How to Zoom Using Adobe Flash Cs3

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How to Zoom Using Adobe Flash Cs3
Flash has a tool dedicated to zoom functions. (magnifying glass on blue... image by .shock from

Adobe Flash CS3 is a powerful program used to create movies, images and interactive objects. Some compositions may have intricate elements and require a closer inspection to create sufficiently. Fortunately, Flash has several methods of zooming in and out of the main stage area. Zooming does not change the actual size of the element; it only changes your current view of it. No zoom method is better than any other. Use the one that is easiest for you.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Flash CS3

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    Select the zoom tool from the toolbar. Your mouse will become shaped like a magnifying glass with a plus sign in it.

  2. 2

    Click on the stage area to zoom in at 200 per cent increments. To zoom out, hold the ALT key and click. With ALT, the plus sign on your cursor will become a minus sign.

  3. 3

    Click and drag the zoom tool to outline a rectangle box. When you let go of the mouse button, Flash will scale that area within the stage area automatically. This method cannot be used to zoom out.

  4. 4

    Double-click the zoom tool in the toolbar to restore zoom to 100 per cent.

  1. 1

    Hold the CTRL key or Command key and press the "+" key to zoom in at 200 per cent increments. Similarly, hold CTRL or Command and press the "-" key to zoom out.

  2. 2

    Rotate your mouse's click wheel forward to zoom in at 200 per cent increments. Rotate it backward to zoom out.

  3. 3

    Click the drop-down menu located in the top right corner of your composition to select a percentage of zoom. This can also be used to see the current level of zoom at all times.

  4. 4

    Click "View" from the menu at the top and select "Zoom In" or "Zoom Out". Also, highlight "Magnification" in the same menu to select from a range of preset zoom levels.

Tips and warnings

  • The limits of zoom are 2000 per cent and 8 per cent. If you need further levels, you should increase or decrease the size of your elements.

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