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Hi Fans,

We can’t thank you enough for all your support this week and over the years — it continually blows us away. That’s why we’re so excited to be able to offer you another giveaway today! Comment below and let us know one of your BEST Photoshop tips. The sky is the limit so think hard and try to remember a time when you discovered a neat shortcut, a cool effect, or a fun plug-in!

We’ll randomly pick 5 winners with great tips to receive a copy of both Photoshop and Lightroom, all for free. Comment away!

Best,

Maria Yap
Director of Product Management, Digital Imaging

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    the coolest thing I’ve found recently is the ability to use brush as the eraser and create amazing looks with the bleed through. I also love the new quick select in PSCS4 and can’t wait to get my hands PSCS5 to use that one! I have to say though, that Photoshop is my very favorite program for creating anything image wise. I have been using photoshop for almost 10 years now and have always loved the creativity but have only had CS4 for about 6 months and am blown away by the advances in creativity. I have the Master Collection for school and have found that it is amazing. I completely rebuilt our webpage ( http://www.karobics.com )using Dreamweaver and can’t wait until I can afford the CS5 Master collection.

    I love all the tutorials, but I really enjoyed the tutorials about the new features on PS5.

      I like putting filters on some of my graphics. Liquifying text and stuff. Definately Amazing!

    Best tip I learned is alt-clicking the layer mask makes it visible to be to ‘painted’ on. Allowed me to do more complicated selections than ever before!

    This one’s kind of Mac-only, but Actions combined with Automator is amazing. Google Automator actions for Photoshop (Apple’s site has some), and you can perform those already-awesome-and-timesaving custom Photoshop Actions on hundreds, even thousands, of images, extremely quickly and with no trouble at all.

    Editing in layers!

    I have not experienced photoshop for myself! i am saving up for it as we speak! if i were to win i would do AMAZING things with my pictures as only photoshop offers!!!

    I love all the tutorials. I’m new to Printshop and know next to nothing on how to use it. The tutorials are very informative and easy to comprehend. Thank you for making it so easy.

    Lisa :)

      lisa i cant take text off my pictures do you know how to thanks sandra

    One of my favorite tricks (CS4 and CS5) is selecting a luminosity mask based on the composite RGB (or CMYK) channels via Option+Cmmd+2 (Mac), alt+ctrl+2 (PC), and/or the individual channels’ luminosity by pressing 3, 4, 5 for R,G, or B; and 3, 4, 5, 6 for C,M,Y,K, respectively. It makes color, saturation and other adjustments real easy. To select the dark areas, you invert the luminosity selection.

    I love that i have been using photoshop for the last 4 years and yet i am still learning new things watching tutorials on this site. Keep the creative juices flowing.

Best tip of all, buy it!!

    Try every option available! Experiment! My most used command is CNTRL-I for down-sizing the file size to make internet friendly. The next most used is cropping. And, YES! I do make layers for editing rather than editing the original.

I would love to tell you what the best is, but I haven’t experienced it myself. I guess if I won, I would look forward to all of the creative control on the RAW formats and being able to use the many, many, many actions to make my kids pictures all that more memorable. :)

My tip is.. Actions. Spend a day setting up Actions for everything you use the most.. So worth it when you have a lot on!

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Best tip of all, buy it now.

i really like this Photoshop Tip: http://www.photoshop.com/tutorials/374

Set up a button on your mouse or tablet to quickly save what you’re working on. I have the scroll button on my mouse set to Ctrl+S(My mouse software even lets me customize my buttons for each program) so all I have to do press it in and I’m good to go. Can’t live without the Photoshop mantra: Save often!

Masks are your friend! Don’t just erase something with the eraser tool. Create a mask and paint over it. It gives you much more control, and doesn’t destroy the image like the eraser. Pair this technique with others you pick up along the way, and you are sure to make your images really pop!

Think “big picture” don’t get over obsessed or caught up in the moment, current layer or adjustment. Be at ease and relaxed when editing!

When I discovered the Actions function for the first time. that single function has allowed me to streamline my work flow. It has been one of the best tools in Photoshop for regular reliability.

run it on a mac. ;)

A neat shortcut I used to use all the time was right clicking on the filename bar of an open image and accessing “Duplicate…. Image Size… Canvas Size… File Info…. and Print…”. This feature was dropped in CS4 but brought back in CS5 Hurrah! A really handy shortcut I was glad to rediscover by accident.

I’m new to Photoshop, but I love, Florabella Actions!

A neat shortcut? CTRL-Z button.

Yes, I was really inexperienced. A lot.

    If you think ‘Ctrl Z’ is good try ‘Ctrl Alt Z; and its “Adobe” corollary ‘Ctrl Shift Z’. These are the real delights allowing one to go back and forth in undos and redos.

most useful tip… learn the keyboard shortcuts!

Well, I would like to know one two. I’ve learned in school but haven’t got one at home, so can’t explore all the fun stuff one can do.
So, if you wanna make a girl happy, be my guest.
No, I really mean it :)

Regards

in photoshop always edit in layers. that way if it is too much you can change the opacity to where you want it.

Use CTRL-0 and CTRL-ALT-0 to easily select Fit-to-screen or 100% zoom levels, respectively (without switching tools)

When I discovered layers with masks, it was amazing!

One of my favorite tools is the White Balance Selector icon on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 to quickly and easily change the color balance of a photograph. You click on the icon and then hover it over your photograph and try to find a white space that is close to 100%, then left click and it will auto adjust the tone of your photo. If you don’t like the result you just go up to edit and undo! It’s a huge time saver from trying to change the white balance manually.

I love the actions from atncentral.com – they’re great, and free!

My biggest tip is “learn layer masks!” I see so many people who cant follow tutorials or use actions because they won’t take the time to learn it. Its crazy!

techniques for cutting out hair n explosion effect.

My favorite tip is NAME YOUR LAYERS!!

When using puppet warp, it’s never bad to pin the heck out of your image just to be certain that things you don’t want to move don’t.

I learned that you can make really cool maps for fictional stories, games or whatever you would need them for. The key ingredient for making maps is using render clouds. to learn more check out: http://t.co/atf5W5K

When in photoshop with several non destructive layers use SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E to make a new solid layer of all the combined layers below. Use it in nearly every edit I do.

I like setting up actions and mapping them to the buttons on my Intuous tablet.

My tip is:
Use the Bridge, it is a very powerful tool for the most things you do. And it Allows you to Open you´re Pictures in Photoshop right teh Way you Need them (HDR for example)

(sorry for my Bad English, i didn´t write in english for almost 12 Years)

One of my best tips is when using photoshop and looking for the perfect colour, search google for colour swatches, when you find the one you want, resize photoshop til you can see both windows, photoshop and google. get your dropper, click in your image then drag to the google window and point at the colour required! unclick and hey presto colour selcted in photoshop!

I like the content aware feature. Great for getting rid of background people and stuff.

i really like Content Aware. Its such a cool, perfect function!! I use it very much!!

Never underestimate the selection tools. When making masks or adjustment layers, proper use of the selection tools can make a huge difference in the time it takes, and even the quality of your work.

Absolutely the layers… You can do almost everything with them.. <3

Actions! Love them.

I loved the tip about using a neutral gray layer with difference blend mode and then putting a threshold layer on it to find the neutral gray for color correcting. I think it was a Dave Cross tip but I use it all the time as I’m color blind and find it always hard to find neutral gray!

Learn your keyboard shortcuts! It will save you a ton of time:)

I love Photoshop !!!!!
The one tip I would give to everyone is image size, under the image menu.
If your working a business card 600 dpi is fine and your small file size will make things run smoothly but if your working on a 4ft x 8ft sign and your image size is 600 dpi your going to be generating a huge file that is hard to control and work with smoothly. So always check your image size specific to your project and it will save you a lot of headaches !!

My favourite (yet simple) photoshop tip for retouching and cleaning up skin: patch-tooling out all the little imperfections and then using a large clone stamp brush with low opacity to smooth everything over. always does the trick and makes skin look flawless without looking too fake. i use it on almost everything! setting the brush to luminosity mode will also bring in a little bit of light without making anything look “over lit”.

Use History Window to undo or redo changes rather than Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y because it saves time and you can see the change it makes on the canvas in real-time…

For years I have just edited the original photo in PhotoShop. I learned recently to create a duplicate layer of the original and work from that. It’s pretty simple to delete a layer.

Always edit in Layers!

My best tip that I have learned along the way – save your work as you go! There may be no greater frustration than spending hours working on something and then a dead laptop battery or a system lock up etc and all of your work is gone. It takes a lot less time to keep saving it as you go than it does to start back at the beginning! :)

Useing SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E to create a new layer of your edited photo (portraits best) send blend mode to Overlay, Opacity to 50%? and blur the layer with a high radius 20+ to create a soft dreamy effect. Use a layer mask to keep bit sharp that you don;t want to go so soft (eyes, mouth etc)

layers are your friends!

Layer masks are probably my best friend while working in photoshop. You can also pair it with the layer adjustments.

Keyboard shortcuts…best time saving tips available.

My best tip is making the most of tutorials and learn how to use of ALL the incredible features of photoshop and lightroom. Photoshop makes us photographers look good.

I always make copies of my original layers and place them in their own group. All subsequent work is done on the layer copies. If I’m trying to do something complex and it doesn’t work like I want it too…and I can’t use history to go back to my starting point, I can always go back to my original layers, make new copies and start again. But don’t trash the layers you’re working on! I save these into their own group because you never know if you might decide that direction REALLY was how you wanted to go. Keep notes too, especially if you’re trying different approaches to achieve a certain effect. Nothing is worse than when you want to recreate an effect, and you find yourself sitting in your seat thinking…”now how did I do that again?”

Color Range is the way to go for selections such as skies, green screen images or high contrasting images. then always use layer masks for non destructive erasing. great tools for matte painters.

Layering is great, but mainly have fun with it!

I really need Photoshop I’ve had old versions that came with computers and scanners but it’s like 2.0
As a filmmaker I need a new copy but I’m broke and I refuse to download illegally.

my tip is useing Mb in PS to look up a set of photos then to be able to merge to HDR all right from one spot very easy and very fast and very good HDR out come

How to make lightning! This is very easy and looks great. first you use the gradient tool and make your colors black and white. drag it across the page. Then in filter go to render and click difference clouds. invert the picture and adjust the levels and you have awesome lightning!

Oh my goodness….never used them and is one of my most desired wishes to have them!!!!

I could not live without batch saving! I love that I can batch save my files and resize & watermark them for web viewing all at same time!

Sign your wife up for a class to help with Photoshop…it makes her much happier:) thus making me happy!!!

the best tip i got is to learn to play with dodge&burn to get a unique style that looks like hdr or kind of unreal athmosphere

The best tip I use the most is making Actions to streamline my work load. There are so many good tips out there though that it’s hard to remember them all. Don’t know if I’ll ever master all of what photoshop offers but enjoying playing around!

I like the mask function, as well. I am still learning (aren’t you always learning with Photoshop?!!!) but since I have learned this feature, it is quite handy!

I LOVED the “Creating custom brushes” tips the Photoshop Facebook had up not to long ago. I had a blast trying this on some of my photos. Thanks soooo much for all the tips, Your the BEST!

    Do I have to pick?? There are so many tips and techniques that I have found and I use them all! I especially like the new actions in CS5. Where you can create a Logo and it will put on all of your photos very quickly! I have also enjoyed all of the recent tutorials. I downloaded the 30 day trial and really enjoyed using all the new features but can’t afford to buy so would love to win drawing for free copy. Thanks for the chance to win!

Layer masks!

Not a secret I am sure but one of the functions I have found most helpful is the automated batching… I make actions… run it on a batch and it cuts my time down substantially, LOVE IT.

I don’t have Photoshop, but I’d love to learn new tips and tricks if I were to win!!! :)

I like the fact to use the tutorial Tips: http://www.photoshop.com/tutorials/374

Two of my most-used shortcuts are CTRL/CMND-E to merge selected layers and CTRL/CMND-J to duplicate a layer (or selection).
Also, using the pixel lock on a layer with transparency to change color.
Favorite trick/technique is using high pass to create a texture layer of skin when retouching, blurring the original skin to soften discolorations, etc., and then overlaying the high pass layer with reduced transparency in order to retain the original skin texture.
Also works in reverse to “age” or increase wrinkles/creases/blemishes.

The pen tool is awesome, but using Illustrator with Photoshop is even better! You can use the professional Vector tools Illustrator gives you to create the best vector design possible. Then Simply drag the file (or import, if that floats your boat) to your current file. From there you have an awesome-sause Smart Object. This means you can resize it and keep the same sharpness you had in Illustrator. Higher quality means a happier designer!

I keep all the tips in mind. I’ve used a few and I might add with great results.

My tips — know your shortcut keys, master your Layers, and Edit –> Fill. Constantly.

Oh and playing with the Hue/Saturation can give your file a whole new look!

Keep as much on separate layers as you can, the more you have on layers the easier it is to edit your art work later on. It is also useful for converting your artwork into websites with flash catalyst.

LOVE being able to set actions! Also all the great shortcuts like Ctrl+G to group objects, or Ctrl+0 to fit in window etc…. Just to name a few of many favorite things…

Use layers when retouching.. that way you can drop your opacity a little and you won’t have plastic looking people :)

Dodging and burning, I do it all the time and it is a quick and easy way to bring out highlights or darken them!

I love these actions mainly because they save me time… http://www.ononesoftware.com/

use negative clarity to create softer skin … works best on baby shots

(pssst adobe add some paddding to these comments so it doesn’t look like a jumbled mess)

My favorite shortcut is CMD+ALT click on expand/collapse triangle to expand/collapse all group layers!

My tip? if you dont know. google it. I have learned so much cool stuff by watching tutorials and workshops. I love working in Photoshop and by clicking around on tutorials, it leads me to other things i can learn. Its never ending and it will help spark ideas of your own and get deep into Photoshop! :)

cmd(ctrl)-alt-shift-e: creates a new layer as a combination of all visible ones.

Create layers
Create layers for each thing you make. Then it makes it easier to remove, copy, and hide the things you’re not happy with.

Adjust color
Images have different colors, depending on the light they are taken in. A photo fiddle’s first challenges is for example to replace faces on the people. What do you do if your skin has a different hue, for example one place does “yellow” and elsewhere “red” Photoshop has several tools for that. The most basic is the Hue / Saturation, Color Balance, and Curves. Try Curves for instance (in the Image Adjustments menu), select the channel: Red, and drag the middle of the curve upward. Select the channel: Yellow, and drag the middle of the curve downward, and press OK. Experiment, combinations of these will usually do the trick. Often, the most realistic if you adjust both elements (one a little more red AND the other a little more yellow.

Duplicating a layer, then changing the blend mode on the new layer. Then using masks to mask out any areas that I don’t want to have the newly blended layer on.

As a photographer, I am always trying to find ways to enhance and edit my photos in the best possible way. When I upload my photos from my Canon 50D onto iPhoto, a RAW image is uploaded as well as an “original”. I have found that the RAW images are much better to work with when editing because the “original” ones have already been altered in some way, and tend to be more difficult to edit…it tends to not cooperate with whatever action you have done, and most of the time looks a bit more distorted. Since the RAW image really IS raw, the finished product comes out much better than when working with the “original” photo.

Easy and accurate way to stitch parts of the same image/scans back together into one single image.

When stitch multiple scans of the same image back together or different photos into a panorama. Copy the different scans/photos into one multiple layer Photoshop file. Make sure there are areas that will overlap. Turn the top layer’s blend mode to “Difference” when attempt to align it with the bottom layer. The overlap area will turn completely back when the two layers are aligned perfectly.

Look into the Refine Edge feature when doing selections. It will make your modifications to selected areas look more soft and natural rather than having a hard edge surrounding it.

Batch processing is the BEST!

Tip; Use glowing edges and blend with a blurred and over saturated version of the original image to create a realistic pen and wash effect.

My favorite tip is to use the shortcuts on the keyboard. They save SO MUCH TIME!

My favorite tip is brush size and hardness shortcut. When you have your brush tool selected hit right bracket “]” to make the brush size bigger and left bracket “[" to make it smaller. Then you can also adjust the hardness of the brush by doing Shift + "]” to make it harder and Shift + “[” to make it softer

Using the spacebar to access the hand tool during selections is really useful. You get the benefit of being zoomed in without messing it up by having to scroll down with the mouse! Saves me a lot of time!

My tip is to make full use of your opacity settings. You never know when just changing the opacity might make or break your work.

The best tip I have is to ask for help, or google it when you need it. Photoshop can do so much, but it’s hard to master the program. Also Layers, Layers, Layers… Always do your edits on individual layers, it’ll save you butt.

Im reading all these great tips and cant wait to try them. Im taking a class at the moment and we havent reached the photoshop part, but im super excited to learn how to use it and then eventually buy it.

I’d have to say that SHIFT-CONTROL-L (on PC) is a great and easy tip for leveling out the color in your photos. Use it for a quick, easy color fix.

The tip is to at least familarize yourself with keyboard shortcuts to streamline your processes. Wasted seconds, compounded over time into countless hours by not using the shortcuts, can never be replaced. Good source for a printable file (not mine) http://www.jetsetcom.net/images/downloads/photoshop_cs4_keyboard_shortcuts_poster_win.pdf

Actions. Hands down.

Using blending modes for great subtle treatments! Love it!

I like pie. And Photoshop.

I love photoshop and lightroom! There is so much to learn about the programs and I’ve probably explored just a fraction of its capabilities. I love experimenting with actions … try to download as many of them into Photoshop as you can and play away…

Nicer sharpening? Just duplicate the layer you want to sharpen, arrange it so that the layer is above the original layer, run the sharpening filter on the new top layer, and then knock the opacity to 50%, or experiment. It’s much more subtle and controllable to my mind. You can even then use the eraser so that you have total control over the sharpen filter.

A tip is to learn the shortcut keys. It makes doing work faster and one saves time digging through the tabs trying to look for the function.

The best tip I can give must be to use adjustment layer tool, to prevent your image from being messed up, and it gives you the possibility to make changes to your image and still being able to see the before result quick and easy.

Keep on photoshopping ;)

Mask and Clip. Don’t Erase.

I must say that saving your work as you go is the most important tip.

I have only been able to use it during the demo, but I learned to love it and am currently saving for it. I would love to play with it more and learn different tricks to make my photos look there best!

Layers and masks, layers and masks! Do everything in layers and always use masks. Never erase. :) Great giveaway by the way! Fingers crossed. LOL!

When restoring old black and white photos scan them in color instead of black and white. Then ajust per channel with levels or curves in photoshop you can often pull more detail out of the images using the individual color channels than you could if you just treat it as a grayscale image. Restoring the black point and then pulling out as much detail as possible by adjusting the channels individually can breath new life in to those old family photos!

Always use anti-alias. Its an important technique in making graphics and text easy to read on-screen…

I like the way the mask feature works now a days. Used to the way it worked was a turn off for me but photoshop has simplified it enough now to make it a very appealing tool. I love photoshop!

Best Tipp for Professionals? Short cuts :-)

want vintage looking photos? – play with curves!

I don’t really have any great tips, but I love love love the watermarking feature in Lightroom 3!! Makes life so easy :)

If you cannot embed your fonts, rasterize your text.

Shoot in RAW, don’t go overboard with editing, and Pioneer Woman and Coffeeshop have free, easy to use, gorgeous, actions!

I love the layer masks, use of actions I create and the “snapshot” button. These really help speed up the processing workflow! Learning the shortcuts are so worth it!!

Learn keyboard shortcuts. Speeds things up and lets you be creative instead of going through menus and deviate from the canvas.

i love to work in adobe photoshop, ol the time. it’s always been a new experience when ever to sit n to work in it. after working on the project, my cool short cut is to disappear all the layers, colors etc.. with just clicking on the tab n then pressing the F key to get completely black the screen to see the work have /has been done..

Use the html 5 pack for both Dreamweaver and Illustrator and be prepared for some online fun – just stay away of IE anything

Give all layer a name! This become very important if you discover a mistake at the end of a project with 50 layers .

Love HDR and Batch processing.

Oh my gosh…where to begin?!? There are so many things I love about photoshop, but my favorite time savers would have to be the ability to use actions and to do batch processing. Makes things run so much smoother and saves you a lot of time!

My best tip would be to play around with actions – makes the work load so much lighter, and they’re tonnes of fun :)

To quickly and easily resize something while keeping it’s aspect ratio, press CTRL + T and then click the “Maintain Aspect Ratio” button at the top of the page.

love the presets in lightroom! It makes me be able to spend more time with my family!

keep your Actions in button mode, and when you create one give it a color. Learn your short cuts and working with layers

I love photoshop! Layers are my friend. And the levels…. images can be corrected easily.

This week I have learned one of my favorite photoshop tip – the Background Eraser Tool! For years I have been spending lots of time erasing the background with the marquee tool and magic eraser, but then I realized… hey, what’s this background eraser for?! So, I went on trying it! And Voila! My erasing time is now more quick and easy! Saves a lot of time working on my graphic design projects! And I am simply loving it!

My tip is to assign your F keys to actions, in the order that you use them. So all you have to do is click F1-10 and when you’re done, you’re DONE!

I love dodging and burning.

I’ve been using the Photoshop since years – at work in Polish newspapers. Now I live in the UK and (unfortunelly) my job is different. But I still use Photoshop Elements 7 for my private photographic works. It’s fast and absolutely good enough for my needs. Some day maybe I’ll back to my profession and I wanna use CS5 than. Anyway, thank you for your fantastic job!

A quick and easy way to smooth out the lines that occur under eyes in a portrait in Photoshop is to first choose the Patch Tool, then select the wrinkle area under one eye by drawing a marquee around it. Next hold down the shift key and select the wrinkled area under the second eye. Finally, drag the selection down just below the problem area to a smooth, similarly-toned area. Photoshop will sample the smooth skin below and literally fix the wrinkles before your eyes. If the effect is too strong, immediately fade the the effect using the Command, Shift, F keystroke and lower the opacity slider.

You can actually x-ray photos, which can lead to interesting results sometimes. Select the area you want to reveal with the pen tool.In the Channel Mixer under image adjustments, choose Black & White Infrared RGB. Afterwards move the constant percentage selector around until you have the desired midtone (skintone). Go to levels and choose image adjustment. Select Find Dark & Light Colors. For the midtone, again, select an appropriate skin tone. Now use the levels to boost the brightness back to normal. Use the burn tool to increase visibility in areas you wish to see more.

Enjoy your x-ray!

Use the drop shadow, from the layer styles menu =D

My tip is to use levels when you first open up a photo it works great to start the color correction process

I love using the little black dropper in the lighting menu. It gives the photos such a classic quality and the colors are beautiful.

I am currently using PSE8, while I love it there are so many things that my clients want done that would be so much easier if I had either or both programs. I really enjoy reading and learning about actions and I want to be able to do them.

My favorite Photoshop tip is using the magnetic lasso tool for making selections. Seriously that tool is MAGIC!

Curves!

I recently shared with my camera club how to put a border around their image. I would love to win so that I could continue to give them tutorials on how to do things in Lightroom or Photoshop, and I know that they would love to learn!

I would LOVE to win! I’m just starting out in photography & would love this new addition! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win something so amazing! :)

Under that all mighty hand tool is a rotate tool. You can rotate the canvas around just like you would rotate a piece of paper to get the best angle to draw that prefect line. For some unknown reason, I never used it until this year.

Also for drawing: Flip the canvas horizontally every now and then, it makes mistakes that were otherwise unnoticeable extremely obvious. Or hey, you might even like it better flipped.

Actions and utilizing the Automate feature, saves so much time when your performing the same tasks.

name your layers!!! and don’t overdo it!

When inserting an image into a layer of another image that is smaller, use CTRL-0 to see all the corners (they’ll be outside your image) in order to transform to a smaller size. CTRL-plus and CTRL-minus will zoom in and out too. Sorry for the poor description, but try it and see what I mean.

I love using actions, but before I do anything else, I create adjustment layers for levels and curves. A lot of times, my pics don’t need any further tweaking.

If you fail to keep the original background layer of an image you’re working on, create new layer, EDIT>FILL>CONTENTS>HISTORY fills with the original image.

Masks and curves. Take the time to learn both well and there isn’t much you can’t do after that.

Well I would have to say i don’t own the new Photoshop yet so I can’t so a whole lot of the tips you give cause I don’t have the tools on my older Photoshop , but I would have to say I keep all tips and my favorite is the dash of color !!!

My biggest tip is “learn layer masks!” I see so many people who cant follow tutorials or use actions because they won’t take the time to learn it. Its crazy!

I am new to photoshop as well however learning how to use actions is definitely helping me make beautiful images more beautiful!!

I realized in my first Photoshop class that it’s the only thing in the world that makes sense to me. Everyhting else is gobbledy-gook.

My Photoshop teacher once said, “Professional Photoshop users don’t use pull down menus.” I’ve stuck to that ever since. If I can’t remember a shortcut then I drill it in my head or create a new one. Oh, and as a photo editor, I recommend to learn how to batch process. It makes you look like a genius.

I try all the “auto” functions first–auto color, auto contrast, auto levels. Sometimes that’s all you need to take a slighly off color photo and get a “wow!” factor!

I would say all the keyboard shortcuts, but the one I use the most is the Space bar to navigate through my drawings… A basic one, in fact.

I absolutely LOVE the brush in Lightroom! A whole new world opened for me when I discovered it. I was having to fix minor things in another program and then do my presets and other adjustments in Lightroom, which was very time consuming. When I found the brush and how to use it, it was amazing and my pictures took on a whole new (professional) look! I love Lightroom and Photoshop! Would love the newest versions! ;) These programs really do make us look good!

The tip I learned just this week is hold down shift and then type the letter of the tool you are looking to use so you can scrolls through all the different tool under that button. LOVE IT!

I love actions but still learning. I have been wanting to get Lightroom and photoshop for awhile to help me build a new photography company:)

I don’t think I will say anything that hasn’t been said already. But one of the best tool I discovered was the patch tool. Especially photographing kids on the move. I love that I can take out that unwanted object in the background in seconds. It’s MAGIC! I know I wouldn’t be as successful as I am without Photoshop! Thank you Adobe!

I like creating actions for editing. I also create layers when editing so I can change and edit the opacity of each layer to create a finished product.

probably my favorite photoshop tip was the shortcut for fill. It made my everyday photoshop life easier just going to alt and backspace and voila, everything turns into black. Photoshop is amazing. Hope i win one, i mean the latest, cant wait to have my hand on the mixer brush. Exciting. = )

Put your layers into groups for big projects.

Well, I am a lightroom junkie (except I have a previous version, as well as having photoshop elements 5). However I do love to use lightroom, I recently found out a new trick from a friend. I took photos of a man with transition lenses in his glasses & found out that I can change it to lighten up those lenses. What you do is use the magnetic lasso tool to trace the glasses, do a Ctrl J to cop that to a new layer, then choose screen & you can change the opacity of that. Once I did that, you can’t even tel that he had the dark lenses in his glasses. That rocks. I’m learning to love Photoshop more. However, I do not have a full version of Photoshop, just the older version of Elements & Lightroom.

My first tip would be to all of the beginners out there….Don’t give up on learning photoshop no matter how overwhelming or frustrating it might be! It’s a powerful tool & once you’ve figured it out, it’s a brand new world. There are tons of tutorials, online forums, & books to help. I’ve never used lightroom so hopefully I will be learning that!

One awesome tip I’ve discovered recently is if you are moving one image into another image (i.e. Clouds to fix a blown sky) & need to use the fee transform tool to make it fit, hold down the shift key as you are transforming to keep the image proportioned!

My tip is simply that you can use the camera raw tools not just on raw files but on .jpg files too! Saves a huge amount of time, and the raw tools are so quick and powerful to use!

I have several, that sort of tie in together. Besides saving frequently, that’s a GIVEN.

For anyone, novice or professinal- MASKS ARE YOUR FRIEND. As are layers and adjustment layers. Both a very handy ways to non-destructively alter your projects. If your original image is still intact, you can always start over.

I can’t begin to put a number to the amount of time I’ve waster erasing portions of images instead of using masks. So much time, down the drain!

Once you’ve realized this, you can move onto making actions for effects you use frequently, then learning and using more keyboard shortcuts. These will save you hours!

Next, start making your own swatches, gradients and styles. Then move onto figuring out your favortie brush settings, or make your own. The more you can personailze your work, the better.

best tip? If you don’t know Photoshop….go take a class from a certified instrutor!! Don’t struggle trying to figure it out on your own! I know too many people that have purchased it and only use 10% of it.

    ** instructor

I love the keyboard shortcuts, it makes every thing much faster and I am still learning and setting up new ones. There used to be a shortcut app, but I don’t seem to be able to locate the download link anymore for that app.

My favorite tip is:
When using a brush to mask and you want to see the area that you have masked while doing the masking…… hit the \ key and it will turn the area you have done to red. When you have completed all of your masking……hit the Alt key plus the mask to make sure that there are not any areas that have been missed.

when ever i sit with photoshop, it always a new experience, always.. after completing n during the project work, when i press tab to disappear all things away n to press the F key to black all the screen n to see the work.. oh its such a release n a relief .

The only tip I have is to hopefully win it via a blog give-away!

Defiantly , hands down without a doubt my favorite tool is the new content full. The tips on how to use it have been very insightful and it has become a function I use on a daily basis now.

LIQUIFY tool works wonders! It can take a little pudge off of any client in a snap.

I am still learning a lot but my favorite things to use are the Pioneer Woman actions! They do so much for a picture!

I use this EVERY time I post a picture up.
To brighten up the colors, I increase saturation by about +20, depending on the photo. I also increase the contrast to bring in some light! That’s pretty much a staple editing tip I use for my photos before I post them anywhere. It’s quick and easy but it makes a world of a difference.

my tip is very basic, don’t bother to straighten your image and then crop, use the crop tool for both; Hit C then adjust and rotate the cropped area until e.g. the horizon is level or a middle vertical of the image is in line with the edge (you can bring the cropping edge in to check) this will straighten and crop your image in one action.

If you have something selected on a layer, Command-J will copy that selection and put it on it’s own layer.

I use Photoshop for all sorts of small projects, and I’d have to say my best advice to give would be to keep one hand on your primary shortcuts at all times and set as many buttons as possible on your keyboard/mouse/tablet to do these shortcuts too. Saves me sooo much time and helps me remember to do things like saving!

I love actions. They save me so much time. :)

Take a great picture, convert it in CMYK, duplicate it 3 times. In blending options, make each one of these 4 layers represent C, M, Y and K. Keep the Black (K) layer at top, set all as multiply and nudge two or more times the C, M and Y layer to diferent directions. =C) Have fun with this fake 3D.

My tip is if you are doing any coloring, always have a layer underneath the lineart or sketch work so it would look good and it will help you erase any colors that are outside if the line.

In CS5, if you open more than one image at a time, it makes “tabs” all inside of one open box. I absolutely hate this, because many times I want to see images side-by-side. If you click on one of the “tabs”, and drag it out into the open, it will bring that particular image off to the side by itself.

:)
Angie

Opening jpegs in the RAW dialog – quick, easy and pain free :)

I love the fact that adobe allows so many third party vendors to help people like me to create more and have less hassles setting it all up. You guys rock my socks!

I just got a new computer and resinstalled CS5 ..my favorite thing that was the first to reset was to make a keyboard shortcut for Content Aware Fill! one f-key for a great tool that I use so often. Keyboard shortcuts and actions save so much time, I have a bunch of them.. think about what you do repeatedly and set those shortcuts the way you want them. :)

My tip this week is: do not panic! (taken from the “guide”)
Photoshop can be scary to new users but it is all about letting the creative flow guide you and enjoying experimenting: you can’t break it!
Let the history panel with it’s snapshots combined with the layer comps be your helping hand guiding you, riding the waves of your imagination.

I love a simple tip: How to scroll through the blending modes with shift and +. It saves me tons of time.

Actions and layer masks!

I think one of my best tips is to use the Soft-Light layer. It’s amazing…it brings out so much depth to every picture. Usually right before I’m done with all my edits I duplicate my layer and set it to Soft Light then I set the opacity somewhere between 15%-25%. The depth is subtle, but that’s why I LOVE it.

Thank you Photoshop for an amazing giveaway and for making such great products.

OH Pick me!

My best tip so far is to use the square brackets on the keyboard to instantly re-size the brush you are using.

My tip is: take the time to first learn then create Actions to streamline your workflow. Actions are an wonderful way to work with lots of files and create consistancy in your images.

master the pen tool

If you need to add a little more ‘zing’ to your color then try changing over to the LAB colorspace, duplicate your layer and then use Image>Apply Image… As long as you are in LAB colorspace you will be able to affect either the Luminescence (L), the Primary colors (A) or the Secondary colors (B). This can ‘add’ a lot more dynamic color to your images without damaging them. Try it! Just remember to switch back to RGB once you’re done!

If you are cleaning up a fussy layer mask, enable a stroke using a layer effect and any unmasked areas will leap out at you. You can leave the effect enabled as you carry on cleaning the layer mask up and watch the patches disappear. Oddly rewarding.

My tip probably isn’t anything new to anyone but when I learned it, it was a live saver. Batch renaming, batch resizing, and batch watermarking, so needless to say BATCHING!!!! I learned about a year ago and just thought it was fascinating. I’m still a novice and I can’t wait to have many more moments like this when I learn ALL the tricks of photoshop.

One tip that I have is that sometimes a little bit goes a long way. It’s common for new photographers to go hog wild with editing when they first start using Photoshop. They want the image to be “perfect” so they cut and crop their images, until the end result is a perfectly fake portrait. Another tip that I have is that it is imperative to learn actions and layers, because they can be your best friend; and Tdbc Action set #4 works great for eye popping portraits, that still look real, it’s one of my favorite actions!!

I love actions… I like to create simple ones and I LOVE to buy complex ones. It streamlines my work flow so much.

Actions. They are a complete time saver.

well, There are so many things I love about photoshop. I currently use elements, but would love to upgrade. I love overlaying pictures, and then bringing down the opacity, and erasing the areas that i do not want in the picture, that is my favorite thing in photoshop. as far as lightroom, I love the new lightroom and the ability to export photos with a watermark, I beta’d that version and loved it, but have not been able to upgrade, so i’m still using lightroom2. I would love to be one of the lucky ones chosen!

As a photographer sometimes my images aren’t as sharp as I would love them to be. Its either because the subject has moved unexpectedly or mild camera shake, The High Pass filter rescues the image. I love the High Pass Filter. Easy Sharpening! Just add a new layer and then Select the High Pass Filter. Go to the layers palette and click overlay! You can tweak the results by lowering the opacity! Very Flexible!

    WOW you learn something new every day! After reading a comment by Kristina Lynn on this very page, I sought after how to use the High Pass filter. Like herself I struggled with the fact that sometimes pictures are slightly blurred. I found that simply going to “Filter > Sharpen” doesn’t work when your image is ginormous like 30 inches wide! However after reading her comment I went to YouTube and learned about the High Pass filter and how it makes life so much easier. Now i can sharpen my huge images on an Overlay layer, keep my original / slightly blurred layer, and I do not have to shrink my images to 72dpi, or really small, in order to sharpen them ever so slightly. KUDOS to Kristina Lynn.

I would have to say the Content-Aware Fill in the Spot Healing Brush would b e my favorite. the effect of having someone hanging off a building, without them actual doing it. I just thought it was cool.

I am always learning something new from this site. I guess my favorite tip is layer masks. You can always improve your work and give it that WOW look.

My favorite thing is that you can save your selections (lasso or magic wand) to use it whenever u want just by saving it in the channels: click in select menu, then save selection; name it and there you go, and to use it: cmd+clickthechannel you name it and that’s it.

My tip would be “Push the Boundaries” – learn something new each time you get a project – come up with an idea and then work to make it happen. :-) Happy editing folks!

Oh my goodness. I LOVE Photoshop and currently have CS3 – would LOVE to upgrade to CS5!!! I’ve played with the trial version and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the content aware feature!!! Amazing stuff!

The one feature I love and use every single day is the “Patch” tool….what a friend it is!! Amazing and helps cut editing time tremendously over using the clone tool. Also, I love Actions and Plug Ins. One of the most amazing plug Ins I’ve found is Topaz DeNoise plug in. Oh my goodness, what a difference it makes in your images! You will love it if you ever try it!!! I have so much to learn in Photoshop and am having a ball finding out new things and trying them!

I have to agree with some of the people that already posted that layer masks has to be the tip most appreciated! :)))

Study and do tutorials! PS can do sooooo many things–and it can be a little overwhelming at first. But stick with it! It does get easier and makes your photos look great! :)

I don’t yet have Photoshop, but do have Elements at work. I love that you can save your processes as actions so you don’t have to recreate the same effect over and over. I also love that you can share these with others. I would love to expand my knowledge with my own version of Photoshop!! :)

Use of the picker to adjust white balance in Lightroom by selecting a neutral area of the photo, and of course learning the keyboard shortcuts helps so much.

For my most frequently used Photoshop tasks, years ago I set up actions that can be accessed by my function keys. I use a template attached to my keyboard to show what my function keys are assigned to do, and shared them with my co-workers. It’s amazing the speed at which you can accomplish tasks that don’t have keyboard shortcuts, that can only be accessed from the menu, using this technique. Using the “create layer” feature by tapping a single function key, instead of the sub-menu access normally required, (especially in the case of files with numerous layers that have to have this applied,) is an encredibly efficient time-saver. It is not un-common for me to have to use this across as many and 30 to 40 layers in a single file to work files for my particular job requirements. This and other specific and frequent tasks can be a significant time-saving technique, and one of my all-time favorites on the job. When your job is partly based on speed and efficiency, over the course of time, this is a major factor in increasing my productivity. Try it, you’ll like it!

Always, always Save As to preserve your original! You never know when you may need to scratch and restart! Basic but very key tip!

Name everything, and always save copies of it! There is nothing worse than a mess of layers not grouped and untitled! That looks so unprofessional when you have to share the files for work purpose!

hard to pick just one tip, but I find any tip that pertains to workflow or setting up things like workspace, brushes, and styles to be incredibly helpful in getting my work done more quickly…

Area: Photoshop cs-thingy
Weapon: Image Size Tool
Effect: Expand or shrink
-well its one of the easiest tools that you are given for resizing your views :) … tip you say : ok : you can change the size of the picture at the size of your wishes and dont we all have so many wishes, hehe have fun tip-and-half

A tip I would recommend, try using a Wacom tablet when creating adjustment level masks in Photoshop… you get much more natural adjustments using a pressure sensitive brush, and you can even add subtle modeling to a rather flat photo by painting into a levels adjustment layer…

Shortcut Keys are a huge plus!!!!!! I love the bracket keys for increasing and decreasing the size of my brushes.

Basic, but I think it’s important: For any kind of touch-up or drawing activity, drop the mouse. Using a pressure sensitive tablet makes all the difference, whether using PS for creating original fine artwork, doing fine photo touch-ups, or “photoshopping” Demi’s head on Arnold’s body.

My best photoshop tip (which happens to be one of the most basic) is to do every edit in a layer and lower the opacity of that layer to avoid making the edit too noticeable. Spot healing, dodging, burning, sharpening, even levels and curves look much more natural when performing a layer with an 80 percent(ish) opacity.

Experiment! Change a blending layer, play with filters…you never know when you’ll discover something new!

whenever put a signiture in each single photograph alwasy hard.
for me I save my signitures in new brush set and use it whenever I can.^^

using layers and masks. very juvenile, but without them PS wouldn’t be the same.

I wish I could learn PS4, I have it but seems overwelming to learn.
I need to take lessons some where soon.

Buy it!! That’s the best tip EVER!! I would love to have Photoshop… I have lightroom now!! :)

So much to love! The tutorials are great. The actions are too much fun.

I love being able to change the opacity on a layer.

Sometimes dust particles from the lens or the sensor shows up really badly on the photo. To remove any dust spots from an image, use Clone Stamp to wipe them off. It’s a two step process and cleans up photos so fast.

I like the text effect tutorials given.

I loved the Photoshop tip/guide on how to make your computer screen look transparent.

That concept is just amazing, and it’s been one of my favorite tricks I’ve seen done on Photoshop.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to purchase PS yet- even though I’m a Graphic Design Major in College.

A simple drop shadow is what makes me want to start using photoshop.

Learning key stroke shortcuts…..learn them all!

masks and actions, the more I use them I can’t imagine not having them as tools

The best tip I can give is if you do not know photoshop and can take a class at your local college, do it! If you are not understanding all the concepts and tools you will not get the most you can out of this software!

Oh my Gosh well for me what I loved more about Lightroom 3 was the noise reduction. It helped me out in a couple of pictures that were from the past and still helps me out with some pictures taken from cell phones..

One of my favorite tools is the magic wand :)

I am new to photoshop…but do love the use of layers and of course actions are always fun!

I love being able to create actions to speed up processing and add an artistic flair to my photos! wit

My tip … when I get real lost ( beginner I am ) I use the Dropdown Help and I joined NAPP and enjoy the Photoshop user magazine … always lean something new ;)

Love the Action player. Saves so much time. USE IT!!

My favorite shortcut is Control Alt Z…multiple undo’s…I’m still learning PS!

content aware…. need i say more??????

A useful tip is to use the short cuts. It’s simple, but it does save a lot of time!

Love the tip that on layer style,the blend if function. You can blend a top layer with the bottom layer to make it look like it’s part of the original picture.TYhe best part is that you can split the slider to refine the detail on the top layer, it’s very cool!

My tip would be to learn curves! It has opened up a whole new way of editing for me that makes for quick fixes when needed.

Well… it’s not a complicated tip, but when I started learning photoshop and discovered dodge and burn! It was the best thing ever allowing me to add the perfect feel to my photos!

So many of them but here is one of mine from Terry White
http://www.photoshop.com/tutorials/5834

I like the blending modes and masks.

best tip? the actions combined with the filters etc… I LOVE IT! This is optimizing my workflow sooo much!!!

Making marketing materials, and my new favorite is figuring out how to smooth out skin. Giving it the flawless magazine look. I<3 Photoshop.

layer masks and actions for sure!!!

I enj0y creatIng multIplICIty/ cl0nes WIth the help 0f layers palette m0vIng t0ol and eraser . I am studyng As ph0t0graphy I Have ph0t0sh0p at c0lg and I W0uld luv 2 have 0ne at h0me :)

I only have PSE. I have used the CS5 during a free trial, and loved it. I know that Lightroom has great batching capabilities that would greatly increase my workflow speed. Just can’t afford either right now.

The patch tool. It makes cleaning up so much easier.

Use the pen tool as a better alternative to lasso and marquee tools!

I love using the history brush! I use the history brush in screen mode to make that little half moon in someones eye! Really makes the eye stand out. I use history and snapshots most all the time. I also love the new content aware in CS5. If there is an unwanted item in your image just use the magnetic tool and do a selection around what you want to work in. Then take the spot healing brush and working inside your selection you can paint over the unwanted item and not effect any other part of the image. This is the best tip I’ve ever come across. Thanks Suzette Allen.

My best tip would be to constantly search the internet for tutorials. I have learned a ton because of the fantastic tutorials out there! Youtube.com is an awesome site. To be able to watch and follow along….kudos to those people!

My absolute favorite was when the history brush came out. Wowsa, that made a huge difference for me!:)

Masking with layers and using blending modes works allways

I believe the best tip is. Get to know actions. They are so easy to use and there are so many possibilities.

Keyboard Commands are KING!

Best tip – take the time to learn it. It was confusing to me at first but learning it makes me love it!

The Puppet Warp, Refine Mask and Content-Aware Fill, used simultaneously, are very powerful for photo manipulations.

“Apply Image” rocks, especially with regard to masks! It makes creating accurate masks a breeze.

Get 2 Monitors! I could never go back to a single monitor when using Photoshop.. bridge, liquify screen, ect. all automatically open on the second screen making life easier.

Work bigger than your final output. Little mistakes and incompetencies will average out when you resample down.

Don’t discount the old school magic wand just because it’s been “superceded.”

Get familiar with the brushes palette and the expressive tools it provides. Don’t neglect dual brush (or whatever it’s called).

When scanning, use the scanner’s adjustments, don’t just “do it in PShop cuz it’s easier.”

Work non-destructively. Use Smart Objects (the rock for collaging)[is there a way to get the masks to resize with them? Even if only for mock up?], use adjustment layers, clone/paint/smudge onto a new layer…

Save early. Save often. Add increment numbers.

Play.

[Ctrl-'] is one of my favorite shortcuts; it toggles my photoshop grid on and off. I find it to be especially useful with the ‘snap to grid’ feature on so that I can place layers more precisely.

I really often use kuler to inspire me with project. When I saw that “KU” is built in PS, that was a great news. There is a great tool which can change all of your thinking of project colours, and you don’t have to leave your workspace :) Sorry for bad english :)

It’s a stupid simple trick but one that I can’t live without anymore, it saves so much time and motion; Press and hold the Spacebar to give you the hand tool! I know so simple, but the day I learned this is the day I didn’t fear having to work zoomed in.

Ctrl+Click on layer and you have selection. i love that :)

The best Photoshop tip from me is:
Visit http://bit.ly/bY5A8N and leave in your own Photoshop tip and stand a chance to bag a Photoshop giveaway!
Can there be a better Photoshop tip than this? I don’t think so!
No. Now don’t copy this ‘tip’ of mine! :)

Make sure that you don’t overdue your edits. So much of what you see is slipping away from the art of capturing an image. Spend time mastering photography and then use photoshop as your digital darkroom to enhance your vision.

Love the Layers Option.
What can’t you do with them.
Also, like the Transform options, then there is the merge option.
I could list quite a few but I’ll stop here.
Darwin Eschbach

I LOVE layer masks! My best tip is sort of two-fold. First… if you hold down the Alt Key (Opt on Mac) when you click the thumbnail of a layer mask in the layers panel – you can see just the mask & make changes to it with all of the Photoshop tools including FILTERS. It’s super easy to achieve some really cool effects this way. The second thing I love to do with Layer Masks is fill them with patterns &/or gradients. Again — super cool results really quick & easy!

The most important tip I can give is to save your work often! And I Love texture and layers. They are awesome!

I think I saw this tutorial here— how to make a cool bokeh background!! Loved it!!

I don’t have a tip because I don’t have photoshop! But I really, really want it, and need it. I would LOVE to win this and then give you my best photoshop tips! Thanks!!

The most useful tip for me is to convert an RGB colour image to b&w in layers thus retaining the full RGB file size and still being able to control the darkness and lightness of colours as a grey-scale plus the level of contrast.

Since I shoot with consumer point & shoot digital cameras, getting those selective focus shots has been tricky at best. This tutorial from Matt Kloskowski has make my life so easy! I’d always had trouble getting a good effect using the Lens Blur but Matt shows exactly how I can make my point & shoot images look like they were shot with a fancy DSLR! http://www.photoshop.com/tutorials/5030 .

Inverting layer masks to “paint in” the desired effects for skin softening. This offers control on how much how little you use just by setting the brush opacity and actions recording!

Here’s a keyboard shortcut I use all the time. Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E to combine all visible layers and create a new combined layer above the selected layer.

Watching tutorials, and keyboard shortcuts save your time (and sometimes your sanity)~!

For production purposes, I love the fact that I can automatically make a slide-show presentation with essentially two to three clicks in Photoshop using the batch processing feature. My clients like it too :).

the best tip i have gotten…and can give…is, “the best edit is the one that isnt noticed!”

let your photo be the star and the edit just enhance the beauty of that image! there are so many creative and amazing ways to use photoshop to enhance your image…just dont let the first thing a person notices about the image be the processing! we’ve all had to learn that lesson the hard way…sometimes im still learning :)

Shooting tethered with Lightroom is such a hassle-free experience – I did this for the first time today during a fashion photo shoot and it worked seamlessly!

Color Balancing is essential. I film houses for a living and when you are taking multiple pictures of the same room (at different angles) you have to make the color tinting in each photo match. For example you cannot have white walls in one picture but then have yellowed walls in the next picture simply because of a bright lamp or other light-source. I am a huge fan of Image > Adjustments > Color Balance. Here you can add a little more red, take away a little yellow, etc. Balancing the color makes two pictures match. It’s also great for making the water a little more blue, the grass that much more green! People tell me I am an excellent photographer but the truth is without balancing the color I might be lost. Color balancing is ESSENTIAL to learn regardless of if you’re a professional or amateur photographer.

Something I use quit often is:
Duplicate Layer, then Add Layer Mask.
Fill the Layer Mask with Black, apply your filter (I use Gaussian Blur or Smart Sharpen most often) to the Duplicate Layer and paint with white on the Layer Mask where you want that filter to show up. Finally the adjust the Fill percentage on the Layer Mask so it look how you want it.
This is a great and quick way to defocus, sharpen, adjust tonality, adjust contrast, saturate, desaturate, etc…. YOU NAME IT! It’s easier than making a mask the traditional way and more fun. :-)

I’m pretty new to photoshop, and am having so much fun realising all the things that PS4 can do!

My husband and I are photographers, and one of the shortcuts I have enjoyed using is to duplicate an image, then “flip horizontal” and adjust the top layer to replace the ear of a horse, or the eye of an alligator, etc., or part of a scenery that we may have cut off in the original shot. I also use horizontally and vertically flipped images to apply symmetry in a collage. I love Photoshop and have been using it since 1989.

Just name your layers! Without that I get dizzy! (and Save save save!)

To reduce noise when possible take 3 to 5 shots of the same picture only taking 2 will not be enough. Go to the File menu select Scripts Load file into stacks add the 3 to 5 shots put a check mark in the Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images and Create Smart Object after Loading Layers. This will create a single Smart Object from the multiple exposures. Double-clicking on this Smart Object will allow you to see the layers separately. Go to Layer > Smart Objects > Image Stack Mode > Median to blend the separate exposures.
You’ll see that the noise is reduced substantially. Optionally, compare Image Stack Mode > Mean.
This works best for exposures containing no movement.

LOVE my keyboard shortcuts! And the best Photoshop tip I have is to find a few good Photoshop sites, and check in regularly. People are always finding new ways to do things, and you may find a different way that works best for you. ALWAYS keep learning!

It’s hard to leave just one “tip” amongst my favorite tips so I will choose the Alpha Channel where I can hold a selection permanently and load it with the ctrl + click on the Alpha Channel method (command + click on the MAC), then reload the all the Channels with the ctrl + tilde (command + ~ on the MAC), then use the F7 shortcut to return to the Layers Palette and continue working. Thanks for the opportunity to comment on my favorite tips and to enter this contest!

A layer duplicate, gaussian blur and overlay blend mode never fail to make a photograph stand out. :)

Best tip ever? Easy! LEARN YOUR SHORTCUT KEYS!

using keyboard shortcuts like ctrl+j instead of the menu is the most useful tip i have

Image Processor.
If you need to re-size a lot of images, go to File, Scripts, then image processor. Fast and easy

My favorite PS tool is the magic wand. It has more versatility than many of the other tools and it’s easy to use.

I only have used the trial version, and the full version at school…so I don’t have that actual version… but recently i discovered brushes!! OMG i love them you can make storyboards look the same but tell a different story I love them….

I really love the mini bridge and the new beefed up refine mask. But my biggest tip should be a no brainer, always name your layers! When working with other peoples files and they aren’t named it is impossible. Although auto select helps a little…

Something I use a lot and I find invaluable is when you have many layers and want to keep all your masks, but need a new layer of everything you have which is visible stamped together in a single layer,
Apple(Command) + Alt + Shift and E pressed together will create a new layer on top of all your others, a combined new one to continue working on, whilst keeping all your previous masks. Quick and handy :-)

The content aware fill tip was pretty helpful !

I am an aspiring photographer still learning Photoshop, but the tools that I can’t live without our are the clone stamp tool to clean up any dust particles on my photos that may otherwise ruin the photo, the dodge & burn tools to add drama to the photos, and using adjustment layers & filters to bring out the very best in my photos. I just recently learned how to straighten my horizon using the ruler tool & this has saved so many of my photos that I just didn’t get level at the time I shot them. I love the fact that you can create magic with Photoshop! :-)

tips: learn actions well and they will serve you well!

Try making automation macros for different degrees of sharpness, to easily feel how the image would feel with very much unsharp mask etc…

Thanks for all the tips. They have helps more than you will know.

When it comes to replacing color in an image, I have found that Image = Adjustment = Gradient Map is a great and accurate way to get the job done. Specially for stock photgraphy, which I do for a living, I can just play with the gradients and adjust the object and background colors with incredible precision!

Always label layers, group them in folders and keep them in order, block the layers that don’t need work anymore. It saves you tons of time and effort, specially when you have too many.
Another good thing is to merge the ones you can so it doesn’t get too overwhelming.
Another tip is creating your own brushes for effects by taking real life photo textures, it saves you tons of time, for example for foliage and clouds, and it adds a nice textural richness to it all.

i love layer mask, they are so powerful!

when zoomed in, hold down H and move around to pan your zoom.

firstly im soo new to photoshop and for the grapic designing, i dont know people can use photoshop with a optical pen instead of a mouse…i have seen some desigers using ”optical pen” for a video editing….bcoz some times mouse is soo annoying when cutting an cropping pictures, btw i love photoshop….theres nothing to compare for it :)

picture, copy, distorsion: spherize, difference
so simple but it looks great especially a group shot!
try it!

I do not currently own a copy, but would love to own a copy. It would make my year for sure.

My favorite trick that I’ve ever learned is using Layer Masks to fix jagged edges on images. It’s such a quick and simple trick that saves me sooo much time and sanity. Before I discovered this trick, I used to have to spend forever with the eraser trying to fix all of the pixelated edges. If you ever have one of those images where you can’t quite remove all of the background, simply Control or Command click on the image, then click the Layer Mask button and it will automatically create a mask of your image. Then apply a Gaussian Blur to the Mask, playing with the amount of blur until the edges start to appear smoother. Then, while still on the Layer Mask, bring up your levels and start moving the Dark and Light sliders towards each other. You’ll generally have them meet in the middle, but play around until you find something that you’re happy with. And voila! It’s hands-down one of the best tricks I’ve ever learned, and I use it all the time.

My tip is that when you need help or direction on a project it’s always been my experience that Photoshop, is always reachable, they’re easy to understand or explain anything difficult along with(tutorails)that you may not understand. Always improving their products for amateurs(like me) to professionals. I love their tutorials and plug-ins,very accessible!

So many great things it’s hard to choose! Photoshop is my FAVOURITE TOY!
We all know about the fabulous new features and I love ‘em all. But a simple thing I just discovered is the defference between layer fill and layer opacity. Now I can put really sexy invisible text on images. Awesome!

I love all the tips but especially learning to use actions & layers!

u can see how i improved my self in to normal desgin in to best design….glad an i wanna be best with grapics…:):):):):)

The first tip that saved me time on Photoshop was the the space tab. Before I had to move on the image with the arrows ! lol

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When straightening a pic in Lightroom, Click on the Crop tool, then form a straight line by holding on the command key/click.. drag it to an existing line and it will straighten the picture based on that line..

OK, so this is not recent, but when I realized what you could do with masks….wow, my world changed!!! LOVE you guys!

My favorite thing in Photoshop is layer masks. Layer masks have saved my life on many occasions (at least as far as Photoshop goes). They’re so versatile, so amazingly useful for nearly everything. I love layer masks. And I love Photoshop!

In addition to Quick Mask (shortcut key:Q) being great for quickly isolating objects, when used in conjunction with a soft brush, it is perfect for selectively feathering/softening an existing mask/selection.

I love to make a duplicate layer and use either the soft or hard with a 75% opacity. It is a great way to start off with your photograph. I would love to try out a newer version of PS and lightroom! thank you

Never flatten your .psd file and resave as the same .psd filename. It covers up your layered version and can cause you much grief. Been there! ALWAYS save your layered file and keep it as the .psd, and if it needs to be flattened, flatten it and resave with a different filename or same name with “flat” as part of the name, and save as a jpg, etc.

My favorite cool trick is to use a new layer, set my brush to 3-5% opacity and paint with black or white to dodge and burn instead of dodging and burning. Doesn’t destroy pixels and allows me to undo if I screw something up.

My biggest tip is to learn layer masks. Take the time to learn it.

using the masking tool is soooo much better than clipping around a profile in order to place your item onto a new background.

Layers…. it is all about the layers!

Probably for me the best think is pluging tablets and using it with Photoshop. It is so easy to create art in Photoshop and use all needed tools.

I love Ctrl+Alt+Z I love so many things about this program

Play,try everything! If you don’t like it Ctrl-z and start again :)

One of my favorite ps trick is being able to use the shift key after you have made a selection and have the ability to add more selctions so you can make the same changes to all the selections.
I LOVE my CS4 but do not yet have Lightroom. I would love to win! Thanks for such doing such a great giveaway!

Using the filter>high pass at about a 20 pix ratio on a layer copy then selecting soft light as a blend mode to sharpen and “pop” black and white images is one I go back to over and over. It really does more than unsharp mask or the other sharpening filters.

always duplicate your most recent layer when starting a different type of edit…it makes it WAY easier to undo an effect you’re trying out without losing what you’ve already done!

masking tool!!! It is amazing! makes editing so much easier.

The best tip I have is to make your selection in the channels palette. I always get a clean selection that is hassle free.

Any tips on using the Curves tool is good for me.

I love learning how to edit in RAW. I can’t wait to use it more in Lightroom. What an amazing change in my photos!

I’m a newbie and haven’t gotten CS5 or Lightroom yet but I’m hoping Santa will be kind enough to put one under my tree this year!

The best tip I’ve had is “use photoshop . . . it will take your photography to a whole new level”. So, I’m in the process of learning photoshop. I’m ready to be at a new level!

Wow I don’t have ps or lightroom this is my chance to get it, lots of my photography friends have it and I could really get my business up and going, I love the fact you can use it to transfer your RAW formats to jpeg without using your factory camera software. Please pick me.. ;)

I love how you can use Photoshop for pretty much anything! From enhancing photos, to manipulation photos, to drawing, painting, or even making animations and websites! I used to use Photoshop Elements 3 but then I switched over to CS3 a couple years back and I can’t complain. It’s wonderful :’) But I know some of the new features for CS5 are pretty sweet, so I might invest in a more recent Creative Suite once mine becomes completely obsolete. ;)

When I first learned that I could download different brush sets, and use them on virtually anything I was working on, was one of the coolest days in my Photoshop life lol
Not only could I find custom made brushes, but after a short time I was also able to create my own brushes that I could make work with ANYTHING!
I was able to take plain images of people, and by only using brushes, I could make them look old, look like monsters, or zombies, for example!
You really can customize them however you want.. Retro looks, grundge looks, natural looks, etc..
Definitely one of my favorite things to play with in Photoshop. :)

How to Pop Color, it’s really a kitchs thing, but a damm easy to use tool!

One thing I’ve always loved and use alot when creating layers and huge projects is Groups. Groups comes in handy when youre trying to move a batch of layers around especially when youre trying to compare say for example Logos & effects.

control J to make a layer.. So many cool tips out there to use and learn.

Help out a poor college student? Please? Anybody out there?

BATCH – use this to take actions to an entire album, IE black and white, Sephia, or reduce them in size to post online.

For me the biggest wow came when I realized I could setup a bevel and emboss layer style and then paint on the canvas an almost 3d looking item. I created brooches and the like using this system.

I love the organization. Tag tag tag.

This may be an old tip, but I’ve recently started using the Liquify tool to make my subject’s eyes bigger. I just chose Liquify then use the bloat tool. I click on their eyes briefly so the change isn’t unrealistic but still makes a huge difference especially when their eyes are small!

Actions are a godsend and save alot of time!

I’ve always liked render clouds — they can be made to look like nearly anything organic, what with the use of Levels and such :)

The best tip i´ve learned is stitching a panorama and filling the corners with Content aware fill :D

greetz

If you have many photos and you want to use the same Action(s) for all of them, create a Droplet icon so you can drag an entire folder of photos over it to automate the Action(s). You can save a droplet on the desktop or to another location on disk. Choose File > Automate > Create Droplet.

One of the quickest ways to make scenery photos look instantly better is to duplicate the layer your photo is on and set the top layer to soft light or overlay, and then reduce the opacity to around 10-20%. It instantly bumps up the colors a bit without looking overdone. Great for photos where the sun has washed out some of the colors.

I can’t pick a favorite because I think each photo is enhanced by different effects. I just play around till I think the photo looks best… sometimes black & white, sometimes with a little color, sometimes softened, sometimes doodled on, whatever the photo tells me it wants, I try to use the effects to drag the feelings out of the photo… so my tip is: LET THE PHOTO SPEAK TO YOU! Play around with different effects till it just FEELS right… then it’s done! That’s what I do.

Opacity, layer masks, and adjustment layers are my friends.

In Photoshop Lightroom 3, the side panels automatically open when your mouse button is over them. This can be kinda annoying when your trying to scroll on the right side of the library tab. To fix this, right click on the tab and change the setting however you’d like.

Hope it helps! :)

Favorite latest tip is the content-aware fill and related functionality. Amazing.

A lot of peolple inc me shoot JPEGs in their cameras (I shoot jpeg & RAW) and also when playing with HDR.

Under EDIT – PREFERENCES – FILE HANDLING – CAMERA RAW PREFERENCES –
Set Photoshop to open JPEGs with CAMERA-RAW.
Not a normal setting . . it gives you a lot of tweaking power before you start manipulating your images!
regards, Bruce.

My best tips is to visit photoshop.com. daily and get knowledge and inspiration

I just love the Quick Develop panel in Lightroom 3. It is just so quick and handy to use!!!

The flexibility of the suite, opening PDF files in Photoshop to edit, etc. I use Photoshop for school and would love to upgrade but don’t have the money right now. Winning this would be awesome and I could explore the new version, find new tips, etc. Thanks!!

Use sensible names for your layers, make use of notes. You never know when you will come back to a project!

My best tip is to keep experimenting and doing different tutorials, playing with the tools, etc. You will surprise even yourself and will make some pretty neat stuff. A lifetime is not enough time to learn all that you can do with photoshop.

When working with text, use ALT+right and left arrow to quickly adjust the kerning between each letter.

I have Lightroom 2 and I love it. I’m trying to save for the upgrade to Lightroom 3, but I’ve got a ways to go. My best Lightroom tip would be to use virtual copies (command + ‘ on my mac). This way you can create as many copies as you want (ie: b&w, color, vintage, etc) without losing the work you’ve already done.
I also just started using Photoshop Elements 8 and have no other Photoshop experience, but if I were to give an actual Photoshop tip, it would be to install Pioneer Woman’s FREE actions and use them- they are so much fun to play around with. Check it out at http://thepioneerwoman.com
I would be so extremely grateful if I were to win Photoshop. It would be the answer to many prayers. Thanks for the opportunity!

Open the same image in two windows (Window> Arrange> New Window). No more scrolling in and out again…

I can’t live without clone stamp, copy selection and transform tools in my aerial photography business!

I love the mask tool especially since I’m not so great at masking! I’ve also learned many keyboard commands so I don’t have to keep moving my mouse away from my image.

I guess it would have to be actions. OH and liquify,discovering that was a lifesaver!!!

I have had to share this with dozens of people over the years:

Painting cursors not showing the brush size? Something seem funny?

TURN CAPS LOCK OFF

One of my favorite tips is drop-shadow flexibilty. For example, if you had an image of a person and added a simple drop-shadow, you can right-click on the drop-shadow entry in the layers pallette and select “create layer” from the context menu. You can then adjust the shadow by using free tranform, play with blend modes or experiment with other PS tools to get the effect you are looking for independent of the original drop-shadowed object.

We need must be a direct Filter Gallery shortcuts key……………

My best PS tips are using a layer filled with 50% gray as a non destructive dodge & burn layer. Set the 50% gray layer to Overlay in blend modes, and then dodge & burn on this layer. If you overdo an area, you can just paint back with 50% gray to remove the effect. Also works well with layer masks & adjusting the layers opacity. I also love using ALT to select colours while painting in PS. While in brush mode, hold ALT to quickly activate the eyedropper tool to select a colour. Another favourite is using image>calculations, to combine channels together to use as selections in photo editing. I recently discovered this and has made making complex selections, like hair, much easier. Alsoa simple interface shortcut that is useful is TAB. this removes all the windows/pallettes like layers, actions, etc. Tapping f also cycles through different canvas viewing modes which can help when you need to work on large files and need as much screen space as possible. I could think of a whole lot more, but these are just some of my most used tips.

Learn to use your history brush! You can apply an effect/filter,make a snapshot, ctrl z and go back to that snapshot as a source and paint that effect selectively to your work. Paint on another layer so you can fade the effect easily. I use it daily!

Have the Students Edition of CS3 Web Premium, and I always wonder how the endless possibilities are packed into these really good structured programs. Adobe FTW! Love Dreamweaver and Photoshop, looks like Flash is not that good friend to me, but well didn’t use it that much.
Greatest tip on any of your applications is: ALWAYS SAFE YOUR WORK. Not for unstable performance reasons, but just to keep the spreading imagination in memory. Workflow with the todays versions of the programs are that increased, so creativity can flow even faster. At least I think so. Used a very old versoin of Photoshop Elements some years ago, and hell, much harder to get to the result (with same functions implemented) than with todays PS and even PS-Elements versoins. So, SAFE YOUR WORK, you’ll forget it!!! :-)

Didn’t know if I put it in the right place. I love all the tutorials. Thank you for taking the time to write them.

Lisa :)

I’m not even going to try to pick a favorite…I use so many almost every day. Here’s one that is either new to CS5 or its been there awhile and I’ve suddenly rediscovered it: click on the crop icon. There’s an icon between the Width and the Heighth. Click on it to reverse their settings. YAY. Thanks Adobe, that’s so handy!

I’m not very experienced with photoshop yet but in the process of learning as much as I can about it as i have seen the results of what it can be capable of!! I would love to add the “punch” to my photos that photoshop can help with in post processing. I have managed to download a few actions of which my favourite is MCP burnt edges!! It instantly adds a beautiful vignette with one click!! My favourite palette is the history palette, I love undoing and redoing what I’ve done to see the difference! As a single income family (I’m a stay at home mum), I’m currently saving for Elements 9 as I’ve seen how easy and user friendly it is! Yah looking forward to that!!

Masks. I know its simple, but I’m still mask crazy.

working with RAW files has changed everything in photoshop for me..I love it!

I use PS for my work as a marketing specialist. My day-to-day involves using CS products, mainly PS. I’m no expert but readingt hese tips healps a ton! My biggest tip is to take a class or at least watch some online tutorials!

Color enhancement can be quick, easy and creative by using layers and blending modes. Just duplicate your background layer, then change the blending mode on upper-most layer to “multiply”. On some photos, this really makes the colors pop. If it doesn’t produce results to your liking, change try changing the opacity of the top layer, or changing the blending mode. If all else fails, just undo back to your original layer.

Love this contest!!!!!!!! I love working in layers, so much you can do! And I love to use ACTIONS!!!!!!!! Those are my favorite things to use in photoshop!

A combination of editing in layers and using masks.

First thing I tell people who start photoshopping: use layers and work on a copy of your baselayer so you work nondestructively. CTRL-J!

Recording actions! What a time-saver that’s become for me – and so easy to do in Photoshop.

reading lots of tutorials to learn more about it ….thank you for the fun and agin congrats

The first time I experimented with opacity, layers, and brushes to create a cartoon drawing from a photograph. Then using curves and blending modes to create color profiles.

I love working with vectors in PHOTOSHOP!

My best tip is for both the VECTOR TOOLS and the SELECTION TOOLS:

When trying to create and position a vector shape or a selection circle/square you can hold down the SPACE BAR to move the shape/selection around the page without the object resizing.

Another tip is to hold down the ALT KEY to force the shape/selection to it’s original aspect ratio while toggling the SPACE BAR on and off to position the object. Makes positioning so much easier!

I think the best feature is the use of layers. I am continuously amazed at how powerful layers can be once you have a basic understanding of them!

Quick Mask (Q) is still one of my favorite short-cuts.

Knowing your modifier keys and learning what clicks do on thumbnails in you pallettes. All time savers – also ACTIONS and on a mac, automator with actions. HUGE time saver in production work. Also, I REALLY want CS5!!!

Using the bracket keys to change the size of a brush.

i loved getting the selection tips as they have made my job so much more prductive

Here is a useful tip for getting rid of unwanted colour cast. Make a duplicate of the image and then use filter BLUR – AVERAGE on it. Then back in the original open levels adjustment, select the grey point colour picker and click on the duplicate. Colour cast gone! Also the new and improved Refine Edge – Edge Detection is wicked!

My favourite is the Layer mask.
with this you can delet Pixels nondestructive.

Magic Eraser and its Tolerance are time and life savers for me:))

It’s all about the curves for me!! The ability to so precisely alter a photograph with curves is one that I can NOT be without!! My tip would be to be not afraid! Dive in and play around with curves to make your photographs truly your own!

I love to be able to use actions, it makes my work more consistent. I love the mask option and the liquefy rocks!

Good tip? Gotta be the one I’ve seen online that suggested using an image of a loaf of bread as a pattern for creating an old-like photo, I experiment with various patterns ever since and have achived quite interesting results.

I love the ability of masking. This is the only program to allow you to use wonderful texture and not ruin the subject!

I have not had the luxury of working with Photoshop yet but I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’ve heard so many great things about it. I would love to learn more about layers and actions.

I will have lots of tips when I finally get photoshop! It would make my year to win it!!!

I LOVE High Pass Filter to sharpen images. Also, work in layers….best tip ever!!! Thanks again for all that your teams continue to do..Adobe ROCKS!!!

I don’t have these programs yet, but I have become a fan so when I do have money to purchase them I will be ahead of the game!! I can’t wait for the day to switch to an adobe photoshop!!! YA!!!!

Short cuts, short cuts, short cuts! It will save you so much time.

There are so many! Refining selections for masks was so awesome :D Suddenly the new sky that got stuck in looks smooth :)

one of the PS tips I have is more for people who are newer to photoshop i heard and seen myself it happen to people.
my tip is to make sure when you have photoshop running that you do not have a huge amount of other applications running in the background especially if your computer is a couple of years old or has lower memory in it. one of the most discouraging things that can happen is your computer can slow down to a crawl or freeze causing you to loose all your unsaved work.

Photoshop’s creation of HDR images! the best!

One I was so happy to be shown is hold down the sspace bar and move around you image with the little hand.

I love short cuts. I love it even more when they are carried through to each version. My favorite is the Apple+L to get to the levels. That is my favorite adjustment.

Save often and learn keyboard shortcuts! Both will save a lot of time

My best tips is when you create a black and white photo from one in colour.
Open your colour photo and create a new gradiant map layer that turns the picture in to black and white. Create a hue/saturation layer in between the two layers. Look at the black and white picture and drag the hue slider to get the right feeling in the picture. Done :-)

    Very cool tip!

I think the channel dance (cmd+˜, cmd+1, cmd+2…) is the killer shortcut on early stages of any work.
-Find the perfect contrast for any mask whith these!

i am just learning how to use photoshop at first i was hesitant but now i realize its a going to be a fun tool to enhance photographs not destroy them :) I would love to win

Photosshop will automatically create a page dimension the same size as an image you have copied to your clipboard

My tip: When you want to extrude fonts(make them look like their sticking out) you can duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J) move the duplicate down a couple of times until it looks extruded, then grab the pen tool(p) join the edges from the original to the duplicate, this make it look extruded then join the duplicate and the edge corrections, darken the duplicate to give it so depth so it actually look like the font is sticking out. This is my most used technique in photoshop so I won’t have to open illustrator and 3d extrude it there it takes no time (well, for me. lol) but I hope ya’ll like it.

For me it’s got to be the action scripts. with a press of a button i can recreate my favorite effects and stuff.
or the radial blur (so cool!)
but really the best photoshop tip i can give is to have it on YOUR DESKTOP! that way you get it open and use it in seconds!

When adding intensity and interest to a photo.. Cmd+J to duplicate, blur, then set blending mode to overlay, dodge, burn, pin light, or whatever creates the right mood. Cmd+U to adjust Hue for a surreal twist to lighting, then paint in a layer mask and adjust layer’s opacity for desired intensity of effect.

    On a philosophical level, it’s important to remember that PS is just a good tool, like a paintbrush. When I started using PS in version 5.5, I thought I would be making imaginary worlds in seconds. It’s just not like that.

    My tip? Understand the science of light and color, get a grasp of your aesthetic sensibility, learn the ins and outs of your tools, plan ahead (but remember to experiment and play!), and then invest the time you need to do good work. You’ll get better over time, but there is no secret sauce.

Use SmartObjects!

i think photomerge is amazing at stiching photos together brilliant at making amazing landscape shots really amazing how it works so well

My favourite effect is the “skip bleach”. Duplicate background layer, Turn new layer into “overlay”, add adjustment layer Hue/Saturation, desaturate 40-60, add adjustment layer Curves, make “S” shaped curve to add more contrast. Simple and fun effect on photos! Of course you need to adjust theese settings as required, but this is the essentials.

One of the most useful things I’ve come across recently in Photoshop is Layer Transparency Lock(I’ve only recently switched to PS from PS Elements and am still figuring things out). My digital art looks so much better when I use the Transparency Lock instead of selecting the transparent areas with the Magic Wand and the selecting the Inverse.

My favourite is the ability to create actions and then being able to bulk process hundreds of images through bridge.

Belding options plus the 3d repousse text, charan! poof! a great simple art work, using spotlight on 3d text makes it beautiful, the brushes that make my background outrageous and the colors that makes my work sway in nature…. sorry bad english im a filipino…

Actions are my best friends to save time on many repeat steps that I perform on photos.

One quick tip I use all the time is to use the bracket keys to adjust the sizes of brushes in PS. Also, setting up actions to be used with the F-keys…push of a button…Done! I would love to win this…I hear so many good things about Lightroom.

I’ve been using Photoshop since version 2.5 and still find it the best software for creating visuals – whether concept art for movies, design for title sequences or drawing stuff with my children (the youngest is nearly four and can already use a wacom with Photoshop).

I’m still using CS3 and still waiting to upgrade but look forward to seeing the updates.

As I now work mainly as a Concept Artist / Matte painter I suppose I would like to see an even wider range of brushes that simulate what can be achieved traditionally. Not sure if CS5 covers this but, it would be great if more features and filters worked in 32bits per channel as most vfx work requires artwork at this colour depth.

THe best tip I can think of is making your work your own. It’s fun to try other techniques, but ultimately, its your artwork! :)

I love the additon of the quick selection tool. I don’t own a copy of photoshop but I use it at school and I love the fact that I can just click what I want selected instead of having to use one of the lasso tools or the magic wand and selecting everything of one color.

recording actions for any repetitive work. Save a boatload of time.

Try the gradient map black and white to convert your foto’s with few contrast to bl/w
contrast will be awsome!

unimportant what you want to do: retro, pop art, portret or landscape with PS it’s alway the way to do it… Limitless creativity….and looking for a new ideas and ways to chcange you’re art are the most enjoyable..

What a great idea. You should do this every week for a year!!

The best tip that I have learnt is to practice and experiment, but that was while I was at college. Now I have finished college and am trying to save up for Photoshop so that I can practice and experiment some more and hopefully some day start up my own photography and design business. Its such a shame that everytime that I save up some money another more urgent bill comes in :(
PRACTICE AND EXPERIMENT!!!!! It’s the best way to find out what all the tools in Photoshop do.

The best tip I can think of is to just play, try filters and layer styles on things you wouldn’t normally and see what happens. You can be surprised at the results sometimes, and best of all it helps teach you exactly what things do.

Oh there are so many fun tips. I do use Multiply blend mode to effortlessly knock out the white background of logos and such.

Hi I just learnt to use the eraser tool to mask out areas that you don’t want to be affected by the recorded action that you are using, it brings through the original colour from behind :-)

Something that has been extremely handy for me lately is the Output tab in Bridge. With just a few clicks I was able to generate web gallery code to display a set of photos online, so my model could choose her favorites. In a sense, this feature made it easy for me to make it easy for her :-)

pretty simple really but simple work often ;)
Two things that I often use

Shorcut
CTRL + T and CTRL + 0 ;)

And for some cool effect !
Duplicate layer twice – make layer 2.desaturate and layer 3(in color) as overlay. Now lower the opacyti of layer 2… Vola .. cool litle effect ;)

MCP Actions are awesome!

Of course the new “Content aware” fill function is killer! Saves me alot of labor hours!

I really wish I could leave a comment on Photoshop,, I would love to own it! I have been using subpar technology through various websites and the picture quality dropped significantly, while I had “good” pictures,, they were no where near as beautiful and high quality as those professionals would get. I do a lot of photography free for families in my area,, its a blessing to do this for them since hiring a photographer is never cheap. My husband will deploy to Afghanistan for a year soon and I would love to continue to send him beautiful pictures of “home” here on the Palouse in Pullman, WA. He collects all of my landscape photography and I would love to continue what I do for families with a program that can take my photos to the next level and do things I am only imagining I can do, please give me a chance to experience Adobe Photoshop, I would be so grateful,

My favorite thing I learned about Photoshop was when I discovered Actions. I also love the make my own greeting cards/templates and clipping masks are a life saver!

I have used both Photoshop and Lightroom and looove loove looove Lightroom!!! I am not a graphic artist, so I don’t need all the tools Photoshop offers. But for a photo bug, Lightroom is the best!! It has saved many a picture from certain destruction. I love how you can adjust the exposure, as well as just about everything else. Still learning the product, but I wouldn’t live without it!

I am new. I confess. I don’t have lightroom or photoshop. So, I don’t know any great tips. But I will let you know my best tips as soon as I can get the two! ;)

The ‘Tab’ feature. In Photoshop, press this and all the windows clear, leaving a clear/ uncluttered view of what you are working on. Simple, but extremely useful.

Make your picture “glow” with one of my favorite techniques. First duplicate the picture’s layer. Then apply the gaussian blur, set the screen blending mode and reduce opacity until you’re happy with the result.

Still learning PS, but the 2 things that have helped me tons so far: “Q” for quickmask and “Select color range”.

Adding a B/W adjustment layer with a blend mode of Soft Light… then adjust the B/W layer with the ‘hand’. Does wonders to a photo.

Actions can save you tons of time and energy by automating tasks in Photoshop. They are especially helpful when going through a set of similiarly lighted and styled portraits.

A great way to use “dodge” and “burn” without having it be destructive is to utilize layers. Create a layer, set it to overlay, on top of the layer that you want to manipulate. If you use a black brush, you can “burn” whatever you want, or if you use an white brush, you can “dodge”. By doing it this way, you can change the opacity of the layer, or erase, or add, until you get what you want. Without destroying what you’re trying to “burn” or “dodge”.

A great way to bring out hidden color in older scanned photos is to open up the levels tab, then adjust each channel separately (red, green & blue). Move the input level sliders on each side so that they are touching the black area (mountain) right at the point where it starts to rise.

Do this for all 3 color sliders and you will bring out a quite a bit of hidden color. Results are most dramatic for older photos that have lost their color, or become tinted orange over time.

I love and frequently use this one to get a custom and subtle vingnette
Use your select tool (square) go to feather and select about 100px (depending on photo size) then select a rough border around your subject (close to the edge of the image) then click on select inverse. Go to your brightness and contrast setting, and lower the brightness till the desired effect is reached.
This effect combined with tweaking the images colours brightness and contrast adds a proffessional touch to any photo! simple yet very effective.

Two tips one for Window users and one for everyone.

Window Tip or anyone with a scroll wheel on their mouse.

If you like going through the layer modes to see what the effect would be an easy way is to highlight the top Normal by clicking on it. Then using the Scroll wheel roll down the different layer modes. Quick and easy.

General Tip

Best way to unlock an layer. Click and drag the little lock to the trash. The layer will rename automatically.

My favorite tip was when i found photoshop in the first place =)

To keep file size manageable (especially if your computer is not a whizz banger) use adjustment layers i.e. don’t duplicate image for stacked effects.
You can easily alter layers opacity and settings or mask bits if you dont get the effect you are after.
Enjoy learning and remember Mr Google is everyone’s friend!
Cheers

Work the non destructive way! Layer copies and masks. Nothing is more annoying than losing awesome work : / and you’re always be able to change the whole artwork :)

Love using textures on layers to produce fabulous pictures.

is happy to say she is a photoshop virgin and lookng forward to be able to put all these tips to good use!

The greatest short cut is by far editing first in lightroom, I just downloaded the 30 day trial though Adobe, when the trial ends I don’t know what I’m going to do :(

My cool trick is using the artisitc filter-film grain in PS. Turn the grain down to 0% and adjust the highlighted and Intensity sliders. It gives the picture color pop.

I recently started using Highpass filter (Other). You duplicate your layer, desaturate, then apply the Highpass (in moderation) and blend with the old layer via Overlay .. gives the photo sort of sharper, more edgy look.

I am new to photoshop, but I love to edit eyes in photographs. I With the magic selector use select, feather and set to 10, then choose unsharp mask and play with the settings until you get the bright colored eyes. It really brings out the colors and makes them “pop”. Then I convert the remainder of the photo to black and white which gives stunning results!

If you want to brighten a photograph (or fix a dark one) make a layer and change the layer property to SCREEN. Then use the opacity setting to get it just right. You can layer on screen layers and get very unique results.

layers with masks, it is cool

when using any tool that requires you to make a point on the picture, just press delete when you mess up. dont worry, it doesnt delete the whole piccture all it does is delete the point that you made.

Dragging a layer to the little “new layer” icon to make a copy. Very handy!

I LOVE the new Refine Selection options for making difficult, selections like flyaway hair. The fact that you can then just choose to turn the result into a layer mask is genius!

Best tip? SAVE OFTEN!

I love the effect of the dodge tool on the eyes.
It makes the whole the picture pop. :D
and of course, the clone tool..great for those unwanted
spots in the face. lol

Play with it. Have fun experimenting – but don’t be afraid to take a class or two (or more!) to really get the hang of it. Photoshop and Lightroom are wonderful tools – but you only get out of them what you are willing to take the time to learn to do!

The best thing I love about CS5 is the content-aware fill tool. It took me ages to retouch my panoramas, nowadays – just seconds. I select the empty space, hit delete and I’m done. Thanks Photoshop team!

One of the best features, and easy, is the “Match Colors” adjustment!!! It’s just soooooooo awesome!!! Especially combined with blending modes! ;) And I only recently learnt that you can use curves for dodging & burning! :D

Wow, so many to choose from. I guess I’ll go with adding uping the blacks with a selective color layer. Love it!

Edit-> Fill -> Content Aware

The best think in the world//////I love it

My favorite tips came from the Evangelist contest. I watched soooooo many, thank you!

I love how I can color my pen & ink work
using the magic wand and lasso tools
I also like the air brush features as well

Using the magic wand tool to select the background for removal.

I currently use Photoshop Elements & the trick I love is dodging & burning eyes to make them pop ! I also love the liquify tool to take a few pounds off people ! I would love love love the chance to own Photoshop & learn the many capabilities of that !!!

Best tip I know is to get a wacom graphics tablet.

well i would have to say that that best thing ive come to find out is when im doing text and i want to add the affect to all the letters i create the letters separately, recording what im doing for the first one using the Actions Palette then play the action back for the other letters.

Whats not to love about adobe ! it supports raw! adobe bridge is great to organize plus, combined with NIK plugins HDR affects pro and NIK color affects pro its a must have post process tool! Always work with layers! :P

I’m afraid I don’t have really helpful hints, but I would LOVE to win because I can’t afford to buy it! :(

Layer Masks.
I love them.

I don’t have Photoshop now but when I think of all the amazing things I may do to my pictures the thing that allways comes up is layer mask. When I first learned how a layer mask worked I simply ignored it. XD Later on it became my most used tool :D I feel helpless without it :P

Tons of tips listed already, but one I didn’t see was one of my personal favourites…

Using something like USM or Smart Sharpen, then taking a snapshot going back to before you did the sharpening and then using the snapshot and history brush, adding the sharpening to – only the areas you wanted to with the opacity you prefer. Handy! I use the same method for other improvements as well.

relatively new to photoshop, but love the RAW capabilities, using layers, portraiture plug-in & a must is learning the shortcuts!

You can produce spectacular photos that entertain and amaze all who sse them by utilizining the HDR tools in Photoshop. Check it out for yourself.

I like to combine Lightroom and Photoshop together, using Lightroom to create some very surrealistic looking images, then stitching them togheter in PS as a panorama. Folks always seem to stop and look at those pictures a LOT longer than others…

I like photoshop so much, because it makes you expresses your hidden futuristic ideas to reality. And makes manipulation and retouching of photographs comes to life.

Photoshop has always been my choice for picture editing and creation, The best advice i have when creating something is. “Less is more” put too much in an it usually ruins what your trying to do. :)

To be honest I love using actions. I’ve only just learned about them recently, even though I’ve been working with Photoshop since high school, and it has changed how I work. Now I’m able to speed up my process by setting up what I want to do once and then letting actions take care of all those steps for me.

I like having the heaking brush and being able to work with raw files and the hdr merge
Royce

My favorite photoshop tip of all is the photoshop express editor on this site! I love the tools and all the options on my CS5, but sometimes all it takes is some simple tweaking here and bingo, I love what I’ve got! (SOMETIMES, depending on my mood, less is more!!)

Learn the Layer Masking tool for editing & creating outstanding images, and how to create actions. It will save you time in automating almost any task!

Love the content aware fill. I just love CS5 and LR3; they are the best! Wish I knew all there is to know, but then I wouldn’t have to “play” any more.

I love using the plug-in from Color Efex from Nik and the brilliance/warmth setting for my landscape photos. Adds instant pop and makes them look great.

I just learned how to lighten a dark photo by duplicating the layer then lowering the opaquacy in screen mode on the new layer until the image looks good. It worked a lot better than I imagined.

I look forward to all of the tips daily-but my favorite so far has been Building A Composite.

The best tip that I have is dont over do it. Simply make your adjustments or changes to whatever project you are working on and stop at that. Dont force it. Let creativity happen naturally. This will help produce the best photo and/or project! Also, run a slight high pass filter on a duplicated layer. Adds a nice, crisp touch to the end product!

I love blending modes. I love the fact that in addition to being able to place an image on top of another image, you can also take the top image and make it into something like the paint job of the image below (and so many more options).

Best Photoshop tip? Well I’ve been using an older version, CS2, and love what the new version promises to offer. I did a trial and have a huge crush. That said, I love that you can take something mediocre and make it wonderful.
Therefore my tip is to use cropping features, and then levels in RGB mode to create the mood that you ideally want to achieve in the photo. Think about using some of the various blur methods in order to bring focus to your desired subject – all without the high dollar lens or forethought of a professional photographer. Complete your edit with dodges and burns by hand, clone tool and other slight modifications. There’s been a thousand times I’ve utilized the layers tool to completely edit out one thing and add another – and also add text or other cool graphic design effects that complete the project and make it truely wonderful. It is the ultimate companion to making something out of nearly nothing.

I love the fact that I can organize all my photos in groups! Plus presets make editing a cinch.

I like to use posteredge in its least settings to sharpen images . gives it some strength.

After having used the Photoshop CS5 trial for the past 24 days, one of my favorite tips is; if you have a Wacom tablet, set a shortcut of “R” to one of the buttons on your Wacom pen, and you have easy access to the rotate tool. Such a great new feature.

I discovered this by accident, as I had previously had “R” set for quick access to the smudge tool. The rotate tool is better as a shortcut, hands down.

I’ve gotta say my favorite tips simply have to do with speed. Whether it’s designating (or for starters learning) custom keyboard shortcuts, color-coding your favorite menu items for quick identification, or all the myriad Option-click and Option-drag tricks that I’m constantly discovering, Photoshop really is a solution that grows with you as you learn, and will help you become faster and more efficient in achieving your artistic vision.

If you do not have or forget to use an ND graduated filter when you take certain shots don’t despair, Lightroom has a graduated filter for editing purposes. This is a great tool for balancing light & has saved my bacon several times. Thank you Photoshop.

One of my favorite toys on my old version is setting my own patterns for the paint bucket. Just find a pattern you like or make your own and Edit > Define pattern > name it. Now you can fill large spaces (or small ones) with your own textures and patterns.

I love the option to right-click on the layer effect and create layer for every effect and then edit them manually as I want. Really helpful.

While struggling to get rid of chroma noise in the shadows of a photo I tried a number of commercial products and complicated actions without getting a result I was please with. What I finally did was copy the background layer, then desaturated the background until the noise was gone. Then I set the copy to overlay and adjusted the opacity until I had a result I liked. The Chroma noise was gone and I had a nice sharp photograph.

I love what you can do with the layers. I could really use these programs to improve my business potential. Being a stay at home mom makes it tough to justify the purchase when my children are my first and top priority. It sure would be nice to check these off my wish list! Thanks Adobe! ☺

Masks, masks, and more masks. How can one not LOVE masks?! Makes life so much easier.

Best Tip: Learn everything that layers have to offer. I use layer masks on almost every new layer rather than ever erasing because you can control so much more. I play with opacity and blending modes to alter how much a new layer changes my photo. I select multiple layers at a time to move them together without having the merge them. And I really loved when I figured out that any shape/object can become a clipping mask when you use CTRL+G.

This may seem a little basic but my original lightbulb moment was several years ago when I realized that I should/could edit layer copies rather than the originals. I have had many more lightbulb moments since … thanks!

I encourage new users to dive in and play with Photoshop. Learn the various tools by using them.

When you find a tool that you use several times per day, look up its keyboard shortcut and memorize it.

The best way to master Photoshop is to learn the keyboard shortcuts, actions, batch processing, and other labor saving features.

I love batches. Not only for making gallerys for web, but for everything. One of ny frinds didnt know how to use a batch, some years ago. But now he has tons of batches making 3D Pictures, lightpainting-photos, and a lot more. saving him tons of time. I suspect that a lot of users dosent use batches, because PS have been moving arround with these fetures without really develobing the feture.
;-)

PS: Been PS user since 96.

CTL-L ROCKS!!!! Use it on EVERY picture!

My best tip in photoshop is how to add light to photos
that were made under poor light.
Just make copy of your original layer and change blend mode to Screen

It is very fast and usefull!!!

Keyboard Shortcuts are the way to go. Don’t just use the standard shortcuts, create your own.
When I worked for my last employer, most of my tasks with photoshop were similar. I went through the same motions again and again and learned to memorize the given shortcuts as well as to create some of my own. Makroing mini tasks saves a lot of time that you can spend on polishing the results in the end.

making stencils from shadows, mid tones and highlights, then creating three separate fill layers and printing all three separate, then spraying them three different paint colours to make the image. this is my current most favorite use of photoshop

i really love editing pictures when i use the adjustments in image section. using the adjustments and then Curves, i can manage to turn my picture into a more emphasized beauty it has.. the vibrance, Levels and other adjustments i used is amazingly perfect for editing photos that will result to a more impressive photography…even without using the brushes, your picture will transform into something that’ll make you surprise!

Photoshop helps me in my work very much ! Use it since 2000, since i was in school )

My tip is to use the filter to straighten images as you get a live view of the change you have made without using undo.

I love ‘content aware’ in CS5. It has made making of montages even easier.In fact I love all of Photoshop. Thank you PS.

To achieve realistic and subtle photographic vignettes within Photoshop, create a new layer and paint black around the corners of your image using a soft brush – I generally paint with 100% opacity. Then change the Blend mode of the layer to Overlay and reduce the opacity of the layer as required (I generally go between 20-50%). By using the Overlay blend mode, you get the subtle burn in the colours rather than just a straight black vignette. If you want to darken the vignette further, duplicate the later and change that Blend mode to Normal and drop the opacity to 5-10%.

Love all keyboard shortcuts. I hardly need my mouse for many actions, doing it all via shortcuts. It’s so helpful and so much faster.

to manipulate images into artistic compositions, is a rewarding process
of creation…
as in the following tutorial, an underwater explosive effect is achieved through blending two very different images to create an amazing dissolving figure of a man.

This is a great technique for pieces where you want the clothes, not the face, to take centre-stage.

Although more than old, Nik Ainley, a UK based designer, demonstrates this wonderful underwater effort in intricate detail, explaining the importance of patience.

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/index.cfm?featureID=1704&pn=1

**there are 6pp to review, in which may test your patience for reading

I like that the layers are available to use in Premier as well. The integration is great. Am trying out some animations with that technique.

If you’ve worked with a shape layer, you’ve probably noticed the appearance of a thin outline around the shape. The outline you see around a shape layer really doesn’t mean anything. It won’t print or show up on a saved Web image; however, it does look flat-out distracting when you’re trying to work with your images. Just click the mask next to the shape layer it’s on, and that outline will disappear. Click on it again if you ever want to turn it back on.

Hi you all! “Masking Basics in Photoshop CS5″ is the tutorial I vote for, it was very useful to me.

My favourite PS tools are Curves, Channel Mixer and Dodge instruments. I would like to learn to use the layers better.

I like the selection tools best i think. Especially the redifine edge command. Photoshop is fantastic. Greetings from Norway

I love this very page with the tips from others!

Thank you for all help!

I would have to say that I LOVE using the clarity feature for some of my pictures…it makes the pictures look a lot better.

Thanks for this chance,
Catherine
catlevy@eastlink.ca

Very interesting, I have just written some Photoshop Training tips including some very useful Photoshop shortcuts I think you may find handy.

I started in photography when the older pros had to be prised away from their Speed Graphic 4×5’s and sneered at us young idiots using 35mm. 25 years in photography, up to my elbows in chemicals. Gave up to be a teacher of drama. Discovered digital 12 years ago. My passion re-ignited. Discovered Photoshop – the single greatest piece of software ever invented – the same year. Started with 5 – now up to CS5. Recently one of my photgraphic students was attempting to open two exhibitions at the same time. She prints on walls – up to her elbows in emulsion. Asked me to prepare the other exhibition and its digital files. She is VERY picky about colour. I’m not. Photoshop saved my ass. She also swears by Lightroom. Working on her system was an epiphany! Working in Lightroom is like working in a darkroom. Makes all the initial choices, crops, exposure adjustments soooo easy. Wish I had had RAW when I was a young theatre photographer. I recently was able to save a whole set of shots in which a lighting operator was playing around with the settings while I was photographing. He left a real hotspot in the centre. In the old days I could have kissed all the shots goodbye. Either highlights blown out or shadows like Hades. Not with RAW!
But enough. On to my tip. I downloaded the trial of Lightroom 3. I have just photographed an old friend of mine – an actress – for her new head shots. She’s beautiful, but not in the first flush…. Also was rather ill when I took the shots. Agents want shots which show the reality now. When I started out they just wanted the most glamorous shots possible. The reality would have been really depressing for her. I was trying to retouch without it being too obvious. Lightroom is very good for the first stages and for converting to B+W, but not so good for fine retouching (If it was who would need Photoshop?) Normally I would have created a duplicate layer in CS5, given it a slight Gaussian Blur and set the blend mode to Screen or Lighten, varying the opacity until I got what I wanted. However, toying about with Lightroom’s Clarity slider (too sharp and cruel on the plus side) I overshot the readjustment and went down to the negative side. Eureka! Her skin magically smoothed out at about -50 (it varies), without any loss of sharpness in the hair. Ctrl E to open it in Photoshop (learn the keyboard shortcuts – so much easier) where the wonderful Spot Healing Brush tool with its magical Content Aware setting enabled me to INVISIBLY smooth out wrinkles and puffiness without it looking as though it had been airbrushed out of existence. Still looks very real. Agent happy. Friend happy. Then experimented on a nude I had done, wanting to give it the feel of a Greek statue. Even further down the neg side and I finally had the effect that I had been struggling for. Do you wonder that I give thanks on my knees every night for Adobe and Photoshop? With a little extra prayer for Lightroom. My trial runs out next week….

I have recently begun making funny Bioshock-inspired poster, with this “old/retro” feel. I must say I loved how the different sharpness tools can be used towards making “ink-spots”, but when I found this plugin – everything changed.

Mister Retro, is the coolest feature
http://www.misterretro.com/pp_interface.html
:D That made me so happy, as Adobe-software always does.

I am a wedding and portrait photographer and I use a lot of shortcuts and love them all. I would like to learn more, however I LOVE keyboard shortcuts. Command+M helps my workflow tremendously. I also love using Actions for smoothing out skin tones, etc, in my portraits.

I have to say that editing layers, rather than the original has saved my pictures on multiple occasions.

And of course, the “Step Backward” feature is up in my faves too. :)

The tip I like the most about Photoshop is: search the net for free trainings and apply those trainings to the different methods Photoshop gives you to create. Your mind will be blown away at the free resources out there. From tutorials on the web to people giving away brushes they’ve created, Photoshop and the entire CS package quickly becomes an all-in-one powerhouse for the best to the most meek designers out there. Buy it and find out for yourself.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE to use the healing brush tool to fix up small blemishes on the face when doing portrait photography!!!

The keyboard shortcuts/actions are awesome! My faves:

[ = brush gets smaller
] brush gets bigger
f = toggles image view–gets rid of the tools…
d=default colors
x= switch them

Ahhh Photoshop! I play with it daily!

Using the levels layer to pick your wb by using the eyedropper tool. Using layers! Using shortcut keys! :)

May favorite things: Actions – it makes everything go faster :) Setting my own shortcuts :) Layer masks :)

To give more spark to a photo that needs little more life, like photos that were taken with some haze, or a little flat, or just to experiment, try this:

Do an “Unsharp”, with Threshold=0, “Amount” very low, to about “20”, and crank up “Radius” all the way up to about 100-150.

The picture comes to life.

When looking at the tutorials on the new CS5 I cannot wait to use the tool for complex layers. I love being able to edit pictures with layers, it makes everything so much easier!! I also love being able to use actions, it makes things go a lot faster when you need to!

I just like the speed of using the keyboard shortcuts.

I would like to say…. I just love most important, attractive and hide feature of Photoshop is, It provides the user to create, show, draw, paint a picture which in his or her mind before he or she work on that. And Photoshop helps user to do or create or display those thought in picture more attractive with Photoshop’s nice features. :)

Very much the best feature is the automatic lens correction in Lightroom 3

Just one, huh? Ok,I’m thinking it’s got to be Layers… a little piece of magic is born on every Layer; blend modes, opacity, masking- name them, hide them… no wait- Batching… definitely Batching… the ability to do so much- cropping, resizing whole sessions with just a few clicks… no,hold on…um… Snapshot- taking a snapshot of where you’re at right now on a project, so you can back track if you mess up on that Really Cool Idea. Yea- no… wait… it’s really the Healing/Clone tools; now you see it, now you don’t- perfect for retouching & restoration work… Definitely… no… Layers- I was right the first time.
*sigh* So many tools, tips & tricks- I can’t possibly pick a favorite- they all contribute beautifully to each piece I create. I work in PS2 and I love the fact that there is more than one way to accomplish an effect- it allows you to pick the ‘tip’ that works best for you. Whether it’s restoration, digital art or portraits- Photoshop makes my work flow intuitive, leaving more time for the creative process.

I love using the filters and especially the reverse black and white effect,there are absolutely so many possibilities that you could stay up all night trying them out.

I love the content aware fill tool absolutely AMAGING!!! :D

I love the ability to make 3D shapes from photos, videos or artwork in Photoshop CS5. There are lots of pre-made shapes to choose from, or you can make your own from your vector drawings. You can even animate them.

One of my most frequently used tips is to create a Dodge & Burn Layer where you have far greater control than simply using the Dodge & Burn Tools.

DODGE & BURN LAYER
1) Create a new blank layer (click on New Layer icon at bottom of Layer panel)
2) Set the layer to Overlay
3) Press‘d’ to make your colors the default B&W
4) With a soft/low opacity Brush (10-20%) paint where you want to dodge & burn.
Use the ‘x’ key to alternate between dodging (white) and burning (black).

You now have the ability to reduce the opacity, lasso, blur, fade (and numerous other techniques) to control the effect in a very specific area of the image through the use of this layer. And the best part, it is “non-destructive” to the original image.

This tip can be use in all versions of Photoshop that allow layers.

One of the best tips anyone gave me that I give to others is to learn about Layers. Learn everything you can about them. Play with them, become proficient with them. Then use them….a lot!

And speaking of Dodge & Burn…

A really simple but way cool trick with the actual Dodge & Burn Tool is to use the opt/alt key to simply alternate between the two tools when either one is selected. This means you only have to change the opacity, size or mode of the tool once!

Layers are not only the best features in photoshop but also alpha channels, because they are very powerful for masking and selecting. Also great thing is the possibility to modify and save many different workspaces. That is really unique.

One thing that works really well for boosting the colors in a photo is to duplicate the layer (after creating a flattened layer, if you have multiple layers) and set the blend mode to Multiply. You’ll have to drop the opacity on the top layer, but it really boosts the colors on most pictures.

A great method to heighten the drama of a photo and to give it some sophistication is to transfer emphasis from color toward lines and tone contrast.

One of my favorite methods of doing this is duplicating the photo layer, desaturate it completely, then set the blending mode to Overlay. Adjust Opacity as needed.

My fav is reducing grain by (smart)blurring one of the colour channels (red, green or the blue one)

attach an Intuous 4 or above on to it!

One of the most fun tools in Photoshop is Shadows/Highlights. Using this adjustment can makes your picture look stunning, you can create different feels to one image just by moving the sliders. It can make an image look like an HDR if done right. Also, you get back details in an image that might have been lost when the picture was taken.

the tip of searching the internet for tips…:)

I have to say my fav PS tools are masks and the history brush, so convenient and easy. There hasn’t been a single workflow that doesn’t utilize these tools……they ROCK!!!!

My favorite thing about Photoshop is the fact that you can “over-edit” the background, and erase the effects from the skin. I love Lightroom because there are many excellent presets, and you can fine tune aspects of the picture. Would love to have them both, and learn some awesome tips.

Curves…using multiple layers of curves to get the contrast you need instead of trying to do it with just one curves adjustment

I wish I could answer your question but it would be the same as asking which one of my children I like best. I love them all the same both children and tips. I have used and used the tips. It always amazes me how often I uses them and how much they improve an photo. Even the small tips can bring such great improvements!

Thank you and kept the tips coming
Dale Bales

There’s so many tips and options, I just can’t pick one!

I like clicking on channel to select all colors of that channel in the image. That works very well for selecting skyes, for example: much better than using magic wand or lasso. Great for photographers.

I love being able to use the brush tool as an eraser – I use it ALL the time when I am digiscrapping! THanks!

I love the Keyboard shortcuts, what a time saver!

I love your products…amazing it all I can say..Thanks

My biggest tip is to learn ACTIONS and LAYERS. Once you get the hang of those two, you can do so much. Keyboard shortcuts are great also.

Holding Ctrl and Alt to duplicate while dragging, is my most used shortcut

I love the keyboard short cuts, Ctrl + Z, has to be my most used.

There are a lot of useful tips. It’s hard to point out the most helpful. It’s great, that the tips are so easy to understand!

One of my most used brushes is the history brush! By setting source points for the history brush before an adjustment to an image I use it for partial noise reduction in photos, partial color adjustment, curve corrections etc. You can also apply a filter, set the source to this point, get back to an earlier stage/snapshot and “history into the future”.

Tablets are amazing! I can retouch almost 200 images in an 8 hour shift with these bad boys! make life so much easier, and the whole photoshop experience more enjoyable. Much better for your wrist too – as we all know, we spend far too much time o photoshop than any doctor would recommend…

Since I only have CS3, one that like was “Retouching in Photoshop CS3.”

One of my favorite tools is the “Pucker” tool. I do a lot of Maternity. Let’s face it girls…pregancy doesn’t alway leave us looking svelt. I have taught myself to pucker away unwanted weight and double chins given us complements of gestation. Then…”Diffuse Glow”! “Oh, my…you’re positively glowing!” The best comment Ive gotten to date on a photo taken by me that my friend posted on her Face Book wall! I own CS4, I tried to trial CS5, but BOTH were too much for my old computer and I had to delete it before the trial was up. But I absolutely LOVED it!

Without reading all the other tips, mine is: save often and save different versions with and number after it. I’ve gotten confused as to which layers I like best and in which combination.

Using USM with large/multi radius to increase local contrast.

I’m new to Photoshop, but i would say using the tutorials and buying the Photoshop magazine is a great place to start:), after all its were i learnt this tip, If you can’t remember shortcuts for tools, make your own.Edit > Keyboard shortcuts allows you to customise settings.

Couldn’t live without keyboard shortcuts of course. Learning to use layer masks is also one of my favorite tips.

Use keyboard shortcuts for zooming (Alt+Mousewheel) and panning around (Space + Mouse click) :)

The best tip I have found with Photoshop when starting out is to start simple, be patient, do a little everyday allowing yourself to become familiar with the controls etc., and soon your expertise and confidence with using the application will grow. Also buy a couple of good instruction books – Steve Johnsons Brilliant Photoshop CS and Louis Benjamin Photoshop CS in simple steps I would recommend. Try some of the Photoshop mags too, well worthwhile with CD’s that give you Pics and guidance to practice on, and look for the free on line tutorials too. Most of all, dont lose heart, and keep practicing as this software can produce some magical results once you know how to use it. Have fun.

The best tip I ever found could be the way to recreate the real transparence of an object using the channels … I normally select the most contrasted channel, adjust the curves if needed, and select it (and invert it if needed) to play on the layer mask to ‘fade’ some parts … Terrible for glasses, windows, etc !!
Thanks for the giveaway anyway !

Just starting out and would love to learn and create with the best tools out there :)

I used PS some time ago. One of the first tips that I learn was the Transformation tool (CTRL + T). It was one of the my best tips that I learn!

My best tip? Learn and get used to layers and masks, these little things can really save you a lot of trouble and don’t even think about flattening your work while saving, there is always more to improve.
Also, check keyboard shortcuts, without them, your workflow will be much harder and longer to accomplish final image.

I love your products…amazing it all I can say..Thanks

http://www.planetphotoshop.com/wall-of-text.html

like a few years ago the “great” then tip was to select text, select image and “paste inside”. I love how this has moved on since then ♥

One of the best features for doing phenominal images is the warp tool. It allows me to reshape images in a way no other tool does. In addition, the enhanced 3d features have really added a new dimension to 3d modeling.

:D

Using layer masks rocks!

Creating Fractals is so easy and pretty much fun with the transfrom again Shortcut CMD+Alt+Shift+T !

save often because although photoshop is great, powercuts aren’t!

the layering and grouping of layers is a life-saver itself! common yet compared to other editing apps i think photoshop is best in this thing! it’s easy to use and organize and can still edit individual layers in the group easily. Really a time-saver!

I’ve never had a full Photoshop version as I don’t want to download it illegally.

Keyboard shortcuts are def my favorite!!!

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how to make collage using adobe photoshop?
i heve try it so many time.. but i don’t know the way to make collage using adobe photoshop.

when i am in photoshop i never delete any image from open window, please help me.

I am using mac, when i am in photoshop i never delete any image from open window, please help me.

WELL I HAET IT SO MUCH BUT I THINK PHOTESHOP IS THE BESTOF ALL IT’S DIFFRENT FROM THE OTHERS AND I CAN LIVE ALL OF MY IMAGE LOL

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it sucks.HA HA HA!HAVE FUN!

Dont get me wrong but it does suck

I take that back it is kinda cool man.

Export paths to Illustrator makes my vector logos quick and easy!

please I need camera raw plug-ing for Cs4 plz help me soon

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. Do you agree?

I think, Ive seen something like that in High End Retouch by Natalia Taffarel… nice work!

Quite good works! I can only imagine how it would look like done with leica or new canon.. ;)

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