Photoshop tips

This is where I collect shortcuts, tutorials and quick solutions that I have learned since I began using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in 2011.

Zoom with the scroll wheel in Photoshop

To make things simpler and use the scroll wheel on its own (without alt/cmd) to zoom in and out in Photoshop: Go to Edit>Preferences>Performance (Windows) or Photoshop>Preferences>Performance (Mac) and select Zoom With Scroll Wheel.

Quickly create a clipping mask in Photoshop

Hold ALT/CMD and click on the line between the two layers in the layers palette. Do the same to release the clipping mask. This avoids using the menu system: Layer>Create/Release Clipping Mask or ctrl+alt/cmd+G.

Where’s the outline of my brush gone in Photoshop?

QUICK ANSWER: caps lock is probably on. SLOW ANSWER: Photoshop gives you the option of seeing the outline of the brush, or the centrepoint of the brush. Both have their merits, depending on whether you need to know where the brush will reach to, or the line/point around which the brush will take effect. Use […]

Dictionary of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts

These are the Photoshop keyboard shortcuts I find myself using the most often. They have made my life a lot easier and get the job done quicker. a-z a = selection tool shift+a = change selection tool (path selection tool/direct selection tool) ctrl+mouse click in pen mode = use direct selection tool on path points b […]

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