• Click the eyedropper icon to quickly select how information is presented (Actual or Proof Color, Color Mode, Total Ink or Opacity and Bi Depth options).
• Click the cross-hairs icon to quickly change the units of measurement used to track cursor coordinates.
• Use the fly-out menu to display additional status information including Adobe Drive, Document Size, Document Profile, Document Dimensions, Measurement Scales, Smart Objects, Scratch Sizes, Efficiency, Timing, and Current Tool). In addition, choose to hide or show Tool Hints (brief suggestions for using the currently selected tool).
After converting layer(s) to Smart Objects, applying Image > Adjustments > (xxx), adds the adjustment as a Smart Filter. This can be helpful when the same mask is needed for all adjustments (although you could also achieve this by placing all adjustments within a Layer Group and adding the mask to the group).
I would be curious to know how (if) you are using this feature…
When using any of the Local Adjustment tools (Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, or Adjustment Brush), click in the Color swatch to choose a color from the Color Picker. To select a color from the image, first click in the color picker, then continue to hold the mouse down and drag over the image area to choose a color from the photo.
Note: applying color using the local adjustment tools is similar to adding a color wash, not a solid paint stroke (which would obscure details in the photograph). Adding color in this way can create a hand-colored look (similar to the traditional technique of applying colored pencils over on a B&W image).
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group/Artboard to expand/collapse all layer Groups in the document. As you expand/collapse the Layer Groups/Artboards, note that any nested Layer Groups remain in their original state.
• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group/Artboard to expand/collapse all Layer Groups/Artboards in the document - including nested Layer Groups.
• Or, Control (Mac)/ right (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group/Artboard and choose “Close/Open this Group” or “Close/Open all Other Groups” from the context sensitive menus.
For those of you who haven’t been introduced to Adobe Slate, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this simple storytelling app from Adobe. In the past, Slate creations were limited to the iPad, but I’m so happy to announce that it is now available on the web. This means that you can create and tell your story with Slate from your desktop!
Here is an example of a Slate that I created on my flight back from New Zealand earlier this year.
Whether you are a student, teacher, small business owner, or someone who wants to document a lifetime of events, with Adobe Slate you can easily design and share visual stories that look beautiful on any device.
To view a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac) / Alt -click (Win) on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel. Tapping the “\”(backslash) toggles the display of a layer mask on and off (as a red rubylith overlay). Looking at the Channels panel, you can see that this shortcut toggles the channels visibility.
Drag a layer mask or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to move it from one layer to another.
Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) a layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to create a copy of the mask.
Option + Shift -drag (Mac) | Alt + Shift -drag (Win) to create copy of a layer mask while simultaneously inverting the mask. (Note: this shortcut does not work with a vector mask – in order to invert a vector mask, select the path with the Direct Selection tool and click the “Subtract From Shapes Area” icon in the Options bar.)
To delete a mask, target it on the Properties panel and click the Trash icon at the bottom of the panel.
If you prefer to use the layers panel, target the mask and click the Trash icon, or drag the mask thumbnail to the Trash icon at the bottom of Layers panel. If you prefer to bypass the option dialog box, add Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) while clicking the trash icon will delete the mask without applying it.
Most of the time, I prefer to Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on the layer mask and choose delete or apply the mask from the context sensitive menu.
In this year’s #PsMystery, travel with us to the year 2398. The IXS FarStar has been cleared for re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere on Oct. 31. But at 16:47 Zulu Time today, Commander Nova Ryder informed us that Pilot Maladie Harbinger has been compromised by an unknown illness.
Collect the clues to diagnose the ailment and cure the patient…
To add a mask to a layer, click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon in the Layers panel. Click once to add a layer mask and click again to add a vector mask (or you can Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the mask icon to add a vector mask).
To add a layer mask that automatically hides the content of the layer (or the selection), as opposed to revealing it as it does by default, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the icon.
Use Command + I (Mac ) | Control + I (Win) to invert a layer mask, or click the Invert button on the Properties panel!
‘<’ or ‘>’ moves to the “previous” or “next” brush in the list on the Brushes Panel. Shift + ‘<’ or ‘>’ goes to the first or last brush in list. (At first glance these shortcuts may appear to be making the brush larger and smaller, but that would be because you’re moving from a smaller to larger brush (or vice-versa) in the Brushes panel).