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Magnifying Glass 5

In this tutorial I’ll explain how you can create an image zoom effect using the magnifying glass.

1. First of all you’ll need a screenshot of something you want to magnify, in my case I searched for the word magnify on wikipedia and took a screenshot of it. Then I openened photoshop (edit – paste) on a new document (800*600).


2. Now you’ll need a picture of a magnifying glass, below this second step you can download one or drag it on your document, it should already be transparent. Everything should look like the second picture for now…



3. Now select the inside area of the magnifying glass using your magic wand tool, that will become the part of the screenshot that we will magnify.


4. Now go to (edit – cut) and make sure you’ve selected the layer with your screenshot. After that just go to (edit – paste) to paste the selection which will be magnified! Everything should look like the previous step but now the magnified part will be on another layer.


5. After that it’s time to shrink our screenshot layer. So select it and go to (edit – transform – scale). In the screenshot below you can see that I changed it with 25% to 75% instead of 100%. Please make sure you move the layer with the screenshot so that you cna’t see the part where we cut out the magnified piece.


6. This time we’ll add a gaussian blur to the layer with the screenshot. Select it and go to (filter – blur – gaussion blur) with a radius of about 2px.


7. In this step we’ll add some depth to our magnifying glass, so go ahead and select the right layer and add a drop shadow (layer – layer style – drop shadow). The settings I’ve used are shown in the image below.


8. Now select the layer you’ve cut out in step 4 and add an inner shadow (layer – layer style – inner shadow) with the following settings.


9. That’s it, you’ve just created an image zoom effect using a magnifying glass! Here is my final result! You can download the .pssd file if you have a problem or contact me!


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There are 5 comments for this post

  1. Alejandro says:

    At the end you should select the cut layer and spherize it (Filter> Distort> Spherize)to about 25% on Normal.

  2. Admin says:

    Sounds like everyone should do what Alejandro says, it’s a great extra to make this effect more realistic! Thank you…

  3. Prakash Kanti kumar says:

    its simply outstanding.

  4. jeffrese says:

    Great site and great article!

  5. Arfan says:

    Thanks, it was really great to learn.

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