13 helpful tips for Photoshop

?I decided to share with you great creative tips on Photoshop. In this article, we will look at 13 tips to help you save time on routine tasks and increase productivity. I hope you enjoy what I have prepared, and I can be sure that the advice given in this article will help you.

1. Is this layer really empty?

When working with a multi-layer document, layers can mix very quickly. Perhaps you are a little carried away and forgot to even name the layers. Now it’s time to clean the layers panel and remove all unnecessary. In such a jumble it is difficult to understand which layer is empty and which is not. There is a small tip: Hold down the button Ctrl click on the layer thumbnail. If you see the error “Attention: no pixels were selected.” (Warning: No pixels were selected), you can safely delete this layer, it is really empty. If you want to remove all empty layers at once, just go to File> Scripts> Delete All Empty Layers (File> Scripts> Delete All Empty Layers).

2. Clean samples

If you work with a very large picture that has a grain, it is difficult to choose the desired color. Instead of smooth and mixed colors, you get just a pixel. The best way to get a mixed color is to change Sample size (Sample Size). After choosing a tool Pipette (Eyedropper tool), on settings panel (Options Bar) you will see the string “Sample size“(Sample Size). Select a larger sample size for larger images and noise images.

3. Fix the brush settings

Not many people know about this powerful feature. When you select another brush preset, all previous settings will be changed to the settings of the current brush. If you click on the lock icon next to the setting, it will lock whatever brush. This is really useful when you need to constantly change brushes while working on one image. When latching is turned off (you need to click on the lock again), the brush will automatically return to the default settings. To return all blocked brushes to the initial settings, you need to click “Restore all locked settings“(Reset All Locked Settings) in the drop-down menu brush panels (Brush panel).

4. Basic Layer Effects

Often you want to create a layer with a pre-set base color or effect. You may need a flash of light, you need to add noise to make the image grainy, or apply some other effect that requires a black, gray or white fill layer. Usually, to create a layer of this type, you need to change Blend mode (Blend mode) so that only effects are shown, and the base color is invisible. You can create a layer, then fill it with black, gray or white and change it Blend mode (Blend mode). Or you can do this: Hold down the button Alt, click on the icon to create a new layer on Layers panels (Layers panel). Choose the right Blend mode (Blend mode) from the drop down menu. After that the option “Fill in neutral color mode [mode name] “(Fill with [name of blend mode] -neutral color). Check the box and click OK.

5. Moving Glare

Speaking about the effect of flare, did you know that it can be placed not only in the center of the image? Glare can be placed anywhere in the image. When choosing Filter> Rendering> Blick (Filter> Render> Lens Flare) you will see a preview window with your layer just drag the highlight in the preview window to the right place.

6. Layer Style Management

When creating layer effects, you can change the position Shadows (Drop Shadow), Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Gradient overlays (Gradient Overlay) by dragging them in the document window. It’s much easier to drag the effect itself than to use the sliders. (Note: To add a layer style, click on the “Add layer style“(Add a Layer Style) at the bottom Layers panels (Layers panel).

7. Soft lines

Sometimes, when loading images in .bmp format into Photoshop, they have jagged edges. Such images do not look very nice, but we can fix it. First add some blur (2-6 px) using Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Now click Ctrl + L for settings Levels (Levels). Drag black and white triangles to the middle. The line became clear and even without jagged corners.

8. Create a new layer under the current one.

Usually when creating a new layer, it is automatically placed above the current active layer. What if you need to immediately place it under a layer? If you hold the button Ctrl and click on the icon “Create New Layer“(Create a New Layer) below Layers panels (Layers panel), the new layer will be directly below the current one.

9. Duplication of a layer directly on the document

There are many ways to duplicate layers. For example, you can drag a layer to the icon “Create New Layer“(Create a New Layer) below Layers panels (Layers panel) or click Ctrl + J. But how about duplicating the layer and immediately placing it where needed. Right in the document, select the tool “Move“(Move tool) or click V, hold the button Alt and drag the image to the right place. This is great for small parts of the image that need to be duplicated.

10. Change selection

I think you already know that during the selection the frame can be moved by holding the space if you hold Shift, then the selection will be square, and if you hold Alt, That selection will go from the center. Here’s another great tip: After selecting, select Select> Transform Selection (Select> Transform Selection). Now you have the possibility of free transformation, but for selection. Right click to see all options.

11. Layers to files and vice versa.

It takes an incredible amount of time to put many images into one multi-layered document or save all layers to different files. Great news! You can automate both processes. To upload images go to File> Scripts> Upload Files to Stack (File> Scripts> Load Files into Stack). Select images, click OK and they will be loaded into one multi-layer document. When you have finished working with them, go to File> Scripts> Export Layers To Files (File> Scripts> Export Layers to Files). You can also choose File> Scripts> Image Processor (File> Scripts> Image Processor) for more features.

12. Where are the lighting effects?

Have you ever wondered where the lighting effects disappeared? The good news is that they stayed in Photoshop CS5 (the most stable version in my opinion). Bad news, these effects only work in the 32-bit version. Photoshop is very easy to run in 32-bit mode (it also allows you to run old plugins). Close Photoshop and find its icon. If you are using a Mac, click on the icon and click Command-1. Bottom section General you will see the option “Open in 32-bit mode“(Open in 32-bit mode). If it is selected, Photoshop will start in 32-bits, if not – in 64. For the changes to take effect, you need to restart Photoshop. In Windows, go to Program Files (x86)> Adobe> Adobe Photoshop and run the file Adobe Photoshop.exe.

13. Video filters

The version of Photoshop Extended (it is included in all Creative Suite packages) has the ability to work with video. You can apply almost the same effects that you use when working with images. Perhaps you have already tried to apply any effects, but they worked only for the first frame. The secret is to turn the video into a smart object. To do this, right-click on the video layer and select “Convert to smart object“(Convert to Smart Object). After that, the filters will turn into smart filters and will work throughout the video.

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