Adobe Slate – Now Available on the Web

For those of you who haven’t been introduced to Adobe Slate, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this simple storytelling app from Adobe. In the past, Slate creations were limited to the iPad, but I’m so happy to announce that it is now available on the web. This means that you can create and tell your story with Slate from your desktop!

Here is an example of a Slate that I created on my flight back from New Zealand earlier this year.

New Zealand
(Click/tap the image to see the photographs.)

Whether you are a student, teacher, small business owner, or someone who wants to document a lifetime of events, with Adobe Slate you can easily design and share visual stories that look beautiful on any device.

Click here for more information about Adobe Slate.

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Viewing Layer Masks in Photoshop

To view a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac) / Alt -click (Win)  on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel.   Tapping the  “\”(backslash) toggles the display of a layer mask on and off (as a red rubylith overlay).  Looking at the Channels panel, you can see that this shortcut toggles the channels visibility.

5:04 AM Permalink

Targeting the Layer Mask in Photoshop

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “\” (backslash) targets the layer mask in the Layers panel. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 2 targets the layer.

5:03 AM Permalink

Moving and Duplicating Masks in Photoshop

Drag a layer mask or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to move it from one layer to another.

Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) a layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to create a copy of the mask.

Option + Shift -drag (Mac) | Alt  + Shift -drag (Win) to create copy of a layer mask while simultaneously inverting the mask. (Note: this shortcut does not work with a vector mask – in order to invert a vector mask, select the path with the Direct Selection tool and click the “Subtract From Shapes Area” icon  in the Options bar.)

5:02 AM Permalink

Deleting Masks in Photoshop

To delete a mask, target it on the Properties panel and click the Trash icon at the bottom of the panel.

If you prefer to use the layers panel,  target the mask and click the Trash icon, or drag the mask thumbnail to the Trash icon at the bottom of Layers panel. If you prefer to bypass the option dialog box, add Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) while clicking the trash icon will delete the mask without applying it.

Most of the time, I prefer to Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on the layer mask and choose delete or apply the mask from the context sensitive menu.

5:01 AM Permalink

Join Photoshop for the #PsMystery 2015 game – in Space

In this year’s #PsMystery, travel with us to the year 2398. The IXS FarStar has been cleared for re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere on Oct. 31. But at 16:47 Zulu Time today, Commander Nova Ryder informed us that Pilot Maladie Harbinger has been compromised by an unknown illness.

Collect the clues to diagnose the ailment and cure the patient…

For more information, and to play the game, click here!

11:34 AM Permalink

Adding Masks in Photoshop

To add a mask to a layer, click on the “Add Layer Mask”  icon in the Layers panel. Click once to add a layer mask and click again to add a vector mask (or you can Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the mask icon to add a vector mask).

To add a layer mask that automatically hides the content of the layer (or the selection), as opposed to revealing it as it does by default, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the icon.

Use Command + I (Mac ) | Control + I (Win) to invert a layer mask, or click the Invert button on the Properties panel!

5:00 AM Permalink

Moving from Brush to Brush in Photoshop

‘<’ or ‘>’ moves to the “previous” or “next” brush in the list on the Brushes Panel. Shift + ‘<’ or ‘>’  goes to the first or last brush in list. (At first glance these shortcuts may appear to be making the brush larger and smaller, but that would be because you’re moving from a smaller to larger brush (or vice-versa) in the Brushes panel).

5:08 AM Permalink

Drawing Straight Lines in Photoshop

Holding the Shift key will constrain the painting tools to a straight line. In addition, To have a painting tool connect (draw a line) between two points, click once to start a line then, hold down the Shift key and click again to set the end point.

5:27 AM Permalink

Brushes on Photoshop – Anytime, Anywhere!

With a painting tool selected, control -click(Mac) | right -click(Win) anywhere in the image area to access the Brushes Preset Picker.

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Blend Mode Shortcuts in Photoshop

Almost all of the blend modes in Photoshop have their own keyboard shortcut. They all begin with Option + Shift + a letter (Mac)/ Alt + Shift + a letter (Win). Most often the letter is the first letter of the name, but not always!

Normal + N

Dissolve + I

Behind  + Q (Brush tool only)

Clear  + R( Brush tool only)

Darken + K

Multiply + M

Color Burn + B

Linear Burn + A

Lighten + G

Screen + S

Color Dodge + D

Linear Dodge + W

Overlay + O

Soft Light + F

Hard Light + H

Vivid Light + V

Linear Light + J

Pin Light + Z

Hard Mix + L

Difference + E

Exclusion + X

Hue + U

Saturation + T

Color + C

Luminosity + Y

I couldn’t find a shortcut for Subtract or Divide, but if you know of one, please add it in the comments!

If you want to quickly cycle through the painting tool’s blend modes, hold the Shift key and hit the “+” (plus) or “-” (minus) to move forward or backwards. Careful: f you have a tool selected that is not a painting tool, these shortcuts will affect the blend modes on the Layers panel.

5:22 AM Permalink

Loading Luminosity in Photoshop

Command + Option + 2 (Mac) | Ctrl + Alt + 2 (Win) loads the luminosity of an image as a selection. This can then be used for a variety of manipulations such as adjusting color or building density.

5:08 AM Permalink

Spot Color Channels in Photoshop

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click the new channel icon to create a new Spot Color channel. (Spot Color channels are used primarily for printing additional “spot colors” on the printing press.)

5:07 AM Permalink

Point vs. Paragraph Type in Photoshop

Clicking with the Type tool will create Point Type (or headline type), where lines of type have to be manually broken to wrap. To create Paragraph Type, (type that flows within a bounding box) click and drag with the Type tool to draw the bounding box.  Or, Option -click  (Mac) / Alt -click (Win) in the image area with the Type tool to display the Paragraph Text size dialog box and numerically enter the height and width of the bounding area.

5:06 AM Permalink

Previewing Type in Photoshop

While type in the image is selected, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + H will hide the selected “reversed out” type enabling a more accurate preview of the type.

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