PE: 10 tips and tricks not very known about PS
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Published: December 8, 2012



10 useful and not very known Photoshop tricks




1. Saving your .psd with all layers hidden makes a smaller file compared to saving it with all layers visible.






2. You can use the Crop Tool to quickly increase the canvas size of an image by holding down Ctrl + Alt whilst dragging the Crop Tool outside the current canvas.






3. If you want to see only one of your layers at a time, hold down Alt whilst clicking the eye icon of the layer. (do it again to show all layers again)




4. Holding down Alt while in a dialog box turns the Cancel button into a Reset button, so you can reset the values back to default.




5. If you want to just quickly check a very heavy .psd file, you can hold down Shift + Alt while clicking the Open button. This way Photoshop will open a flattened version of the file.




6. You can change the gray background that surrounds your image with the Paint Bucket Tool, just hold down Shift and make click on the background.






7. Not a very unknown tip, but if you hold down the space bar while using any tool, you'll quickly change to the Hand Tool. Aditionally, you can change to the Move Tool by holding down Ctrl. If you hold down Alt while using the Brush Tool you'll quickly change to the Eyedropper Tool. If you do it while using the Move Tool you'll duplicate the layer.


8. If you thought Photoshop only allowed you to perform one undo (Ctrl + Z), by using Ctrl + Alt + Z you can do more than one. Alternatively with Ctrl + Shift + Z  you can perform a redo.




9. Ctrl. + Tab toggles between your current open documents.




10. Pressing X switches the background and foreground colors.






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Ayior's avatar
Ayior|Professional Filmographer
I knew 6-10 but the ones before are awesome!
Thanks for sharing these!
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rosebfischer's avatar
rosebfischer|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, this is helpful for folks not familiar with how PS works. I'm just trying the program out after more than ten years of another editor, and I have a lot to figure out.
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Montieze's avatar
Montieze|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :D
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caminante0's avatar
caminante0|Student Interface Designer
Ctrl + Alt + Z so simple and did'nt know about it.
Thanks for sharing.
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ScatteredAshe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured on the front page of #Teach-Me-Manips =)
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Thiefoworld's avatar
Awesome, thanks! :D
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Astrikos's avatar
Astrikos|Hobbyist Artist
:la: So useful!
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spring-sky's avatar
spring-sky|Hobbyist General Artist
Number 6 "changing the bg color" doesn't work for me . I've got CS3 ,what version do you use ?
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Thiefoworld's avatar
In the example I used CS2, but it works on all versions, I also have CS5 and it works as well, so you shouldn't have any problem.
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spring-sky|Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ,it worked .

I thought that you mean the actual background (behind the open windows),but then I accidentally clicked the opened window background and it changed :aww:

Thanks for your help .
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rawigoldfish's avatar
Wow! This is very helpful. Thanks a lot! :D
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Chilloot's avatar
Woa there are some interesting tricks here!
Thanks a lot this will be useful
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GabbyGee's avatar
GabbyGee|Professional General Artist
<3 No sabía mucho de esto.
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MonMonCandie's avatar
MonMonCandie|Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful! Thanks for sharing! X3
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seesic's avatar
seesic|Professional General Artist
Great. :D
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PlushieFushi|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool ! :heart:
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Physco-Matter|Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know the #6 and #1 until now. So Thank You!!! :salute:
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StarsColdNight's avatar
StarsColdNight|Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup: the bad thing is that the Ctrl + Alt + Z lets you go back only 5 steps as i recall
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NafTheArtAlchemist's avatar
NafTheArtAlchemist|Hobbyist General Artist
You can increase that.

Edit > Preferences > Performance:
Change the History States value (in the History & Cache segment) to increase the number of Step Backwards you can perform. :)
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StarsColdNight|Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :hug:
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khurafati's avatar
khurafati|Professional Photographer
thank you soo much for the tips :)
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AthenaTT's avatar
Wonderful, thank you for posting
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amethystxamber's avatar
I only know number 6 and 10. :nuu:
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