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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).

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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