On the Brushes panel, it’s fairly evident that clicking the line items such as Shape Dynamics or Scattering displays their corresponding options. However, because Brush Tip Shape doesn’t have a similar check box (because it’s always on and wouldn’t make sense to turn it off), it sometimes goes undiscovered which is a shame because it controls the Shape (roundness and angle) of the brush as well as spacing. Give it a test drive.
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If you have a brush configured (for example maybe you have the Shape Dynamics Size Jitter set to Pen Pressure and the Scattering set to Both Axis), and you simply want to change the tip of the brush but non of the other settings, on the Brushes panel, click Brush Tip Shape and select another shape. Notice how the other settings don’t change.
When a painting tool is selected that supports the Airbrush attribute, you can certainly enable it by clicking the icon in the Options bar, or by checking the Airbrush option in the Brushes panel but it’s probably easiest to use the the keyboard shortcut Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + P. Note: using the shortcut again will toggle the Airbrush attribute off.
‘,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period) goes to previous or next gradient swatch in the gradient picker
”,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period) + Shift goes to first or last gradient swatch in list
The Gradient tool has multiple styles to choose from (Linear, Radial, Angle, Reflected and Diamond). ‘[‘ or ‘]’ will move you quickly from one to the next gradient style.
When using the Gradient tool, be sure to check “Dither” on in the Options bar if you want to minimize banding over long gradients.
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.