I’ve been using Photoshop since I first got my hands on a copy in 1996 (and yes, it was legit). Over the years I’ve learned so much about how to use it and so decided to share several of my tips that I’ve noticed some people around me don’t yet know.
- Pressing the shift key constrains proportions when you resize objects. Simple yet obviously not everybody knows this one. If you don’t hold shift, it stretches. Honestly, I think Adobe products should automatically hold proportions.
- Using the erase or pen tool, you can press erase once and then holding down the shift key press somewhere else to draw a straight line: Simple yet effective and works with other tools like the pen tool.
- Shift + Backspace fills a selection. Yup, another super-simple one. It’s the same as going to Edit… Fill…
- Set your Units of Measurement to pixels. If your artwork is destined for on screen display you should set your Rulers to display units as pixels (it can display inches or whatever unit of measurement that you might want). Often times when I receive someone elses Photoshop file that has guides in it, I find the guides are not snapped to the edge of the pixel. This is because the guide was placed when the unit of measurement was something other than pixels.
- Use the sharpen tool on photos. Especially if your photo is destined for web use (or email) and you just resized a big picture to small dimensions. It makes your photos crisp and makes everything and everybody clear. I wrote more about this in April.
That wraps up my Photoshop tips for today. Thanks for attending class.