Viewing Images at Full Resolution

A full-resolution view of an image shows every pixel in the image. You can set Aperture to display an image at full resolution even though the image may not fit within the Viewer. Viewing images at full resolution allows you to inspect your images using the finest level of detail possible.

To display a selected image at full resolution
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Zoom to Actual Size (or press Z).

  • Click the Zoom Viewer button in the tool strip.

    Click the button again to turn off the full-resolution display.

    Figure. Zoom Viewer button in the Viewer tool strip.
  • Double-tap the Magic Mouse or Touchpad with one finger.

    Double-tap with one finger again to turn off the full-resolution display.

    Note: Double-tap functionality is only available when the “Smart zoom” checkbox is selected in the Point & Click tab of the Mouse pane in System Preferences in Mac OS v10.7 or later.

When an image doesn’t fit within the area of the Viewer, a small gray navigation box appears on the right side of the image. This box contains a small version of the entire image and a white rectangle within indicates which part of the image is currently visible in the Viewer. You can drag the white rectangle over the miniature image to see other parts of the image, also known as panning. You can also incrementally zoom in to and out of the image at values from 25 to 1000 percent using the Zoom value slider at the bottom of the navigation box.

Figure. Detail of an image showing a gray box with a red rectangle inside used for panning within the image and a value slider used for changing the magnification of the image.
To pan the full-resolution image in the Viewer
Do one of the following:
  • Drag the white rectangle that appears on the image.

  • Hold down the Space bar and drag the image.

To incrementally zoom in to and out of the image
Do one of the following:
  • Click the left and right arrows in the Zoom value slider below the white rectangle to zoom in to and out of the image by single percentage increments.

  • Drag in the Zoom value slider below the white rectangle to quickly zoom in to and out of the image.

  • Press Command–Minus Sign (–) to zoom out of the image and Command–Plus Sign (+) to zoom in to the image.