Posts tagged "Interface"

July 22, 2014

7/50 Disabling Photoshop’s Properties Panel from Auto Showing on Shape Creation

In Photoshop CC, adding a Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, or Ellipse shape layer (using the Shape tools) automatically displays the Properties panel making it easier to access the “Live Shape” Properties. But sometimes I find that having the Properties panel automatically popping out from its iconic view can be distracting. To stop this “auto-reveal” behavior, from the Properties panel’s fly-out menu, uncheck “Show on Shape Creation”. Note: you must have a Shape layer with Live Shape Properties to access this fly-out menu.
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July 8, 2014

Fit the Image “On Screen” in Photoshop

Double-clicking the Hand tool in the Tool Panel is the same as selecting View > Fit on Screen (Photoshop will display the entire image as large as possible on screen. Note: Command + 0 (Mac) | Control + 0 (Win) also displays the image as large as possible.

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June 18, 2014

Installing the 2014 Release of Creative Cloud

Most of you are probably noticing that when you install the 2014 release of Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere etc.), via the Creative Cloud desktop app, you’re actually installing NEW versions of the application. Yes, that’s correct, the new 2014 versions of CC apps will be installed in addition to (and can run along side of) the previous CC versions (they will not replace them). So, unlike the past few updates, the 2014 release will install a new, stand-alone version of most applications – such as Photoshop, InDesign etc.), and that’s also why it lists them separately in the CC desktop app).

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The fact that the 2014 release of Photoshop is a separate install might be why some of you aren’t seeing your custom plugins etc. that you might have installed with Photoshop CC.

Note: there are a number of different reasons that customers ask Adobe to create versions, including both hardware and software compatibility issues, access to features that are no longer supported as a result, support for external plug-ins etc.

In addition, some applications (Photoshop CC for example) might display an update option in the CC desktop app so that it can make updates to Camera Raw or other features.

If you are a subscriber to Creative Cloud, the new versions are included in your subscription.

If you have additional questions with regards to installing/updating/upgrading, this resource –  2014 release of Photoshop CC FAQ – is very informative!

If your question is not answered in the FAQ, please ask additional questions on this forum: https://forums.adobe.com/community/download_install_setup/creative_cloud_faq

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May 2, 2014

Screen Modes in Photoshop

Tapping the F key cycles through Photoshop’s three screen modes: Standard Screen Mode, Full Screen with Menu Bar and Full Screen Mode. When in Full Screen Mode, the panels and tools are automatically hidden and the image is surrounded by a solid black background.

To change the background color in any of the screen modes, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) in the area surrounding your image and choose  from the context sensitive menu.

To change the color and border options in any of the Screen Modes, select Preferences > Interface and customize the Appearance menus.

Note: even though you can use your context sensitive menus to change the color that surrounds the image in Full Screen mode, the old “secret shortcut” still works – select your desired color as your foreground color swatch in the Tool bar and Shift-click in the background area with the Paint Bucket tool.

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May 1, 2014

Customizing the View Options in Photoshop

Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win), toggles the visibility of several features including layer and selection edges, paths, guides, grids and more. To control exactly what is toggled on/off choose View > Show > Show Extra Options. Here you can choose exactly what you want to hide and show.

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Note, the first time you use this shortcut on the Mac OS, Photoshop will display a dialog asking “Would you like to use Command + H to hide Photoshop (Mac standard), or to hide/show selections, guides, etc. (Photoshop traditional)? Click “Hide Extras” unless you want to “Hide Photoshop” every time you use the shortcut. If you do choose to “Hide Photoshop”, you can change this behavior later by choosing Edit >Keyboard Shortcuts. Set the “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and toggle the disclosure triangle for the View menu. Scroll down to Extras, change the Shortcut back to Command + H and click Accept and then OK.2014_04_29Shortcuts01

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April 30, 2014

Align and Snap to Pixel Grid in Photoshop

When working with the vector tools (such as the shape tools), Photoshop has a preference to “Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid”. This preference is extremely helpful when creating shapes that need solid, straight edges as it snaps the edges of the shapes to be fully aligned to a pixel, preventing soft, anti-aliased edges).

This illustration demonstrates three options. The first shape was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on. As a result, all sides of the rectangle are solid (note, even though the initial rectangle shape might not have been drawn in perfect alignment to the pixel grid, Photoshop automatically snapped the rectangle to that grid because the preference was turned on).

The middle illustration was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned off. This resulted in anti-aliased edges (varying levels of opacity) because the rectangle (the vector path) was not perfectly aligned to a pixel edge when the rectangle was drawn.

The final illustration is the same rectangle as in the second illustration ( the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference was turned off), however the Align Edges option was enabled for the rectangle shape layer (in the Options bar) after drawing the rectangle. Enabling the Align Edges option “jumped” the fill of the rectangle to the nearest pixel grid (you can still see that the original shape (the black path), is not aligned to the pixel grid, but the fill is being forced to Align Edges to the edges of the pixel grid. Align Edge is a convenient way to align objects to the pixel grid on a “per shape layer” basis if you want to turn off the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference.

However, I expect that most people will leave the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on as it will help to avoid anti-aliased edges when drawing shapes as well as transforming them making alignment clean and precise.

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March 26, 2014

Quick Tip – How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images), Julieanne  demonstrates how to prevent Lightroom from automatically switching folders when importing files.

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March 6, 2014

Document Information in Photoshop

By default, Photoshop displays the Document Size at the bottom of the document window in the Status Bar. Clicking on the  arrow to the right displays additional display options (such as document profile, dimensions etc.). Clicking and holding in the information area will display the documents width, height, channels and resolution (except when the Save Progress option is selected).

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March 5, 2014

Retouching Screen by Screen in Photoshop

When retouching images (especially when checking for sensor dust or imperfections), I like to systematically move through the document starting at the upper right and then moving down screen by screen. When I reach the bottom of the column, I move over one screen and start moving up again. In order to do this, the following shortcuts can be truly lifesavers.

• The Home key moves to upper left corner, the End key moves to lower right.

• The Page Up and Page Down keys move you one full screen up or down one full  screen.

• Command + Page Up and Page Down  (Mac) | Control + Page Up and Page Down (Win) moves left or right one full screen.

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March 4, 2014

Cycle Through Tabbed Documents in Photoshop

Use either of these shortcuts to cycle through open, tabbed documents in Photoshop.

• Command + ~ (tilde)  (Mac) | Control + ~ (tilde)  (Win)

• Control + Tab  (this is the same shortcut for both platforms).

Adding the Shift key to either shortcut will reverse direction.

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March 3, 2014

Panel and Tool Visibility in Photoshop

Most of us probably know that tapping the Tab key will show and hide your panels and Tool bar, and Tab + Shift will hide and show only the  panels, but did you know that while the panels are hidden, you can auto show/hide them by positioning your cursor to the edge of the application? 

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February 18, 2014

“The Art of Photoshop Compositing” Now Live on lynda.com!

I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live  on www.lynda.com! 

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“Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.”

Topics include:

  • What makes a good composite?
  • Refining your story
  • Composing using the basic principles of design
  • Customizing your Photoshop workspace
  • Preparing elements from your source images
  • Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
  • Mastering the Pen tool
  • Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure

I look forward to hearing your feedback!

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February 11, 2014

More View Options in Lightroom

• Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) displays View Options (so that you can customize Compact / Expanded Cell views etc.).

• Tapping the “J” key toggles through Hide Extras, Compact, and Expanded views.

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December 12, 2013

File Format View Options in Lightroom 5

In order to quickly view any image’s file type while in the Grid view in Lightroom, I customize my Library View Options (View > View Options), to Show Grid Extras: Expanded Cells. Then, I set the Expanded Cell Extras to display the File Base Name in the upper left and the File Extension below it. This helps avoid the truncation of the file extension when thumbnails are small and  file names are long.

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December 5, 2013

Docking Tools and Panels in Photoshop

As many of you have seen when I present, I like to have my panels docked to my tools on the left hand side of the screen. This saves me a significant amount of time over the course of the day when choosing tools, options and panel settings. In order to dock the panels to the tools, drag either the panel’s tab or the grey bar at the top of the panel and reposition it next to (maybe even a little bit overlapping) the tool bar.

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When a blue bar appears between the tool bar and the panel(s), and release the mouse button. If the panels do not dock, then the panels will float above the image.

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