100 Photoshop Tips and Tricks (41-60)

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    border effect, open the Extract command (Filter>Extract) and use the Edge
    Highlighter tool to paint some edges. To get straight lines, click once,
    hold down the Shift key and then click a second time. Try using different
    brush sizes for the highlight and/or overlap several lines. Fill the middle
    with the Fill tool, and then click OK. (Keep in mind that the Extract
    command creates a transparent layer, so you may want to work on a duplicate
    of your Background layer).

    GET BETTER RESULTS FROM THE EXTRACT TOOL: Trying to deal with find details
    like hair, and you're not happy with the results of the Extract tool? Before
    starting over, try this: press MAC: Command-J (PC: Control-J) to duplicate
    the layer (the result of using Extract). Often simply duplicating two or
    three times will make a dramatic improvement to the resulting edges. Then
    merge these layers to get your final result.

    QUICK ON AND OFF OF THE AIRBRUSH OPTION: As of Photoshop 7, the Airbrush
    tool disappeared to become a great option for a number of painting-type
    tools. You click on the Airbrush icon in the Options Bar to turn this
    feature on and off. However, if you're painting away and want to turn this
    setting on or off "on the fly" press MAC: Shift-Option-P (PC: Shift-Alt-P).

    CHANGE THE FONT OF MULTIPLE LAYERS: If you have a bunch of type layers and
    you want to change the typeface of all of them at once, try this. Link all
    the type layers, and then activate the Type (don't highlight any type). Hold
    down the Shift key and then go to the Options Bar and choose a different
    font. All linked layers will automatically change. (This also works for
    other Options Bar settings such as Size, Alignment and Anti-aliasing).

    LOCK AND UNLOCK: To quickly turn the Lock command on and off for a layer,
    just press / (forward slash). This is an "on/off" toggle that works in this
    way: if no lock button is clicked, the shortcut will turn on and off the
    lock transparent pixel command (the first of the lock boxes). If you already
    clicked on any locking box, the shortcut will turn that lock off and on.

    FIND THE TRANSFORM HANDLES: If you have dragged a large image onto a smaller
    layer the outer edge of the new, larger layer is of course, hidden. This
    becomes a problem when you use the Free Transform command, since you cannot
    see the handles to transform the layer. To solve this, after pressing MAC:
    Command-T (PC: Control-T) for Free Transform, press MAC: Command-0 (PC:
    Control-0) to change the view to Fit on Screen. PS will zoom out the image
    so that the transform handles are visible and you can go ahead with dragging
    those handles to transform the image.

    GET BACK TO THAT PREFERENCE: Pressing MAC: Command-K (PC: Control-K) opens
    the Preferences dialog. If you want to jump directly to the last preference
    you used, add MAC: Option (PC: Alt) into the mix, making the shortcut MAC:
    Command-Option-K (PC: Control-Alt-K).

    A BETTER NAVIGATOR: The Navigator is a great way to change the view of your
    document, since you always get a thumbnail view of your image. To zoo m into
    a specific area of an image using the Navigator, hold down MAC: Command (PC:
    Control) and you'll get a magnifying glass that you can click and drag to
    zoom in on an area.

    BETTER SCRUBBERS: In most dialogs you can use the scrubber hand to change
    measurements. To change the performance of the scrubber, try using these
    keys: Shift will make the scrubber jump very quickly to large and smaller
    numbers; MAC: Option (PC: Alt) will slow down the scrubber to move one
    number at a time.

    DRAG TO A SPECIFIC LOCATION: Here's how to drag and drop a layer from one
    document to another. First, make a small selection in your "destination"
    document that indicates the center of where you want the layer to be
    dropped. Then, go back to the "source" document, hold down Shift and drag
    and drop the layer to the destination window. The new layer will
    automatically be centered over the selected area.

    FILL COMMANDS: These commands fill the entire layer: to fill with Foreground
    color, use MAC: Option-Delete (PC: Alt-Backspace). To fill with Background
    color, press MAC: Command-Delete (PC: Control-Backspace). These commands
    only fill areas in the layer where there are pixels (preserving
    transparency). To fill with Foreground color, use MAC: Option-Shift-Delete
    (PC: Alt-Shift-Backspace). Press MAC: Command-Shift-Delete (PC:
    Control-Shift-Backspace) to fill with Background color.

    OPEN THE FILL DIALOG: It's an odd one, but to open the Fill dialog, press
    MAC: Shift-Delete (PC: Shift-Backspace)

    MAXIMUM VALUE IN DIALOGS?: If you're in a dialog that is prompting you to
    enter a value but you're not sure what the range of numbers really is, enter
    an abnormally high number like 9999 and press Return (Enter) - PS will
    change the number to its highest possible value. Similarly, you could use
    the same trick to fine the lowest value by entering 0 and then pressing
    Return (Enter).

    SCROLL WHILE LASSOING: If you've zoomed in to use the Lasso tool and you're
    nearing the edge of the window, you'll need to scroll over to continue using
    the Lasso. To do this, don't let go of the Lasso and press the Spacebar.
    This will temporarily activate the Hand tool so you can scroll to the side.
    Let go of the Spacebar to continue using the Lasso.

    PREVIEW FEATHERING: Rather than guessing what amount of feathering to use,
    try this. Make a selection with no feathering, press Q for Quick Mask mode,
    then use Gaussian Blue filter. Using the colored overlay you'll be able to
    preview the equivalent of feathering - the amount you choose for the
    Gaussian Blur is equivalent to feathering.

    TRIM YOUR PHOTOHSOP FILE SIZE: If you have elements that extend beyond the
    image window, although you can't see them, they're still there and are
    adding to your file size, If you've determined that you don't need those
    "unseen" parts, press MAC: Command-A (PC: Control-A) to Select All, then go
    to the image menu and choose Crop to cut off the hidden areas and trim your
    file size.

    SWAP MEASUREMENTS: If you've entered a width and height for the Crop tool
    (or the Marquee tool with Fixed Size chosen) you can easily swap the
    measurements by clicking the small button between the width and height

    TEMPORARY FLATTEN A FILE: To open a flattened version of a layered document,
    hold down MAC: Shift-Option (PC: Shift-Alt) as you open the file. You'll be
    asked if you want to "Read the composite data instead." This only works if
    "Always Maximize Compatibility for Photoshop Files" is checked in the File
    Handling Preferences. (Don't worry about over-writing the layered original
    with the Save command - you can't. Only Save As is available when you open
    the composite version of a layered file).

    COPY A LAYER IN THE EXACT SAME LOCATION: To make a copy of your current
    layer and have it appear in the exact same place in a different open
    Photoshop document, use the Duplicate layer command. MAC: Control-Click (PC:
    Right-Click) on the layer and choose Duplicate layer. In the Duplicate layer
    dialog, choose the other document from the Destination pop-up menu, click OK
    and the layer will appear in the same position.

    FAVORITE FOLDER IN THE FILE BROWSER: If you have one or more folders you
    find yourself visiting in the File Browser on a regular basis, you can make
    them part of the pop-up "location" menu. From the File menu in the File
    Brower, choose Add folder to favorites. From then on, your folder will be
    readily available in the pop-up menu, under Favorite Folders.
    Brooklyn NYC, May 11, 2004
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    V1nc3nt Guest

    Thanks so far, but why aren't these numbered?
    V1nc3nt, May 11, 2004
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