Posts tagged "Adjustment Layers"

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.)

6:12 AM Permalink
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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June 12, 2009

Clipping Masks

Clipping masks are most commonly used when an adjustment needs to be applied to a single layer in a multi-layer document. For example, if you have a triptych of images (each on their own layer) within a single document and need to brighten only one of the images, you can add an adjustment layer and “clip” it so that it only effects that single layer.

The easiest way to “clip” an adjustment layer to the layer below it is to target the layer that needs the adjustment in the Layers panel, then click the clipping icon at the bottom of the Adjustment panel before adding the adjustment, (or, if you forget, you can click the clipping the icon after adding the adjustment at the bottom of the Adjustment panel). As you make the adjustment, you will notice that the modification is only effecting the layer that the adjustment is “clipped” to.

Another use of clipping masks is to clip content suce as a photo to a shape such as type. In order to do this, put the type layer under the photo layer on the Layer’s panel, target the type layer (by clicking in it in the Layer’s panel) and select Command-Opt (Mac) / Control-Alt (Win) + G to create a Clipping Mask.

Or, on the Layers panel, hold the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) key and position the cursor over the line that separates the two layers in the Layer’s panel. When you see the icon switch to a triangle with two overlapping circles -click to create a Clipping Mask.

You can have multiple layers clipped to a base layer. Visually, you will know that the layers are clipped because the bottom most layer’s name will be underlined in the Layers panel, and the clipped layer(s) will be indented with an arrow pointing downwards towards the base layer.

5:57 AM Permalink
April 1, 2009

Selecting Similar Layers

Quickly select all of your Type layers by targeting one in the Layers panel and then choose Select > Similar Layers. This also works with Adjustment layers, Fill layers, Smart Objects etc.

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