Photoshop by Adobe is an amazing piece of software. More and more people worldwide are learning how to harness the power of this program for many reasons. A multi-use image rendering tool people want to learn how to touch up photographs, create artwork and do all types of design work.
There are many people who have become Photoshop masters, but for every expert user, there seems to be hundreds of people who are either just getting started or struggling to get past the basics.
Whatever your level of proficiency is with Photoshop, you probably don’t know everything there is to know about how to use this software. The following quick Photoshop tips won’t be able to teach you everything you don’t know, but they should help anyone to learn something new about this popular, powerful image creation and editing program.
Work in Pixels.
Most work done in Photoshop is destined for being displayed on a computer screen. This means that you will be measuring your work in pixels to be sure it is optimized for being viewed on screen.
Since you are working in pixels, set everything to be measured in pixels. This includes setting your rulers to measure in pixels. This will help you to make sure your guides and any design elements are properly snapped to the edge of the pixel to be sure that it doesn’t look sloppy.
Of course, if you are working in another unit of measurement, set everything up to reflect that. Rulers in pixels won’t help if you are designing a 4” X 6” flier.
Lose the welcome screen, but bring it back.
When you launch Photoshop, you also launch the welcome screen. The first few times you see this screen it can be helpful, as it links to tutorials, help files and tips. The next several times you see this screen, it will probably be pretty annoying.
Getting rid of this box is so simple that many people miss how to get rid of it. You simply have to click a check box at the bottom of this start up screen.
You may find that you eventually want to bring the startup screen back. If this happens, you can go to the Help menu and choose “Welcome Screen” to get the benefits of the tips and tricks it offers.
You can cycle through open documents.
Sometimes, especially on a bigger project, you will find that you have a lot of open documents. You may have so many open that you can’t find ones that you are looking for. Unless you know the name of the file (if it even has an official name yet), you probably will have to search through each and every open document to find what you are looking for.
This can be done quickly and easily with a scrolling feature. Just repeatedly press CTRL and TAB to scroll through all of your open documents. Don’t go too fast, however; if you miss it, you will need to look through all of these again.
Have Your Pallets take a hike.
Pallets are usually super helpful, assisting you in being more productive as you work by having useful tools and information right there for you. At other times, they are distracting and in your way.
To hide your pallets, you simply have to press TAB. You will be left with your project on the screen, and whatever selected tool you are using will still be ready to work. You only have to press TAB again to bring all of your pallets back. If you want to hide everything except for the tool bar, use SHIFT and TAB instead.