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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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:iconshadowflashdabearded:
Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thanks
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:iconayior:
Ayior Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I knew 6-10 but the ones before are awesome!
Thanks for sharing these!
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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.
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Montieze Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :D
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StarsColdNight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :hug:
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caminante0 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Ctrl + Alt + Z so simple and did'nt know about it.
Thanks for sharing.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Awesome, thanks! :D
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured on the front page of #Teach-Me-Manips =)
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NafTheArtAlchemist Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can increase that.

Edit > Preferences > Performance:
Change the History States value (in the History & Cache segment) to increase the number of Step Backwards you can perform. :)
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah ,it worked .

I thought that you mean the actual background (behind the open windows),but then I accidentally clicked the opened window background and it changed :aww:

Thanks for your help .
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   General Artist
:la: So useful!
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:iconthiefoworld:
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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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 ?
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rawigoldfish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Wow! This is very helpful. Thanks a lot! :D
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Chilloot Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Woa there are some interesting tricks here!
Thanks a lot this will be useful
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MissTuliharja Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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Eliket Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
All good! Yeah, I used to get so frustrated, so when I found it it was just super useful 8D
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Eliket Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not a problem! :)
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GabbyGee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
<3 No sabía mucho de esto.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Welcome! :ahoy:
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NafTheArtAlchemist Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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MonMonCandie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful! Thanks for sharing! X3
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NightRoseMemoirs Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesssssss, thank you!
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seesic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great. :D
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PlushieFushi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool ! :heart:
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Physco-Matter Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't know the #6 and #1 until now. So Thank You!!! :salute:
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StarsColdNight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup: the bad thing is that the Ctrl + Alt + Z lets you go back only 5 steps as i recall
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khurafati Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you soo much for the tips :)
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Wonderful, thank you for posting
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner 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:
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner 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:
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amethystxamber Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I only know number 6 and 10. :nuu:
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NafTheArtAlchemist Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Edit > Preferences > Performance:
Change the History States value (in the History & Cache segment) to increase the number of Step Backwards you can perform. :)
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elgenocide Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is cheat :omg:
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NightRoseMemoirs Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any way to increase the history that photoshop can undo, or do I just need to moderate myself better??
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cazcastalla Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
If you go to Edit>Preferences>Performance - you can set the history states that will allow you to 'delete' or go back that many times :)
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wandereringsoul Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Very handy, knew most of them but always eager to learn. Thanks
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TheAngelDragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, cool. Though I already know 7 to 10 :)
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew most of this but some are awesomely helpful!
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GemaStarlight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you *w*
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razsolo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Some of this stuff will come in handy, thanks! Also nice to see I already know some of it, gives me a bit of hope that I have some idea what I'm doing, lol ;)
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MissTuliharja Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really useful piece of information! Thanks a lot for sharing. :heart:
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badasstatguy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome stuff,..thanks!
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wangqr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow i did not know most of these awesome tips, THANK U for sharing :la:!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
That means clicking Ctrl + Shift + Z would let you undo/go back 500 steps before.
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lucyfire71 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:

thank you very much!!!!
These are great tips!
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Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I never knew you can color the gray area.... wow.
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:iconkalistina:
kalistina Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I already knew most of them, but the ones you just taught me look really useful. Thanks a lot!
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MattsyKun Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, now this is great :D
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Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very useful! thanks for sharing :aww:
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