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Photoshop 4: Create, Open and View Images (Zoom Features)

Create a New Image - Select File > New

new image

  • Name: You can name your image or leave it 'Untitled-1' and name it later.
  • Width & Height: This is where you define the size of your image. Pixels is the standard measurement for screen images and inches would be the measurement for images that you intend to print hard copy.
  • Resolution: Set this according to your output. If you are creating a web image you should set it to 72 Resolution because that is the maximum a computer monitor can view. It usually prints out with good quality. If you need a high quality print image and you know the capability of your printer (dpi/resolution), you could set this higher based on your printer. Remember, the more resolution, the larger your file size will be.
  • Contents: White background is a good default. If you are working with a transparent background image, choose accordingly. Remember, only a GIF format can be saved with transparent backgrounds.

Opening an Image - Select File > Open & browse for picture

Open Image

  • arch.jpg image: This is the selected image - the blue bar indicates this. It is set to (zoom) 100% viewing size and in the (RGB) mode.
  • northoval2.gif: This image is not selected - the gray bar indicates this. It is set to (zoom) 66.7% of viewing size. It is an (Index) mode. You should change this image to the RGB mode before you work with it.

Viewing images using Zoom In and Out

When you work with images, it is useful to Zoom In or Out to see details.

You can magnify or reduce your view using various methods. The window's title bar displays the zoom percentage (unless the window is too small for the display to fit), as does the status bar at the bottom of the window.

zoom in

Select - View – Zoom In (Ctrl +)

zoom out

Select - View – Zoom Out (Ctrl -)


  1. Double-click on this image.Then download this larger OU arch image and save it to your web space or local drive.
  2. Open the OU arch image in Photoshop and practice the zoom-in and zoom-out features.