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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.

10 useful and not very known Photoshop tricks
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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Ayior Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I knew 6-10 but the ones before are awesome!
Thanks for sharing these!
rosebfischer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General 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.
Montieze Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :D
caminante0 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Ctrl + Alt + Z so simple and did'nt know about it.
Thanks for sharing.
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured on the front page of #Teach-Me-Manips =)
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Awesome, thanks! :D
Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   General Artist
:la: So useful!
spring-sky Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Number 6 "changing the bg color" doesn't work for me . I've got CS3 ,what version do you use ?
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
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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