How to Zoom In & Out of a Photo on Mac (2022 Update)

Learn how to zoom in and out on a picture in the Photos app on your Mac to make editing easier.

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Regardless of which photo editing techniques you use on your Mac, zooming in and out of a picture allows you to get a closer look at areas you may want to retouch or adjust. Here's how to zoom in and out of a picture in the Photos app on your Mac.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • See areas of a photo you're editing up close to view all the detail. 
  • Zoom in to make a photo edit and back out to see the effect.

How to Zoom In & Out of a Photo on Your Mac 

Editing photos on your Mac is easier than on an iPhone, in my opinion, because you have a larger screen to work with. Here's one photo editing tip you'll use again and again in the Photos app on Mac: how to zoom in and out of a picture. And remember, once you've made a photo edit you like, you can copy and paste edits on a Mac. To learn more about editing photos on Mac or iPhone, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the photo you want to edit, and click Edit.
    click edit on the photo on mac
  2. Slide the dot on the zoom bar at the top of the screen to the right to zoom in. 
    slide the zoom bar to the left to zoom out
  3. Slide the dot on the zoom bar back to the left to zoom out. 
    slide the zoom bar to the left to zoom out
  4. Now you can click the Adjust tab to the right of the zoom bar and use any of the tools that appear to work on your image. 
    click options under Adjust to edit photo

Now that you know how to zoom in and out of photos on your Mac, you can get an eye on all the details of your photos. If you'd like to try another photo editing tip, here's how to put a filter on a photo in the Mac Photos app. Enjoy!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.