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Turn ON/OFF Dynamic Color Sliders in Photoshop

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By default Dynamic Color Sliders is turned on in Preferences > General. This option control behavior of sliders when you work with color in COLORS palette. Dragging any of sliders will cause color to change similar as in Color Picker dialog when choosing color from Color Slider which is in the middle of dialog. Dynamic Color Sliders ON If you prefer to have sliders for base colors  (R,G,B or C,M,Y,K or L,a,b) displayed, so you can mix colors in for my money more natural way turn Dynamic Color Sliders off. Dynamic Color Sliders OFF Press Ctrl + K keyboard shortcut or go to Edit > Preferences > General and uncheck Dynamic Color Sliders. Uncheck Dynamic Color Sliders in Edit > Preferences > General Reference: Photoshop / Choosing colors Photoshop Help / Presets, Preferences, and Plug-ins Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

Change Color of Individual Letters in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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In this quick tip, I will explain to you steps to change the color of individual letter(s) in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Steps to change color of individual letter(s) 1. First of course type some text, then ensure that type layer is active in the LAYERS panel. Type tool must be active in order to select letter(s). Select individual letter in Photoshop 2. Next thing to do is to press keyboard shortcut Ctrl + H if you want to see instantly changes, in other word to hide highlight which will cover selected text ( if you have Extras from View menu checked ). There are many ways to change color but I will do that in this example from COLOR panel in Photoshop – navigate pointer over color ramp and click once, then use sliders to change color if needed. You can change the color for selected letters and from the options bar , using SWATCHES panel or from Color Picker by clicking Foreground color icon in the Toolbox on the left side of screen. Choose the

Extend Photoshop Elements with Elements+

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Yes, you can extend Photoshop Elements with Elements+ scripts and actions (depend on version you are using) which I found on As Simple As Photoshop site. About Elements+ (Author explanation) As you, probably, know, Adobe Photoshop Elements has not inherited all of the essential features of the full Photoshop. Some functions have been removed, while the others just stay hidden. The "surface" Photoshop Elements functions are quite sufficient for a beginner. As you advance, though, you may miss one or another undocumented function. Here "Elements+" will be of service to you.  The thing is that by no means all the absent functions are removed from Photoshop Elements (hereinafter, "PSE") in full, many of them are just hidden from the user. And "Elements+" (hereinafter, "E+") is a handy add-on that lets the hidden functions out. There are E+ kits for all the PSE versions. However, the implementations for PSE 6.0 and above provide far rich

Show/Hide Color Samplers in Photoshop

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Color samplers are great way to keep track of changes you make to the colors even after closing and reopening document but sometimes they can be destructive or very close to the point in image where you want to make changes, let’s say using Healing or Spot Healing tool. There is a quick way to hide color samplers using Ctrl + H keyboard shortcut but this option will hide and other extras you may have displayed like: selection, path, slices. To hide only color samplers click on Info panel menu (located in the upper right corner) and uncheck Color Samplers. From the same menu you can show again samplers by checking this option. Reference: Photoshop / Choosing colors Photoshop / Image information Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

Share Swatches between Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

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For consistent colors in your projects create and share solid color swatches between Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Colors will appear exactly the same across three applications under one condition: Creative Suite Color Settings must be synchronized. Note: you can share process and spot color swatches but not and gradients, patterns. How to create color swatch in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign In Photoshop use COLOR panel or Eyedropper toll to pick color from image, desktop or even Web page . Open SWATCHES panel and click New Swatch button at bottom of panel or use SWATCHES panel menu. Another way is to position pointer over empty space in SWATCHES panel and when pointer turns into Paint Bucket tool icon click once, then give a name to the swatch and save it. To save swatch library (or set as I usually refer in my tutorials) and share (load) it with Illustrator and InDesign first delete all swatches you do not want to save in library. To delete swatch hold down Alt key

Replace pixels in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements using Marquee and Move tool

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Quick tip how to replace pixels in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements in situations when background or source is pattern which repeats over and over again. How to use Marquee and Move tool to replace pixels When you have pattern for background which will serve as source to replace pixels as in this example where background is solid white color with blue line from top to bottom do not even think about retouching tools like Clone or Heal because you don’t need them. All you need is to define source using for example Rectangular Marquee tool . After selecting pixels select Move tool and navigate it over selection, hold down Alt key on your keyboard , click and drag to make copy of selected area then release Alt. For advanced users: after making selection with Marquee switch to Move tool using Ctrl key then navigate over selection and press and Alt on your keyboard along with Ctrl, drag and release both Ctrl and Alt keys. Next step is to press Shift key if you want to strai

Date View in Photoshop Elements Organizer

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What is Date View in Photoshop Elements? Date View is an option to search and view your images in Photoshop Elements Organizer where instead of a contact sheet–like view in Media Browser (Photo Browser in previous versions), you see your images laid out on a calendar. Using Date View Choose Date View from Display menu to see your images lied out on a calendar grid. Use keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + Alt + D to enter Date View and Ctrl + Alt + O (the letter O not zero) to exit and go back to Media Browser. In Date View you will see small thumbnails of images you shoot on given date. If you shoot many pictures on a given date the images are stacked, number of stacked images is displayed in upper left corner of thumbnail. To change Day, Month or Year (depend of which view you are using) displayed use mouse scroll wheel or keyboard shortcuts PgUp and PgDn. To jump to beginning of the Month use Home key, for the end of Month hit End key on your keyboard. To walk through Days in calenda

Creating Cool Image Borders in Illustrator

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Illustrator Paths and Photoshop As you may know many Photoshop plugins use Illustrator paths (paths created in Illustrator) to generate cool image borders inside Photoshop, not only plugins but and most designers use Illustrator to create paths and shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, in fact I believe that every Custom Shape which ships with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is created in Illustrator. Personally I created several sets with Custom Shapes for Photoshop which you can download for free . Using Illustrator to create image borders So why not then create cool image borders inside Illustrator? If you have image or photo which is already adjusted in Photoshop go ahead and give it finishing touch inside Illustrator. Actually you can use linked image and open it in Photoshop at any time for further adjustments. Create Clipping Mask First thing first. Place image in Illustrator and check Link in Place dialog to have ability to open image in Photoshop for further ad

Liquify Filter in Photoshop Elements

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What you can do with Liquify filter With Liquify filter in Photoshop Elements you can push pixels arround and make magical things like to lose weight or to enlarge women’s chest with few clicks for example: Enlarge brest using Liquify filter in Photoshop Elements or to add smile to the face for few seconds: Add smile to face using Liquify filter Where is Liquify filter in Photoshop Elements Liquify filter is present in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements as well with almost same features. In Photoshop Elements you can open it from Filter > Distort > Liquify. Go to Filter > Distort > Liquify Reference: Using Photoshop Elements 10 / Filters, effects, styles, and artwork / Distort filters Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

Open JPEG or TIFF in Camera Raw from Mini Bridge

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It is very easy to open raw file or file with settings applied (what you can see in upper right corner of image thumbnail) in Camera Raw from Mini Bridge – just double click it. If you want to open JPEG or TIFF file for the first time in ACR from Mini Bridge right click on it and choose Open in Camera Raw… Double click file with Adobe Camera Raw settings or right click and choose Open in Camera Raw Note: in order to open JPEG and TIFF files with settings in Camera Raw you must have enabled Automatically open JPEGs (TIFFs) with settings enabled in Camera Raw Preferences dialog which is accessible in Photoshop from: Edit >Preferences > Camera Raw or in Adobe Bridge from: Edit > Camera Raw Preferences. Enable Automatically open JPEG and TIFF with Camera Raw setting s Reference: Bridge Help / Mini Bridge Photoshop Help / Presets, Preferences, and Plug-ins Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

New Window for.. Command in Adobe Photoshop

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Where is New Window for.. command and when to use it This is one of commands in menus you may not know about but it can be very useful. What is doing this command? As its name says: creating new window for active document. Command is located in Window menu and I will explain you how to use it in example when creating masks. As you know no mask is perfect and more or less every mask need some kind of manual correction. One way to adjust mask is to show it on screen ( Alt + click on layer mask ) and paint using Brush in combination with blending modes. Let’s go on my real world example. Real world example how to use New Window for.. command in Photoshop In this example I will use photo which need sky replacement ( download PSD skies from here ). I placed image with sky through File > Place on layer below in advance.  First task is to select sky and create layer mask . As always mask need some minor correction on edges and some of parts that are missing (masked) in thi

Create Clipping Mask in Illustrator Using Draw Inside Mode

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This is quick and cool tip how to create clipping mask in Adobe Illustrator CS5 without to worry about where is Clipping Mask command in menu and how this works - how path need to be arranged in order to create clipping mask. Let’s go straightly to the point of this tip. Draw Path in Illustrator to use it for clipping mask First draw your path (shape) you want to serve as clipping path. Set shape color to None then set Stroke Width and Color if you want stroke around clipping mask or remove it ( None ), you can always change these settings later. Set Drawing Mode to Draw Inside With path selected set drawing mode to Draw Inside by clicking icon at bottom of  the Toolbar (third icon from left to right) or use keyboard shortcut to switch drawing mode Shift + D<.kbd>. When dotted line appear around path you are ready for the next step. Place File in Illustrator Go to File > Place to open Place dialog, navigate to image or file you want to m