Photoshop: Magnify pixels around cursor

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I'm requesting a feature to magnify the pixels around the cursor.

There are tools that do this, including tools built into the OS, but they're not good enough for use with Photoshop and Illustrator. They don't do well at showing cursor position, nor do they change the mouse sensitivity when zoomed in (so mouse movements tend to skip over pixels). Also, these tools magnify elements like selection borders and shape borders, when really those elements need to remain 1-screen-pixel wide when magnified because they cover up the image pixels.

I'm a UI Designer. In my workflows I'm zooming in and out constantly, when all I really need is a way to access the individual pixels around my cursor. I'd like Photoshop to be able to magnify the area around the cursor to show me the individual pixels, as well as make my mouse movements more fine-grained when I'm magnifying (so that cursor movements aren't skipping over pixels). The shortcomings of 3rd party tools make it frustrating to use them. We need something built in. This would make me so much more productive!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Have you tried "Window>Arrange>New WIndow for {mydocument.psd}"

This allows you to have one view that zoomed into edit pixels and see another view of the document at actual pixels (100%) or some other useful zoom ratio while you're editing.
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Thanks for the suggestion. It's something I've toyed with in the past, and it works ok, but it's not a seamless experience. It requires that I sacrifice some screen space if I want to have it immediately available, or I have to ctrl+tab all the time, and when I have other documents open too (which is often), it's cumbersome. Also, updates between windows are not real time (which isn't a big problem, but could be better).
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Sure. Always like to point out stuff that might be an existing solution. Thanks.
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Chris Cox

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Also, both MacOS and Windows have facilities for magnifying the display around the cursor.
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He specifically indicates the inadaquacy of the built-in OS tools or other 3rd party one that simply take the display output. This is something that PS seriously has no reason not to have. A small window that can be a simpe side panel that gives you a 10 - 50 (or better yet, customizable) area around the cursor zoomed into 200-400 (or better yet, customizable) that you can have up in the corner so you can grab the exact point of intersections of only the pixel area of the current image... you would need no other action, program or clicks to get that exact point when you need it.

Almost every other paint/photo program has something like this, some for decades and it's almost like Adobe just refuses to add this even though its been requested non-stop since I've started using photoshop back at v3. I wish I was a better programmer, I would try to write one and probably be able to retire.

Old thread, but the response really annoyed me.