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18 Hidden Tips in Photoshop 2020

18 Hidden Tips in Photoshop

Everyone loves those little tips that save you time, or show you better ways of doing things in Photoshop. Often these involve keyboard shortcuts, or things that are so obvious you may hadn’t thought of them. In this roundup I’ll share some of my favorites. Until I share my favorites next time, let’s face it, all tips are my favorites. These tips work for most versions of Photoshop. Check out the video to see these in action and use the written steps for quick reference.

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1. Super Color Picker

The color picker lets you choose a color while using the brush tool. Hold alt for the regular sampler. click to choose a color.

There is also a super color picker that allows you to choose Hue, Saturation and brightness. Shift+Alt+right click in Windows. Cmd+Ctrl+Option on Mac

2. Move between Hue and values easily

When using the super color picker, hold Spacebar to move between hue and Saturation/Luminance

3. Scrubby Sliders

When you see a number field in any dialog box you can drag to change the values. Drag on the word to the side of it, or (in some cases there are no words) Hold down Cmd/Ctrl and drag on the numbers to activate Scrubby Sliders and drag on the numbers.

4. Turbo Mode

Hold down Shift to make Scrubby Sliders 10X as fast

5. Snail mode

Hold down Alt/Option for scrubby sliders to slow down 1/10th for precise work

6. check for empty layer

Is that Layer really empty? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Press Ctrl/Cmd+T to find out.

If you see a dialog box saying “…The initial Bounding Box is Empty” then you know its really blank.

7. Zoom into Layer

If you alt/Click on the Layer Thumbnail, Photoshop will zoom into the contents of the layer. In this case a tiny dot shows up. (Photoshop 2020+ only)

8. Delete all empty Layers at once

Cleanup time, go to File>Scripts>delete empty layers

9. Consolidate all layers without groups

Too many groups? Sometimes you want all your layers together and not all in groups. Here is how to consolidate.

a. Click on the top layer, hold shift and click the bottom layer (not background)

b. Cmd/Ctrl+Click on all the groups to deselect them

c. Drag the layers to the top of the layers panel, you will see a line

d. Release and all the layers are at the top and the groups are empty, you can delete the empty husks (groups)

10. copy between documents

Most people choose Cut and Paste between documents to copy over layers. The problem with this is, it fills up your memory and stays there. This causes slowdown for large documents.

A better way is to drag.

Drag the layer you want to copy

Drag into the tab of the document you want to copy to

after a couple of seconds the window will open. Drag into the middle

release and you have now copied over the layer.

11. Copy multiple layers

Select multiple layers and drag to the tab

release and its the same for multiple layers as it is for a single layer. But don’t waste time doing them one at a time. (painful to watch)

12 copy adjustment layer

Same thing for adjustment layers

Drag the adjustment layer into the tab in the same way you would do a layer.

Release and the curve is copied over. Also works for curves and masks.

13. Working in Perspective with multiple objects

Maybe you know about vanishing point? If not, meet them now, if so, get ready learn some tips on working with them. Copy a layer. (logo)

Select all (Ctrl/Cmd+A)

Copy  (Ctrl/Cmd+C)



Create a new Layer to work on

Choose Filter>Vanishing point

14. Get precise

in Vanishing point click on the 4 points of a surface to define a plane (see video at top of page)

hold the x key to temporarily zoom in for precise placement

a plane is defined

go ahead and create more planes for each surface that you will use.

15 paste in logo

When in Vanishing point, you can paste in your logo you copied earlier.

Cmd/Ctrl+V to paste.

Drag it to each plane and watch it snap to perspective magically.

Press enter to apply. See why we were working on an empty layer now?

16. Make it look real

Change the blend mode to soft light and now the logo looks like it belongs there.

17 Reuse the grid

The nice thing about VP is that the grids remain in the filter, and we can exploit that!

Copy a different logo like we did in tip 13.

Create a new layer

Filter>Vanishing Point

We don’t have to create the grids again, so we don’t have to do everything on a single visit to vanishing point.

Cmd/Ctrl+V tp paste our 2nd logo

Use transparency to blend this time.

18. Thinking outside the box

Paste in a 3rd logo

If you drag past the plane, the pasted layer will pop outside the grid but maintain its presective. Oh, so useful for lots of things.

Make a “Bad Runner” style floating sign.

Those are 18 little tips for you, I hope you find them useful! If so please tell all your friends about the CAFE and Ill see you back here really soon!

In the meantime, there are lots more tips and tutorials for you to binge on here at PhotoshopCAFE!





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12 responses to “18 Hidden Tips in Photoshop 2020”

    • It’s secret code for “This causes slowdown for large documents.” Sorry about the typo (I have fixed it), looks like auto correct went crazy on that one.

  1. Since I came across photoshop cafe, I give up my other photoshop resource, though I’ve been surfing the web for a better resources. thanks a bunch

  2. Colin, how are you able to create a blank layer with just one click and have it come out white instead of transparent? All you you tube teachers do it, assuming we know how. Thanks@

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