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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 .
rawigoldfish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Wow! This is very helpful. Thanks a lot! :D
Chilloot Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Woa there are some interesting tricks here!
Thanks a lot this will be useful
GabbyGee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
<3 No sabía mucho de esto.
MonMonCandie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful! Thanks for sharing! X3
seesic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great. :D
PlushieFushi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool ! :heart:
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:
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
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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