Posts in Category "Adobe Photoshop"

May 24, 2016

Creating Patterns in Adobe Capture

Adobe Capture CC now makes it quick and easy to take images on Android and iOS  devices and turn them into interesting and unique patterns use in Photoshop CC. Below is an example of the original image (upper left), that was used to crate several patterns in Capture CC:


Once you save a pattern in Capture CC, Creative Sync makes it available in the Libraries panel in Photoshop.


Click on the thumbnail for the pattern in the Libraries panel to add the pattern to an open document. Photoshop automatically creates a Pattern Fill layer and displays options for scaling.


Click here to find out more about creating patterns in Adobe Capture CC.

If you’re new to Capture CC, get the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.

(If you already have Capture on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, or Android phone, make sure you’ve updated it to 2.0)


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May 23, 2016

Adding “Copy” when Duplicating Layers in Photoshop

When duplicating layers and layer groups, Photoshop adds “copy” to the name of the duplicated layer (or layer group) in the Layer’s panel. To disable this feature, use the fly-out menu on the Layers panel to select Panel Options and uncheck Add “Copy” to Copied Layers and Groups.


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May 12, 2016

Setting Default Colors in Photoshop

Tap the “D” key to set the foreground/background colors to black/white.

Note: If you have a Layer mask selected, tapping the “D” key will set the foreground/background colors to white/black.

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May 11, 2016

Photoshop Advanced Tips and Techniques (Adobe MAX 2015)

Here is a link to my (Photoshop Advanced Tips and Techniques) presentation that I did at Adobe MAX last year.

I would suggest that you start at 4:30 to skip the portion where I talk about how they can use my blog as a reference etc.

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May 4, 2016

Adding Arrowheads to the Line Tool in Photoshop

With the Line tool selected, click on the gear icon in the Options bar to access the Arrowheads option.


In addition, the ‘[‘ or ‘]’ (left or right bracket) decreases or increases the weight of the line by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will increase or decrease the line width in increments of 10. Note, this changes the setting for the next time you use the tool to create a line.

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May 2, 2016

Resetting Tool Options in Photoshop

Control -click (Mac) / Right -click (Win) the tool icon in the Options bar (officially called the Tool Preset Picker) and choose Reset Tool or Reset All Tools to set the tool(s) options (found in the Options bar) to their default state(s). This shortcut is a great way to trouble shoot why a tool might not be working the way that you think it should – perhaps you changed the tool’s blend mode, feather, or other option the last time you used it, and have since forgotten to set it back.
Note: this shortcut doesn’t reset the visibility or grouping of the tools, only their options.

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April 26, 2016

Paste Into a Selection in Photoshop

If you have an active selection in your document (marching ants) and have content on the clipboard, selecting Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into will paste the content from the clipboard onto a new layer  and automatically convert the selection into a Layer mask!

Command + Option + Shift + V (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + V (Win) is the shortcut for Paste Into.


Image with active selection.



Selection converted to a layer mask after choosing Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into.

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April 25, 2016

Targeting a Layer Mask in Photoshop

Command + \ (Mac), Control + \ (Win) targets a layer mask.

Command + 2 (Mac), Control + 2 (Win) targets the layer.

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April 22, 2016

Pasting into a Layer Mask in Photoshop

To paste content (from the clipboard) into a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac)/ Alt -click (Win) the Layer mask icon on the Layers panel. This shortcut does two things – it targets the mask as well as toggles off the visibility of the mask. Then, choose Edit > Paste to paste into the mask.

Note: if you don’t want to use the shortcut, you can paste into a layer mask by clicking on the mask in the Channels panel and toggling ON the visibility.  Choosing Edit > Paste will paste into the mask, displaying the mask as a red overlay.04_22chanelVis

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April 21, 2016

Unlinking Masks from Layers in Photoshop

Click on the link icon between the layer icon and the mask icon in the Layers panel to unlink the mask from the layer (allowing either to move independently of the other).

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April 20, 2016

Temporarily Disabling & Enabling Masks in Photoshop

Shift-click in the layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to temporarily disable the mask.

Click again on the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to enable it.

For a vector mask, you must shift -click the thumbnail again to enable it.

You can also Control-click (Mac) / Right mouse -click (Win) on either type of mask in the Layers panel and choose to Enable or Disable a mask.

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April 18, 2016

Vector Masks Visibility in Photoshop

Clicking on the Vector mask icon in the Layers Panel will toggle the path’s visibility.

When the path is visible, drawing a path with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path), will add to the mask.

When the path is hidden, drawing with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path) creates a new Work Path.

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April 6, 2016

Double Check the Layer Mask in Photoshop

When working on intricately composited, multi-layered documents, I often find it useful to check each of the layer masks before finalizing the image. To do this, Option -click (Mac) / Alt -click (Win) on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to display the mask in the image area. With the mask visible, check to see if there are any unwanted or awkward transitional areas that might not have been visible in the complex composite (a sharp edge from a selection or a small area unknowingly left unpainted, for example).

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April 5, 2016

Introduction to Photo Compositing Course on


2014-11_LDCIntroLREven if you’re not a member of, a portion of each of my video courses are available for free. If you’re interested in Learning about Compositing, here are two free videos from my Introduction to Photo Compositing course:

Unifying images through subject and theme 

Unifying images through composition

The complete course is available for paid members. Click here for more information or to start your free trial.


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March 21, 2016

Using Photoshop Actions and Droplets with Lightroom

Learn how to use Photoshop Actions to create Droplets that can be used in Lightroom to batch process images after exporting files.

Note: Although this video was recorded in previous versions of Lightroom and Photoshop, the technique will still work today and, in fact, you could create conditional actions and process both vertical and horizontal files at one time! Click here to find out more about conditional actions in Photoshop.

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