Here they are, short and pleasant 10 techniques for working in Photoshop, the existence of which, perhaps, you did not even know.
1. Open the file without using the Menu.
Simply. Double click the gray area in the Photoshop window and the dialog box will appear. FileOpen (Open file) – magic!?
2. If gray is dull, then black is wonderful, and any color is better!
To change the gray color inside the image window to black (or a different color of your choice), press Ctrl + click on the area around the image and select a color.
3. Sample the colors of the front and back backgrounds.
Instead of clicking on the foreground and background icons when selecting a color sample from an image, select the tool Eyedropper tool (Pipette), To determine the foreground color, hold down Alt to select a new background color.
4. The position of the form or selection.
If you are drawing a shape or a selection, and the shape itself turned out well, and its position is not the same as you would like, while holding the left mouse button, press the space bar and drag the shape or selection to the desired position. Release the space bar and continue creating your selection.
5. Return the selection back.
If you have lost your selection, press Ctrl + Shift + D to bring it back. Ctrl + D removes selection.
6. Hide and save.
If the selection at some point interferes with your work, press Ctrl + H to hide it, but not delete it. Do not forget to return it back (approx. The area returns the same key combination), so you do not wonder why some things do not work as expected.
7. Look at what you are working with.
This is my permanent time keeper! When you place a large layer from one document to another, you can see the whole layer and its borders by pressing the Ctrl key and clicking on the layer icon to select it. Then, press Ctrl + T to see the transformation markers and Ctrl + 0 (zero) to reduce the image to a size so that all the markers in the window are visible.
8. Fold or line up palettes.
To stack the palettes side by side in the same dialog box, drag the palette over the others until a blue bar appears around it, then release. To line the palettes one above the other, drag and drop the palette below the other in the palettes window.
9. No reset button? There is!
You can reset most of the settings in Photoshop’s dialog boxes to their original state by holding the Alt key while inside the window — when you do this, the Cancel button turns into a Reset button.
10. Turn ovals into circles.
To draw a circle using the tool Ellipticalmarquee (Oval selection) or circle shape, hold down the Shift key when you start to draw, and the oval will turn into a circle. To draw from the center, press Alt, if you draw an oval, then hold down the Shift key to make a circle – hold both keys until you release the left mouse button.
(Note: The author used the version of Photoshop CS4 when writing the article, so some properties may not work in version CS2).
Author: Helen Bradley.
Transfer: Antsyperovich Alexandra.