February 15, 2010

Fake Photoshop tip o’ the day

“Well, you didn’t hear it from me, but if you use your Wacom pen to move up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, select the Brush tool, select the Path Select tool, Start — you’ll unlock the secret cow level, get full powerups, and 30 additional pixels.” — Chris Cox, Photoshop engineer
[Niiice. –J.]

Posted by John Nack at 11:56 AM on February 15, 2010


  • Mark Alan Thomas — 12:27 PM on February 15, 2010

    This tip is worthless if it doesn’t unlock “God” mode.

  • Karl Soule' — 2:24 PM on February 15, 2010

    I thought this was how to unlock the “Fix and Enhance” mode used by shows like 24 and CSI.
    [That one requires mashing the side of your face into the left-hand side of the keyboard. –J.]

  • Aongus — 3:16 PM on February 15, 2010

    Tried it on a Wacom Cintiq, and nothing happened. But Flash now works wonderfully on my iPad;)

  • design blog — 5:13 PM on February 15, 2010

    haha.. that’s cool.. maybe people show try this.. you should have said that it makes your photoshop do what you are thinking..haha

  • Martin Doersch — 1:04 AM on February 16, 2010

    I now have a cow tool – wonderful!

  • Auric — 1:40 AM on February 16, 2010

    Now you got me curious and I DON’T HAVE A WACOM TABLET.

  • Herman — 6:03 AM on February 16, 2010

    Chris was just joking of course, the cow level is just a euphemism of herding pixels with the lasso tool.
    I can recommend the 30 extra pixels to anyone though, super-tip John!
    * :) *

  • Helge Grimm — 6:20 AM on February 16, 2010

    Just wanted to say thanks for moving the “close tab” buttons to the correct side in Photoshop for Mac!!

  • Swizec — 8:45 AM on February 16, 2010

    Doesn’t the Cow Level refer to the secret level in Diablo1 that was then actually implemented in Diablo2 to reinforce the joke?

  • Graham R — 5:57 PM on February 16, 2010

    John… you made my day (again) i spit water all over my desk when i first read that comment from Chris, and to see it on your blog unexpectidly made me laugh out loud all over again

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