Posts in Category "Adobe Photoshop"

October 31, 2014

Duplicating Smart Filters Masks in Photoshop CC 2014

Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -dragging a Smart Filter from one layer to another has different behavior based on where in the Layers panel you click and drag from. For example, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -dragging from the text “Smart Filters” will duplicate the Smart Filter including the layer mask:

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While Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -dragging the name of the Smart Filter duplicates without copying the mask.

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October 30, 2014

Repositioning a Layer Amidst Layer Groups in Photoshop CC 2014

When changing the stacking order layers in the Layers panel, I found it difficult to predict if the layer I was dragging was going to land within a Layer Group or outside of it. In the example below, I want to drag the “paper” layer above the “walnuts” layer, but I didn’t want to include it within the “texture” Layer Group.

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If you look carefully at the next illustration you can see that the hand icon is positioned over the bottom layer in the Layer Group. If I release the mouse at that point, the layer would be added within the “texture” Layer Group. This was not what I wanted.

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Instead, if I release the mouse as it’s positioned in the next illustration, the layer will be repositioned above the “walnut” layer but not within the “texture” Layer Group.

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This subtle positioning behavior was lost on me for years. I thought I remembered someone telling me that the Eye icon also changed, but I wasn’t able to reproduce that. If you know the secret handshake, let us know!  : )

Note: Another way to be sure that the paper layer wasn’t included in the texture Layer Group would have been to close the  Layer Group before repositioning the layer.

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October 29, 2014

3D PDF Import/Export in Photoshop CC 2014

You can now import 3D files from a PDF file in to Photoshop CC as well as export “3D PDF” by embedding the 3D file inside the PDF.

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October 28, 2014

“Rigged” File Support and 3D Animations in Photoshop CC 2014 

Photoshop CC 2014 now imports skeletal meshes (or “bones”) using the Collada file format. This allows you to bring in “rigged” animated characters and pose them using the Animation panel. You can then 3D print those poses or use them in 3D composites.

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October 27, 2014

Animation Support for 3D Printing in Photoshop CC 2014

This quick video by Daniel Presedo will show you how Photoshop CC’s support for animation provides you more flexibility to choose what you want to print to a 3D printer.

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October 24, 2014

Video Tutorial – Adding Textures to Photographs in Photoshop CC

I’m sorry, I completely forgot to blog about this! I was asked to make another guest appearance on the Photoshop Playbook series, so here’s a short tutorial on how to add textures to photographs (both locally as well as selectively) in Photoshop.  I hope it’s helpful!

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October 23, 2014

Overscrolling Documents in Photoshop CC 2014

The ability to “Overscroll” is extremely useful new feature in Photoshop CC 2014 – especially when free transforming images. Overscrolling enables an image that is smaller than the application frame to be repositioned within the application frame. In the example below, I’ve dragged and dropped a very large image onto a smaller document. Because the first document is so large, selecting Edit > Free Transform (to resize the large document down), draws the transformation handles far beyond the application frame. By enabling Overscroll (Preferences > Interface > Overscroll), and holding down the spacebar (to temporarily access the hand tool), I can reposition the document within the  window. In past versions of Photoshop, the document was anchored to the center of the image, limiting access to the transformation handles without first zooming out.

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I also find Overscrolling useful when I need to reposition small documents within the application frame to create screenshots and illustrations. Of course you can always switch views (changing to Full Screen or Floating view) if desired, but I find this method easier.

Note: Another way to quickly see the transformation handles is to use the shortcut Command + 0 (zero) (Mac) | Control + 0 (Win). This zooms out to fit the  transformation handles on screen (just as Command + 0 (zero) (Mac) | Control + 0 (Win) will “fit” the image on screen when not in Free Transform).

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October 22, 2014

Save and Save As States now Recorded in History Panel in Photoshop CC 2014

In Photoshop CC 2014, when you save a document (or Save As), the command will be  added as a state in the History panel in case you want to access it after making additional changes. Just remember, the number of history states (listed in the History panel) depend on a setting in your preferences (Preferences > Performance > History States). Depending on your preferences and the number of changes made to the file, the Save (or Save As) state might eventually “roll off the top” of the panel. If you need access to the “Saved” state – regardless of how many changes are made to the open document, select the fly out menu on the History panel, select History Options, and enable “Automatically Create New Snapshot When Saving”. The snapshot will remain available (regardless of the number of changes made), until the file is closed.

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October 21, 2014

Locking and Unlocking Layers in Photoshop CC 2014

Use the following shortcuts to lock and unlock layers in Photoshop CC 2014.

• Command + / (Mac) | Control + / (Win) toggles between locking and unlocking all selected layers. (Clicking on the lock icon will also unlock a layer).

• Command + Option +/ (Mac) | Control + Alt +  / (Win) unlocks all layers (except the Background layer).

• In addition, there is a new menu item Layer> Lock Layers.

Specific to locking Shape layers:

• If a shape layer is locked, it now behaves properly and cannot be selected (in previous versions it could).

• When a Shape layer is locked, the Shape Properties in the Properties panel will be disabled.

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October 20, 2014

Toggling Layer Visibility in Photoshop CC 2014

Use the following shortcuts to quickly toggle the visibility of selected layers in Photoshop CC 2014:

• Command + “,” (comma) (Mac) | Control + “,” (comma) (Win) toggles the visibility of the currently selected layer(s).

• Command + Option +  “,” (comma)  (Mac) | Control + Alt +  “,” (comma)  (Win) shows all layers (regardless of which layers are selected).

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October 17, 2014

Fill Options in Photoshop CC 2014

I’m sure that some of you have noticed that the interface for the Fill dialog box has been updated in the latest version of Photoshop CC. Now, you only see the options that you need for the types of fills that you want to apply. For example, if you simply want to fill with a Color or History, then the Opacity, Blend Mode, and Transparency options are available. Note: the transparency options are available if you have selected a layer that has transparency.

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If you choose to fill using Content-Aware, the Color Adaptation option becomes available.

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If you choose to fill using a Pattern, then you have access to Custom Patterns as well as Scripts such as Brick Fill and Place Along Path. Note: the Photo Frame and Tree scripted patterns can now be found under Filter > Render…

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In addition, you ‘ll see that the default patterns have been updated for patterns (both in the Fill dialog as well as in Layer Styles).

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October 16, 2014

Live Shapes Properties in Photoshop CC 2014

When selecting Live Shape layers, the Properties panel now displays the Live Shape properties by default (instead of the mask properties). Use the icons at the top of the Properties panel to toggle between the Live Shape and Masks properties.

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October 15, 2014

Creating Layer Groups that Include Selected Layers in Photoshop CC 2014

In previous versions of Photoshop, clicking the “Create a new group” icon at the bottom of the Layers panel added an empty Layer Group regardless of whether or not any layers were selected.  In the current version of Photoshop CC however, with multiple layers selected, clicking the “Create a new group” icon adds a new Layer Group and places all selected layers into that Layer Group. Command + G (Mac) | Control + G (Win) will also create a new Layer Group while placing any selected layers within the Group.

To create an empty Layer Group, deselect all layers and click the “Create a new group” icon (Photoshop adds the group to the top of the layer stack).

To quickly ungroup layers, select the Layer Group in the Layer panel and use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + G (Mac) | Control  + Shift + G (Win).

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October 14, 2014

Feathering the Edges of a Selection Along the Edge of a Document in Photoshop CC

In previous versions of Photoshop, if you selected an area of an image that included an edge area and then chose Select >Modify > Feather, the Feather would be added to the entire selection. While this might be desirable in some instances, in the majority of cases, it would be ideal if the feather was only applied within the image (and not to the edges). As a result, in the current version, the engineering team has changed the default behavior so that they feather is not applied at the edge (the canvas bounds) of an image.

In this illustration the Quick Select tool was used to select the clouds. 

In this illustration the Quick Select tool was used to select the clouds.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option unchecked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image but was unaffected along the edges.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option unchecked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image but the selection was unaffected along the edges of the canvas.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option checked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image as well as along the edges.

In this illustration I chose Select > Modify > Feather and entered a feather of 25 with the “Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds” option checked. I then added a mask and we can see that the feather softened the transition in the middle of the image as well as along the edges of the canvas.

This is also true for the following commands:

Select > Modify > Smooth…

Select > Modify > Expand…

Select > Modify > Contract…

Note: the checkbox option will be remembered for each individual selection modification option. The checkbox default is Off on first launch as well as when the Photoshop Preferences are deleted.

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October 13, 2014

Modifying Selections in Photoshop CC 2014

In previous versions of Photoshop, when the entire document was selected (Select > All), the only available option under the  Select  > Modify menu was Border (the rest were grayed out). Now, you can choose to Smooth, Contract, Expand and Feather when the entire document is selected.

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