2015/03/03

Video Tutorial – The Secret to Photoshop’s Art History Brush

In this episode of the Complete Picture (The Secret to Photoshop’s Art History Brush), Julieanne Kost demonstrates the power of the Art History brush in Photoshop CS5 and its ability to continuously sample from any history state or snapshot. She will show you how to create compelling, painterly images by making simple changes to the default settings and utilizing a variety of different brush tips and presets.

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2015/03/02

Merging Layers in Photoshop

• Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layer with the layer below and /or Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layers when multiple layers are selected.

The three selected layers are merged into a single layer.

The three selected layers are merged into a single layer.

 

• Command + Shift + E (Mac) | Control  + Shift + E (Win) will merge visible layers.

The top two Layers aren't merged because they are not visible.

The top two Layers aren’t merged because they are hidden.

 

• Command + Option + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + E (Win) creates a new layer and pastes a “flattened” version of the selected layers on it (the key to this shortcut is that you have to have multiple layers selected)!

The information from the two selected layers are copied to an new layer and merged.

A flattened copy of the two selected layers are merged onto a new layer.

• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) creates a new layer and pasted a “flattened” version of all (visible) layers on it.

A flattened copy of all visible layers is pasted onto a new layer.

A flattened copy of all visible layers is merged onto a new layer (regardless of what layer(s) is selected).

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2015/02/27

Finding Similar Layers in Photoshop

Option + Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift + F (Win) will toggle on “Layer Search” (in the Layers panel), and automatically select Filter By Name. This is very convenient if you know the name of the layer that you are looking for.

The Layers panel has additional criteria on which it can filter including Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute, Color, Smart Object and Selected. Choose the criteria and narrow it down using the additional options that appear to the right. The “light switch” to the right of the Filter options toggles the filtering on and off.

On the left, the Filter is set to only display visible layers. On the right, clicking the “light switch” toggles the filtering on and off.

On the left, the Filter is set to only display visible layers. On the right, clicking the “light switch” toggles the filtering on and off.

 

Note: when filtering by Kind, you can click on more than one icon at a time in order to narrow down the search.

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2015/02/26

Quickly Centering a Layer in Photoshop

Using the Move tool with “Smart Guides” and “Snap” enabled (View > Show > Smart Guides and View > Snap), makes it easy to reposition a layer in the center of the canvas.

If, however, you have a very complex document with a number of overlapping layers near the center of the image, it can be difficult to “Snap” to the correct location. When this is the case, don’t forget that you can quickly Select > All (Command + A (Mac) | Control + A (Win) and, with the Move tool chosen, click the “Align Vertical Centers” and “Align Horizontal Centers” icons in the Options bar.

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Tips and Tricks in Photoshop CC – Friday, on CreativeLive

Julieanne_Kost_Tips_And_Tricks_with_Adobe_Photoshop_WEB_1600x900This action-packed session will give you the deluxe tour through the new tools, features, and product enhancements in Photoshop CC 2014. Julieanne Kost will get you up-to-speed on the latest features and ready to take advantage the most current technology. More details here.

 

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2015/02/25

Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop – Thursday, on CreativeLive

Julieanne_Kost_Automating_Your_Workflow_WEB_1600x900Are you ready to work better, faster, and more efficiently in Photoshop? Then join me for a free course on Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop to learn everything you need to know to use Photoshop to its fullest potential. More details here.

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2015/02/24

Chris Orwig and Julieanne Kost –  Searching for the Creative Spark – on CreativeLive this Thursday!

Julieanne_Kost_Chris_Orwig_Searching_for_the_Creative_Spark_WEB_1600x900lrJoin Chris Orwig and I for a free, live broadcast on how to ignite and sustain the creative spark. I hope you will join us this Thursday, Feb. 26th from 9-10:30am PST. More details here.

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2015/02/23

Photoshop and Lightroom Essentials – Sunday 3/1 at WPPI in Las Vegas!

If you’re attending WPPI, I hope to see you in my class: Photoshop and Lightroom Essentials – Everything You Need to Know in 90 Minutes!

If you still need to upgrade to a full platform pass to attend all of the special events (plus choose from over 200 to attend), click here and get the code before 2/25 when prices hit $399.

Add my Photoshop and Lightroom Essentials class to your planner here.

 

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2015/02/20

6 Days of Free Photoshop Training – Starting Monday!

Be sure to join us for a week of free Photoshop and Lightroom training on CreativeLive!

I hope you’ll join me for one of my presentations:

Feb 26 | 9:00am Searching for the Creative Spark with Julieanne Kost and Chris Orwig

Feb 26 | 10:45am Automating Your Workflow

Feb 27 | 9:00am Julieanne’s Favorite Tips and Tricks with Photoshop

Click here to view the entire schedule of presenters and topics. See you there!

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Load Layer Contents as a Selection in Photoshop

To load the contents of any layer as a selection based on the opacity of pixels in the layer:
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on the layer thumbnail on the Layer’s panel.

• Command + Shift (Mac) / Control + Shift (Win) to add additional layers to the selection.

• Option + Command (Mac) / Alt + Control (Win) to subtract additional layers from the selection.

• Option + Command + Shift (Mac) / Alt + Control + Shift (Win) to create the intersection of multiple layers.

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2015/02/19

Selecting with the Marquee Tool in Photoshop

• Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) key while dragging with the Marquee tools creates a selection from the center.
• Holding the Shift key will constrain the Marquee to a square or circle.
• After starting to draw a selection using the Marquee tool, holding the spacebar (while still holding the mouse down) allows the repositioning of the origin of the selection. Releasing the spacebar (while still holding the mouse down) allows continuation of drawing of the selection.

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2015/02/18

Celebrating 25 Years of Photoshop!

Happy Anniversary! Can you believe that Photoshop is turning 25?

Thank you Thomas Knoll for dreaming up and creating Display – the pixel editing program which has since evolved into the Photoshop that I know and love today. Photoshop has allowed me to express my thoughts, face my fears, and pursue my dreams with a creative vision that I never dreamed possible twenty-five years ago.

“2015 will be a year of celebrating, not where Photoshop has been, but where Photoshop is going and the people that make it possible. Below is our “bucket list” for the year, events we invite you to join us in as we look ahead to the next 25 years of Photoshop, and the future that we will co-create together.”

Read more about Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary bucket list on the Photoshop.com blog.

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Common Shortcuts for the selection tools in Photoshop

The Marquee, Lasso, Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools all share some common shortcuts that can help you when making more complex selections:
• Holding the Shift key and dragging with the tool will add to an existing selection.
• Holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) and dragging with the tool will subtract from the original selection.
• Holding the Option + Shift (Mac) / Alt + Shift (Win) and dragging with the tool will produce the intersection of selections.
• Move a selection 1 pixel at a time using the arrow keys. Add the Shift key to move in increments of 10 pixels.
• Holding the Shift key while moving selection or layer using the Move tool will constrain the movement to multiples of 45° (0°, 45°, 90° etc.). Note: add the Shift key after you start moving the selection or layer.

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2015/02/17

The Airbrush Attribute in Photoshop

Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) toggles the airbrush attribute on and off. When the airbrush attribute is in use, tapping a numeric key will set the Flow amount. If the airbrush attribute is not applied, then the opacity is affected. Use the Shift key to target the other field.

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2015/02/16

It’s Photoshop Week at CreativeLive – February 23 – 28th!

I hope you will join me for CreativeLive’s Photoshop Week 2015! February 23rd, Creative Live will kick off 6 days of free educational training with 13 instructors and 48 classes covering an unprecedented number of tips and techniques for Photoshop and Lightroom! I hope you’ll join me for one of my presentations:

Feb 26 | 9:00am Searching for the Creative Spark with Julieanne Kost and Chris Orwig

Feb 26 | 10:45am Automating Your Workflow

Feb 27 | 9:00am Julieanne’s Favorite Tips and Tricks with Photoshop

Click here to view the entire schedule of presenters and topics. See you there!

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