Q: I keep making new documents with the same settings (size, resolution, etc.). Is there some way to automate this?
A: There are a couple of options. You could record an action where you enter the settings for the new document and then stop recording. Then just play that action any time you want a new document in that size. One advantage of this method is that, while you’re recording, you can also add anything else that you always need, such as guides.
The other option is in the New Document dialog: enter the settings you want to use and enter a name, then click the button to the right of the name and click Save Preset. In the New Document dialog, simply go to the Saved tab to see your new document presets and click on whichever one you want.
Q: I heard that there’s a new way to create patterns in Photoshop 2020 but I can’t find it. Where is that option?
A: It’s a little hidden, and it hasn’t been well publicized. It’s important to note that, while this technique creates seamless patterns, the patterns don’t necessarily resemble the original image, as it uses a mirroring method similar to kaleidoscopes.
Start with the photo you want to use in a pattern. In the Libraries panel, click the Add Content icon at the bottom of the panel, and choose Create From Image. This will open a dialog where you can choose the pattern style, scale, rotation, and positioning. Once you like the pattern that has been generated, click the Save to CC Libraries button. Then the pattern can be applied by dragging from the Library into your image, resulting in a Pattern Fill Adjustment Layer. In this example, the pattern was applied at 10% of its original size and the layer’s opacity was lowered.
Q: I cut someone from one photo and pasted them onto a new background, but I see a small fringe of color around them. How do I remove that?
A: There are a few options. Go to the Layer menu and choose from the options under Matting: Color Decontaminate provides a slider (with a preview) that can often help with color fringes; Defringe simply removes the outer edge by the width of the number of pixels you enter; and Remove White Matte and Remove Black Matte are best used for either a white or black fringe.
Q: I need to use the Clone Stamp tool to add some information from the side of a building, but it’s not working, as the building is at an angle. Is there any way to clone while following the perspective?
A: Yes, but not with the Clone Stamp tool. Instead, use a Filter called Vanishing Point. First, add a new layer so that the results of the filter are on a separate layer. Then, from the Filter menu, choose Vanishing Point. Use the Create Plane Tool (C) to create a grid that follows the perspective of the wall. It’s often helpful to choose a small area to get the right angles, and then drag the edges of the grid to span the entire area. If the grid displays in red or yellow you’ll need to adjust the corner nodes until it displays in blue.
Then choose the Stamp tool (S) and Option-click (PC: Alt-click) to set the reference point. Position your cursor over the area you want to cover and start painting (you can adjust the size of the brush at the top of the filter dialog, or by using the [ and ] keys). When you click OK, the results of the filter will be on the previously blank layer.
Q: A client asked me to use their Pantone color in a graphic for their website. Is that possible?
A: Technically, Pantone colors are printing inks and, as such, are only available for printing presses; however, it’s possible to choose a color that will look like that color. In the Color Picker, click on the Color Libraries button, and then from the Book menu, choose a Pantone library such as Pantone Solid Coated. Then, type your client’s Pantone number. (Note: There’s no field or area to enter the number, you just type it, and the color will be selected.) Click OK and your Foreground color will be the RGB equivalent of the Pantone color. Use that color as you would any RGB color, and it will display as close as possible to the client’s Pantone color.
Q: Is it possible to place into Photoshop more than one file at the same time?
A: Yes, if you drag in from an external source such as Bridge or your operating system. In Photoshop, if you use File>Place Linked or File>Place Embedded, you can only select one file. But if you select more than one file in Bridge and drag-and-drop them into a Photoshop document, you’ll get transformation handles on the first placed image and once you confirm the size, the next image will appear, waiting to be confirmed. Similarly, selecting and dragging several images from your operating system (e.g, Macintosh Finder or Windows File Explorer) into a Photoshop document will work the same way. Each placed image will result in a new smart object layer. [ENDMARK]
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