How well do you know Photoshop? How can certain web designers design a website layout with extremely heavy graphics in five days, while others need around ten days to do the same? It’s not about how fast you can click; it’s about how well you know Photoshop. Tips like these below can make the most common tasks quicker and easier than ever to help speed up your Photoshop workflow.
Hold Spacebar to Move a Selection
Drag a selection with the Marquee tool, but before releasing the mouse button, press and hold the Spacebar to relocate the selection to your desired location.
Display Larger Font Previews
Go to Photoshop’s preferences and head down to the Type section. Change the Font Preview Size option to Extra Large to display a legible preview on the font drop down menu.
Quickly Zoom Back to 100%
Double click the Zoom icon’s magnifying glass to jump back to 100%.
Toggle Visibility of Multiply Layers
Click on the ‘eye’ icon next to a layer to toggle the visibility on or off, and then drag the selection down the palette to repeat the command on multiple layers.
Quickly Toggle between Blending Modes
Windows users can simply toggle using the cursor keys, while Mac users can use the Shift key along with the plus and minus keys while the direct selection tool is active. Using this command while another tool is selected will change the blending mode option for that specific tool.
Undo and More Undo…
You probably know that by pressing Ctrl + Z in Photoshop you can undo the previous action you made, but when you press the same key combination again, it will redo the previous action. This is quite unnatural and rather troublesome, as you always need to undo multiple times to get to the state you want you want it to be in.
There is a better way. Photoshop has a specific button for multiple undo: Alt + Ctrl + Z. By using this key combination you can undo multiple times, according to the value of History States you set in Edit > Preference > Performance.
If you are just too used to common Undo’s key combination which is Ctrl + Z, then you can simply press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + K to access Keyboard Shortcut panel and change Undo’s key combination under the Edit section to Ctrl + Z.
…And One More
If you want to have more flexibility with a drop-shadow effect, you can easily separate it from the layer the effect was created on. It’s easy! Just go on the effect, right-click and choose the create layer from the contextual menu.
If you are using Photoshop regularly, you should always be looking to make your workflow faster. For that, mastering shortcuts and optimizing your Photoshop settings are both important things to do. There are literally hundreds of little hidden functions in Photoshop that can make your life easier and your work faster. Arlington, TX Printing Services‘ highly experienced professionals can apply such functions and show them to you.