By default the Crop Tool in Photoshop is set to “Snap To” the edges of the document. To turn off this snapping behavior, choose View > Snap To and toggle off (uncheck) Document Bounds. To temporarily disable this “Snap to” behavior, press and hold the Control key while dragging the Crop marquee near the edges of the document.
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:
While Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -dragging the name of the Smart Filter duplicates without copying the mask.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
If you choose to fill using Content-Aware, the Color Adaptation option becomes available.
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…
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).