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PhotoShop Tips & Tricks

PhotoShop Tips & Tricks1. Constrain your movement
When using the Move tool to drag things around on your screen, you can hold Shift to constrain your movement to vertical or horizontal.

2. Nudge a layer
When the Move tool is active, you can nudge a layer one pixel at a time by pressing any of the Arrow keys on your keyboard. Hold Shift to nudge a layer 10 pixels at a time. You can even hold Option (PC: Alt) to move a duplicate of the layer.

3. One document to another
If you use the Move tool to drag a layer from one document to another, you can hold the Shift key to center the image in the second document. Or, if both documents are the same size (width and height), then holding Shift will place the layer in the same position it was in the original image.

4. Move multiple layers
To move multiple layers between documents, link those layers together (by clicking to the left of the layer thumbnail image for each layer in the Layers palette), and then use the Move tool to drag to another document. Just make sure you drag from the main image window and not from the Layers palette, otherwise only a single layer will be moved.

5. Click on active layer
When you're in the Move tool, you can Command>click (PC: Control>click) to make the layer you click on active (that is, clicking in the main image window, not the Layers palette). But did you know that you can add Shift to link the layer you click on to the currently active layer.

6. Delete Multiple Layers
Once you have a bunch of layers linked together, you can hold Command (PC: Control) and click on the Trash icon at the bottom of the Layers palette to delete all the layers that are linked.

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7. Merge Active Layers
If you create a new empty layer and then link that layer to a bunch of other layers, you can hold Option (PC: Alt) and when you choose Layer>Merge Linked, Photoshop will merge those layers into the layer that's active, without deleting the original layers. You can also do this by typing Option>Command>E (PC: Alt>Control>E).

8. Unlink Multiple Layers
If you have multiple layers linked together and you'd like to unlink them, Option>click (PC: Alt>click) on the Paintbrush icon that appears to the left of the layer thumbnail image of the active layer. That should turn off all the link symbols on the other layers.

9. Hide Multiple Layers
You can also Option>click (PC: Alt>click) one of the Eye icons in the Layers palette to hide all the layers, except the one you just clicked on. Option>click it again and all the Eye icons will be back on.

10. Get Selection
You can also Command>click (PC: Control>click) on the name of a layer to get a selection of everything on that layer. Just make sure the layer you're clicking on has some transparent areas so that it doesn't select the entire screen.

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11. Remove Halo
If you select an object, copy it, and then paste it into a different document, you might notice a tiny halo around its edge. That's a hint of the old background showing up. This really shows up when you copy from a bright-colored background and paste onto a dark one. To remove the halo, choose Layer>Matting> Defringe and use a setting of 1.

12. Center pasted image
To control where a pasted image shows up, make a selection before choosing Edit>Paste and the image will be centered on the selection.

13. Move layers up and down
You can hold Command (PC: Control) and then use the Bracket keys (][) to move the layer up or down in the layers stack.

14. New document with layer
To create a new document that contains a layer from the current image, hold Option (PC: Alt) and drag the layer to the New Layer icon. Then choose New from the Document pop-up menu.

15. Opacity change
Finally, to lower the Opacity of the currently active layer, make sure you're in the Move tool and then press the number keys at the top of your keyboard (2=20%, 23=23%, 0=100%, etc.) This is especially useful when you're attempting to position a layer so it lines up with the underlying image.


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