Photoshop Tips & Shortcuts
Ways To Work Faster And Better In Photoshop
By Damien Andrews
I've been a Photoshop user since the very first version of the program was released. You can now purchase Photoshop CS4, but my most recent version is Photoshop CS3. Photoshop CS3 is, like all Photoshop versions, quite amazing, but I still do a great deal of my work in Photoshop 7.
I have listed tips and shortcuts that should work on all versions of Photoshop, including Photoshop Elements. The screen shot used is from Photoshop 7. The use of ^ indicates to hold down the Control key while hitting the key(s) indicated after it.
Photoshop Quick Keys
^L – opens the Levels dialog box. Used to set black, white, mid-tones and lighten or darken photographs.
^U – Opens the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Used to adjust hue, saturation, lightness or to colorize a photograph.
^B – Opens the Color Balance dialog box. Used to alter the tone balance in shadows, mid-tones and highlights. Preserving luminosity is optional.
^+ALT+SHIFT+S – Opens the Save For Web dialog box. Used for making photographs 'web-friendly' by making the file size smaller. Settings are on the right hand side of the dialog box. You can also resize your photograph on-the-fly in this dialog box.
TAB – The Tab key toggles the active pallets on and off. Type it once to clear the open pallets off the screen for full screen viewing. Type it a second time to bring the active pallets back up – in the same positions they were in when you turned them off.
Most Used Photoshop Tool Shortcut Keys
V – grabs the Move Tool
M – grabs the Marquee Tool
L – grabs the Polygonal Lasso Tool
C – grabs the Crop Tool
A – grabs the Direct Selection Tool
I – grabs the Eyedropper Tool
S – grabs the Clone Stamp Tool
NOTE: If you are using the Text Tool in Photoshop, the above keys will not work until you select another tool. If you are using the Text Tool and type V, you will see the letter V where you are typing. If you are using the Marquee Tool and type V, your cursor will change to the Move Tool.
Photoshop Processes Faster And Easier
•To change the units of measurement on the currently opened file in Photoshop, simply RIGHT CLICK on the ruler on top or the side of the photograph's box and reset from pixels to inches to centimeters, etc. (See attached image.)
•To change the image size, canvass size, duplicate the file, or get the file's information, simply RIGHT CLICK on the BLUE bar on top of the photograph's box and reset as desired. (See attached image.)
•Set your Photoshop Unsharp Mask values as follows: Click on Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. A dialog box will open, and you'll need to make the following settings – for general use. Amount: 70% • Radius: 1.1 Pixels • Threshold: 0 levels. Adjust the Amount percentage to get more sharpness or less sharpness.
• With the Photoshop Move Tool selected (V), use the arrow keys to move the selection in small increments. Add the SHIFT key to multiply those increments by 10.
This Photoshop screen shot points out the rulers and the Blue Bar referred to in the Photoshop Processes Faster And Easier section of the article.