AAhhhh, this program, Iooked at the man-pages and there is a loot about zooming but it seems there is no way to invoke the zoom with a temporary hotkey or is there?
I mean, I press space to move the canvas and when releasing it reverts to the brush if that was the active tool. Or I invoke the grabber tool and I stay in grab mode until choosing something else.
I press Alt Space to rotate and when releasing it reverts to previous tool. Or I invoke the rotate tool and it stays with that tool.
But with zoom, hotkey M selects the zoom tool and this gets the new selected tool and stays like that until choosing something else. What's the logic in that? Or I can zoom dragging on the mouse, or on the trackpad. But not by invoking a temporary key like when moving or rotating.
So while moving, rotating and zooming the canvas are conceptually the same thing and often used in concert while maneuvering around the image, I have to switch the ways of performing one of them.
Zooming in steps if of course an option, but this will make use of two of the Wacom buttons for hotkeys and is also annoying to use. Also it misses out of the excellent solution of zooming from the point of the cursor. I mean, please tell me there is a way of invoking zoom temporarily with a hotkey without having to regrab the brush or whatever was in use before zooming! Or reaching for the mouse.
Try Ctrl+Spacebar to get the Magnifier tool temporarily - you can then do a "scrubby zoom" if the Magnifier is still set to its "Drag to Zoom" setting (check by selection Magnifier and then looking in the Property bar) by dragging left to right with your pen/mouse.
If you are wanting to "click-zoom" instead of "scrub" hold Ctrl+Space and click to zoom in, then hold Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar and click to zoom out.
Hope this helps you.
Thanks, but it doesn't seem to work on my setup, I'm using Painter2019 on osx. What happens is that when pressing Ctrl+Space the cursor becomes a hand and dragging with the pen (or left/right click with mouse) it just gives a context based menu depending on which tool was being used when pressing.
I had the Ctlr+Space set to switch keyboard on my system also, but turning this off doesn't make any change. Ctrl+Alt+Space seems to give same as simply Alt+Space - to temporarily invoke the rotate canvas tool
The zoom-tool is really good though, with the scrub-zoom from cursor point. Solution now that somewhat works was to place the tool amongst the brushes on a custom palette so at least I can just pick and zoom and then pick up the brush again.
Still not best way and of course this custom palette can't be invoked with shortcut either it seems, but Shift Tab will have to do for now in that regard unless there would be a better way.
If they are geared towards painters and the traditional feel this sort of things should really be sorted out I think. Making it easy to setup and minimize the interface and improve the ways of interacting.
Sorry I thought you were on PC because you mentioned "Alt". Try Command+Spacebar for scrubby zoom (add Option to click zoom out if you want it).
ah thanks!! , that worked,. Now I feel both relieved and also a bit stupid, thought I tried every possible combination around those keys. Also switched of spotlight default shortcut for that and it works great, but even then it works with spotlight shortcut on even if this messes it up it seems.
But either way, this makes it so much more natural to set Wacom keys for these most used commands and I can just invoke pan/zoom/rotate on the fly. And I can put the keyboard away out to the side and at the same time have all canvas and drawing surface, just a small palette on screen with favorite brushes to bring out every now and then. Great! :)