When using the Gradient tool, be sure to check “Dither” on in the Options bar if you want to minimize banding over long gradients.
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The Paint Bucket can fill with not only the Foreground color but also a Pattern. With the Paint Bucket selected, simply choose which option you prefer in the Options bar. Note: the Fill command (Edit > Fill) also has the pattern option, but the Paint Bucket may be faster than using a dialog box.
The Paint Bucket has two additional blend modes. Use the Behind blend mode to click on and fill transparent areas of an image, and the Clear blend mode to click and erase areas of an image(based on the color clicked on).
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on any brush or swatch in a Panel that you want to delete. (The icon swaps to a pair of scissors) . Of couse you can also delete items using the Preset Manager.
To reorder the brushes in the Brushes panel, select Edit > Presets Manager. Select Brushes for Preset Type, then drag and drop the brush icons into the correct order. Note: this shortcut also works with any of the preset lists in the Preset Manager
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag with the Smudge too, to smudge with the foreground color (instead of the colors in the image).
The Dodge and Burn tools have been improved in Photoshop CS4, allowing better control in the shadows and highlights as well as the addition of the Protect Tones features (accessible via the Options Bar). Protect Tones maintains more detail when lightening and darkening regions in images.
When cloning in previous versions of Photoshop, it was often difficult to align an area containing a repeating pattern (such as a picket fence or a brick wall). The work-around was to add a new (empty) layer and (with the Clone Stamp tool selected) check the option “Use All Layers” on the Options bar. This enabled the cloning information (from the other layers) onto the empty layer and then, if necessary repositioning the layer to align the information.
In PSCS4, the Clone Stamp panel added the ability to display and overlay of the sampled area “Clipped” to the size of the brush making it much easier to align the information to be cloned to the original layer. And you can still cone to an empty layer and select what you want to sample – “Current Layer”, “Current and Below” or “All Layers” from the Options bar.
If you prefer to uncheck the “Clipped” option on the Clone Source Panel, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift will temporarily display the overlay.
In addition, checking the Show Overlay option and unchecking the “Clipped” option in the Clone Stamp panel displays all of the contents of the information set as the source – (which might be very helpful when working with video and “onion skinning” from one frame to another).
Finally, if you do decide to check the option to Show Overlay and don’t choose to check the Clipped option, it might be helpful to check the Auto Hide option – this will show the source information (to be cloned) as you align its position, but as you start to clone, the source information is hidden yet will be displayed as you mouse-up.
The Eraser tool has a “Block” option which gives you a eraser in the shape of a square. What’s unique is that when you zoom in and out on the image and use the tool, it erases a certain portion of the screen – regardless of the zoom. Give it a try and you’ll see what I mean.
Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) with the Eraser tool will erase with history. Note: when Photoshop opens a document, it takes (by default) a snapshot of the document that appears at the top of the History panel – this is the “history” that the Eraser paints with. To change the “History” state that the Eraser uses to paint from, click in any empty well to the left of the desired state in the History panel. Both states (the one chosen to “erase” with and the one that’s being “erased” upon) must have corresponding layers.
In order to reset a Tool’s options, select the Tool and Control -click (Mac) or right mouse click on the Tool Preset Picker to select “Reset Tool” or “Reset All Tools”.
When saving a tool preset for a brush (using the fly out menu from the Tool Presets panel or from the Tool Presets Picker), check “Include Color” to save the foreground color.
To avoid having to constantly reset commonly used values for your tools, set up your preferred options for the tool, then click on the Tool Presets picker icon (in the upper left of the options bar) and save the preset. These Tool Presets can be accessed at any time from either the Options bar, or the Tool Presets panel. To view only those presets available for the currently selected tool, check the “Use the Current Tool Only” option on the Tool Preset panel (or picker).
For added flexibility, use the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools to clone to blank layers by checking Sample “All Layers” in the Options bar. In addition, you can choose to Sample the “Current & Below” layers. This can be extremely helpful when cloning image layers and adjustment layer information simultaneously.
You can use the Healing brush and Clone Stamp tools between two open documents: Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click in the source document and then clone in the destination document.