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Define brush from selection in Ps and pse

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In Photoshop and Photoshop Elements brush preset can be defined from selected area, don’t you know? First select area on the image using any of selection tools then refine selection (if you want to) using Refine Edge from options bar. Finally go to Edit > Define Brush Preset (Define Brush from Selection in pse) and give a name to the brush in Brush Name dialog. Click OK button to confirm and save new brush preset.


Reference:
Photoshop Help / Creating and modifying brushes

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5

PSD Backgrounds for Books, Magazines, Emails..

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PSD backgrounds you can use in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, InDesign, Adobe Captivate, Corel Draw and every other page layout software which allows you to add background image like MS Word, Open Office.. To use background image in MS Word, Open Office and other softwares which does not accepts PSD file format first save image as JPEG, PNG or TIFF.


Download link is below and you have choice to download 3 separate sets of layered PSD backgrounds:

Page Curl – 8 backgrounds.
Tweak + Roughen – 3 backgrounds.
Decorative – 10 backgrounds.

All files are layered (300 resolution, A4 format) and you can customize everything: size, orientation, background pattern, layer effects and so on. Graphics are pasted from Adobe Illustrator so you can scale and customize them as much as you want.

Page Curl 8 backgrounds (top right x 2, top left x 2, bottom right x 2, bottom left x 2).

Tweak + Roughen 3 backgrounds.


Decorative 10 backgrounds: Bubbles, Primitive, Puzzle, Mixed Bouquet, Double Line, Thick …

Switch Adobe Bridge to Compact Mode

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To switch Bridge to compact mode first start it then press Ctrl + Enter (View > Compact Mode). In compact mode you can choose Compact Mode Always On Top (menu at top right corner) and have mini window always on top. What is benefit? Navigate or even search files (Ctrl + F) then drag and drop it in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign even in MS Word. To go back to normal view activate Bridge mini window then press again keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Enter or click Switch to Full Mode icon at top right corner.

Reference:
Bridge Help / The Adobe Bridge workspace

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Bridge 4

Rename Type Layer in Ps and pse

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By default Type Layers are named with text you entered but sometimes it is desired to change to for example Header, Footer and so on. To rename Type layer do exact same thing as with other layers: double click letters with layers name to make input field active, type new name and press keyboard shortcut Enter/Return. Alternatively right click on Type layer and choose Layer Properties or go to Layer > Layer Properties.


Reference:
Photoshop Help / Managing layers

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

Exploring Lightroom through Lightroom Presets

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Photoshop Lightroom ships with many presets which can be great time savers but also they can be used to explore Lightroom capabilities and learn something from other users and professionals.

With Lightroom installation you have more than 50 default Presets to enhance images, convert them to B/W and so on. It is very easy to use them, just click on preset name in Develop module to apply it to the image. To explore how did is done or how effect or adjustment is created take a look at panels on the right hand side, when you are not sure which panel to expand, expand them all one by one and look for changes at sliders usually other then 0.

In this example I will use default Presets B&W Filter - Blue, Green, Red Filter. Click on B&W Filter - Blue Filter and expand B&W on HSL/Color/B&W panel on the right hand side. That’s how Blue Filter is created. Click on B&W Filter - Green Filter and watch changes on the image and in B&W tab.



These are very simple examples as st…

Batch rename in Preset Manager dialog

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When things come to manage and save created styles, gradients, custom shapes.. sometimes you want to rename them before saving. To batch rename any of Photoshop goodies in Preset Manager dialog (Edit > Preset Manager for both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements) first select all instances you want to rename then click Rename button. When Brush, Gradient and so on Name dialog appear type new name in Name text field and click OK button. Next dialog for the second brush will appear, again type name and click OK. New dialogs will automatically appear one by one until all selected instances are renamed. When you make mistake and renaming is not necessary just click Cancel to keep existing name and pop-up window for the next instance will appear.



Reference:
Photoshop Help / Presets, Preferences, and Plug-ins

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

Change font attributes from keyboard in Ps and pse

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To quickly change font, font style, font size and anti-aliasing method in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements first select Type tool and layer with text in Layers palette then press Enter to select font name in options bar or click inside Set the font family field in options bar. Start typing name of the font or use arrow keys on your keyboard to change font. Press Tab to move insertion point and select Font style field, again use arrow keys to change style. Press again Tab to select Set the font size field and use arrows to change font size for 1 point at time or Shift + arrow to change size for 10 points at time. Press again Tab to select Set the anti-aliasing method and change anti-aliasing using arrow keys on your keyboard. To go back one field in options bar press Shift + Tab keyboard shortcut.



Reference:
Photoshop / Default keyboard shortcuts

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

Show additional lines of metadata in Adobe Bridge

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To see additional information like size, dimensions, color mode, color profile, exposure below thumbnail in Adobe Bridge first open Preferences dialog from Edit menu (Ctrl + K). Click on Thumbnails on left side to show options for that tab. In Details section check 1-4 fields and choose what data you want to see below thumbnail from drop-down list.




Reference:
Adobe Bridge reference

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Bridge 4

Free APS Image Effects and Vignette styles for Photoshop

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25 Image Effects styles. After downloading and unpacking copy and paste .asl file in Photoshop\Presets\Styles folder on your computer.

Downloads from here (Photoshop Exchange).

Check and my Photoshop Exchange contributions or Free APS stuff page (navigation on top).



APS Vignette Photoshop styles.

34 Vignette Photoshop styles.

Downloads from here (Photoshop Exchange).


Free APS Frames Custom Shapes

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24 Frames and 31 borders segment Custom Shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. All frames and custom shapes are vector based so it is easy to manipulate, scale and customize them like to change color, opacity and so on.


How to install (load) APS Frames custom shapes There are two ways you can install or load APS Frames custom shapes:

After downloading and unzipping package copy and paste APS Frames.csh file in Photoshop\Presets\Custom Shapes or Photoshop Elements\Presets\Custom Shapes folder. You will need to restart the application. Load frames from Custom Shape picker drop-down list > click on gear icon then select APS Frames.Save  APS Frames.csh file anywhere on your computer and load shapes at any time you want. To load shapes means to import them in Photoshop so you can use them when Custom Shape Tool is active. Go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager > Custom Shapes > click on Load button and navigate to APS Frames.csh file then double click on it.


Creation usi…

APS metal patterns for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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57 Metal patterns for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. After downloading and unpacking copy and paste .ptn file in Photoshop\Presets\Patterns or Photoshop Elements\Presets\Patterns folder on your computer.

Downloads from here (Photoshop Exchange).

Check and my Photoshop Exchange contributions or APS Free stuff page (navigation on top).

Metal patterns preview (200 px X 200 px tiles):


APS Leaves 2 Brushes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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Leaves brushes for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. After downloading and unpacking copy and paste .abr file in Photoshop\Presets\Brushes or Photoshop Elements\Presets\Brushes folder on your computer.
Downloads from here (Photoshop Exchange).

Check and my Photoshop Exchange contributions or APS Free stuff page (navigation on top).

Free APS stuff Catalogue

Catalog contains free brushes, patterns, custom shapes, layer styles, gradients and actions posted on Adobe Photoshop Secrets. Everything in this catalog is absolutely free for commercial and personal use, only limitation is to resale and post on other sites without my knowledge.

While you reading number of my uploads may be changed so feel free to check my Photoshop Exchange uploads. Like Adobe Photoshop Secrets on Facebook.

I will update Catalog on every 5 new uploads or every month.

Free APS stuff Catalog

APS Cursors and Numbers Brushes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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Cursors and Numbers brushes for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. After downloading and unpacking copy and paste .abr file in Photoshop\Presets\Brushes or Photoshop Elements\Presets\Brushes folder on your computer.

APS Cursors (Photoshop Exchange).

APS Numbers (Photoshop Exchange).

Check and my Photoshop Exchange contributions or APS Free stuff page (navigation on top).



APS Insects Brushes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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Insects brushes for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. After downloading and unpacking copy and paste .abr file in Photoshop\Presets\Brushes or Photoshop Elements\Presets\Brushes folder on your computer.
Downloads from here (Photoshop Exchange).
Check and my Photoshop Exchange contributions or APS Free stuff page (navigation on top).



APS Flowers Brushes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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Flowers brushes for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. After downloading and unpacking copy and paste .abr file in Photoshop\Presets\Brushes or Photoshop Elements\Presets\Brushes folder on your computer.

Downloads from here (Photoshop Exchange).

Check and my Photoshop Exchange contributions or APS Free stuff page (navigation on top).



APS Noise, Marble, Swirl and Reptile patterns for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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Noise, Marble, Swirl and Reptile patterns for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements. After downloading and unpacking copy and paste .ptn file in Photoshop\Presets\Patterns or Photoshop Elements\Presets\Patterns folder on your computer.
APS Noise (Photoshop Exchange).
APS Marble (Photoshop Exchange).
APS Reptile (Photoshop Exchange).
APS Swirl (Photoshop Exchange).
Check and my Photoshop Exchange contributions or APS Free stuff page (navigation on top).
APS Noise

APS Marble

APS Reptile

APS Swirl


APS Border Segment Brushes

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This set contains 31 Brush preset. Every preset is captured with 4 different angles: 0°, 90°, 180° and 270° so you have 124 different presets. Brushes are suitable to add decorative borders to the images and to create interesting backgrounds. Downloads from Photoshop Exchange:

APS Border Segment Brushes.

Check my Photoshop Exchange Contributions or Free APS stuff page (navigation on top).


After downloading and unzipping package copy and paste APS Border Segments.abr file in Photoshop\Presets\Brushes or
Photoshop Elements\Presets\Brushes folder on your computer. You can also save brushes anywhere on your hard drive and load them from Preset Manager in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements: Edit > Preset Manager.



Keyboard shortcuts:
Next Brush: (.)
Previous Brush: (,)
First Brush: Shift + (,)
Last Brush: Shift + (.)
Decrease Brush Size:  [
Increase Brush Size:  ]

To increase or decrease brush size hold down Alt key, right click and drag left or right. On Mac Ctrl + Option + drag left or r…

Create cool backgrounds using gradients in Ps and pse

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Backgrounds I will show you how to create can be like these:


There is no limit in variations and colors. First create new blank document, select Gradient tool and set blend mode from Mode: drop-down list in options bar to Difference. Choose gradient from Gradient picker and set drawing mode to Radial Gradient for example but you can try and other drawing modes especially Diamond Gradient.

Click and drag inside canvas several times.

Then click outside of canvas and drag to draw gradient. Continue drawing gradients from inside and outside of canvas and see what you like most.

Try to create several layers with different creations then use layer blending modes. Whenever you like results do not stop, create snapshot on History panel and continue experimenting.

Keyboard shortcuts:
Next gradient: (.)
Previous gradient: (,)
First gradient: Shift + (,)
Last gradient: Shift + (.)
Next drawing mode: ]
Previous drawing mode: [

Reference:
Photoshop / Gradients
Photoshop / Default keyboar…