Photoshop TIps and Tricks to make work easier

Discussion in 'Tutorials Cafe' started by RAHEN, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. RAHEN

    RAHEN Team leader

    10 tips & tricks to make your work easier in Photoshop

    Learn how to optimize your work in photoshop with this tutorial with some tips

    1)Right after you installed Photoshop onto your computer, go to Edit > Preferences > General (CTRL+K shortcut) and start customizing the program according to your needs. For example I always choose Zoom with Scroll Wheel from the General (CTRL+1) section then I go to the Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks (CTRL+7) section where I will choose my first and second Scratch Disk; usually I will not choose the first Scratch Disk to be the one that has the system (I use Windows) installed on. Then I will go to the Memory & Image Cache (CTRL+8) section where I will set the Cache Levels to 8 (maximum possible) and the RAM to 55-65% to be Maximum Used by Photoshop (remember that changes will take effect the next time you start Photoshop).

    2)An easier way to switch between the different hidden tools is to use the keyboard shortcut along with the Shift key.

    3)Pressing the ALT key when you are using the Polygonal Lasso Tool will allow you use the Lasso Tool and inverse; you can combine these two in order to make a better and efficient selection. I reccomand the use of the Polygonal Lasso Tool (combined with a 300-400% zoom) when you are making a complicated selection (like when you are trying to extract an object from it's background).

    4)Pressing the ALT key when you are using the Dodge Tool will allow you to use the Burn tool and inverse.

    5)Pressing the ALT key when you are using the Blur Tool will allow you to use the Sharpen tool and inverse.

    6)Pressing the ALT key when you click with the Text Tool will bring you a dialog box where you will be able to choose the Paragraph text size.

    7)Pressing the Space key at any time will let you use the Hand Tool. Pressing the Space key combined with CTRL key at any time will let you use the Zoom Tool (the zoom in option, for the zoom out option also use the ALT key, so it's CTRL+ALT+SPACE for zoom out).

    8)Pressing the ALT key when you are using the Move Tool will allow you to duplicate a layer or a selected portion from a layer (if you have a selection made)

    9)Pressing the ALT key when you are using the Ellipse Tool, Rectangle Tool, Rounded Rectangle Tool or Custom Shape Tool to draw the shape from the centre.

    10)Pressing the Space key when you are using one of the marquee tools or shape tools will allow you to move the selection or the shape while you are drawing it.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2006
  2. Nutter

    Nutter New Member

    Assalaamo Alaikum!

    Mujhay to aaj tak samajh nahi aaya photoshop (my biggest handicap). Itni sari pictures pari hai jo sahi karni hai, kali se gori banani

    Well, I'll definitely read the photoshop tutorials here as soon as I'll have time.

    You doing great work Rahen! Keep it up well!

    God Bless You!
  3. RAHEN

    RAHEN Team leader

    Wa Aleikum Assalam
    Thank u nutty :)
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