30 Great Photoshop Tips

There is a really useful article over on Creative Bloq which has some tips for using Photoshop. If you are an experienced user you will likely know many of them anyway but there are some good ones that are new to the newer versions of Photoshop that I did not know about that might be new to you too. Some of the new ones to me were:

03. Bird’s Eye View

If you’re doing detailed work such as cloning or edge refinement, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Equally, if you’re working at a high zoom level, navigating around the document can become tiresome when you need to get back to your high-level zoom. With the Bird’s Eye View feature, when zoomed in you can press and hold the Hkey on your keyboard, and click and drag with your mouse to temporarily zoom out to a bird’s eye view. When you let go, you’ll zoom back in to the level you were working at.

11. Draw dotted lines with the brush

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Drawing straight dotted lines with the brush tool is a neat trick

A common Photoshop technique is to use the brush tool to draw straight lines. With the brush tool selected click to place a point, then hold down Shift+click at a second point to draw a straight line between the two points. You may not know that you can open the brush panel and set the brush spacing to 150%+ to draw a dotted line instead of a solid one!

14. Scrub values

One of the best time-saving features in Photoshop is the ability to scrub your mouse over input values. If you want to change the opacity of a layer, for example, rather than click into the opacity field of the layers panel, click and drag on the value for opacity. A scrub to the left reduces the opacity, a scrub to the right increases it.

20. Fill with scripted patterns

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Pattern fill includes handy Scripted Pattern option

Photoshop CS6 introduces a new pattern fill option based on a script. First isolate an object on a transparent background and define it as a pattern (Edit > Define Pattern). Next, access the fill command as you normally would (Edit > Fill or Shift+F5). Choose Pattern as the fill type, then select your isolated object from the patterns drop-down.Finally, tick the Scripted Patterns checkbox and choose one of the options from the predefined scripts. All bar spiral will add a colour and brightness shift randomly to your object as part of the fill operation. You can also write your own scripts to use in this dialogue!

21. Insert Lorem Ipsum

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Use placeholder text to help utilise text boxes

A small new feature that will help save time when you’re producing mockups inside Photoshop is the handy new Lorem Ipsum function. Select the type tool and draw an area type box by clicking and dragging out a selection. Now choose Type > Paste Lorem Ipsum to automatically fill your type area with faux Latin text.

23. History Snapshots

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Snapshots ensure you can return to any point in the history of your work

If you’re accustomed to using the history feature in Photoshop when you’ve made a mistake or want to back-track a few steps, this tip will allow you to take complete control of your artwork. Open the history panel, and click on the camera icon each time you reach a milestone in your artwork. This will create a history snapshot that you can return to at any point. Snapshots can also be used as the source for the history art brush!

27. Hide other layers quickly

You can quickly get a preview of the current layer by turning off all other layers without losing track of which layers were visible and which were hidden. To do so, hold down the Alt/Opt key and click once on the eyeball icon in the layers panel for the layer you want to isolate. When you Alt/Opt and click again, the other layers will switch back on again, remembering which you had hidden.

 

Check out the rest of the tips in the article on Creative Bloq: 30 Photoshop secrets to improve your skills.

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  1. Pingback: 120 Photoshop Tips And Tricks | BenMerrick.com/Blog

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