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    Question Tips and tricks

    Ok I have seen this before on other fourms, lets have a go here...

    Post your 3 favourite tricks and tips for photoshop or psp and rate the one before you

    Ok

    1. Instead of using sharpening, try blurring the rest to give you picture that pop out look

    2. Batching files with actions save hours of time, Set up some actions like making thumbnails or something and use the batch file to make work for lots and lots.

    3. Fade, Not alot is said about the fade comand for filters, its good for making filters more subtle...

    Now rate the people above you and have a good time
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    Gee, wow I never knew you could do that...
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    Ok my 3 tips are,

    1) to get a look at how your going to show your work, press the 3rd of the window buttons, ctrl r to hide rules and tab to hide the controls, its good for displaying your work

    2) This is one i found out recently, if you want to change the color of the border in the standard window mode, select the foreground color that you want go to the paint bucket tool and shift click on the border.

    3) Another trick I use all the time, Hitting alt and backspace fills the layer with the foreground color, also ctrl backspace does the background color.

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    Wow man thats great !!!
    I never knew that before!!!
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    1: hit d to go to the origonal colors

    2: hit x to swich your background and foreground colors

    3: hold down alt when in the move tool to duplicate that object, it saves soooo much time from dragging the layer down to the little box

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    Thank you arthur!
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    9 - those are simple ones macarthur, but some of the most useful around, that's for sure.

    1. Double-clicking the program background brings up the open file dialog. Ctrl+double clicking brings up the new file dialog, alt+double clicking brings up the open as dialog (why can't other adobe programs do this??)

    2. Go to Window - Documents - New Window to open another copy of your image. Both copies get updated as you edit either one of them, so it's great if you're working at larger resolutions. You can keep one zoomed out so that you can see the full image, and the other zoomed in really tight for the intricate details.

    3. When cropping something out of a larger photo, use layer masks to hide the rest of the photo instead of deleting it, so you can go back and make any necessary changes. Then, when you're sure it's the way you want, apply the layer mask to the layer. Also give your mask/seelction a slight feather (.5-1px) for better blending).

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    All good tips! I especially like the new window one, that is great for when you need to be zoomed in and have perspective. Also, you can't say enough about layer masks.

    I've been out of the photoshop circuit for a while so I will post just one tip. Take its usefulness and divide it by three.

    Let's say you are correcting a photo... perhaps a scratch, or something you don't want to be seen in a shot. Retouching can be very tricky.

    Instead of immediately going in with the needle, stay zoomed out and make a layer copy of the image. Make a dramatic change or two to that image, fixing 100% of the problem, but screwing up other parts of the image.

    In other words, you shouldn't see the scratch or other problem with the photo, but the photo will look generally unacceptable.

    Then create a layer mask and completely cover your corrections so that the flawed original shines through from underneath. Little by little, removed the mask with an appropriate pen by tracing over the parts of the original that look flawed.

    By the way, not an original tip. This is a standard approach to using many filters, in particular the dust and scratches filter... in summary:

    To remove dust or scratches (common in photos)...
    Duplicate layer...
    use dust and scratches on the duplicate layer...
    mask off the portions of the duplicate that did not need dust and scratches
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    very good tips all
    Also using the fade helps with somethings
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    Well, I'll say these are some good tips & tricks!
    Good job everyone.
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    Thanks for the awesome tips and tricks.

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    yeah those tips are preaty neat, and time saving too

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    The best trick I've picked up in the last year:

    [ctrl] click anything on the canvas, and the layer that part of the image is on automatically gets selected.

    Great if you are working with an image that has tons of layers

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    Wow, I forgot about that one I use it all the time so I didnt realize i knew it

    another is holding spacebar and click-dragging to move around,
    Down with the navigator window!!!
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    stickied - keep it up people
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    Oh, Stickied, Cool!

    1) the healing brush Is awesome! It saves time removing annoying things like acne or dirt on photos.

    2) Something I just found today, when you crop an image there are more options than just standard cropping... Perspective I think...

    3) Distortion maps If you want to map an image to something else you can use distortion maps,
    first make the image b&w then .... Hey this would be a good tut... I think ill go make one so hang on

    real 3) with the move tool selected holding alt and dragging duplicates the object, saves opening the layer menue and dragging down to the new layer icon

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    Oh Filter>other>offset Is good for helping make tileable bg's
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    good little resource over at creativepro.com on finding matching colours using the colour wheel http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/19415.html (with the actual tutorial at http://www.creativepro.com/img/story/050203_BAcolor.pdf )
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    Cool, Very helpful.

    Merge visible merges everything thats seen

    Merge linked merges everything thats linked to the selected layer

    flatten, well it flattens
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    when making gradients holding alt and click-draging duplicates a color

    helpful for radial gradients that need the same color to start and end w/

    C'mon Lets have some other people post
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    Well, I'm just going to keep giving away all my little secrets,

    Pressing alt and clicking on last used filter opens up the option box for that filter.

    use the chrome filter to get some nifty water effects

    use hue and saturation to change colors of objects.

    use levels to take out overcasts auto levels sometimes dosent live up to the challenge

    learn to read a histogram to help with color balance tweaking.

    Cheers and dont wory about double posting
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    This one I use all the time. Say you want to straighten a crooked image but you don't want to keep shimmying it one way or the other with the free transform tool.

    Find a straight line in the image that you want to be perfectly horizontal. Perhaps a desk. If there are no geometric objects then no one will ever notice slightly imperfect alignment, you can probably just go to town with the free transform tool. :-)

    Anyway, select the measure tool (it's under the eyedropper) and click on one corner of the aforementioned straight line and click again on the other end of the line. Then go to Image... adjust... rotate... arbitrary... and hit enter. (the angle of the line you just made was automatically entered!).

    Practical example:
    You have a picture of a person sitting at a desk the picture is obviously a little crooked, it looks like the papers on the desk are about to tumble off.
    Draw a line with the measure tool from one front corner of the desk to the other. Zoom in if you want to be super accurate.
    Do an arbitrary rotate.
    Crop to remove the slivers created around the corners of the image.

    This works great on scanned comics (draw the line across the top of a comic box), forms (draw a line over a fill-in blank), and many other times too. :-)
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    Awesome tip! That will definatly come in handy with scanning in pics !!!

    One i need answered... is there an easier way to make something centered other than hitting ctrl-A and then clicking

    Layer>align to selection>Horozontal centers
    Layer>align to selection>Vertical centers

    I made an action for this but it still takes too long i need a keyboard shortcut
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    Ok duh' I'm going to answer my own question....
    Hit ctrl-a then selct the move tool

    and low and behold there are the align buttons.......

    Man i'm unobservent
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    my often used shortcut keys
    ctrl and + or - (on the numpad) to zoom

    If you want to "streach" an image out for a website header or whatever, highlight a single column of pixels and press ctrl-t and drag it out

    If you have a picture which has jpeg artifacts all through it, create a copy of it, blur it and then set the layer mode to color

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    When you are using free transform (control or command - T, as Gavin just mentioned) you can use control, alt, shift, command, etc, with your mouse to create different free transform behavior.

    For example, on a Mac press command-T to start a free transform on a selection. If you drag one of the corners you can scale the picture. Hold shift while dragging and the scale will maintain proportions. Press command and click and drag on a corner and you'll do a distort, click on a node in the middle of one of the transform box lines and you'll do a skew.

    Can't remember all that? Control click (probably a different button on Windows) inside the free transform frame and you'll get a list of options. Actually, in Windows I would expect that left click would factor heavily in these shortcuts... just play around with those buttons near the spacebar for a few seconds and you'll know what does what.
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    Cool!
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