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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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Montieze Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :D
WDWParksGal-Stock Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was able to use the "Z" trick once last night, which was a help, but now I will go and change the Performance Preferences :hug:
WDWParksGal-Stock Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the info! I used the Z trick the first time last night and it worked beautifully, just once, but it helped when I was trying to set my object in the abstraction mode to remove an errant line (sometimes I will jerk a bit or my hands will shake). Usually, I would have had to start over, but now I just removed the line and kept going :nuu:
Peetjuh1000 Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg thanks so much! this is very usefull!
WDWParksGal-Stock Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, my gosh.... I have been using PS Elements for years and did not know these tips. Most of the things I do know I found out accidentally, since half the time the help isn't too helpful or I just plain do not understand what it is saying! Now if I could just figure out how to make brushes........

Excellent Tips and I thank you most kindly for writing them out :nuu:
RoadZero Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for 2!!!
DreamON-Mpak Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice and useful Journal.. Most of this things I already know but some of them surprised me.. Thank you ^Thiefoworld
Wenart Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
already known some of the trick but Nice share!! you should do more of this :D, very educational
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