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Old 11 November 2003   #1
What is your most valuable Photoshop tip?

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?
 
Old 11 November 2003   #2
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
4. enter
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.
 
Old 11 November 2003   #3
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.
 
Old 11 November 2003   #4
sounds good, can you give some examples of what's in the disc? Where can we get the disc, and how much?
 
Old 11 November 2003   #5
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.
 
Old 11 November 2003   #6
Here is a link to his site Deke McClelland
 
Old 11 November 2003   #7
press F

for full screen mode
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Old 11 November 2003   #8
its all about the hot keys and the gaussian blur...
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Old 11 November 2003   #9
quick mask. enough said.
 
Old 11 November 2003   #10
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
 
Old 11 November 2003   #11
Layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers layers...
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Old 11 November 2003   #12
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...
 
Old 11 November 2003   #13
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?

-Bronwen
 
Old 11 November 2003   #14
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!
 
Old 11 November 2003   #15
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
 
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