The Zoom tool

A staple of many art programs, the Zoom tool does exactly what it says — it allows you to zoom as far in or out as you'd like on the page. That way, you can get a full view of the entire page (or an individual panel) on your screen, or you can get that "closer than you can get your face to a real piece of paper" view, when you need to work on an intricate design.

You can adjust the zoom in several ways:

i±Ja e* On the Tools palette, click the Zoom button.

Using the Zoom button changes your mouse cursor into a magnifying glass whenever it hovers over the page. All you need to do now is hover over the section you'd like to zoom in, and click the mouse. If you want to zoom out, hold down the Alt key (Option key on the Mac) while you click the mouse.

If you'd like to zoom in to a specific area ol the page, just click and drag the mouse over the area. When you release the mouse, the page automatically zooms to the selected area.

f Use the Zoom In/Zoom Out buttons on the Page toolbar.

If you don't want to switch tools for the purpose of zooming, you can always just use the Page toolbar Zoom buttons. These buttons use the same percentages as the Zoom tool.

Use the Zoom sliding bar or manually enter your own value on the Page toolbar, shown in Figure 5-10.

If you have a specific zoom value in mind, you can always enter it manually. Just input your value in the Zoom text box on the toolbar and press Enter. Or if you click the arrow to the right of the text box, a slider bar appears, which you can see in Figure 5-10. Use your mouse and slide the value up and down until you reach your desired level.

Figure 5-10:

The Zoom text box and slider.

Figure 5-10:

The Zoom text box and slider.

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f Use the keyboard shortcuts.

• To use the Zoom tool, press / (the backslash key, near the right-hand Shift key).

• To zoom In (whether you have the Zoom tool selected or not), press Ctrl++ (3f>++ on the Mac) — that's the * key on your keyboard's number pad,

• To zoom out (whether you have the Zoom tool selected or not), press Ctrl+- (36+- on the Mac) — that's the - key on your keyboard's number pad.

There's always the possibility that you'll be so focused on your work, the very idea of using the toolbar or the Zoom tool would be a waste of time, 1 know I'm like that. So, I like to use the keyboard shortcuts.

If you're like me and you work on a laptop, you don't have access to a number pad. (Well, you do ... but it's a bit cumbersome to switch the keys around while you're working.) Fortunately, if you own Manga Studio EX, you can change the keyboard shortcuts to keys you're more comfortable with.

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