Photoshop has been a major revolution in the field of raster graphics editing. Millions of designers, artists and photographers download Adobe Photoshop to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary masterpiece. Not only the experts, but this amazing photo editing tool has also reached in the hands of everyone who wants to use it for everyday edits. For a beginner, however, this program may seem complex, due to the infinite tools and functions it has. No need to worry anymore as we’ve rounded up some easy and useful Photoshop tips and tricks to help you get started with the app.
- Save Files up to 20x Faster
One of the reasons your files save slowly is because Photoshop requires time to compress them. Thankfully, you can turn compression off to make the files save faster. All you need to do is to follow this Photoshop tip: go to Preferences > File Handling and check the box next to Disable Compression of PSD and PSB Files. Note: disabling compression means your files will take more space on disk.
- Rotate the Canvas, Not the Photo
This Photoshop trick comes handy when you need a different angle of your image for editing, but you don’t want to rotate the image itself. To do so, you’ll need to click on Rotate View Tool, which you can find in the Hand Tool icon. Now, click and drag the photo to rotate the canvas. Once, you’ve completed your editing, click on “Display Reset” button in the Option Bar.
- Edit Multiple Text Layers Together
No need to edit individual text layers while making the same changes to them all! You can, now, edit multiple text layers together. Simply, press down Ctrl (or Cmd on Mac) and select the text layers from Layers window at the same time.
- Clip An Image to a Text
In order to craft a professional-looking design, you may need to realistically combine images and texts. Thankfully, it’s easy to do so. Just drop a background image layer over a text layer, head to the Layers Panel and press down Alt and click on the line between these two layers. This will clip the image to the text.
- Add Funky Backgrounds
Bored with the default dull grey background? Replace it with something funky. Simply, select the background layer and click on the Paint Bucket tool from the toolbar. Now, shift + left click over the background area to fill it with your favorite color.
- Interactive Zooming
Interactive zooming targets the spot where your mouse cursor is. It makes it easy and quick for you to navigate around a photo. In order to zoom in on a particular spot, place your mouse cursor on that spot. Now, hold Cmd/Ctrl + Space and drag left. To zoom out, drag right.
- Drag Selections between Tabs
You can easily drag one object of an image to another image if both are open in different tabs. Merely, select the layer of the object of one image using the Move Tool and drag it into another tab. Once the object appears in the second tab and creates a new layer, release the mouse.
- Draw Shapes with Magnetic Pen Tool
Photoshop features a Freeform Pen Tool which is a kind of a hybrid Lasso and Pen Tool. Simply click and drag around the object you want to select, and Freeform Pen Tool will create an outline which follows your mouse cursor, exactly as the Lasso Tool does. Now, release the mouse button and the tool will automatically add the anchor points, curves, and lines for that path; just as Pen Tool works.
Interestingly, you can convert this tool into a Magnetic Pen to draw shapes more easily. Simply, check the “Magnetic” option on the toolbar and it will automatically cling to well-defined edges to help you draw accurate paths around an object.
- Dehaze Landscape Images
This feature is quite useful as it minimizes fog and haze from landscape images to produce clear images. Although you’ll not find this option in the older Photoshop versions, it’s possible to use this amazing feature in the latest version. To use this feature, go to Filters > Camera Raw Filter > Effects panel and click on the Dehaze slider to reduce haze effects from the image.
- Remove Fringes on cut-out Objects
As a beginner, this Photoshop tip may elicit your interest very much. When you cut and paste an object into an existing picture, you may have noticed a colored outline of pixels around it. This outline, usually called edge halo, obstructs the flawlessness of the image. How to get rid of it? Well, it’s easier than you think. Make your selection of the object and delete the background. Now, select Layer > Matting > Defringe and fill an appropriate value in pixels.
- Create Realistic Motion Blur Effect
Another feature you’ll find in the later Photoshop versions is that it gives motion to still images. Follow the below-mentioned steps to do it:
- Duplicate the layer you want to give motion to
- Select the layer on the top and open Filters > Blur > Motion Blur. Now, select the appropriate strength and angle of your choice
- Reduce the opacity, if the image is highly bright
- Now, select the Eraser Tool from the toolbar, reduce its flow to nearly 35% and start erasing the blurred image layer from front to back
- Export Individual Layers in an Instant
Although Photoshop inherits many export options, they all work after you save the file. However, if you want to export an individual layer without saving it, you can do it by right-clicking on the Layers window and selecting Quick Export from the context menu. Your layer will be exported as PNG by default. However, you can change the Quick Export Preferences anytime. Simply, open Preference > Export to do so.
- Make Any Image a Brush
Photoshop offers many brushes of fancy designs and patterns, but as you start depending on the software, you will find that these conventional brushes are not enough. The good news is you can make your own custom brush using your favorite image, logo, vector and more. To do so, select the image, go to Edit menu and select Define Brush Preset. Now, give your brush a name and click Ok.
- Get More Undos
This is one of most desired Photoshop tips and tricks. As you’d probably know that CTRL +Z only undo the last action you did in the program, you’ll have to find a way to get more undos. That’s where Alt helps. Hold down Alt + Ctrl/Cmd while pressing Z as many times as you want.
- Use Essential Shortcuts
There are loads of Shortcuts that help you use Photoshop like a pro:
Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E – Merges a copy of all Layers
Cmd/Ctrl+J – Duplicates a layer or selection
Cmd/Ctrl+T – Transforms a layer
Cmd/Ctrl+E – Merges several highlighted layers
Cmd/Ctrl+] – Brings layers forward
Cmd/Ctrl+[ – Sends layer back
Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+[ – Sends layer to bottom of stack
Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+] – Brings layer to bottom of stack
Cmd/Ctrl+L – Brings up levels box
Cmd/Ctrl+T – Opens Free Transform tool
Cmd/Ctrl+M – Opens Curves
Cmd/Ctrl+B – Edits Color Balance
Cmd/Ctrl+Opt+G – Creates clipping mask
Cmd/Ctrl+0 – Fits on screen
- Paste in Exact Place
When you paste an object into a new layer, it drops in the centre by default. This may annoy you as you have to spend time fitting the object to your desired place. Fortunately, with the help of a trick, you can save yourself from this nuisance. Simply, use Shift key while pasting the object to retain its original position.
- Quickly Navigate Images
Moving quickly around your images provides your workflow a speed boost. Using this simple Photoshop trick, you can easily navigate through the open images faster than before. Press Cmd/Ctrl along with Plus (+) to zoom in and Minus (-) to zoom out. In case you want to use the Hand tool, you can hold the spacebar key and drag around the photo.
These Photoshop Tips and Tricks are quite sufficient for you if you’re just starting your hand at this popular photo-editing program. Once you’ve mastered these, you can go deep into the more comprehensive and complex features to craft professional images.