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03 March 2003, 06:41 AM
Hey Ikarus gave me an idea for a thread with general tips for photoshop users. from pros to newbies i guess there will be something here for everyone :D

here's his post:

Originally posted by Ikarus
Glad to help....there are so many small tips and tricks that make working in photoshop alot easier and faster.

Here are a couple more that not everyone knows that I find very useful:

-When using the "move tool" you can select any layer by holding down the CTL key(CMD on a mac) and clicking on the part of the layer on the canvas with your mouse. That way you won't have to go to the Layers pallete everytime and you don't have to keep checking ON or OFF the AUTO SELECT options for the move tool.

-You can link up layers with out going into the LAYERS pallete, by selecting the layer how I just mentioned above and holding down CTL + SHIFT(CMD + SHIT on a mac) for each additional layer you want to link up. You can unlink them by clicking on the layer again.

-You can delete more than one layer at a linking up all the layer you want to delete, and holding down CTL(CMD on a mac) while you click on the GARBAGE icon to delete the layer.

-When using the type tool you can OK it by pressing CTL + ENTER(CMD + ENTER on a mac) instead of clicking on the check mark on the options.

-If you have more than one type layer, and want to make any of the following changes color/font/size/alignment/antialising to all of the type layers at the same time.....all you have to do is link up the type layer, hold down the SHIFT key and in the options for the type tool make your change ie: color, size, etc.

-You can use your number pad to change opacity for a type 5 and the opcaity will be 50, type 55 and the opcaity will be 55. You can use the number pad for any tool that uses the airbrush tool, stamp tool, brush, gradient, etc.

-Pressing TAB key will hide the TOOLS pallete and any other pallete that you have on the stage. Pressing "F" will change between FULL SCREEN modes. Using these two tips you can view your work Full Screen without any palletes.(You can press CTL+ALT+0 to fit your work to the screen, or you can press CTL+0 to zoom to 100%)

-Pressing the "+" and "-" keys while holding down CTL+ALT will resize the whole document window, not just the work area.

-You can delete a layer by holding down the "ALT" key and pressing "L" twice......actually now with photoshop 7 you gotta press"L" three times. It's not actually a keyboard shortcut, but it's a quick way to do it....don't know if it works on a MAC

That's all I can remember for now.....I'm sure there are more, that I probably don't know.

- one of the first things i learned in photoshop was to pan documents with the space bar;

- CTRL+click a layer (in layers pallete) to select it's transparency;

- CTRL+ALT+click between 2 layers in the pallete to group them;

- ALT + click in 'add layer mask' button to add a black layer mask (instead of a white one);

i'll post more tips as soon as i can remember them. Please feel free to do the same :applause:


Digital Magi
03 March 2003, 09:25 PM
Being the kind of artist that hates naming things, and has a LOT of layers with small airbrushed shadow and bright spot changes, I thank you!

03 March 2003, 01:07 AM
hahahhaa, hella cool!! Thanks. :beer:

03 March 2003, 12:57 AM
the one I use most is the [ ] keys to count through my brushes palette. Of course I do have a huge palette of brushes that go from 1 pixel at the beginning and count up from i know if I want it to be just a little smaller or bigger I just click [ to move left and up in the palette and use] to move right and down in the palette.

The other one I use quite often is control(or command)-J. This copies your selection to a new layer...keeping its place( opposed to copying, making a new layer, then pasting..which usually centers the selection on the canvas)

I know there are more...I'll have to come back to it later.

03 March 2003, 06:47 PM
Did you know that can you "glue" together the palettes so you can move them all together ?
Its somewhat hard to explain how. You just drag & drop a palette onto the end of another palette (watch the rectagle that indicates where the palette will get attached to).


04 April 2003, 09:11 PM
I didnt see this in there, but I find this to be great

use the "[" and "]" buttons to enlarge/shrink a brush...handy goes in increment of about 10 I think...

this is a nice thread keep it going.

04 April 2003, 04:00 PM
For the Dodge and Burners amongst there's also: hold down Alt while Burning to Dodge instead, and vice versa.

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