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Photoshop Tips & Tricks Variety Pack Volume 6
Here is a collection of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.
Type Mask Made Easy
Filling big bold type with an image can be a useful technique to inject some life into a boring title. Here is how to do it effectively, so that the type and the image both remain editable.
Put the image above the type layer. Select the image layer and press Command-G (WIN: Ctrl-G) or select the Layer> Create Clipping mask menupoint. In CS2 the new shortcut for creating a clipping mask is Command-Option-G (WIN: Ctrl-Alt-G).
Now, you can move and change both the type and the image to fine tune their position relative to each other.
To release the mask, just select the image and press Command-Shift-G (WIN: Ctrl-Shift-G).
Remove Dust & Scratches
The Dust & Scratches filter is for cleaning the imperfections in your image that are usually a result of of film development and scanning. You may ask, what's to write about this filter? You just select it from Filter> Noise and you're done.
Well, not it's not quite so simple. Dust & Scratches is a destructive filter, so if you apply it, when you re-open your file you can't go back to the original. It's always better to work in PS in a way that you have the option to go back to previous stages of your work. Also, if you apply this filter directly to your image it will destroy some important details while correcting the dust and the scratches.
Photoshop Layer Finding Quick Tip
If you've ever worked with a huge Photoshop file, you know that it's easy to get lost between the dozens of layers. If you have a large pasteboard with several elements, you can get frustrated trying to find the layer that contains the image you want to move/apply filters to/etc. The tiny thumbnails in the layers palette doesn't do much to help, however, there is a way to do it. Hold down the Control and Command (aka Apple) keys, and click on an image in the pasteboard. A menu will pop up, showing the name of the layer it is on. By selecting the menu item, you switch to the layer.
Checkered Background Customization
When working with white or light grey objects the default checkered pattern that stands for the transparent background makes it quite difficult to see the edges of your elements. It's especially difficult to judge semitransparent areas.
I've seen designers adding another locked layer below the working layers filled with a dark color.
This is a good solution, except that it adds to the file size and needs to be switched on and off when saving your work with the transparent background as a gif or png.
There is a simple way to replace the light checkered background to a darker pattern or any flat color - preferably one that is not used in your artwork. Just open Preferences/ Transparency and Gamut and play around with the different settings. It only takes a few seconds and will help your work tremendously.
Zoom Resizing Windows? No Thanks
There is one default setting in PS that I have to change immediately after a fresh installation. In Preferences /General I deselect the option for Zoom Resizes Windows.
Usually I open a window to a certain size and then zoom in/out and scroll in that space. I hate the default setting of the zoom resizing my windows.
Having this feature disabled can be especially useful when working with several images at the same time. I open the window for each, one next to the other without any overlap and I can safely navigate in these windows without the fear of the windows jumping around. If I open many images and want them to be visible all at once I select the Window> Arrange> Tile menupoint to avoid doing it manually.
I like to have a neutral grey (or any other matching color) around my images when I zoom out too. With the windows safely arranged side by side I can simply drop layers from one to another, compare them, pick colors, etc. It's really the best simulation of an actual desktop with several documents in front of you.
It may take some time to get used to this style of work with windows, but soon you will find it to be more effective.
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