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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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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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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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GabbyGee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
<3 No sabía mucho de esto.
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MonMonCandie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful! Thanks for sharing! X3
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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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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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StarsColdNight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :hug:
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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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amethystxamber Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I only know number 6 and 10. :nuu:
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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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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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NightRoseMemoirs Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesssssss, thank you!
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NafTheArtAlchemist Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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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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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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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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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice :D

thats impressive!!!:omfg:
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Eliket Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Also, you can go into your General Preferences and change the History States to 1000 (or any number up to that) to have up to 1000 Undo's! Can be v. handy!
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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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Eliket Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not a problem! :)
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MissTuliharja Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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Blue-Shift-Recall Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
:worship: Wow I never knew this thanks for sharing it will really come in very handy!!!!
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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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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student
Neat! Thanks for the tips!
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trowif Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I didn't know any of these. Thanks!
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AbigailMunoz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my goodness. Thank you so much!
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yomei-san Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice~ I knew of a few of these, especially the multiple undo shortcut! However most of them I didn't know about. These are really handy to know! Thanks~
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chutkat Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artist
If you click ctrl + a layer preview it will select all the things inside that layer :D
works for SAI too
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MidnightSoiree Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I love being able to change up the gray background, it completely freshens up the entire look of Photoshop!
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Shays-Ways Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Helpful~!! <3
Do these work on Elements?
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MrCoolDD Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm starting to crave Photoshop...
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moni158 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
I knew most of those already :dummy: though there were a few in there I haven't seen that look awesome! Thank you!
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Seyton-Grey Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I knew about 2 of 10 of these and I used ps since 2002.

This is VERY informative.

Well done and thanks for the tips.

MUCH appreciation and respect to you.
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WaterWizz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so freaking helpful, it's unbelievable. Thanks so much!
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Imbecamiel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o.o So helpful! Since switching from Corel, I'd been wishing that I could easily switch between the eyedropper and brush like I used to (by holding down control there). I'd no idea that the alt button would do the same in PS! And the crop trick to expand the canvas will simplify things for me very often.

Thanks so much for the tips!
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