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Tricky way to copy/paste layer from one document to another in Photoshop CS5

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When you want to copy and paste layer from one document to another in Photoshop, use this trick. Let's say you made a sign and want to insert it in another document, you need to have both documents open in Photoshop. Right-click (Opt-click) the layer that you want to copy and paste (duplicate to another document) and choose Duplicate Layer ... In the Duplicate Layer dialog box that opens, click triangle on right side of Document: and choose name of the document in which you want to paste the copied Layer, then click OK. Copied layer will appear in exactly the same position relative to the image (if you have images of the same dimensions as in this case). This is copied and pasted layer so you have exactly the same layer in both documents. Reference: Photoshop / Layer basics Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5

Precise position and resize multiple objects in Photoshop

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Continued from Place multiple files from Mini Bridge in Photoshop document  So, I have moved my object and align them, but in my opinion icons are too big. I selected all three icons (Shift click with Move tool and Auto – Select (Layer) option turned on) but you can group them if you want. Enter Free Transform mode and type percentage in Width or Height field and be sure that fields are linked to constrain proportions. Photoshop will measure every object separately and change its size by percentage you have typed. You can right click (Opt-click) inside Width or Height field and choose different measurement option, then change size. Photoshop will display Width and Height of rectangle that surrounds objects, and will change sizes depend on numbers you have typed. Now is turn to position objects 5 pixels above menu which appear to be on 300 pixels from top of page, and at middle of search bar which appear to be at 1185 pixels. To do that, I change reference point to bottom middle

Place multiple files from Mini Bridge in Photoshop document

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When you work with document that need additional files to be placed, Photoshop allows you to insert only one file at time through Place command in File menu. To insert (place) multiple files at once you can use Bridge or Mini Bridge. Here is my suggestion how to insert multiple files from Mini Bridge and to have best possible preview of that document at same time. I assume that document is open in Photoshop and Mini Bridge icon is visible at palettes on the right side of screen. First ensure that top most layer is selected, because otherwise you may not be able to see placed files. Press F key twice to enter Full Screen mode. Navigate mouse to the right side of screen to appear panels where Mini Bridge icon is located.   Press Mini Bridge icon to expand and activate this plug-in. Navigate to files on your computer, and select all files you want to insert in document (hold down Ctrl while clicking). Click and drag selected files into document (you will se plus sign below cursor

Drawing a straight-sided outline

Drawing a straight-sided outline Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery | by Deke McClelland View this entire Photoshop course and more in the lynda.com Online Training Library® .

Quick measure and change object sizes in Photoshop

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You can use Free Transform to measure and change object sizes. To measure sizes have sense when object is surrounded with transparent background. Object with transparent background

Colorize menu items in Photoshop for easier navigation

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Photoshop offers many different ways for customization and easier navigation through his numerous commands and functions. One way to customize and make it easier to use is to colorize menu items. Basic idea is to divide commands from menus into groups like: Adjustments, Selections, Document and so on. You can divide its commands at any number and category names that make sense to you. For demonstration purposes I will divide menu items in three categories: color corrections (blue color), selections (red) and document (green color), which have sense for me in matter of document canvas, document sizes and color mode. To access this suitability for adaptation to personal needs and habits and off course for easier navigation through menu items, press Edit menu to expand > then Keyboard Shortcuts from list or use keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Alt/Opt + K . In the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog which will open, switch to Menus tab. At Menus tab you have ability to sh

Remap shortcuts and work non-destructively

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You can remap keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop to work non-destructively , examples are Levels and Curves shortcuts which are by default assigned to destructively Levels and Curves from Image menu. In Layer menu you can find same but non-destructive adjustments from Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels, Curves and so on. Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + K and Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog will open. Find Layer in Keyboard Shortcuts tab and click triangle to expand. Scroll down till you see New Adjustments Layer and Levels and Curves below. Click somewhere in middle on right side of Levels and text field will appear with blinking cursor inside. Pres Ctrl + L on keyboard to fill text box with Ctrl + L . At this point you will see warning which says that shortcut is in conflict, press Accept button at right side on screen to accept that modification. Do same and for Curves, press OK to exit. In Photoshop when you press Ctrl + M , instead to open Curves dial

Cycling through and moving layers in layers stack from keyboard

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There are handy keyboard shortcuts to work with layers without touching mouse. I will start with cycling through layers, you can do that with Alat + ] (activate or select one layer up) and Alt + [ (activate layer down), but what if you want to activate (select) multiple layers? Then hold down and Shift key along with Alt while pressing bracket key [ or ] . If you want to deselect layers, there is command in Select menu Deselect Layers and you must assign shortcut to it. With layer selected (left side) press Shift + Alt + ] to add to selection pros up (right side) or Shift + Alt + [ pros down Press Alt + Ctrl + A to select all layers except Background (you must have Background layer), then press Alt + [ to deselect layers and select only Background layer. Keep cycling with Alt and bracket keys. Select all lyers (left), when all layers are selected press Alt + [ to deselect them and select background layer (right side) When you want to move layer up in layers stack, p

Hidden options for Shapes in Photoshop

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When you want to draw shape inside Photoshop it is pretty ease, but did you realize additional options which appears when triangle next to Custom Shape on Options Bar is pressed? By pressing this triangle you will open pop-up window where you can specify additional options for shape you are attempting to draw like fixed size and fixed proportions. But first to start with visible options which appears on Options Bar. First ensure that Shape Layers option is active on Options Bar to draw shape on new Shape Layer. When you choose Rectangle, next step is to choose color for that shape from Set color for new layer rectangle (click on rectangle to open Pick a solid color dialog) or to apply style to shape by pressing triangle next to Style: and choose one of pre-defined styles from pop-up window. You can cycle through styles using keyboard shortcuts ( . -comma) is next style and ( , -period) is previous style. Shift + ( , –period) back you to first style and Shift + ( . comma

Adobe Bridge Compact Mode with Photoshop CS5

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Adobe Bridge is an amazing program and very flexible and adaptable. One of its many functions is Compact Mode. First run Photoshop CS5 and click on the Bridge icon to launch Bridge. Adobe Bridge will open up. Click on the icon Switch to Compact Mode. Bridge window will change to Compact Mode and you will see Photoshop and Bridge at the same time. To return to normal Adobe Bridge full screen, click Switch to Full Mode icon. You can adjust the size of the Compact Mode window by navigating the cursor to the edge of window, when cursor change to the arrows in the opposite direction, click with left mouse button, then drag to resize window holding mouse button down. Thumbnail size are regulated by the slider at the bottom of the window. You can move Bridge Compact Mode window on screen wherever you like, click on the top and holding the mouse button down drag it to the new location. If you want to open a recent file, click on the icon Reveal recent file and and c