Image Not Centered in Photoshop


Today’s Question: When I send an image from Lightroom Classic to Photoshop, the canvas is not centered. When I use the Move tool, I can move the image, but the canvas does not move.

Tim’s Quick Answer: You can adjust a few settings in Photoshop to ensure that the image is displayed within the interface, without extending beyond the main Photoshop image area unless you have zoomed in on the image enough that only part of the image is visible.

More Detail: The first thing to check is the “Overscroll” setting in Preferences. From the menu choose Edit on Windows or Photoshop on Macintosh, then select Preferences > Tools. Turn off the “Overscroll” checkbox, which will prevent the image canvas from being moved beyond the main Photoshop window, such as when using the Hand tool.

Next, be sure that the image is in a tab rather than a floating window. You can do this by choosing Window > Arrange > Consolidate All to Tabs. This will cause all images to be in tabs rather than a floating window that could be dragged beyond the main window area.

Floating panels can also obscure the image, so if you have any floating panels, you can either close them or dock them. You can, for example, drag a set of floating panels to the right edge of the Photoshop window. When you see a blue highlight indicating the docking position you can release the mouse button and the panels will be docked rather than floating.

If you want to see the entire image, keep in mind that you can fit it to the available area with the “Fit on Screen” command. You can choose View > Fit on Screen from the menu or hold the Ctrl key on Windows or Command key on Macintosh while pressing 0 (zero) on the keyboard.