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30 Stupidly useful tips in Photoshop that you will regret not knowing

Photoshop Tips part 1

It’s Photoshop’s 30th birthday.

To celebrate, I’m going to share my top 30 Photoshop tips.

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Here are the first 10.. I’ll make this a 3 parter, with 10 tips each (Actually I’ll give you more than 10 in each)

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Check out parts 3 and 4 here!


I hope this little tutorial saves you lots of time.

If it does, please take a few of those valuable seconds I just saved you to share this with a friend or 2 on Social Media or email.


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26 responses to “30 Stupidly useful tips in Photoshop that you will regret not knowing”

  1. Helpful information as always. I’d like to see how to build a collage template, say 3×3 square (nine) with image placeholders that autofit. I have Adobe CC and an intermediate understanding of PS, AI, and ID. Thanks again for what you do.

  2. Thanks for these Photoshop tips Colin. They are great. I have been following you for a few years now and enjoy your teaching style. Looking forward to parts 2 and 3.

  3. Thank You Colin, you always helping the Photoshop CAFE community, we all appreciate your tips.
    Have a wonderful day,


  4. I understood you samled a lot of photographs into one layar or each photo ended up as layars, but what should then that be used for? To bring them all into a pdf or what, I did not get the idea?

  5. Thanks Colin, you are a great teacher and I appreciate all the free tips. I knew some of these but not about expanding the canvas, the align tools, and placing all open files into a document the easy way!

  6. Thank you Colin, as usual there’s always something to be learned. I especially liked the “straightening” tip. Now all I have to do is remember them all.

  7. Thanks a lot for useful tutorial, well explained, easy to understand and definitely I didn’t know much of what you shared with us!

  8. Please issue these as a printed outline, perhaps illustrated with screen shots if appropriate, as an option for people like me who find video tutorials a nuisance. I can absorb information much more quickly and efficiently in print than by sitting through several minutes of video. Appreciate your considering this.

  9. Really enjoy the tips especially Part 1 & 2. Is there an e-book available that one can use to come to grips with PS. I love the software but really struggle with the intricacies.
    Keep up the good work. Cheers

  10. Great tips…I am nearly 68..and have enjoyed Photoshop PS. love to be a part of Photoshop PS..and Thanks for tips.

  11. I think I watched this too early in the morning….so much information. I struggle with brushes….Like how to organize them, create new ones in a specific existing group of brushes, etc, etc, etc. I’ll watch this again. Thanks so much for doing this!! It’s very helpful!!

  12. Hi! It would be great to have a cheat sheet for this, as I, too, have trouble watching videos. I love your tuts and benefit from them, but only the ones that have cheat sheets. Thanks for posting all these!

  13. Create new text without selecting text or path underneath it! This has been bedeviling me for a while, and so simple! I have been making coin designs requiring lots of text inside of a circle [or circles]. Do you have a foolproof way of always aligning the proper center inside of a shape? The shape is not always in the center of the document. When I re-size text or text paths I always have to re-center. Thanks, Colin!

  14. I like all these tips Colin!
    Especially the select and align / distribute as well as the straighten using arbitrary!
    Thank you so much

  15. Thanks for putting up the video!! I have to say…I didn’t know that. But now I do! I wish I have known these tips earlier. Especially the part where you can view all of your images with the “Reveal All” . I would have saved lots of time working on my images and graphics in different layers with the tip, have I known it earlier. Again, thanks Colin!

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