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Adobe Photoshop Tips

Create Assorted textures Using the Move Tool
Pan Documents using the space bar Mouse wheel panning tips
View full screen with no palettes Using the Threshold command
Line up your Layers Keyboard Shortcuts

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Create Assorted Textures

In this tip, create any word and paste a watercolor background into it. We will now enhance them using filters and effects. The following are a variety of experimentations using Watercolor Backgrounds for Photoshop.

In Adobe Photoshop, type in your headline using the text tool on it's own layer. With the magic wand, select each letter.
1. Choose Select > Inverse to select everything but the type.
2. Choose the delete key to knock out the background.
3. Choose Layer > Type > Render Layer. Your type is now ready to manipulate. - With the magic wand select each letter.

1. Copy and Edit > Paste Into your texture of choice.
2. Stroke the path with a 1 pixel black line - Edit > Stroke
3. Choose the Layer > Effects >Drop Shadow
4. Choose the Layer > Effects >Bevel and Emboss>Inner Bevel 

1. Copy and Edit > Paste Into your texture of choice.
2. Stroke the path with a 1 pixel black line - Edit > Stroke
3. Choose Filter > Stylize > Diffuse 

1 Don't knock out the background but select each letter.
2. Copy and Edit > Paste Into your texture of choice.
3. Choose Filter > Distort > ZigZag Amount 12, Ridges 15, Small Pond.
4. Choose the Layer > Effects >Bevel and Emboss>Inner Bevel 

1. Copy and Edit > Paste Into your texture of choice.
2. In the layers Palette, click on the mask icon of your layer.
3. Choose channels > layer 1 mask
4. Choose Filter > Sketch > Plaster 25,8 Top Left

1. Copy and Edit > Paste Into your texture of choice.
2. Stroke the path with a 1 pixel black line - Edit > Stroke
3. Choose the Layer > Effects >Bevel and Emboss>Pillow Emboss 

1. Copy and Edit > Paste Into your texture of choice.
2. Choose Filter > Artistic > Rough Pastels
3. Choose the Layer > Effects >Inner Shadow 

1. Copy and Edit > Paste Into your texture of choice.
2. Choose Filter > Distort > Ocean Ripple
3. Choose the Layer > Effects >Inner Shadow 


Using the Move Tool

To avoid having to go to the Layers palette every time and toggling the Move Tool Auto Select option On/Off, you are able to select any layer by simply holding the CTRL key down then clicking on the part of layer on the canvas.


Pan Documents using the space bar

  1. CTRL/click a layer (in layers palette) to select it's transparency
  2. CTRL/ALT/click between 2 layers in the palette to group them
  3. ALT/click in "add layer mask" button to add a black layer mask (instead of a white one)


Mouse wheel panning tips

Alt + Wheel = zooms in and out.
Ctrl + Wheel = pans left and right.
Shift + Wheel = pans ups and downs.

To change your mouse settings:
Choose Start>> Control Panel>> Mouse


View full screen with no palettes

By pressing the TAB key, you can hide the TOOLS palette along with any other palette you might have on the stage. Then by pressing the 'F' key, you can change between FULL SCREEN modes.


Using the Threshold command

To find the brightest highlights or the darkest shadows, using the Threshold command makes this a simple task. Here's how:

You can access Threshold mode while in the Levels palette, this way you can avoid going to the menu.

1. Choose Image>> Adjust>> Levels
2. The Levels dialog box will now appear. 
3. Hold down the Alt/Opt key while dragging the Highlight and Shadow Input sliders and the image temporarily enters Threshold mode allowing you to see exactly where the darkest and lightest pixels reside. 
4. Release the mouse button and the image reverts back to Levels mode.


Line up your Layers

If you are working with a series of photographs and you would like to open each photo on a new layer so that you can show progression, below, is a command that will make sure the pixels on each layer are properly aligned.

Open all the photos in Photoshop
Choose File>> New
The New dialog box will now appear
Enter the same pixel dimensions and resolution as your original image series.
Click OK.
A new document will now be created.
Activate the first image in the series.
Shift/click and drag the Background layer over the new document. When a thick border appears around the new document, release the mouse.
The image will now be added as a new layer.
Repeat the above process for all the images in the series of photos.

By holding the Shift key while dragging, the image will snap to the center of the new document and each layer will be perfectly aligned. This will only work correctly as long as the camera's position remained constant.


Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts are designed for photoshop experts to work faster creating graphics. Below, you will find some of the more common keyboard shortcuts used.

These shortcuts apply to Photoshop 7 and CS users.

Edit Menu

Undo Ctrl+Z 
Step Back (History) Ctrl+Alt+Z 
Step Forward (History) Ctrl+Shift+Z 
Cut Ctrl+X
Copy Ctrl+C 
Copy Merged Ctrl+Shift+C
Paste Ctrl+V
Paste Into Ctrl+Shift+V
Free Transform Ctrl+T

File Menu

New Document Ctrl+N 
Open Document Ctrl+O 
Browse Shift+Ctrl+O 
Open As Alt+Ctrl+O
Close Ctrl+W
Close All Ctrl+Shift+W 
Save Ctrl+S
Save As Ctrl+Shift+S
Save a Copy Ctrl+Alt+S
Save for Web Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S 
Page Setup Ctrl+Shift+P
Jump to Image Ready Ctrl+Shift+M
Exit Ctrl+Q 

Filters Menu

Last Filter Ctrl+F 
Fade Ctrl+Shift+F
Extract Ctrl+Alt+X
Liquify Ctrl+Shift+X
Pattern Maker Ctrl+Shift+Alt+X 

Image Menu

Adjust Levels Ctrl+L 
Adjust Auto Levels Ctrl+Shift+L
Adjust Auto Contrast Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L
Adjust Curves Ctrl+M 
Adjust Color Balance Ctrl+B
Adjust Hue/Saturation Ctrl+U 
Desaturate Ctrl+Shift+U
Invert Ctrl+I 
Extract Ctrl+Alt+X 

Layer Menu
New Layer  Ctrl+Shift+N 
Layer via Copy Ctrl+J 
Layer via Cut  Ctrl+Shift+J
Group with Previous Ctrl+G
Bring to Front Ctrl+Shift+] 
Bring Forward Ctrl+]
Send Backward Ctrl+[ 
Send Back Ctrl+Shift+[
Merge Layers Ctrl+E
Merge Visible Ctrl+Shift+E

Misc. Shortcuts

Fill with Foreground Color Alt+Backspace 
 Fill with Background Color Shift+Backspace
Ascend through Layers Alt+] 
Descend through Layers Alt+[ 
Select Top Layer  Shift+Alt+]
Select Bottom Layer Shift+Alt+[
Show/Hide All Palettes Tab 
Select Menu
Select All Ctrl+A 
Deselect Ctrl+D
Reselect Ctrl+Shift+D
Inverse Ctrl+Shift+I
Feather Ctrl+Alt+D 

View Menu

Proof Colors  Ctrl+Y 
Zoom In Ctrl++
Zoom Out Ctrl+-
Zoom In & Resize Window Ctrl+Alt++ 
Zoom Out & Resize Window Ctrl+Alt+-
Actual Pixels Ctrl+Alt+0
Show/Hide Target Path Ctrl+Shift+H 
Show/Hide Rulers Ctrl+R
On/Off Snap Ctrl+Shift+; 
Show/Hide Extras Ctrl+H
Lock Guides Ctrl+Alt+; 
Show Guides  Ctrl+;
Show Grid  Ctrl+' 


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