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  06 June 2005
great thread and contributions! Picked up a bunch of new tricks
  06 June 2005
TIP : Always wanted to delete a layer without dragging it to the bin ?

In CS (other versions don't have custom shortcuts I believe) you can assign a shortcut for layer deletion. I use CTRL-F5. If you also use the *ALT* key while pressing your shortcut, which disables the dialogue box.
  06 June 2005

I've been looking for the brush zooming thingy for ages thanx!!
No one got out of life alive... Don't bother..
  06 June 2005
Not sure if its Old or New Tip

Just learned this a few weeks ago in my After Effects class.

Ctrl+Alt+z (PC) or Cmd+Alt+z (Macs) Allows you to do multiple undos versus just one backstep.

  06 June 2005
Originally Posted by tofumaster: thanks, i replaced number 33 with another tip.

Nice thread. Thanks
  06 June 2005
to use a layer as a mask for another layer, just put the second layer above the first one and alt+left click in the midle of the 2.

nice thread by the way
  06 June 2005
Originally Posted by romeu: to use a layer as a mask for another layer, just put the second layer above the first one and alt+left click in the midle of the 2.

nice thread by the way

I think it's called group with previous layer, and you can alternatively do it by click Ctrl-G (or Ctrl-Shift-G will ungroup)

Tip 66 (or so) ctrl-click a layer thumbnail to select the layer transparency

Tip 67 to see what your layer mask looks like (and edit it), alt-click its thumbnail in the layers palette
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Last edited by berniebernie : 06 June 2005 at 03:15 PM.
  06 June 2005
press D to set fore/background to default colors

press X to switch foreground and background

id like a shortcut for Brightness/contrast adjusment :P
  06 June 2005
Did anyone see this pic before in PS.
to see it press Ctrl + Alt and from Help menu choose About Photoshop.

i'm waiting for anything new from our members
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  06 June 2005
Thanks that helps.
  06 June 2005
heres another good trick to add to the list

When using Polygon laso tool hold shift to make a perfect line, it goes every 30 degrees
  06 June 2005
You can do a shortcut to brightness/contrast by using actions and "select menu item" from the palette menu when in record mode - I set mine to F2
Alex Morris
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  06 June 2005
#53 revised

Originally Posted by rickmann: 53. When you have a brush selected, using [ or ] will scroll up or down that brush list.
Not quite, though I too believed it for a long time. Instead, it actually seems to resize the current brush from the current "master" pattern, rather than moving up and down the brush palette. Try it with a custom brush, rather than a circular splat -- it will be very clear what happens.

Last edited by bjorke : 06 June 2005 at 05:43 PM. Reason: clarity
  06 June 2005
Im using Photoshop CS2 and recently found that you can select many layers using shift, and then press ctrl+g to group them into a folder....very practical

thanks for all the tips, now i have brightness/contrast in F4!!
  06 June 2005
Originally Posted by VFX Follower: To make a new blank layer just press:

[Windows XP/2000] Ctrl+Alt+SHIFT+N


hope this helps,


actually ctrl+shft+n works just fine, no alt necessary
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