10 Photoshop Tips from The Creative Tablet
Here is a list of Photoshop tips that can help beginners and experience users:
1. Organize your files. The easiest way to keep everything going smoothly when using a lot of layers is to keep it organized. Name each layer and color code the ones that are similar (type layers are red, images are blue, etc.)
2. Resetting your workspace. Click on windows > workspace >reset and it will go to the default setting.
3. Reset image rotation. Using my tablet I am constantly rotating the image. At first I wasn’t sure how to bring it around easily until I used the crop tools. It automatically brings the image back to its original position. Or you can double click on the Rotation View icon in your toolbox.
4. Healing Brush Tool. The Healing Brush tool will copy a small group of pixels so you can paste them to another spot on the photograph. It’s perfect for removing minor blemishes, wrinkles, or other small things you’d prefer to not be there. To remove a blemish, for instance, just open the tool, and then Alt+Click (this command works on Macs and PCs) a clear section of skin. Put your cursor over the blemish and click. Voila! The tool even automatically adjusts the new content to the surrounding pixels and makes the change undetectable.
5. Spot Healing Brush Tool. The Spot Healing Brush tool is very similar to the Healing Brush tool, except that you don’t have to choose the replacement pixels. All you have to do is adjust your brush size, and then click and drag over the area you want to blend in with the surrounding pixels. This tool is particularly great for removing wrinkles or rips in scanned images.
6. Patch Tool. The Patch tool is great for landscapes or backgrounds. For example, want to remove a random chair in the middle of that desert? Select the Patch tool and then draw a selection around the chair. Then move the selection to a section of the photograph that’s only desert sand.
7. Locking and Unlocking Layers. You can lock a layer to keep it from being moved accidentally by clicking on the image of the lock above the layers panel. The re-click the lock to un-lock it. You can also lock group layers.
8. Magic Wand Tolerances. The magic wand tool can make a big difference in how it works by adjusting the tolerance in the options bar. You can also make custom brushes using this tool and choosing an area of a textured area. Once done choose edit > define > brush preset and name it whatever you want.
9. Menu color coding. Color coding menu items can make them a lot easier to find if you use them frequently. Edit > Menus > keyboard shortcuts > menus dialog find the items you want to color code from the drop down menu.
10. Smart Objects. Converting layers (not just objects) into smart objects will reduce the file size and speed up processing time.
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The Creative Tablet