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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Beginners

Selecting Colors From An Image Quickly Press I to activate the Eyedropper Tool and then click on any color in your image to turn that color into the foreground color. Press the ALT Key and click on any color in your image to turn that color into the background color.

Change Brush Tip Sizes Quickly With any brush selected you can press the Right Bracket Key "]" to increase the size of the brush tip, or Press the Left Bracket Key "[" to decrease the size of the brush tip.

The Move Tool & The Arrow Keys Get in the habit of calling up the Move Tool with the keyboard shortcut, which is the letter V. Also, once the Move Tool is active you can use your Keyboard Arrow Keys to nudge a layer or selection in 1 pixel increments. To speed things up, Press Shift along with an arrow key to nudge in 10 pixel increments.

Hide Your Palettes To hid all your palettes press the tab key once. You can press the Tab key again to bring them back. To hide all your palettes except the toolbar press Shift Tab.

Zooming In & Zooming Out You can zoom in on your image by pressing CTRL and the plus sign " " (Mac: Command and the " " sign). Conversely you can zoom out by pressing CTRL and the minus sign "-" (Mac: Command and the "-"sign).

Navigating In Magnified Images If you are magnifying your image using the zoom tool and lose your bearings you can jump quickly to specific views using the following shortcuts: To change the view to the top left hand corner of your screen or image press the Home Key. You will want to press the End Key to set the view to the bottom right hand corner of your image. To move the view down one full screen view press the Page Down Key. Press CTRL Page Down (Mac: Command Page Down) to move the screen view one full screen to the right. Press CTRL Page Up (Mac: Command Page Up) to move the screen view one full screen to the left.

Selecting Just the Pixels in A Layer One very easy way to select an object that is on a transparent layer is to press the Control Key (Mac: Command key) and click on the layer that contains the object in the Layers Palette. Doing this ensures that only the visible pixels will be highlighted.

Tile Images For Better Visibility When you open many files at once Photoshop has them cascade, and the overlapping files can make it difficult to select individual ones. To get around this choose Window> Arrange> Tile and all of your open files will rearrange themselves to be visible all at once. When you're ready to close them all don't spend time closing them individually, instead use the Close All shortcut Command Alt W (PC: Control Option W).

Getting Rid Of the Welcome Screen – And Bringing It Back I am sure you are familiar with the Welcome screen that faces you when you first open Photoshop. If you are like me, at some point you might want to stop this screen from coming up. If you look you will see a check box at the bottom of the screen that you can click to hide the screen at startup. If, at some point down the road, you change your mind and decide that you want to have it show up again, you can temporarily bring the screen back by clicking under the Help menu and choosing Welcome Screen.

Cycle through All of Your Open Documents At some point you may want to find one of your open documents that are hidden on your toolbar. You can easily press Control-Tab repeatedly (MAC and PC) to cycle through all of your open documents and switch between them.

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