Simple question here: Is it possible to zoom smoothly in Illustrator CC? Like in Photoshop CC?

I can only alt+mousewheel zoom now but that's more of a snap zoom then a smooth zoom.

  • Isn't it in the preference panel?
    – go-junta
    Nov 22, 2016 at 14:37

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You need to go to Preferences > GPU Performance... and check the box next to "Enable Animated Zoom". Once you have done this, clicking and dragging with the zoom tool will give you the smooth scrubby zoom effect.

  • Under Edit>Preferences, I don't have a 'GPU Performance' option. I would really like to enable scrubby zoom if possible. What do I need to do? May 8, 2017 at 19:33
  • @ThomasMyron: If I remember rightly, this option was introduced in Illustrator CC. If you are using an earlier version then it is not an option.
    – Westside
    May 9, 2017 at 7:44
  • I'm using CS5, so that's probably what's going on. Thanks for your help. May 9, 2017 at 14:32

You can also press z and drag the mouse.

This works as of CC 2017

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