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Adding border or borders with Canvas Size in Photoshop

In Photoshop you can add stroke border to the image from Layer Style dialog (fx at bottom of Layers palette) but also and from Canvas Size dialog. To add border or stroke from Canvas Size you must have  Background layer. Second if you want sharp edges then position of stroke must be set to inside.

All above mentioned can be done from Canvas Size dialog which opens from Image > Canvas Size. First ensure that you are on Background layer, otherwise Canvas extension color (basically stroke color) wont be available. In Canvas Size dialog you can uncheck Relative and actual dimensions will be displayed.

Type new dimensions and keep in mind that pixels will be added for Height and Width on both sides so You must type number of pixels multiplied with 2 for Height and Width. For example: to add 3 pixels around image enlarge Width and Height for 6 pixels. Another way is to turn on Relative and type 6 pixels for both Height and Width. Color for extra added pixels around image (Stroke) You …

Photoshop Layer Mask keyboard shortcuts

One of most important features in Photoshop is a layer mask which is one of Photoshop’s building blogs, so it is worth to know some keyboard shortcuts which can speed your workflow.

To add layer mask click on Add layer mask icon at the bottom of Layers panel (see screenshot). This will add mask filled with white (reveals all). To add layer mask filled with black color (hides all) hold down Alt/Opt key while pressing Add layer mask icon.

To invert layer mask press Ctrl/Cmd + I (changes fill from white to black and vice – versa).

When is active, layer mask have border around it in the Layers panel. To toggle between layer and layer mask, use those shortcuts: press Ctrl/Cmd + \ to activate layer mask, or Ctrl / Cmd + 2 to activate layer.

To see red overlay, press \ while mask is active or selected in the Layers panel, paint on it then press \ again to hide overlay.

To hide layer mask (to see layer without layer mask) hold down Shift key and click on layer mask thumbnail. Click again whi…

Adobe Emailer Panel for Photoshop

CS5: Adobe Emailer Panel Version 2.1.0
Prepping images and attaching them to an email just got a lot easier with the Adobe Emailer panel. This panel takes advantage of new technology in Photoshop CS5 to resize, save, sharpen, and email your photos all in one shot. Check out the video tutorial to see how it works.
The Adobe Emailer Panel supports: - Mac Mail for Mac - Entourage for Mac - Outlook for PC
Click this link to view on a MAC or PC View QuickTime Tutorial; 6 MB
Download Installer for Mac and PC Adobe Emailer Panel; 754 KB

Photoshop Help / Plug-ins | Photoshop CS5
Dr. Brown scripts: Adobe Photoshop Panels & Actions CS5/CS6

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

Save as PSD from Illustrator and preserve shapes vector outlines

You can save artwork from Illustrator in PSD format (File > Export) but can not keep objects outlines, in other words vector objects as rounded rectangle, oval and so on will be converted to pixels when You open PSD file in Photoshop.

Here I will mention that text will keep editability if Write Layers and Preserve Text Editability is checked in Photoshop Export Options dialog.

There is one trick to preserve scalable vectors which I learned from Mordy Golding. First create your shape (do not apply stroke effect), then draw another shape (any kind and size), open Pathfinder (Window > Pathfinder) and select both shapes with Selection Tool (V). With both shapes selected hold down Alt key and click on Unite at Pathfinder palette.

Click anywhere to deselect and activate Direct Selection Tool (A). Click on second shape which You don’t need and press Backspace or Delete to delete that shape.

Now You can make copies of remaining shape which is Compound Shape and will remain vector o…

Working with Illustrator and Photoshop

Learn how to use both Illustrator and Photoshop together for a more efficient workflow. Match spot colors across applications, share layers, editable text, opacity settings, vector shapes, and more!

Watch great recorded Live show from Mordy Golding from here.

Win a Free New Adobe CS5.5 Design Premium Suite!

Over the past year we’ve given away a lot of software… Last month we held our biggest giveaway yet – a copy of CS5 Production Premium (see our lucky winner).  This month things get even bigger and better – in partnership with Adobe, we’re offering a free boxed copy of the brand new CS5.5 Design Premium – the #1-selling Creative Suite edition…

Creative Suite 5.5 was officially released just two weeks ago, and contains a large number of new product features and improvements over CS5.  But this prize is not an upgrade or education version – it is the shrinkwrapped, full commercial English version of CS 5.5. CS5.5 Design Premium sells for $1,899 / €1,899 / £1,509 and includes Photoshop Extended, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro, Illustrator, Acrobat X Pro, among others… (see the complete list of applications it contains)  If you want to try it out first, the free trials also are now available. This giveaway is open to residents of North America, Europe, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and S…

Export from Bridge (convert and resize PSD, TIFF, Ai, PNG)

This is one more useful option in Adobe Bridge which allows you to convert PSD, PDF, Ai, TIFF, PNG to JPEG without leaving Bridge and open Photoshop. Except conversion you can also specify dimension through Constrain To Fit so image will fit in specified dimension either in its height or width.
Let’s see how it works. First of course start Bridge and browse for files. Click on Export panel to see it (Window > Export). When using context menu you don’t need to see Export panel. Basically you can convert any file that have thumbnail preview in Bridge (I have tested with PPTX – MS Power Point presentation). Right click on file and choose Export to > Hard Drive.

Export dialog will open. If you want to export multiple files then use Shift or Ctrl + click to select multiple files or click and drag file or files to Save to Hard Drive on Export panel, when plus sign appear below cursor release mouse button.

When use drag and drop method you need to click on up pointing arrow at E…

Order of steps to Color Correct images in Photoshop

When you work with photographs in ACR or Lightroom it doesn't really matter in which order to perform Adjustments because all Adjustments will be applied to the image in the same time when you are saving or exporting image but in Photoshop it matters. It matters at Layers palette in which order Adjustments are applied and don't forget to check filters stack if you work with Smart Object. Never put Reduce Noise on top of Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpen.
Color Correction Workflow First set up Color Settings (Adobe RGB (1998) profile) is best for most purposes. Choose for example North America General Purpose 2 in Settings drop-down list and for RGB: choose Adobe RGB (1998) in Working Spaces section.
Duplicate your image. This step is necessary to protect original image with original image data. Go to Image > Duplicate and work with duplicated image. Optional another way is to first save image before any correction with different name or in different location. When you open i…