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Select a layer quickly with this shortcut (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 12/3/18 9:02 AM by Get Schooled in adobe photoshop tip, in Adobe Photoshop, in photoshop

Image editing with multiple layers presents some navigational challenges. Sometimes you select the wrong layer, or sometimes you simply want to cycle through the layers panel selecting different layers. It’s easy to select different layers with the keyboard instead of the mouse, saving yourself some time and aggravation. First, see what layer you have selected in the Layers panel. To select the layer above, press [option][ ] ]([Alt][ ] ] in Windows). To select the layer below, press [option][ [ ]([Alt][ [ ] in Windows). For either direction, if you continue pressing the bracket key while holding the modifier, Photoshop will cycle through the layers.

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Master using the Dodge and Burn tools with these key commands (Photoshop CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 12/3/18 8:24 AM by Get Schooled in Adobe Photoshop, in photoshop

The Dodge and Burn tools are handy when you want to selectively darken or lighten a portion of your image. They offer precision control, too, because you can: (a) edit the brush size to better fit the area of the image you’re editing, (b) set the Exposure setting which changes the tool’s intensity, and (c) specify a value range, such as the shadows, midtones, or highlights. You can modify these settings on the tool Options bar, but an even quicker way is to learn the keyboard shortcuts.

Select the Dodge or Burn tool from the Tools panel. Press [ [ ] to decrease the brush size,  and press [ ] ] to increase the brush size.

To edit the Exposure, you don’t need to highlight the text field on the tool Options bar, simply enter a value on the keyboard from 0-100. For a value of 1-9 percent, enter values as two digits, such as “02” for 2 percent.

To select which range you wish to target, press [shift][option]S ([Shift][Alt]S in Windows) to select Shadows, press [shift][option]M ([Shift][Alt]M in Windows) to choose Midtones, or press [shift][option]H ([Shift][Alt]H in Windows) to select Highlights.

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Use the Rotate View tool for more fluent image editing (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 9/13/18 10:26 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop

If you’re looking for a handy tool to make your image editing easier, try the Rotate View tool. With the Rotate View tool you can rotate your image preview (but not the image), so you can access your image from different angles, making touch up work less cumbersome. To try it out, select the Rotate View tool from the Tools panel. (It resides in the same tool spot as the Hand tool, so if you don’t see it, click and hold the Hand tool then choose the Rotate View tool from the pop-up.) Click on the image and drag in a circular motion to rotate the image preview. Notice the preview in the Layers panel is still in the original position! Edit your image, clicking and dragging the image to rotate more if needed. When you want to put the image back to its original position, press Escape. Or, if the Rotate View tool is still selected, click the Reset View button on the tool options bar.

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Enable Smoothing for greater brush painting control (Photoshop 2018)

Posted on 7/31/18 9:05 AM by New Horizons in photoshop, in tips and tricks

If you’ve ever tried to draw with the brush tool—yes, even with a stylus—you know how cumbersome and unforgiving Photoshop can be. CC 2018’s Smoothing feature makes this task a lot easier. When you paint with Smoothing enabled, you’ll notice a pink guide, also called a string, that runs from the painted stroke to your brush tip. This string plays a crucial part in the tool’s functionality.

Select the Brush tool (or Pencil, Mixer Brush, or Eraser tool) from the Tools panel and set your color and brush tip options. The Smoothing option is enabled by default. Adjust the Smoothing slider (from 0, which is no smoothing, to 100 which is maximum smoothing) on the tool Options bar to change the amount Photoshop smoothens the stroke. Then, click on the gear icon next to the Smoothing slider to choose from the different smoothing options:

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Enhance your text with an attractive image (Illustrator CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

Posted on 7/17/18 9:24 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop, in Tips & Tricks

Solid colored text just doesn’t have the same artistic appeal as text filled with a background image or texture, such as wood grain, a painted background, or even a sunset. Background images are plentiful on stock art websites and easy to snap with your camera or cell phone, so there should be no trouble coming up with an interesting image.

To add an image to text, first set some type in a font that is thick enough to display an image inside. Then set both the foreground and background color to none. Select the Draw Inside button at the base of the Tools panel, and Illustrator will display a dotted line around the bounding box corners. Choose File > Place, navigate to the image you wish to place inside the text, and click Place. Reposition the text over the image as needed, select the Draw Normal button at the base of the Tools panel, and you’re done!

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Put a copyright notice in your file’s metadata for added protection (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

Posted on 7/17/18 9:09 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop, in Tips & Tricks

If you put your images online, you should protect your digital rights with a copyright. Even if you watermark your images, a copyright notice in your file’s metadata is another simple way to tag your photo as your own. Metadata is not visible in the image—it’s embedded in the file information, and it’s easy to access in Photoshop.

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Remove telephone wires and other eyesores with the Healing Brush tool (Photoshop CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

Posted on 12/8/17 2:55 PM by Get Schooled in photoshop

Everyone’s moving to wireless these days, so why not your photographs? Electric wires spanning across an image are a real eyesore—but don’t despair. You can banish them with Photoshop’s Healing Brush tool!

For example, to digitally remove utility-pole wires from a photo, add a new layer above the layer you wish to edit. Select the Healing Brush tool from the Tools panel, and choose Current & Below from the Sample pop-up menu. This option enables you to sample edits from the original layer but apply edited pixels to the new layer, preserving the original. Adjust the brush size to suit the size of the area you wish to heal. In the case of removing wires, you need a brush size large enough to cover the individual wires, but not too large where you sample more pixel data then necessary. [Option]-click ([Alt]-click in Windows) an area of the sky beside one of the wires, and then release. Click on the wire next to where you sampled pixels, and Photoshop replaces the wire with pixels that match and blend into the surrounding area.

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Use the Rotate View tool for more fluent image editing (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 2/13/17 8:31 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop

If you’re looking for a handy tool to make your image editing easier, try the Rotate View tool. With the Rotate View tool you can rotate your image preview (but not the image), so you can access your image from different angles, making touch up work less cumbersome. To try it out, select the Rotate View tool from the Tools panel. (It resides in the same tool spot as the Hand tool, so if you don’t see it, click and hold the Hand tool then choose the Rotate View tool from the pop-up.) Click on the image and drag in a circular motion to rotate the image preview. Notice the preview in the Layers panel is still in the original position! Edit your image, clicking and dragging the image to rotate more if needed. When you want to put the image back to its original position, press Escape. Or, if the Rotate View tool is still selected, click the Reset View button on the tool options bar.

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Enhance your composition by cropping with the Rule of Thirds (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

Posted on 1/16/17 12:04 PM by Get Schooled in photoshop

Oftentimes a less-than-stellar composition can be made better simply by cropping the image! And, there is a built-in feature to the Crop tool that allows you to see the Rule of Thirds grid overlay on your image while you crop. The general concept behind the Rule of Thirds is that if you visually separate your image into nine equal parts with a grid, your main point of interest should lie on one of the intersecting grid lines, because that’s where the viewer’s eye is likely to be drawn. To crop using the Rule of Thirds grid overlay, choose the Crop tool from the Tools panel, and choose Rule of Thirds from the overlay options pop-up menu on the tool options bar. Click and drag a marquee on your image in the size you want to crop, then click and drag to move the crop box until a focal point of your image sits beneath one of the intersecting lines. Double-click to commit the crop, and enjoy your more pleasing composition!

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Make a new document size the same as another—super quick! (Photoshop CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

Posted on 7/19/16 9:23 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop

If you want to match a new document’s image size and resolution to an existing one, there’s a simple way to do so. With your existing document open and active, press [command]A ([Ctrl]A in Windows) to Select All, and then [command]C ([Ctrl]C) to Copy. Don’t worry; you don’t have to paste the image, but copying the image captures all the image details–including the image size and resolution–to the clipboard. Now choose [command]N ([Ctrl]N in Windows) and Photoshop opens the New Document dialog box with the image size values of the existing document filled in. Just click OK or press [Enter] and you’re good to go!

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