Posts tagged "Adjustment Layers"

May 25, 2010

The Targeted Adjustment Tool in the Adjustments Panel – Custom Keyboard Shortcut

PSCS5 – To use a keyboard shortcut to select the Targeted Adjustment Tool while using a Hue/Saturation, Curves, or Black & White adjustment layer, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Under the Shortcuts for “Tools” scroll the towards the bottom of the list to locate the “Targeted Adjustment Tool” line item and enter in your own custom keyboard shortcut.

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May 24, 2010

The Targeted Adjustment Tool in the Adjustments Panel – Auto Select

PSCS5 – In order to have the Targeted Adjustment Tool automatically selected when adding an Adjustment Layer such as Hue/Saturation, Curves, or Black & White, use the fly out menu in the Adjustments panel, and select Auto-Select Targeted Adjustment. Note, in order for this menu item (Auto-Select Targeted Adjustment ) to appear in the drop down, you have to actually add an Adjustment layer that has the Targeted Adjustment tool (Curves, Hue/Saturation, Black & White).

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December 18, 2009

Navigating Text/Numeric Entree Boxes

As is common in the many dialog boxes and panels throughout Photoshop, the Tab key moves between numeric entry boxes. For example, tab moves between the Input or Output options in Curves Adjustment panel (although in this case, this is a MAc only shortcut…). Note: one of the text/numeric entree boxes must be active in order to move to another.
In addition, once the box is highlighted, the up/down arrow keys increase/decrease the value by one unit. Add the shift key to shift the value by 10 units.

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December 17, 2009

Displaying Clipping in Curves

When the Curves Adjustments panel is active, Option (Mac)/ Alt (Win) + drag black/white point sliders to show clipping. Note: don’t drag the points in the curve, drag the black and white triangles below the curve. If you have selected the black or white point eyedropper and mouse over the image area, holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) key will also preview any clipped values.

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December 16, 2009

Displaying Different Channels in Curves

When the Curves Adjustments panel is active, Option (Mac)/ Alt (Win) + 2-6 to toggle through the different channels (2 = composite, 3 = Red, 4 = Green, 5 = Blue or 3-6 for CMYK etc.)

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December 15, 2009

Changing Sample Size

When using the On-Screen Adjustment (Scrubby Slider) and Eyedropper tools in the Curves Adjustments panel, the sample size is linked to the Color Sampler Tool. To quickly change the sample size while using the Curves Adjustments panel, Control (Mac) or right mouse -click in the image area and select the preferred setting from the list. Note: this will change the options for the Color Sampler tool.

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December 14, 2009

Adding Color Samplers in Curves

When the Curves Adjustments panel is active, shift-click in the image area to set a Color Sampler. Shift -drag to reposition the Color sampler. Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift -click on sampler to delete it.

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November 20, 2009

Curves Grid Preference

In the Adjustments Panel, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click in the grid area to toggle more/less grid lines. (10% vs quarter-tone increment)

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November 19, 2009

Deleting Points on a Curve

To delete a point on a curve, select the point and do any of the following:
• Press Delete/Backspace
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + click on point (on the panel or from the image area)
• Click and drag the point off of the grid

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November 18, 2009

Selecting Points on a Curve

With the On-image tool selected on the Curves Adjustments panel (that’s the one that looks like the hand with the up/down arrow – otherwise known as the “scrubby slider”, as oppose to any of the eyedropper tools), Shift + (plus) will select the next point on the curve and Shift + (minus) will select the previous point.  Shift -click multiple points on the curve to select more than one and move them all at once. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + D will deselect all selected points.

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November 17, 2009

Adding a Point on a Curve

With the On-image tool selected on the Curves Adjustments panel (that’s the one that looks like the hand with the up/down arrow – otherwise known as the “scrubby slider”, as oppose to any of the eyedropper tools), hovering the cursor in the image area will display a preview circle (bouncing ball) over the corresponding value on the curve.
• Click in the image area to add a point to the curve.
• Click and drag up/down in the image area to add a point on the curve to lighten/darken the targeted value or
• Use the up / down or left/right arrows to move the selected point. (Add the shift key to move it in larger increments.)

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November 16, 2009

Display Options for Curves

If a Curves Adjustment layer is targeted in the Layers panel, selecting the flyout on the Adjustments panel reveals the “Curves Display Options”. Here, you can choose to show your numeric values on a scale from 0-255 (light) or 0-100% (ink), Channel Overlays, Histogram, Baseline and Intersection Line.

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October 30, 2009

Video Tutorial – The New Adjustments and Masks Panels in Photoshop CS4

You’ll be amazed how much faster you can fine tune your images with the new Adjustments and Masks Panel in Photoshop CS4. Julieanne Kost shows you how in this video tutorial – The New Adjustments and Masks Panels in Photoshop CS4.

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September 25, 2009

Adjustment Layers

Although I prefer the interactively and simplicity of the Adjustments panel in PSCS4, sometimes I add adjustment layers the “old fashion way” – by Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -clicking the Adjustment Layer icon on the Layers panel. This method displays the New Layer dialog box which allows for a variety of options including naming layers, color coding of layers and the selection of “blend modes” and opacity.

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September 23, 2009

Previewing Adjustments

When working with the Adjustments panel, holding the backslash key, displays a temporary preview of the unadjusted state of a document.  (It’s like unchecking the Preview check box temporarily – so you have to have made a change to the adjustment for this to work.)  Because of the need to distinguish a tap from a hold, there’s a slight delay before the results of the hold behavior become visible.

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