5 Photoshop Tips to Help you Edit like a Pro

October 26th 2011 | Photography

Working on Photoshop can be hard and time-consuming. Therefore, we assembeled some great Photoshop tips so you can spend more time taking photos and less time fiddling with them!

Check them out:

1. Opening a File without Using Menus or Shortcuts

This one is a great time-saver. Do you see the grey background area on the Photoshop Window? Just double-click it!

Open a file without using menus or shortcuts

Snow Magin by Katmeresin, Flickr

2. Change the Color of the Picture Area

Depending on the photo you’re working on, a lighter/darker area around your image might make it eaiser for you to view it. Right Click on the border area to change from grey to a little more or a little less prominent shade.

Change the Color of the Picture Area

River View by Nicholas_T, Flickr

3. Select the Foreground & Background Color Quickly

If you need to select two different colors (let’s say for a Gradient), instead of clicking on the Foreground/Background swatch, just select the Eyedropper tool and sample the new Foreground Color. Then hold Alt (Option on Mac) and sample the Background color as well!

Select the Foreground & Background Color Quickly

Ready to Attack by Cente!, Flickr

4. Hide the Selection without Deselecting It

Selections are a very powerful tool in Photoshop, but sometimes they can get in the way. For a quick fix, press Ctrl + H (Command + H on the Mac) and hide the “marching ants” without deselecting them… But don’t forget to turn them back on before continuing with your work or it can drive you crazy!

Hide the Selection without Deselecting It

A Dream Within a Dream by Whitney, Flickr

5. Use the Reset Button on a Dialog Screen to Start Over

Wait, what Reset Button?! This is actually one of our favorite tricks in Photoshop…if you want to change the settings on a Dialog Screen – to apply a Filter, for example -, just hold Alt (Option on a Mac) and the Cancel Button turns into a Reset Button!
Now you don’t have to Close the Dialog Screen and Open it again, you can start over right away!

Use the Reset Button on a Dialog Screen to Start Over

Moon, oak trees and clouds by jronaldlee, Flickr




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