How do I go about creating this effect in Photoshop cs6?

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    Hi there! Welcome to GD.SE :) The effect looks like an overlay with a zoomed in layer and a white stroke. It would help if you tell us what you have tried and why it didn't work.
    – Yisela
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 11:59
  • Thanks @Yisela .I am a newbie in Photoshop, I have researched all over the internet but found only the zoom effect not the lens having the zoom effect. I am in need of a step-by-step of how to go about this.
    – Ngeshlew
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 12:02

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This is how I would go about it. You will need an image in good resolution (as big as the zoomed part). Pardon my very simple samples, I hope you can get the idea anyway!

  • Open the image. Make a round selection of the part you will want zoomed in using the Elliptical Marquee Tool.

  • Once you have your circle selected, copy and paste in a new layer (one way is to use right click on the selection, then Layer Via Copy).

  • In a new document -or using the same one-, resize your original image so the background looks 'smaller'. Keep your circular selection layer in the original size (don't use Image > Image Size, instead use Free Transform).

  • Add a 5px (more or less) white stroke to the circular shape using Blending Options > Stroke.

  • Add a 90 degrees shadow (going up-down) using Blending Options > Drop Shadow.

You can add more effects to make the lense look a little more realistic. For example, you could use the Warp Tool (Edit > Transform > Warp) to make the circle more 'bloated', or you could also add a darker Inner Shadow (in the layer, Blending Options > Inner Shadow).

  • What about doing the Free Transform on the initial document, get Elliptical Marquee Tool to the part then follow the rest of the steps you have put?
    – Ngeshlew
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 12:11
  • @Ng'esh It's good as long as you have a higher resolution image to take the zoom image from. If you first resize then you'll loose the quality to take a larger sample for the circle.
    – Yisela
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 12:14

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