Photoshop Secrets

 

Adobe’s Photoshop has been the premier software for tinkering with photos for years now. Experts point out it isn’t designed for that purpose, but it is an everyday use for it. Photoshop is more than just photo editing, though. It can be utilised for other tasks, including web design.

However, the flexibility and utility of the program mean it is complex. Just looking at the interface alone is enough to tell you a lot is going on under the hood. The functions all have their purposes and options to tweak, adding to the depth.

Mastering Photoshop is a long process. There are many rewards, not the least of which is the ability to tinker with family photos almost at-will.

Today, let me show you some of the functions of the software that most people miss out on. They aren’t readily apparent but can be powerful tools or just ways to make things flow more smoothly.

One feature is “Paste in Place.” By using this instead of regular pasting, you can copy the element in the exact position in the document as the original. This is a great tool and one that you’ll end up using a lot, especially if you’re combining elements together.

Another feature most people do not realise exists is viewing the visibility history of layers.

Layers are one of the most powerful functions in Photoshop and are key to most of the things that people do with the software. However, a lot of people tend to lose their layer visibility settings when they preview them individually.

You can tick a setting in the History Panel to enable a way around that. You can turn on a history state for layer visibility, allowing you to see the changes you made to that particular function in the history of your work.

Did you know Photoshop lets you merge vector shapes? It does. For those of you who delve into graphic design, this feature is a godsend.

Everyone knows you can change the size of brushes in Photoshop. Did you know you can modify the hardness too? This can affect how you do things if you’re doing digital artwork or making certain types of edits. Just hold down Shift while adjusting the size to alter how hard the brush is.

You can also do this from the brush panel, but a shortcut is much easier.

Did you know you can change the measuring units in Photoshop? This is a great feature if you need to work in specific sizes and don’t want to deal with inches and feet. Or centimetres and the like, if you’re the type that prefers inches and feet.

A new feature for those working on website or document designs is Paste Lorem Ipsum. The generic placeholder text we’ve all seen before can be pasted in with a simple menu command. This is great if you are working on a site or document and don’t have the actual content handy to judge the look.

These tips can get you started on your way to master Photoshop.

Masterief

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