Learn how to rotate, pan, zoom, and reset your canvas in Photoshop on the iPad.

While working with Photoshop on the iPad, you can bring to focus and take a closer look at a part of your document by zooming in and reduce magnification as you zoom out. You can also rotate your canvas and pan around to view other portions of your document.

How to rotate your canvas

Tap the canvas with any two fingers and move them in the direction you want to rotate your canvas on the iPad screen while you work. This intuitive feature allows you to work on your documents in the angle or direction that feels the most natural to you. 

Also, you can use the quick-pinch gesture to automatically set rotation back to zero and zoom to fill.

Use two-finger rotate gesture to rotate your canvas freely on your iPad screen.
Use your two fingers to freely rotate your canvas on your iPad screen.

How to pan through your canvas

Tap the canvas with any two fingers. While pressing the two fingers to the canvas, simultaneously slide in any direction to move around the canvas.

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Use two-finger pan gesture to move around the canvas.

How to zoom your canvas

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To zoom your selection, do any of the following:

  • The current zoom level of your canvas is displayed at the center of the Top bar. Tap and roll the current zoom level indicator side to side to zoom in and out. 
  • You can also use pinch gestures to quickly:
    Zoom in - Tap anywhere in the canvas with two fingers and move them closer toward each other while keeping the fingers pressed to your iPad screen.
    Zoom out - Tap anywhere in the canvas with two fingers and move them away from each other while keeping the fingers pressed to your iPad screen.

Note: The maximum sustained zoom level in Photoshop on mobile is 25,600%. 

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Use pinch finger gestures to zoom in and out of your canvas.

Note:

Usually, the pan and zoom actions are best achieved with your thumb and index fingers.

How to reset your canvas

Double tap anywhere in the canvas to fit canvas to the screen and recenter.

Note: The reset canvas gesture works only when you are working with the Move, Transform, and Place Photo tools.

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Double tap to reset your canvas.