The Photoshop team is currently working on a much requested feature – the addition of content aware technology when cropping. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your image and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate an image. It’s not in the currently shipping product, but I hope we’ll see it soon!
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Adobe Capture CC now makes it quick and easy to take images on Android and iOS devices and turn them into interesting and unique patterns for use in Photoshop CC. Below is an example of the original image (upper left), that was used to create several patterns in Capture CC:
Once you save a pattern in Capture CC, Creative Sync makes it available in the Libraries panel in Photoshop.
Click on the thumbnail for the pattern in the Libraries panel to add the pattern to an open document. Photoshop automatically creates a Pattern Fill layer and displays options for scaling.
(If you already have Capture on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, or Android phone, make sure you’ve updated it to 2.0.)
When duplicating layers and layer groups, Photoshop adds “copy” to the name of the duplicated layer (or layer group) in the Layer’s panel. To disable this feature, use the fly-out menu on the Layers panel to select Panel Options and uncheck Add “Copy” to Copied Layers and Groups.
Tap the “D” key to set the foreground/background colors to black/white.
Note: If you have a Layer mask selected, tapping the “D” key will set the foreground/background colors to white/black.
Here is a link to my (Photoshop Advanced Tips and Techniques) presentation that I did at Adobe MAX last year.
I would suggest that you start at 4:30 to skip the portion where I talk about how they can use my blog as a reference etc.
With the Line tool selected, click on the gear icon in the Options bar to access the Arrowheads option.
In addition, the ‘[‘ or ‘]’ (left or right bracket) decreases or increases the weight of the line by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will increase or decrease the line width in increments of 10. Note, this changes the setting for the next time you use the tool to create a line.
Control -click (Mac) / Right -click (Win) the tool icon in the Options bar (officially called the Tool Preset Picker) and choose Reset Tool or Reset All Tools to set the tool(s) options (found in the Options bar) to their default state(s). This shortcut is a great way to trouble shoot why a tool might not be working the way that you think it should – perhaps you changed the tool’s blend mode, feather, or other option the last time you used it, and have since forgotten to set it back.
Note: this shortcut doesn’t reset the visibility or grouping of the tools, only their options.
If you have an active selection in your document (marching ants) and have content on the clipboard, selecting Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into will paste the content from the clipboard onto a new layer and automatically convert the selection into a Layer mask!
Command + Option + Shift + V (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + V (Win) is the shortcut for Paste Into.
Command + \ (Mac), Control + \ (Win) targets a layer mask.
Command + 2 (Mac), Control + 2 (Win) targets the layer.
To paste content (from the clipboard) into a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac)/ Alt -click (Win) the Layer mask icon on the Layers panel. This shortcut does two things – it targets the mask as well as toggles off the visibility of the mask. Then, choose Edit > Paste to paste into the mask.
Note: if you don’t want to use the shortcut, you can paste into a layer mask by clicking on the mask in the Channels panel and toggling ON the visibility. Choosing Edit > Paste will paste into the mask, displaying the mask as a red overlay.
Click on the link icon between the layer icon and the mask icon in the Layers panel to unlink the mask from the layer (allowing either to move independently of the other).
Shift-click in the layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to temporarily disable the mask.
Click again on the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to enable it.
For a vector mask, you must shift -click the thumbnail again to enable it.
You can also Control-click (Mac) / Right mouse -click (Win) on either type of mask in the Layers panel and choose to Enable or Disable a mask.
Clicking on the Vector mask icon in the Layers Panel will toggle the path’s visibility.
When the path is visible, drawing a path with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path), will add to the mask.
When the path is hidden, drawing with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path) creates a new Work Path.
When working on intricately composited, multi-layered documents, I often find it useful to check each of the layer masks before finalizing the image. To do this, Option -click (Mac) / Alt -click (Win) on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to display the mask in the image area. With the mask visible, check to see if there are any unwanted or awkward transitional areas that might not have been visible in the complex composite (a sharp edge from a selection or a small area unknowingly left unpainted, for example).
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