View Full Version : What is your most valuable Photoshop tip?
11 November 2003, 03:32 AM
After discovering a few really cool functions, I have discovered a new way to make my life so very much easier, the Photoshop contact sheet.... the automation is quite lovely. For those of u who do a lot of automation work, what tips can you share; what are your most favorite Photoshop automation tips?
11 November 2003, 03:41 AM
One boon to me has been learning how to recycle actions. If I have an existing action that is close to something that I want to do, I'll add what I need and turn of things that I don't.
An older example:
1. ctrl + a
2. ctrl + shift + c
3. ctrl + n
5. ctrl + v
6. ctrl + e
By turning certain parts on/off, I can get that one action to do quite a few different things with out having to record a new action or hit all of the shortcuts.
11 November 2003, 07:03 PM
This soundslame, but the greatest tip i can give is to get the Total training disc from deke mcellend. i think im spelling his name wrong, im in school. but the stuf fi have learned from his photoshop 7 disc are overwhelming. very very good stuff , i just got his illustrator package also, although i have not got to watch them yet. im still watching his photoshop 7.
11 November 2003, 07:04 PM
sounds good, can you give some examples of what's in the disc? Where can we get the disc, and how much?
11 November 2003, 08:28 AM
yeh i got photoshop 5 for dummies (by Deke) ages ago and it was chock block full of great things. I learnt so much from him.
11 November 2003, 03:21 PM
Here is a link to his site Deke McClelland (http://www.dekemc.com/)
11 November 2003, 08:48 PM
for full screen mode :buttrock:
11 November 2003, 09:41 PM
its all about the hot keys and the gaussian blur...
11 November 2003, 12:14 AM
quick mask. enough said.
11 November 2003, 03:56 AM
yeh just now, i had to use the quick mask for a huge render problem, took an hour but saved me so much time.
...i seem to be agreeing with everyone else here. thats a good tip ;)
11 November 2003, 07:19 AM
Layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers...
11 November 2003, 08:32 PM
Actions Actions Actions and Layers Layers Layers!
I have my PS setup as follows:
1. F5= new layer
2. F6= duplicate laer
3. F12=delete layer
Layer shortcuts that rock:
Linked items with CMD+E=merge linked
Option Click layer loads the selection
Adjustment Layers also rock. I witsh all the filters cou'd be turned into adjustment layers...
11 November 2003, 10:10 PM
Adjustment layers are my favourite tool. I'm constantly using them to non-destructively adjust and image. This helps avoid banding after multiple adjustments. Oh, yeah, and layer masks. No erasing or for me! What if I need that info back later?
11 November 2003, 12:58 PM
no need to waste F-keys...
strg+j = duplicate layer
shift+strg+n= new layer
shift+alt+strg+n = new layer, std. name
hold down alt when deleting layers!
11 November 2003, 03:48 PM
1) Masking, with Paths and Quick Mask are key to all things photoshop.
2) F x2 & Tab make your workstation presentations seem much more professional
3) secrets like alt + cntrl + shift + 'save action' outputs a text file you can use for ... magik
11 November 2003, 10:29 PM
Layers are your friends :thumbsup:
Layer masks are essential to making things look perty =P
11 November 2003, 12:59 AM
ctrl or command S ;)
command/control option T = transform and make a copy
command/control option shift T = transform as before and make a copy....ie step and repeat (works with paths as well)
command/control A, command/control shift c= copy all layers as if they were merged
command/control option F = open last filter dialogue
option clicking buttons in lensflare and others allows precise x + y coords
for pc users swap command for control
11 November 2003, 01:33 PM
· Never underestimate the power of simple gradients and brushes.
· Make your own brush
· Only use simple filters and actions, or else your stop in your personal development (and you won't get far with "wooden frame" in your proffesional area's either :).
· Learn all the shortcuts.
· Never ever ever try to make something from a simple, empty document. It's a inspiration killer. Have an idea first.
11 November 2003, 01:20 AM
By reading your reply I get the impression that you can assign hot keys in PhotoShop. Please tell me how this is done or where to do it.
I have done this in CorelDraw but thought it not available in PS. Or am I wrong?
11 November 2003, 01:15 PM
I made an action that centers the layer on the canvas. Of course, I had to set it to F2 to correspond with LightWave.
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