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Top Tips For Improving Your Photoshop Skills

Top Tips For Improving Your Photoshop Skills

Top Tips For Improving Your Photoshop Skills - Motionmile Blog

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful image editing tools out there, and the possibilities of what you can create are endless. No matter how experienced you are in Photoshop, there is always more to master and new skills to learn. Getting to grips with every feature and tool in the software can take years, and with new updates constantly being released it can be very time consuming trying to keep up. If you are new to Photoshop and trying to get your head around the software for the first time, it can be very overwhelming. Here we share our top tips for improving your Photoshop skills:

Paste in Place

If you haven’t discovered Paste in Place yet, then you are missing out on a real timesaver! Everyone who knows about this trick uses it all the time, and it is a real revelation on how you can cut and paste from one document to another. Once you have made a selection in either your current document or a second document if you are combining them, then copy as usual using ‘Edit > Copy’ or keyboard shortcut cmd+c. Once in the document you want to paste into, use ‘Edit > Paste in Place’ or shortcut cmd+shift+vto paste the copied element into the exact same position as you copied it from in the original document.

Repeat transformations

If you have made a transformation to an object or layer using ‘Edit > Transform’, it is super easy to quickly repeat that same transformation on another object or layer by using repeat transformations. Use keyboard shortcut cmd+shift+Tand the same transformation will be made on the currently active layer.

Quickly finish editing text

There is little more frustrating in Photoshop than not being able to use your keyboard shortcuts when working with text boxes and editing text. One top tip that not many experienced Photoshop users know is that if you hit cmd+returnwhilst editing text, you will finish editing the text and move focus outside the text box. This means you can carry on with your usual keyboard shortcuts as you please.

Create dotted lines with the Brush Tool

Many Photoshop users use the Brush Tool to draw straight lines by clicking to place a point with the Brush Tool selected and then shift+clicka second point. A straight line will be drawn between the two points. However, this technique can also be used to draw a dotted line instead of a solid one by opening the brush panel and setting the brush spacing to 150% or higher.

Change brush hardness with keys

You probably already know that you can use the square bracket keys [and ]to amend the brush size in Photoshop. You can also amend the brush hardness by tapping shift whilst pressing these keys, eliminating the need to go to the brush panel every time.

Close all documents quickly

Using the keyboard shortcut cmd+wwill close your current document, but if you have a lot of documents open it can be frustrating having to close them all individually. Using keyboard shortcut alt+cmd+wwill close all of your open documents at once. If you have multiple documents and don’t want to save changes on any of them, you can check the Apply to All box when choosing Don’t Save, this means you don’t have to confirm every single document.

Screenshare with others

If you are working on a project with a client or friend that is based far away from you, you can easily share your screen through Photoshop itself to let them see how it’s coming along and get their feedback. Go to ‘File > Share My Screen’ and then login with your Acrobat.com account details. A web browser will be opened with an online meeting where you can invite friends and colleagues to join. You can chat, share your webcam or screenshare for a productive collaboration.

Insert Lorem Ipsum

This feature is super helpful and saves heap of time when creating mock up designs in Photoshop where you need some placeholder text. Select the Type Tool and draw out a type box by clicking and dragging. Then choose ‘Type > Paste Lorem Ipsum’, this will automatically fill your type area with faux Latin text.

Non-destructive cropping

A new feature added in Photoshop CS6 allows you to crop without throwing away the part of the image outside the crop area. Select the crop tool and uncheck the Delete cropped pixels box. When you apply your crop, the areas outside will just be hidden so they can be easily retrieved later if necessary. To retrieve the cropped area, select the crop tool again and expand the crop area to reveal the hidden parts of the image.