Viewing Channels in Panel Based Adjustments

When using the panel-based adjustments (a Curves Adjustment layer for example), use Option + 2, 3, 4, etc.(Mac) | Alt (Win) + 2, 3, 4, etc. to view the channels.

The Hue/Saturation and Selective Color commands are slightly different as they don’t map to RGB/CMYK, but the same general rules apply: Option +2 (Mac) | Alt (Win) + 2 selects the Master channel, and Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) + 3, 4, etc. selects the subsequent items in the list.10_01HSL1

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Viewing Channels in Photoshop

When working in RGB:

• Command + 2 (Mac) / Control + 2 (Win) displays the Composite (RGB) Channel

• Command + 3 (Mac) / Control + 3 (Win) displays the Red Channel

• Command + 4 (Mac) / Control + 4 (Win) displays the Green Channel

• Command + 5 (Mac) / Control + 5 (Win) displays the Blue Channel

When working in CMYK,:

• Command + 2 (Mac) / Control + 2 (Win) displays the Composite (CMYK) Channel

• Command + 3 (Mac) / Control + 3 (Win) displays the Cyan Channel

• Command + 4 (Mac) / Control + 4 (Win) displays the Magenta Channel

• Command + 5 (Mac) / Control + 5 (Win) displays the Yellow Channel

• Command + 6 (Mac) / Control + 6 (Win) displays the Black Channel

Other shortcuts:

• Command + ~ (Mac) / Control + ~ (Win)  switches among open documents

• Command + 1 (Mac) / Control + 1 (Win) zooms to 100%

You can revert back to the old behavior by selecting Window > Workspaces > Keyboard Shortcuts  & Menus and enabling Use Legacy Channel Shortcuts, but you will lose Command + ~ (Mac) / Control + ~ (Win)  for switching among open documents and Command + 1 (Mac) / Control + 1 (Win) to zoom to 100% (as the Channels shortcuts will revert back to Command + ~ (Mac) / Control + ~ (Win) displays the Composite Channel and moves through the channels starting at 1, 2, 3 etc.).

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Merging multiple images to create a panorama in Adobe Camera Raw

When the view won’t fit in a single exposure, discover how to Merge multiple images to create a panorama in Adobe Camera Raw in my free video from Lynda.com.09_25pano


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Recreating Traditional Color Toning Effects in Adobe Camera Raw

Learn how to use the Split Tone panel in Photoshop in my free video (Recreating traditional color toning effects in Adobe Camera Raw), from Lynda.com.09_25split tone


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Customizing Color Using HSL in Adobe Camera Raw

Discover how to make subtle yet impactful adjustments to color in my free video (Customizing color using HSL in Adobe Camera Raw) from Lynda.com.09_25Blue Truck01


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Toggling Layer Visibility in Photoshop

• 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).

• Option -click (Mac) |  Alt-click  (Win) on the eye icon in the Layers panel to toggle visibility of all other layers. To make all layers visible (as opposed to only those that were previously visible), Control-click (Mac) / right-click (Win)  the eye icon on the Layers panel and select “Show/Hide all other layers”

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Make Your Image Shine in Adobe Camera Raw 

Discover how to use Adobe Camera Raw to improve your image in this free tutorial (Bringing it all together to make an image shine  in Adobe Camera Raw), from Lynda.com.


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Resetting the Local Adjustment tools in Adobe Camera Raw

Command + Option + R on Mac (Control + Alt + R on Win) will reset the sliders for the Local Adjustment Tools in Adobe Camera Raw. This shortcut will work regardless of whether you have a local correction selected or not.  (If you don’t have one selected, it’ll simply reset the sliders to zero for the “next” correction that you create.  Note that in ACR, attempting to create an “empty” correction will result in a warning dialog.)

You can also reset the sliders by right-clicking the pin in the preview area and choosing “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the popup menu, or choose the same entry from the flyout menu in the local correction pane.

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Correcting a Tilted Horizon in Adobe Camera Raw

Discover how easy it is to straighten a crooked horizon in my free video (Correcting a tilted horizon in Adobe Camera Raw), from Lynda.com.


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Creating a Time-Lapse Video in Photoshop

Photoshop makes it really easy to take a sequence of images and make a video, creating what is typically known as a time-lapse video. Check it out in my free tutorial (Creating a time-lapse video in Photoshop), from lynda.com


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Adding a Keyline Around an Image in Photoshop

Discover how easy it is to add a keyline around an image in Photoshop with this free video (Adding a Keyline Around an Image in Photoshop), from Lynda.com!


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Working with Panels in Photoshop

• To close a panel, right -click (or Ctrl-click on Mac) on the tab and select Close or Close Tab Group.  (If you pull a panel out of its tabbed group and float it, simply click the X to close.)

• Tapping the Tab key toggles panel and tool bar visibility. Shift + Tab temporarily toggles panels visibility. If you have hidden the panels, positioning your cursor at the edge of the monitor will automatically display them (similar to a roll-over effect). To toggle off this feature, choose Preferences > Workspace > Auto-Show Hidden Panels.

• Clicking on panels in “iconic” view will expand them. However, by default they remain open. To automatically collapse the panel when you click anywhere outside of the panel, select Preferences > Workspace > Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels (or, right-click on the panel tab and select Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels).

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Clipping an Image Inside Type in Photoshop

Discover how easy it is to clip a photograph within type with this free video (Clipping an image inside type in Photoshop), from Lynda.com!

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Repositioning the Tools in Photoshop

The Toolbar can be relocated within the primary screen, “docked” to the panels, or moved to a secondary screen. Click-drag the grabber handle at the top of the tools and drag to reposition. 10_10_GrabberHandlecrop

To dock the Tools with other panels, drag until the solid blue line appears and release the cursor.

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I prefer to move the panels to the left side of my screen and dock them with the tool box, minimizing the space between the tools, panels, the Options bar, and menus. You can also relocate the Options bar – for example, you may want it at the bottom of the monitor or on a secondary monitor.

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Quickly Navigating Between Tile and Consolidate to Tabs in Photoshop

When working with Photoshop, I find that  I often need to toggle between viewing one open document and viewing all open documents (tiled in my workspace). To eliminate wasting valuable time looking through menus or trying to find icons, I customize Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts . To do this, choose Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcut & Menus. Under the “Shortcuts for Application Menus”, select Window and and scroll down to “Tile” and “Consolidate to Tabs”. Add shortcuts that make sense to you (I used Shift + Command + T for Tabs ,and Shift + Command + R for Consolidate to Tabs – or, in my mind, “Return to primary image”).


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