49/50 – Automatic Asset Creator – Generator in Photoshop CC

If you need to automatically generate assets from individual (or groups of) layers in Photoshop, then you should check out Adobe Generator in Photoshop CC (File > Generate > Image Assets). By using specific parameters to name files, Photoshop can automatically create JPEG, PNG or GIF images.

For example, if you mock up a web page and then want Photoshop to export individual graphics, you can name a layer with the desired extension: banner.gif or photo.jpg or logo.png. If you need more than one version (different file formats for example) for the same layer, add a comma between the names:  photo.jpg, photo.png Note: you can also use the plus (+) symbol instead of the comma.

JPEG assets are generated at 90% quality by default. PNG assets are generated as 32-bit images by default. GIF assets are generated with basic alpha transparency. If you need to set additional options for file formats, include them in the layer name as well:

• For JPEG files, set the compression quality by naming the layer (or layer group) to  photo.jpg5 or photo.jpg50% to give you an asset set to 50% compression quality.

• For PNG files, set the options for logo.png.8, logo.png.24, or logo.png.32

When exporting assets, if no size is determined, then the asset will be generated at the same size as the original. However, you are also able to  determine the size of the image that you want Photoshop to output using the layer name. The size goes at the beginning of the layer name and can be set in pixels, inches, percentage (%) and/or mm. Do not put a space between the numeric value and the unit of measurement. For example, 40px x 40px logo.png will generate an asset while 40 px x 40 px logo.png will not. You also need to leave a space between the size and the layer name. If you don’t add any units, then Photoshop will assume that you want pixels. For example:

200% banner.jpg will create a JPEG file that is 200% of the original

40 x 40 logo.png will create a png file 40 x 40 pixels (as would 40px x 40px logo.png)

2in x 60 graphic.gif will create a GIF file 2 inches by 60 pixels.

As you can see by the last example, you can mix the units of measurements. You can also use the question mark “?” to choose one dimension and simply have Photoshop resize the asset proportionally (similar to setting the long (or short) dimension of a file when exporting in Lightroom, Saving images in Camera Raw, or using the Fit Image option in Photoshop (File > Automate).

Before automatically generating assets, you must first choose File > Generate Image Assets. This “enables” Generator. Photoshop will save all of the necessary assets in a subfolder alongside the source PSD file. Note: If you have not saved the source file, then Photoshop will save the assets to the desktop.

A few last tips:

• Name a layer group to have all of the layers within the group saved as one asset.

• Do not use illegal characters (such as / \ : * etc) – no asset will be generated.

• If you clip a layer to a shape, name the topmost clipped layer to generate the asset.

• If your layer extends beyond the visible image area (or if it’s partially hidden by another layer), all of the content will be exported.

This help document is also informative: Generate image assets from layers in Photoshop CC


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48/50 – Color Range Improvements in Photoshop CC

There were some very useful improvements made to Color Range in Photoshop CC. When choosing to select the Shadows, Midtones or Highlights in your image, there are now controls to modify the range (used to select the threshold value), and fuzziness (used to gradually fan out the selection for smoothness). These new capabilities enable you to be more specific in defining the areas in your image that you want to select based on luminosity values (previously these selections had been based on fixed values.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders.

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47/50 – Refining a Selection with the Maximum and Minimum Filters in Photoshop CC

Although it is easy to use Select > Modify to expand or contract a selection by a specific number of pixels, for additional control, try using the Maximum and Minimum filters (Filter > Other > Maximum/Minimum). To contract or expand a selection by a decimal number (not a whole number as is the limit for the Select > Modify command), first, make your selection, then click the Quick Mask icon to view the red overlay before selecting the filter (otherwise the filter will affect the pixels in the photo that you have selected). Then, choose Filter > Other > Minimum to contract the selection by a non-whole number or choose Filter > Other > Maximum to expand the selection by a non-whole number.

Note: both of the filters are looking at the values of gray within the radius that you specify. The Preserve Roundness option will help keep round shapes round instead of being reduced using a more “rectangular” method, which will cut corners when contracting. The Preserve Squareness will help keep rectangular shapes with more square edges from getting rounded. Both filters can be used for choke and spread operations on masks or images (removing dirt, enlarging bright points, etc.).

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46/50 – How to Use Focus Area to Make Selections in Photoshop CC

Learn how to make “focus” based selections in Photoshop CC using the new Focus Area feature.

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45/50 – Additional Filters Available for 32-bit Files in Photoshop CC (v14.1)

Photoshop CC (v14.1) added 32-bit image support for a number of filters including:
• Blur -> Blur and Blur More
• Distort -> Displace, Pinch, Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag
• Pixelate -> Color Halftone, Crystallize, Facet, Fragment, Mezzotint, Mosaic, Pointilize
• Render -> Fibers
• Sharpen ->Sharpen and Sharpen More
• Stylize -> Diffuse (anisotropic is disabled in 32 bit), Trace Contour
• Other -> Custom
39filtersNote: in some of the examples above, changes have been made to opacity and blend mode.

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44/50 – Adding a Picture Frame (Border) in Photoshop

This video demonstrates how to use the enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills in Photoshop to add a picture frame and border to your images. Select a frame from simple strokes to flowers and vines, snowflakes and leaves, then change the margin or offset from the edge, size, thickness, colors, angle and arrangement of the frame. Of course, you can combine any number of frames to make your border unique.

• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.

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43/50 – Create Unique Trees in Photoshop CC

Discover how to use the Enhanced Scripted Patterns to create one-of-a-kind trees by changing the direction of the lighting, camera tilt, amount and color of leaves, branch color, and more in Photoshop CC.

• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.
Note: this video was recorded prior to the 2014 release of Photoshop CC. As many of you have already discovered, the 2014 release of Photoshop CC installs a new version of Photoshop (which can run along side of Photoshop CC – the previous version). However the Oil Paint Filter had to be removed from the 2014 release so if you want to use this filter, you must use the previous version of Photoshop (Photoshop CC). Click here for more info on the Oil Paint filter, Flash Panels and Mac OS X 10.6 support.

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42/50 – Apply an Arrow Along A Path Using Photoshop CC

In this video you’ll learn how to use the enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills in Photoshop CC to define a pattern (an arrow in this example) and apply it along a path.

Note: Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.

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41/50 – How to Use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC

In this video, you’ll learn how to use the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC, including quad creation, layout adjustment, and perspective distortion effects.

Here are the essential shortcuts for Perspective Warp:
• After selecting Edit > Perspective Warp, tap the “L” and “W” keys to swap between “layout” and “warp”.
• Shift-drag the end of the plane in layout mode to make a plane longer without changing the shape/position.
• Shift-click will straighten an individual edge of a plane in warp mode. The edge will turn yellow to reflect this.
• Tap the H key to hide the grids.
• Tap the arrow keys to nudge individual points. Add the Shift key to nudge in larger increments.
• Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Layout mode will switch to warp mode. Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Warp mode will commit changes.

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40/50 – How to Remove Distracting Elements using the Enhanced Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CC

In the past, Photoshop Content Aware technology primarily looking at texture, not color. This video demonstrates how the new Color Tolerance setting can result in much better matches when blending colors and gradients in images.

Note that you can change the color tolerance AFTER the fact.

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39/50 – Conditional Actions in Photoshop CC

Conditional Actions in Photoshop enable ‘if then’ statements for additional flexibility when using Actions. This video will show you how.

Here is a list of the available conditional attributes:
Document is Landscape
Document is Square
Document Mode is RGB
Document Mode is CMYK
Document Mode is Grayscale
Document Profile is sRGB
Document Depth is 8 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 16 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 32 Bits per Pixel
Document has unsaved Changes
Document has a Selection
Document has Layers
Document has Alpha Channels
Document is Open
Layer is Background
Layer is Pixel layer
Layer in Adjustment Layer
Layer is Shape Layer
Layer is Layer Group
Layer is Locked
Layer is Visible
Layer has pixel mask
Layer has Vector Mask
Layer has Effects

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38/50 – Save to Behance from Photoshop CC

In Photoshop choosing File > Share to Behance allows you to upload the currently selected document as a Work in Progress to share with (and gather feedback from), your social media channels including Twitter and Facebook. The key benefit is that you don’t have to flatten or resize the image – the plug-in takes care of it for you so that you can continue working!



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37/50 – Per-Panel Preview in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

Camera Raw has a new button designed to display a per-panel preview that is applied directly to the main view of the image. Clicking this button will reset the settings in the selected panel to their defaults. Clicking it again will reset them to the previous settings. Or,  use the shortcut Command + Option + P (Mac) | Control + Alt + P (Win) to toggle the preview.

Image with per-panel preview “Off” (modifications made to the HSL/Grayscale panel are visible in the image area).

Image with per-panel preview “Showing Current Settings” (modifications made to the HSL/Grayscale panel are visible in the image area).

Image with per-panel preview toggled “On” (the HSL/Grayscale panel is set to the default settings).

Image with per-panel preview toggled “visible panel set to default settings” (the HSL/Grayscale panel is set to the default settings).

Although the preview behavior might appear to look the same as it did in previous versions, this new button actually works a bit differently “under the hood”. Instead of simply showing and hiding the settings in a panel, this button actually resets the panel (clicking the button again restores the previous settings).
So, you might be asking why did we change the per-panel preview behavior? Well, since Camera Raw is not a database program (like Lightroom is), it can’t keep track of different “states” that a panel might be in. This means that in previous versions of Camera Raw, if you had toggled off the preview state of a panel, and then clicked “Done” or “Open Image”, Camera Raw would apply the slider values—even if the preview was turned off for that panel. Therefore, what you saw in Camera Raw may not have matched the resulting file. As you can imagine, when this mismatch occurred, it was not only confusing to the customer, but also unacceptable to the engineering team.
With this release, I believe the engineers have provided us with the best of both worlds; we can still use the new Before/After features (those are completely unchanged), as well as have an improved per-panel preview as a standalone feature.

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36/50 – Camera Raw Previews in Photoshop CC

Camera Raw can now display a before/after Preview (with side-by-side and split-view support) to compare your edits to the original. The Preview check box in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are Mode, Swap and Copy:


• Click the Mode button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes.

• Click-and-hold the Mode button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences (the Preview Preferences support customizing the Preview modes used for cycling as well as some drawing options including divider and pane options).


• Tap Q to cycle through the Preview modes.

• Click the Swap button to swap Before/After settings.

• Tap P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only.

• Shift + P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.

• Click the Copy button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session.

• Option + P (Mac) | Alt  + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only.

• Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.

• When making changes to images, the changes can only be made to the “after” image and the slider settings (in the panels) will always reflect the “after” image settings.

• The standard single-image view always shows the “after state”.

• Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.

Note: while tapping the Q key will cycle through all of the Preview modes in Camera Raw in Photoshop, I primarily use the same view 95+% of the time. So that I don’t have to cycle through so many different options, I click-hold the Mode button to display the pop-up menu for Preview Preferences. Unchecking all but one of the Preview modes allows me to tap the “Q” key to quickly toggle my Before/After Left Right view on and off.

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35/50 – Red Eye Removal Enhancements in Camera Raw

The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select the tool and, in the Red Eye Removal panel, Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the drop down menu to locate and fix pet eyes. You can also automatically add catchlights and drag to reposition them.

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