoom setting. How do you fix the issue to see the actual size of your image? Well, it's as easy as using Photoshop's various zoom settings, of course! There are a few ways you can go about doing this.
The first and foremost is to press CTRL and your + button (CMD and the + button for Mac users), which will allow you to zoom in to pre-defined zoom levels, one of them being 100%. Simply tap as many times as you need to get to 100%. If you zoom in too far, you can simply hit CTRL and the - size (Mac users, just hit CMD and the - button) to zoom out at the same intervals.
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A third, easy way to do this is simply to hit the Z on your keyboard (this is the shortcut for zoom), or click the icon on your left side menu that looks like a magnifying glass, as shown here:
At the top of your screen, your tool-based menu should change to show a variety of options. Simply click "Actual Pixels" for a one-click fix.
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References & Image Credits
References: Personal experience as a graphics designer.
Image Credits: All screenshots were taken by Amber Neely and are for demonstration purposes only.