Rotate View and Spring Loaded Cursors in Photoshop

The Rotate View tool is extremely helpful when painting, drawing, or doing anything in Photoshop that benefits from rotating a document on the screen (allowing more natural hand positioning and movement) without actually rotating the contents of the document.

The Rotate View tool works very well in tandem with “Spring Loaded” cursors. Instead of tapping ”R” to select the Rotate View tool, hold the “R” key to temporarily access the tool. Then, when you release the key, you will automatically be returned to the selected tool. For example, if you are drawing a path with the Pen tool but need to change the rotation of the view – press and hold the “R” key, drag to rotate the view, and when you release the “R” key – you are back with the Pen tool, ready to continue drawing!

Double click the Rotate View tool  to reset the view or, with the Rotate View tool selected, tap the Escape key to reset the view.  Using the Options bar, you can also choose to rotate only the active document or all open images (Rotate All Windows).

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Adding New Layers to a Document in Photoshop

• Command + Shift + N (Mac) | Control  + Shift + N (Win) will add a new layer and display the New Layer dialog box (so that you can name the layer, change blend modes etc.).

• Command + Option + Shift + N (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + N (Win) add a new layer bypassing the New Layer dialog box.

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Dragging Horizontal and Vertical Guides in Photoshop

When dragging out a guide out from the ruler, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win)  toggles the orientation of the guide (vertical to horizontal).

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Locking Guides in Photoshop

When changing the Image Size of a document, by default Guides are also resized proportionally. If you do not want the guides to be resized, be sure to lock them using View > Lock Guides before resizing the document using Image > Image Size.

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Cropping to a Selection in Photoshop CC 2014

If an open document has an active selection when the Crop tool is selected, Photoshop automatically matches the Crop marquee to the bounding rectangle of the selection.

The initial selection made with the Rectangular Marquee Tool.

The initial selection made with the Rectangular Marquee tool.

When the Crop tool is selected, it automatically matches the selection.

When the Crop tool is selected, it automatically matches the bounding rectangle of the selection.

If you do not want to crop to the selection, tapping the escape key will reset the crop to the image bounds (or as close to the image bounds as possible if there is an Aspect Ratio set for the Crop tool in the options bar).



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Preset Migration in Photoshop CC

I’ve received a lot of questions lately with regards to migrating presets between different versions of Photoshop. This link provide a lot of information on what is included and how to do it!


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Auto Temperature and Tint Sliders in Camera Raw

Camera Raw has separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint controls. Shift -double click on either the Temperature or Tint sliders to apply them.

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Crop Tool Snaps to Edge Behavior in Photoshop 

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.

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Copy/Paste with Transparency from Photoshop CC 2014 to Keynote

Photoshop CC now maintains transparency when copying and pasting layers into Keynote and PowerPoint (MAC only).

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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:


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


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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.


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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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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Seminar and Workshop at Concordia Design in Ponzan, Poland!

If you are in Ponzan, Poland on Wednesday November 5th, please join me for an open lecture at Concordia Design from 05:00 – 06:30pm. In addition, I will be giving a full day workshop on Lightroom and Photoshop on Thursday, November 6th. Click here for more information, and seminar descriptions. I hope to see you there!

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“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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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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