Posts in Category "Adobe Photoshop"

March 2, 2015

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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February 27, 2015

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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February 26, 2015

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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February 25, 2015

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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February 23, 2015

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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February 20, 2015

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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February 19, 2015

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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February 18, 2015

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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February 17, 2015

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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February 16, 2015

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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February 5, 2015

Layer Panel Preview Options in Photoshop

You can customize the preview settings for your Layer thumbnails by selecting Panel Options from the Layers panel fly-out. These settings can make it far easier to see the contents of a layer – especially when viewing on screens that have limited screen area.

• Select a desired Thumbnail Size. Note: if your image is significantly wider than it is high, selecting the smaller thumbnail sizes might display the generic icon for Adjustment layers.

• Under Change Thumbnail Contents, select  “Layer Bounds” to display a preview image of only the area in the layer that contains content.

With the Thumbnail content set to Layer Bounds, we see the  shells as large as possible in the thumbnail.

With the Thumbnail content set to Layer Bounds, we see the shells as large as possible within the thumbnail area.

Select “Entire Document” to display the layer content in relationship to the entire document.

With the Thumbnail content set to Entire Document, we see the location of the shells in relationship to the entire canvas size.

With the Thumbnail Content set to Entire Document, we see the location of the shells in relationship to the entire canvas.

• Use Default Masks on Fill Layers will automatically add layer masks to Fill layers.

• Expand New Effects  displays the contents of layer styles when applied.

• Add “copy” to Copied Layers and Groups will add the word copy to the layer name when duplicating layers in the Layers panel.

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February 3, 2015

Resizing Brushes and Customizing Cursors in Photoshop

If you’re tired of tapping the left and right brackets to increase / decrease your brush size, try using the drag-resize brush cursor keyboard shortcut in Photoshop to make rapid changes to the brush size. Ctrl + Option (Mac) / alt + right click (Win) -drag left to right to decrease/increase brush diameter while displaying a red overlay of the density and feather of the brush for visual reference. Drag up and down (using the same shortcut) to increase/decrease the hardness/softness of the brush. If you prefer to change the Brush Opacity (instead of the Brush Hardness), based on the vertical drag movement, select Preferences > General and uncheck “Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD vertical movement”. By disabling this preference, Photoshop enables a change in Opacity when dragging up/down.

To customize the display of the Brush (as well as other cursors), select Preferences > Cursors. Select one of the following: Standard (the small iconic cursors), Precise (cross hairs), Normal Brush Tip (size represents pixels to be painted with greater than 50%  effect), Full Size Brush Tip (size represents all pixels to be painted). Check “Show Cross hairs in Brush Tip” to easily see the center of the brush. To display only the cross hairs in the brush enable Show Only Crosshair While Painting.

Other Tool icons can also be set to Precise in the Preferences > Cursors dialog, or can be temporarily invoked by enabling the “caps lock” key.

Finally, the red color overlay can be customized in Preferences > Cursors > Brush Preview.

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January 28, 2015

Insights into “How My Brain Composites Images Together”

Because so many people ask me how I come up with the ideas for my digital illustrations, I put together a short slideshow to demonstrate how I layer different elements together.

The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Isostacy” was created.

The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Twilight” was created.

For more complete training on how I use Photoshop to create these composites, you can watch either of my two training series on Lynda.com:
Introduction to Compositing
The Art of Photoshop Compositing

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January 21, 2015

How to Create a Seamless Pattern (Tile) in Photoshop

In order to create a seamless pattern in Photoshop open the desired image and choose Filter > Other > Offset.

Original image.

Original image.

Increase the values so that you will be able to easily see the offset and for Undefined area, choose Wrap Around.

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If you see that the tonal values shift dramatically, choose Edit > Undo (to undo the offset filter) and make any necessary adjustments to even out  the lighting across the image.

Here we can see that the values were quite different across the original image. The pattern will tile better if you fix those before continuing.

Here we can see that the tonal values shifted significantly from the left to the right side of the original  image.  The tile will not be seamless in this case, unless the tonality is fixed before continuing.

This is a much better starting point. The lighting is significantly more even across the image. (Adjustments were made using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw.)

This is a much better starting point because the lighting is more even across the image. (Adjustments were made using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw.)

After applying the offset filter to the evenly lit image, the seems are much less noticeable.

After applying the offset filter to the evenly lit image, the seams are much less noticeable.

Use the Healing Brush or clone stamp tools to remove any noticeable seams – being careful next to the borders of the image (if you change the border areas, it might not tile seamlessly).

01_10Pattern05To verify that the pattern will be seamless, run the filter again – this time you shouldn’t see any seams. If you do, use the Healing brush to remove them and run the filter again.

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Once the file is seamless, choose Select > Select All and then Edit > Define Pattern. Give the pattern a notable name and click OK. This pattern will now be available when using Edit > Fill, Layer Styles, Pattern Fill Layers, the Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush, Shape Tools (for both Fill and Stroke) and when creating Brushes (using the Texture attribute).

Note: because it is easier to create a seamless pattern when the original image is evenly lit, I have found that scanning  textures (such as paper), produces very  good results. In addition, try to avoid obvious items in the texture that will easily be spotted when the pattern is repeated.

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