Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the founder of PhotoshopCAFE and the author of 19 books. He has won numerous awards and has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. He's been featured in almost every major imaging magazine and is in high demand as a speaker at events including WPPI, Siggraph, PMA, and Flash Forward. He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple, and Adobe.

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! In this installment of “Photoshop Tips,” I have a nice set of tips for you. Some are for photographers and some are for artists but, after all, we’re all artists, are we not? I hope you find inspiration in these tips; if not, maybe they’ll at least free up some of your time so you can search for that inspiration.  SHARPEN IMAGE WITHOUT SHIFTING COLORS  Although there are lots of ways to sharpen an image in Photoshop, the most common way is to choose Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. The only problem with this method is that sometimes the colors can be blown out to white...

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Hi, everyone! In this installment of “Photoshop Tips,” I have a nice set of tips for you. Some are for photographers and some are for artists but, after all, we’re all artists, are we not? I hope you find inspiration in these tips; if not, maybe they’ll at least free up some of your time so you can search for that inspiration.  SHARPEN IMAGE WITHOUT SHIFTING COLORS  Although there are lots of ways to sharpen an image in Photoshop, the most common way is to choose Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. The only problem with this method is that sometimes the colors can be blown out to white...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I have a nice selection of tips for you this month, which may help you solve nagging issues and speed up your workflow. Saved time is money in the bank, unless you’re on an hourly rate, in which case you can get your work done faster and have more time to blankly stare into space.  EASY ROUNDED CORNERS  If you want to make a rectangle with rounded corners, choose the Rectangle tool (U), make sure Shape is selected from the top left pull-down menu in the Options Bar, and draw out your rectangle. You’ll see dots at each of the corners. Drag any one of these dots to round all four corner...

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I have a nice selection of tips for you this month, which may help you solve nagging issues and speed up your workflow. Saved time is money in the bank, unless you’re on an hourly rate, in which case you can get your work done faster and have more time to blankly stare into space.  EASY ROUNDED CORNERS  If you want to make a rectangle with rounded corners, choose the Rectangle tool (U), make sure Shape is selected from the top left pull-down menu in the Options Bar, and draw out your rectangle. You’ll see dots at each of the corners. Drag any one of these dots to round all four corner...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Are you ready for another info-packed edition of “Photoshop Tips”? This month’s tips are dripping like honey and they’re oh-so sweet. Go ahead, indulge yourself; they’re great for your Photoshop health.  MORE ACCURATE COLOR SAMPLING  Do you ever feel like the Eyedropper tool doesn’t work correctly when you’re in the Color Picker and trying to sample a color in your image? Maybe the color isn’t what you expect, or you can’t seem to sample small areas of color? You need to change the sample settings, but where are they?  With either the Color Picker or the Eyedropper tool in the Tool...

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Are you ready for another info-packed edition of “Photoshop Tips”? This month’s tips are dripping like honey and they’re oh-so sweet. Go ahead, indulge yourself; they’re great for your Photoshop health.  MORE ACCURATE COLOR SAMPLING  Do you ever feel like the Eyedropper tool doesn’t work correctly when you’re in the Color Picker and trying to sample a color in your image? Maybe the color isn’t what you expect, or you can’t seem to sample small areas of color? You need to change the sample settings, but where are they?  With either the Color Picker or the Eyedropper tool in the Tool...

PHOTOSHOP TIPS

with Colin Smith

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another enticing episode of “Photoshop Tips.” I’m feeling a little tipsy this month, so I’ve provided some timesaving tips for you in this issue. Fortunately, my tips are better than my puns. Bon appétit!  LAYER STYLE CONTROL  Layer styles are a quick way to dress up images and give them a little kick. Here’s an interesting thing, though: They’re based on the original image boundaries and not added layer styles. What do I mean? Click on the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and add a wide Stroke layer style to a layer. Now, with the Layer Style...

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to another enticing episode of “Photoshop Tips.” I’m feeling a little tipsy this month, so I’ve provided some timesaving tips for you in this issue. Fortunately, my tips are better than my puns. Bon appétit!  LAYER STYLE CONTROL  Layer styles are a quick way to dress up images and give them a little kick. Here’s an interesting thing, though: They’re based on the original image boundaries and not added layer styles. What do I mean? Click on the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and add a wide Stroke layer style to a layer. Now, with the Layer Style...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

This month I have lots of great tips for you. Many of this installment’s tips refer to compositing in Photoshop, or working with multiple layers. Don’t worry, if you don’t composite, there’s still a little something for everyone here.  USING THE EXISTING CROP  Here’s something that can be annoying; but there’s a simple fix. Let’s say that you have several images that you wish to crop, so you select the Crop tool (C) for your first image. You set the crop size in the Options Bar, crop the image, and then move on to the next image. The crop boundary automatically appears on the next ima...

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This month I have lots of great tips for you. Many of this installment’s tips refer to compositing in Photoshop, or working with multiple layers. Don’t worry, if you don’t composite, there’s still a little something for everyone here.  USING THE EXISTING CROP  Here’s something that can be annoying; but there’s a simple fix. Let’s say that you have several images that you wish to crop, so you select the Crop tool (C) for your first image. You set the crop size in the Options Bar, crop the image, and then move on to the next image. The crop boundary automatically appears on the next ima...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Get ready for some Photoshop tips! These thrilling tips are sure to save you time, and offer unparalleled joy as you work on your images. Okay, I might have oversold them just a bit, but you’re going to get a lot of use from these tips.  DUAL VIEW  When you view an image that’s been zoomed way in, it has a different impact than when you view the entire image. When sharpening and retouching, it’s important to work at 100% magnification for an accurate view of your image. There are also times when you need to zoom out to see the overall impact and composition. Did you know that you can ...

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Get ready for some Photoshop tips! These thrilling tips are sure to save you time, and offer unparalleled joy as you work on your images. Okay, I might have oversold them just a bit, but you’re going to get a lot of use from these tips.  DUAL VIEW  When you view an image that’s been zoomed way in, it has a different impact than when you view the entire image. When sharpening and retouching, it’s important to work at 100% magnification for an accurate view of your image. There are also times when you need to zoom out to see the overall impact and composition. Did you know that you can ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! Are you ready for some Photoshop tips? What a great way to kick off a new year, with some fresh tips. If you’re resolute to step up your Photoshop game this year, be sure to check out the more than 100 back issues of Photoshop User on the members’ site and dig in!  COLOR INSIDE THE LINES  I often see people loading selections on layers that contain transparency so they can paint on the layer without affecting the transparent areas. Command-clicking (PC: Ctrl-clicking) on the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel will load the selection. I’m guilty of doing this too and f...

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Hi, everyone! Are you ready for some Photoshop tips? What a great way to kick off a new year, with some fresh tips. If you’re resolute to step up your Photoshop game this year, be sure to check out the more than 100 back issues of Photoshop User on the members’ site and dig in!  COLOR INSIDE THE LINES  I often see people loading selections on layers that contain transparency so they can paint on the layer without affecting the transparent areas. Command-clicking (PC: Ctrl-clicking) on the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel will load the selection. I’m guilty of doing this too and f...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

We’re almost through another year and I have a great basketful of tips for you. I hope you find them useful and timesaving, and that they bring you some year-end joy. Who doesn’t love delicious Photoshop tips?  QUICK ACTIONS  Did you know Photoshop has a number of things it can do for you automatically? Sure, there are actions in the Actions panel, but this is even easier. Maybe you want to add a vignette, select a sky, make a duotone, or smooth skin. You can find lots of these one-click quick actions in the Photoshop Discover panel.  Choose Help>What’s New (or Hands-on Tutorial...

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We’re almost through another year and I have a great basketful of tips for you. I hope you find them useful and timesaving, and that they bring you some year-end joy. Who doesn’t love delicious Photoshop tips?  QUICK ACTIONS  Did you know Photoshop has a number of things it can do for you automatically? Sure, there are actions in the Actions panel, but this is even easier. Maybe you want to add a vignette, select a sky, make a duotone, or smooth skin. You can find lots of these one-click quick actions in the Photoshop Discover panel.  Choose Help>What’s New (or Hands-on Tutorial...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Happy November everyone! As the weather gets colder, the tips get hotter. I really hope you enjoy this collection of Photoshop tips I’ve cooked up for you. They’ll warm your images and save you a whole bunch of time.  LAYERS PANEL THUMBNAILS  The thumbnails on the left side of the Layers panel are great to see what’s on a layer. They also have other functionalities; but sometimes they’re a little bit small. Did you know you can make the thumbnails even larger, or turn them off to allow the viewing of more layers? Click the top-right corner of the Layers panel to open the panel options...

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Happy November everyone! As the weather gets colder, the tips get hotter. I really hope you enjoy this collection of Photoshop tips I’ve cooked up for you. They’ll warm your images and save you a whole bunch of time.  LAYERS PANEL THUMBNAILS  The thumbnails on the left side of the Layers panel are great to see what’s on a layer. They also have other functionalities; but sometimes they’re a little bit small. Did you know you can make the thumbnails even larger, or turn them off to allow the viewing of more layers? Click the top-right corner of the Layers panel to open the panel options...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

When you build a house, you use a variety of tools: A hammer drives in nails, but isn’t very good at cutting wood; a saw cuts wood, but isn’t good for driving nails. Using the right tool for the job is the way to go. Each month I try to introduce you to new Photoshop tools and ways of working to help get the job done as easily as possible. Check out the handy toolbox of tips I have for you this month.  NEW INDEPENDENT WARP OPTION  When you want to wrap artwork onto an object, a great tool for this is the Warp transform tool. To activate this tool, press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T) to start...

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When you build a house, you use a variety of tools: A hammer drives in nails, but isn’t very good at cutting wood; a saw cuts wood, but isn’t good for driving nails. Using the right tool for the job is the way to go. Each month I try to introduce you to new Photoshop tools and ways of working to help get the job done as easily as possible. Check out the handy toolbox of tips I have for you this month.  NEW INDEPENDENT WARP OPTION  When you want to wrap artwork onto an object, a great tool for this is the Warp transform tool. To activate this tool, press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T) to start...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! Welcome to this month’s column where you can learn all your favorite timesaving tips over a cup of coffee, water, or whatever you prefer. We have something old, something new, something borrowed, and no more blues for you. I hope you enjoy these.  MAKING EASIER SELECTIONS  A common task in Photoshop is making selections. The quickest tools to use are the Marquee tools if you happen to be working with a rectangular or oval shape. These tools can appear tricky, but with these tips they’ll be a breeze to use. To make the selection from the center outward instead of from the...

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Hi, everyone! Welcome to this month’s column where you can learn all your favorite timesaving tips over a cup of coffee, water, or whatever you prefer. We have something old, something new, something borrowed, and no more blues for you. I hope you enjoy these.  MAKING EASIER SELECTIONS  A common task in Photoshop is making selections. The quickest tools to use are the Marquee tools if you happen to be working with a rectangular or oval shape. These tools can appear tricky, but with these tips they’ll be a breeze to use. To make the selection from the center outward instead of from the...

Photoshop Tips 

with Colin Smith

This month, I have some really useful tips that I call Mickey-Mouse-Club-secret-handshake and knowing-nod little tricks. They’re quick and simple but they’ll save you so much frustration. I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you.  TELLING COLORIZE WHAT COLORS YOU WANT  In the latest Photoshop update, there are some very nice additions to the Neural Filters. These filters use Adobe Sensei (AI) to change your images. One that’s getting a lot of attention is Colorize, which is able to colorize a black-and-white image or recolor an existing color image. I’ve hea...

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This month, I have some really useful tips that I call Mickey-Mouse-Club-secret-handshake and knowing-nod little tricks. They’re quick and simple but they’ll save you so much frustration. I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you.  TELLING COLORIZE WHAT COLORS YOU WANT  In the latest Photoshop update, there are some very nice additions to the Neural Filters. These filters use Adobe Sensei (AI) to change your images. One that’s getting a lot of attention is Colorize, which is able to colorize a black-and-white image or recolor an existing color image. I’ve hea...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, everyone! Summer will officially arrive here this month in the Northern Hemisphere. So what better time for some summer tips in Photoshop? What makes for summer tips? Well, they’re the same tips, but I’m giving them to you in the summer. (Come on, work with me here.)  Make a New Document from a Layer  Have you ever been working in a multi-layered document and you came across a layer that you wanted to put into its own document. Did you save the current version of the document, delete all the layers except the one you wanted, saved this version as a new document, and then reverted...

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Hey, everyone! Summer will officially arrive here this month in the Northern Hemisphere. So what better time for some summer tips in Photoshop? What makes for summer tips? Well, they’re the same tips, but I’m giving them to you in the summer. (Come on, work with me here.)  Make a New Document from a Layer  Have you ever been working in a multi-layered document and you came across a layer that you wanted to put into its own document. Did you save the current version of the document, delete all the layers except the one you wanted, saved this version as a new document, and then reverted...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

This month, I come bearing gifts: the gifts of time and quality. While I can’t actually give you time, I can save you time in Photoshop that you can use for other things. (In my case, I’d probably use that time for more Photoshop.) This means you can get more work done, or you can spend more time on the little things that improve the quality of your work, which is just as good. Fortunately, these tips are easier to follow than my introduction.  Find the Lightest and Darkest Parts of an Image  There may be times when you want to identify the lightest and darkest pixels in an image. Thi...

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This month, I come bearing gifts: the gifts of time and quality. While I can’t actually give you time, I can save you time in Photoshop that you can use for other things. (In my case, I’d probably use that time for more Photoshop.) This means you can get more work done, or you can spend more time on the little things that improve the quality of your work, which is just as good. Fortunately, these tips are easier to follow than my introduction.  Find the Lightest and Darkest Parts of an Image  There may be times when you want to identify the lightest and darkest pixels in an image. Thi...

Drawn to the Light

with Colin Smith

In this feature article, we’re going to make lighting effects in Photoshop that will vary from the practical to the more magical side of things. Creating lighting effects is one of my favorite things to do, and these types of effects can really elevate an image into something that has that little “something extra” that grabs the viewer’s attention. These effects can be used in a very subtle way, or they can be powerful and dynamic.  The Lighting Effects Filter  There’s a powerful and almost forgotten tool in Photoshop for creating lighting effects: the aptly named Lighting Effects fil...

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In this feature article, we’re going to make lighting effects in Photoshop that will vary from the practical to the more magical side of things. Creating lighting effects is one of my favorite things to do, and these types of effects can really elevate an image into something that has that little “something extra” that grabs the viewer’s attention. These effects can be used in a very subtle way, or they can be powerful and dynamic.  The Lighting Effects Filter  There’s a powerful and almost forgotten tool in Photoshop for creating lighting effects: the aptly named Lighting Effects fil...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Do you feel like some of your Photoshop tasks are taking too long, or there are too many clicks between here and there? This feeling is real, and it has a name: We call it inefficiency, and I’m here with the cure. Your monthly dose of Photoshop tips will knock out the “in” of your inefficiency. Read on!  Super Resolution in Adobe Camera Raw  Super Resolution is an amazing new feature in Adobe Camera Raw that allows you to double the resolution of a RAW, JPEG, TIFF, or PNG. In Camera Raw, Right-Click on the image and choose Enhance (like on the TV shows). A dialog will appear where you...

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Do you feel like some of your Photoshop tasks are taking too long, or there are too many clicks between here and there? This feeling is real, and it has a name: We call it inefficiency, and I’m here with the cure. Your monthly dose of Photoshop tips will knock out the “in” of your inefficiency. Read on!  Super Resolution in Adobe Camera Raw  Super Resolution is an amazing new feature in Adobe Camera Raw that allows you to double the resolution of a RAW, JPEG, TIFF, or PNG. In Camera Raw, Right-Click on the image and choose Enhance (like on the TV shows). A dialog will appear where you...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Some people have a fancy car that they tuck away in their garage and only bring it out for special occasions and when the weather is perfect. Then there’s the car for the daily driver. The kind of car that isn’t attention-grabbing, but they use it for everything and put lots of miles on it. These Photoshop tips are daily drivers, very useful and practical. The type of tips that you can use every day.  Straighten with Numbers  When you’re captivated by a scene in front of you, it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and not realize that your horizon isn’t level in your camera (at l...

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Some people have a fancy car that they tuck away in their garage and only bring it out for special occasions and when the weather is perfect. Then there’s the car for the daily driver. The kind of car that isn’t attention-grabbing, but they use it for everything and put lots of miles on it. These Photoshop tips are daily drivers, very useful and practical. The type of tips that you can use every day.  Straighten with Numbers  When you’re captivated by a scene in front of you, it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and not realize that your horizon isn’t level in your camera (at l...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

 This month we’re getting all tipsy. These are mostly hidden tips: You know the ones; they’ve been staring you in the face the whole time, begging you to save time. Once you’re finished reading these tips, be sure to go and read this column in all the back issues [https://kelbyone.com/magazine] of Photoshop User, because there are so many tips that will save you way more time than it actually takes to read them.  Easily Change the Contents of Smart Objects  A smart object is nothing more than a container. This container can hold many things, including images, Illustrator vectors, PDFs...

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 This month we’re getting all tipsy. These are mostly hidden tips: You know the ones; they’ve been staring you in the face the whole time, begging you to save time. Once you’re finished reading these tips, be sure to go and read this column in all the back issues [https://kelbyone.com/magazine] of Photoshop User, because there are so many tips that will save you way more time than it actually takes to read them.  Easily Change the Contents of Smart Objects  A smart object is nothing more than a container. This container can hold many things, including images, Illustrator vectors, PDFs...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Happy New Tips to everyone! I mean, Happy New Year! (I guess I have tips on my mind.) Seriously, though, here are some nice Photoshop tips for you to kick off 2021. Let’s hope it’s a better year this time around.  Giving Each Smart Filter Its Own Mask  Smart filters are better than regular filters, and not just because they have “smart” in their name. A smart filter lets you change the settings at any time, even after applying them. You can change the Opacity, blending modes, or the filter settings. One other thing: Smart filters have a layer mask, so you can paint the filter exactly ...

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Happy New Tips to everyone! I mean, Happy New Year! (I guess I have tips on my mind.) Seriously, though, here are some nice Photoshop tips for you to kick off 2021. Let’s hope it’s a better year this time around.  Giving Each Smart Filter Its Own Mask  Smart filters are better than regular filters, and not just because they have “smart” in their name. A smart filter lets you change the settings at any time, even after applying them. You can change the Opacity, blending modes, or the filter settings. One other thing: Smart filters have a layer mask, so you can paint the filter exactly ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Get ready for another handful of super-useful and fun Photoshop tips to cap off the year. I hope these tips serve you well for years to come. You may even want to print them out and use them as stocking stuffers! (I’m joking, but you can if you want.)  Sky Replacement with Your Own Skies  I’m sure by now you’re aware of the new feature in Photoshop called Sky Replacement. This tool allows you to easily change the sky in a photo and adjust it to match your photograph. Although Photoshop comes with a library of skies that you can use, many people don’t realize that you can use your own ...

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Get ready for another handful of super-useful and fun Photoshop tips to cap off the year. I hope these tips serve you well for years to come. You may even want to print them out and use them as stocking stuffers! (I’m joking, but you can if you want.)  Sky Replacement with Your Own Skies  I’m sure by now you’re aware of the new feature in Photoshop called Sky Replacement. This tool allows you to easily change the sky in a photo and adjust it to match your photograph. Although Photoshop comes with a library of skies that you can use, many people don’t realize that you can use your own ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

New Color Grading Tips  In Adobe Camera Raw and Filter>Camera Raw Filter, there’s a new Color Grading panel. This replaces the old Split Toning panel. It provides more flexibility because you can now adjust the lightness in addition to the hue and the saturation. You also now have the ability to color tone the shadows, midtones, and highlights separately. Here’s the tip: After you’ve selected a hue in one of the color wheels, hold down Shift to constrain to only adjust the Saturation, or hold down Command (PC: Ctrl) to only adjust the Hue. [To learn more, go to “Introducing Color Grad...

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New Color Grading Tips  In Adobe Camera Raw and Filter>Camera Raw Filter, there’s a new Color Grading panel. This replaces the old Split Toning panel. It provides more flexibility because you can now adjust the lightness in addition to the hue and the saturation. You also now have the ability to color tone the shadows, midtones, and highlights separately. Here’s the tip: After you’ve selected a hue in one of the color wheels, hold down Shift to constrain to only adjust the Saturation, or hold down Command (PC: Ctrl) to only adjust the Hue. [To learn more, go to “Introducing Color Grad...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this issue, I’m going to throw a bunch of really useful tips at you. Yup, I’m going to just put them out there. I know at least one of them is going to be so useful that you’ll want to try all the rest. Or if you just like good tips, why don’t you try them all. How many of these are new to you?  Library Too Long?  The CC Libraries (Window>Libraries) in Photoshop are amazingly useful. One challenge, however, is once you start to get a few items in there, it can take a lot of scrolling to find what you’re looking for. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the flexibility of the panels in ...

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In this issue, I’m going to throw a bunch of really useful tips at you. Yup, I’m going to just put them out there. I know at least one of them is going to be so useful that you’ll want to try all the rest. Or if you just like good tips, why don’t you try them all. How many of these are new to you?  Library Too Long?  The CC Libraries (Window>Libraries) in Photoshop are amazingly useful. One challenge, however, is once you start to get a few items in there, it can take a lot of scrolling to find what you’re looking for. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the flexibility of the panels in ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hello, everyone! Welcome to this issue’s “Photoshop Tips.” In this edition, we’re looking at some features that are brand-new to Photoshop, as well as some that are as old as the (digital) hills. You should try all of these for yourself; I’m sure there’s something in this article you’ll want to incorporate into your workflow.  Changing the Size and Angle of Textures  It’s amazing how much visual interest simple textures can add to a design or composition. Since Photoshop 2020, these can now be managed from the Patterns panel (Window>Patterns). To apply a texture is as simple as dra...

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to this issue’s “Photoshop Tips.” In this edition, we’re looking at some features that are brand-new to Photoshop, as well as some that are as old as the (digital) hills. You should try all of these for yourself; I’m sure there’s something in this article you’ll want to incorporate into your workflow.  Changing the Size and Angle of Textures  It’s amazing how much visual interest simple textures can add to a design or composition. Since Photoshop 2020, these can now be managed from the Patterns panel (Window>Patterns). To apply a texture is as simple as dra...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

There are some Photoshop tips that are well known and then there are some that aren’t. The important question is: Do you know them? If you don’t, then they’re not well-known to you. In this issue, we’re doing a mix of not well-known and some well-known, but forgotten tips. How many of these are new to you? Enjoy this installment of “Photoshop Tips”!  Update Photoshop  Has this ever happened to you? You hear about a new update to Photoshop, so you jump onto your computer, open the Creative Cloud app, and—crickets and tumbleweeds! You don’t see a new update at all. Here’s how to force-c...

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There are some Photoshop tips that are well known and then there are some that aren’t. The important question is: Do you know them? If you don’t, then they’re not well-known to you. In this issue, we’re doing a mix of not well-known and some well-known, but forgotten tips. How many of these are new to you? Enjoy this installment of “Photoshop Tips”!  Update Photoshop  Has this ever happened to you? You hear about a new update to Photoshop, so you jump onto your computer, open the Creative Cloud app, and—crickets and tumbleweeds! You don’t see a new update at all. Here’s how to force-c...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

This issue, I have lots of nice tips for you. Some of these are only in the latest version of Photoshop and others will work in almost any version of Photoshop. I hope you enjoy them!  Open RAW Files as Smart Objects  When you open a RAW image in Camera Raw, you can open your photo in Photoshop either as a regular image or as a smart object. Smart objects are often the best option, because they enable you to go back into the Camera Raw settings by double-clicking the thumbnail in the Layers panel, which means you’re working nondestructively.  To open an image as a smart object from...

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This issue, I have lots of nice tips for you. Some of these are only in the latest version of Photoshop and others will work in almost any version of Photoshop. I hope you enjoy them!  Open RAW Files as Smart Objects  When you open a RAW image in Camera Raw, you can open your photo in Photoshop either as a regular image or as a smart object. Smart objects are often the best option, because they enable you to go back into the Camera Raw settings by double-clicking the thumbnail in the Layers panel, which means you’re working nondestructively.  To open an image as a smart object from...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hello, Tip Junkies! I’m back with a fresh haul of Photoshop tips. These are the tips you’ve been looking for. If you want to get things done faster, better, or just generally look cooler than your peers, read on.  Why the Dull Colors?  One question I often receive is, “Why do the colors in my images look so dull in Photoshop compared to Lightroom?” There are several possibilities, such as color profiles, but here’s one possibility that’s easy to check. Sometimes people accidentally trigger the color proofing feature in Photoshop without realizing it. Command-Y (PC: Ctrl-Y) will toggle...

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Hello, Tip Junkies! I’m back with a fresh haul of Photoshop tips. These are the tips you’ve been looking for. If you want to get things done faster, better, or just generally look cooler than your peers, read on.  Why the Dull Colors?  One question I often receive is, “Why do the colors in my images look so dull in Photoshop compared to Lightroom?” There are several possibilities, such as color profiles, but here’s one possibility that’s easy to check. Sometimes people accidentally trigger the color proofing feature in Photoshop without realizing it. Command-Y (PC: Ctrl-Y) will toggle...

Photoshop Tips

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I know you’ve been craving more tips for speed and cooler-looking images in Photoshop. Who doesn’t want their images to look 79% better in 48% of the time? While I can’t guarantee these tips will shave more than 50% off your workflow, they will reduce some repetition and allow you to have 100% more fun with the time you have left over. (If nothing else, you’ll find the tip on math useful.)  Combine All Open Windows into a Single Document  Have you ever had lots of windows open and you wanted to combine them into a single document? I know what many of you do (because I used to do it). ...

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I know you’ve been craving more tips for speed and cooler-looking images in Photoshop. Who doesn’t want their images to look 79% better in 48% of the time? While I can’t guarantee these tips will shave more than 50% off your workflow, they will reduce some repetition and allow you to have 100% more fun with the time you have left over. (If nothing else, you’ll find the tip on math useful.)  Combine All Open Windows into a Single Document  Have you ever had lots of windows open and you wanted to combine them into a single document? I know what many of you do (because I used to do it). ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! This issue, I decided to share an old-school “aha” group of tips: the tips that make you say, “Aha!” and then wonder why you didn’t realize these things before. Don’t feel bad; Photoshop is such an expansive program, we’re all discovering new things all the time. I hope this column helps you discover something new. If it does, you might consider going to some back issues to see what else you may have missed.  Presentation Mode and Tabbing Through Documents  If you don’t already know about presentation mode, don’t worry, it’s extremely easy to activate. Simply press the F...

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Hi, everyone! This issue, I decided to share an old-school “aha” group of tips: the tips that make you say, “Aha!” and then wonder why you didn’t realize these things before. Don’t feel bad; Photoshop is such an expansive program, we’re all discovering new things all the time. I hope this column helps you discover something new. If it does, you might consider going to some back issues to see what else you may have missed.  Presentation Mode and Tabbing Through Documents  If you don’t already know about presentation mode, don’t worry, it’s extremely easy to activate. Simply press the F...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Happy New Year! A new year means it’s time to learn new skills, and I have some great tips for you this issue to get you started. By the way, be sure to visit the archives on KelbyOne where you can access back issues of Photoshop User magazine and check out all my other tips. A great resolution for this year would be to learn one new Photoshop tip each day (or at least one a week), and then see how much faster you’re working in Photoshop a year from now. A Better Perspective on Things Vanishing Point (Filter>Vanishing Point) is a great way to clone and paint in perspective. Many pe...

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Happy New Year! A new year means it’s time to learn new skills, and I have some great tips for you this issue to get you started. By the way, be sure to visit the archives on KelbyOne where you can access back issues of Photoshop User magazine and check out all my other tips. A great resolution for this year would be to learn one new Photoshop tip each day (or at least one a week), and then see how much faster you’re working in Photoshop a year from now. A Better Perspective on Things Vanishing Point (Filter>Vanishing Point) is a great way to clone and paint in perspective. Many pe...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this installment of Photoshop Tips, I’m going to show you some tricks to make images look dazzling, as well as some time-slashing tips that you’re going to love. Grab your beverage of choice (I’m talking coffee, of course), and let’s get started. Fixing Squishy Kinks in Puppet Warp The puppet warp tool is really useful for bending and warping lots of things, especially re-posing the limbs of people and animals. You choose Edit>Puppet Warp on an extracted layer. Once you add pins to move, pivot, or anchor parts of the image, you can drag the pins to warp the image. The problem is...

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In this installment of Photoshop Tips, I’m going to show you some tricks to make images look dazzling, as well as some time-slashing tips that you’re going to love. Grab your beverage of choice (I’m talking coffee, of course), and let’s get started. Fixing Squishy Kinks in Puppet Warp The puppet warp tool is really useful for bending and warping lots of things, especially re-posing the limbs of people and animals. You choose Edit>Puppet Warp on an extracted layer. Once you add pins to move, pivot, or anchor parts of the image, you can drag the pins to warp the image. The problem is...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Happy September, everyone! In celebration of this month, I have a selection of special Photoshop tips just for you. You’ll find tips that range from changing the behavior of Photoshop to useful shortcuts and, of course, those hidden combination moves that everyone loves. What’s so special about September? It’s my birthday month, so this gift is on me. I hope you enjoy. SHIFT-DRAG GOT YOU CONFUSED? When you press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T) for Free Transform, you can use the bounding box to scale and position objects on a layer. Easy, right? But since Adobe made what seems a minor change i...

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Happy September, everyone! In celebration of this month, I have a selection of special Photoshop tips just for you. You’ll find tips that range from changing the behavior of Photoshop to useful shortcuts and, of course, those hidden combination moves that everyone loves. What’s so special about September? It’s my birthday month, so this gift is on me. I hope you enjoy. SHIFT-DRAG GOT YOU CONFUSED? When you press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T) for Free Transform, you can use the bounding box to scale and position objects on a layer. Easy, right? But since Adobe made what seems a minor change i...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this installment of “Photoshop Tips,” I’m going to show you a bunch of tricks that will enable you to create your own presets, make better selections, and generally open some new areas of Photoshop to you. So, happy tipping! Moving a Selection When you make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee tool (nested under the Rectangular Marquee tool in the Toolbar), it’s really difficult to get the circular selection in the right place. It seems that no matter where you start the selection, it just doesn’t line up where you want. Save yourself some pain and use the Spacebar. While you’re...

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In this installment of “Photoshop Tips,” I’m going to show you a bunch of tricks that will enable you to create your own presets, make better selections, and generally open some new areas of Photoshop to you. So, happy tipping! Moving a Selection When you make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee tool (nested under the Rectangular Marquee tool in the Toolbar), it’s really difficult to get the circular selection in the right place. It seems that no matter where you start the selection, it just doesn’t line up where you want. Save yourself some pain and use the Spacebar. While you’re...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to this installment of Photoshop Tips. As always, these tips are going to help you do things faster and more efficiently. My goal is to bring excitement—that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something. That’s how I feel when I discover an exciting new tip. Aim Your Lights When you’re working in 3D in Photoshop, your models and scenes will look much better when they’re correctly lit using one of the three types of lights in Photoshop. The spotlight usually gives the best result; however, sometimes it’s tricky to position the spotlight to hit the spot on the model...

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Welcome to this installment of Photoshop Tips. As always, these tips are going to help you do things faster and more efficiently. My goal is to bring excitement—that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something. That’s how I feel when I discover an exciting new tip. Aim Your Lights When you’re working in 3D in Photoshop, your models and scenes will look much better when they’re correctly lit using one of the three types of lights in Photoshop. The spotlight usually gives the best result; however, sometimes it’s tricky to position the spotlight to hit the spot on the model...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Tips, tips, and more tips. Anyone want some tips? If you’re new here and wondering what to expect, this is it. To be specific, Photoshop tips. Occasionally, I sneak an Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) or Bridge tip past the editor, Chris. (Quick, while he isn’t looking, hold down the Option key when moving the Basic sliders in ACR.) FASTER BRUSHSTROKES WHILE RETOUCHING Have you noticed lately that the Brush tool (B) seems lagging or just kind of weird in Photoshop? That’s because of a new feature that’s aimed at people who draw or paint in Photoshop. It’s like a camera stabilizer for your brush, an...

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Tips, tips, and more tips. Anyone want some tips? If you’re new here and wondering what to expect, this is it. To be specific, Photoshop tips. Occasionally, I sneak an Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) or Bridge tip past the editor, Chris. (Quick, while he isn’t looking, hold down the Option key when moving the Basic sliders in ACR.) FASTER BRUSHSTROKES WHILE RETOUCHING Have you noticed lately that the Brush tool (B) seems lagging or just kind of weird in Photoshop? That’s because of a new feature that’s aimed at people who draw or paint in Photoshop. It’s like a camera stabilizer for your brush, an...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to the “Photoshop Tips” column. This is where you can try on all those stylish tips for size. Feel free to take whatever you like and dress up your Photoshop skills. Your lucky images will look extra sharp with less effort than you’re currently expending on doing things longhand. The column that actually saves you time as you read it—it’s a miracle! MAKE ME SMILE Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and wished you’d smiled in it, or maybe smiled a little less? You can easily adjust your smile (or anyone else’s) in Photoshop. Choose Filter>Liquify, and any face in t...

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Welcome to the “Photoshop Tips” column. This is where you can try on all those stylish tips for size. Feel free to take whatever you like and dress up your Photoshop skills. Your lucky images will look extra sharp with less effort than you’re currently expending on doing things longhand. The column that actually saves you time as you read it—it’s a miracle! MAKE ME SMILE Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and wished you’d smiled in it, or maybe smiled a little less? You can easily adjust your smile (or anyone else’s) in Photoshop. Choose Filter>Liquify, and any face in t...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Get ready for some nice juicy tips. These pan-fried Photoshop goodies are sure to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Get ready to wow your friends and amaze your peers. If none of that happens, at least you’ll be saving time and frustration as you fly around in Photoshop. MASTER OPACITY SLIDER IN CAMERA RAW FILTER If you’ve used Photoshop plug-ins, you may have noticed that many of them have a master slider that’s called something like Amount or Intensity. This is great because you can fade the overall amount of the effect on your original image. You’d think that some...

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Get ready for some nice juicy tips. These pan-fried Photoshop goodies are sure to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Get ready to wow your friends and amaze your peers. If none of that happens, at least you’ll be saving time and frustration as you fly around in Photoshop. MASTER OPACITY SLIDER IN CAMERA RAW FILTER If you’ve used Photoshop plug-ins, you may have noticed that many of them have a master slider that’s called something like Amount or Intensity. This is great because you can fade the overall amount of the effect on your original image. You’d think that some...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Grab your seat, grab your coffee, grab your computer, grab the device on which you’re reading this magazine (which may well be your computer too), and get ready for the kind of tips with which you love to kick off your morning and get you in a Photoshop kinda mood. INSTANT ACTION Actions are amazing for recording frequently used tasks in Photoshop that you can play back in a single click. When you create an action, the New Action dialog will open where you can name your action, select a set in which to save it, and other options. If you want to jump in and start recording the action r...

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Grab your seat, grab your coffee, grab your computer, grab the device on which you’re reading this magazine (which may well be your computer too), and get ready for the kind of tips with which you love to kick off your morning and get you in a Photoshop kinda mood. INSTANT ACTION Actions are amazing for recording frequently used tasks in Photoshop that you can play back in a single click. When you create an action, the New Action dialog will open where you can name your action, select a set in which to save it, and other options. If you want to jump in and start recording the action r...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone, and welcome to 2019. It’s time for a new year and a new you. I’m going to give you the tips you need to help you discover the faster and more efficient you in Photoshop. I hope you enjoy this installment of tips I have for you here. DRAG DOCUMENT WINDOWS You most likely know that you can drag out your Toolbar and panels in Photoshop: simply click-and-drag their tabs to make them float anywhere on the screen. You can also drag one panel into another panel to dock them together. Did you know, however, that you could also organize your document windows in this way? If you w...

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Hi, everyone, and welcome to 2019. It’s time for a new year and a new you. I’m going to give you the tips you need to help you discover the faster and more efficient you in Photoshop. I hope you enjoy this installment of tips I have for you here. DRAG DOCUMENT WINDOWS You most likely know that you can drag out your Toolbar and panels in Photoshop: simply click-and-drag their tabs to make them float anywhere on the screen. You can also drag one panel into another panel to dock them together. Did you know, however, that you could also organize your document windows in this way? If you w...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone. It’s time for your favorite column! Once you’ve read it, come back here to check out some Photoshop tips.J I have some good ones for you this issue, including a few for Photoshop CC 2019. I hope you enjoy! SHOW THE WHOLE IMAGE Have you ever placed an image inside a document and it’s way too big for the current canvas? Now you want to enlarge the document to show the entire image. Perhaps you’d choose Image>Canvas Size, or reach for the Crop tool and crop it larger (yes, you can do that). Here’s a much quicker way: Choose Image>Reveal All. Now the canvas will resize...

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Hi, everyone. It’s time for your favorite column! Once you’ve read it, come back here to check out some Photoshop tips.J I have some good ones for you this issue, including a few for Photoshop CC 2019. I hope you enjoy! SHOW THE WHOLE IMAGE Have you ever placed an image inside a document and it’s way too big for the current canvas? Now you want to enlarge the document to show the entire image. Perhaps you’d choose Image>Canvas Size, or reach for the Crop tool and crop it larger (yes, you can do that). Here’s a much quicker way: Choose Image>Reveal All. Now the canvas will resize...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, Photoshoppers! It’s tips time! Here’s your dose of yummy Photoshop tips to get your images all nice and happy so you can go home on time. I hope you enjoy this installment and find some fresh new ideas. FAUX BOLD AND ITALIC Are you familiar with this scenario? You spend a ton of time searching, testing, and finding the perfect font for your project, then you go to add a bold or italic variant, but oh no, it doesn’t exist. Do you have to go back to the drawing board? Nope, Photoshop has you covered. There’s an option to make any font bold or italic. In the Character panel (Window...

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Hey, Photoshoppers! It’s tips time! Here’s your dose of yummy Photoshop tips to get your images all nice and happy so you can go home on time. I hope you enjoy this installment and find some fresh new ideas. FAUX BOLD AND ITALIC Are you familiar with this scenario? You spend a ton of time searching, testing, and finding the perfect font for your project, then you go to add a bold or italic variant, but oh no, it doesn’t exist. Do you have to go back to the drawing board? Nope, Photoshop has you covered. There’s an option to make any font bold or italic. In the Character panel (Window...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone, and welcome to another exciting “Photoshop Tips” column. This is the column where you learn new tips and secret handshakes. This time I have a nice grab bag of tips for everyone. Let’s see how many of these are new to you. SHINING A FLASHLIGHT ON YOUR RETOUCHING Here’s a useful retouching trick that I use a lot. Sometimes you can miss subtle details when you’re retouching, or smooth areas can get a bit patchy on a high-contrast screen. Create a new Curves adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves) on top of your layer stack. Set the curve to a very steep ...

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Hi, everyone, and welcome to another exciting “Photoshop Tips” column. This is the column where you learn new tips and secret handshakes. This time I have a nice grab bag of tips for everyone. Let’s see how many of these are new to you. SHINING A FLASHLIGHT ON YOUR RETOUCHING Here’s a useful retouching trick that I use a lot. Sometimes you can miss subtle details when you’re retouching, or smooth areas can get a bit patchy on a high-contrast screen. Create a new Curves adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves) on top of your layer stack. Set the curve to a very steep ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Today on “Photoshop Tips,” we’re going to delve into some of the dark crevasses of “I didn’t know Photoshop could do that!” Yes it can, and a whole lot more. Check out some of the back issues of Photoshop User magazine and see what we have uncovered in this column! DISTORTING TYPE How often have you needed to distort type but you can’t access the Distort option from the Edit>Transform menu? It’s grayed out and feels like you’re staring at a Snickers bar in a vending machine and you don’t have any money to get it out. Many people Right-click the type layer in the Layers panel and ch...

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Today on “Photoshop Tips,” we’re going to delve into some of the dark crevasses of “I didn’t know Photoshop could do that!” Yes it can, and a whole lot more. Check out some of the back issues of Photoshop User magazine and see what we have uncovered in this column! DISTORTING TYPE How often have you needed to distort type but you can’t access the Distort option from the Edit>Transform menu? It’s grayed out and feels like you’re staring at a Snickers bar in a vending machine and you don’t have any money to get it out. Many people Right-click the type layer in the Layers panel and ch...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Greetings, Photoshop-lings! Are you lost in Photoshop space? I have some tips that are out of this world and will help you find your way home—early from work, that is. (This is probably my zaniest intro for this column so far in the 14 years I’ve been doing this. Let’s see if the editor will let it through? I have a feeling he will; Chris has a good sense of humor.) NEW WINDOW TO SEE TWO DIFFERENT SIZES When you’re retouching an image, there will be many times that you’ll want to see a 100% view of the image to check your progress. You’ll also need to zoom out from time to time to ge...

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Greetings, Photoshop-lings! Are you lost in Photoshop space? I have some tips that are out of this world and will help you find your way home—early from work, that is. (This is probably my zaniest intro for this column so far in the 14 years I’ve been doing this. Let’s see if the editor will let it through? I have a feeling he will; Chris has a good sense of humor.) NEW WINDOW TO SEE TWO DIFFERENT SIZES When you’re retouching an image, there will be many times that you’ll want to see a 100% view of the image to check your progress. You’ll also need to zoom out from time to time to ge...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again for your favorite column: “Photoshop Tips.” (Wait, it is your favorite, right?) Anyway, even if it’s not, at least you’re reading this, so you may as well get past my silly introduction and read the juicy tips, which you’ll find infinitely more useful that this paragraph. WHO NEEDS A SMART FILTER? Here’s a cool tip that’s largely been forgotten with the advent of smart filters. There are many times when you’d like to have the flexibility of a smart filter, but don’t necessarily want to convert the layer to a smart object. There’s a hidden command th...

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again for your favorite column: “Photoshop Tips.” (Wait, it is your favorite, right?) Anyway, even if it’s not, at least you’re reading this, so you may as well get past my silly introduction and read the juicy tips, which you’ll find infinitely more useful that this paragraph. WHO NEEDS A SMART FILTER? Here’s a cool tip that’s largely been forgotten with the advent of smart filters. There are many times when you’d like to have the flexibility of a smart filter, but don’t necessarily want to convert the layer to a smart object. There’s a hidden command th...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! Get ready for another column full of fun and exciting tips. In this issue, I’m going to focus on quick tips that can save you a lot of time. I’m also going to keep them short, so you can read through each one quickly. Of course, this gives me room to add even more tips than usual. Enjoy! TURN WHITE INTO COLOR When working in Hue/Saturation (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation), it’s nice to be able to shift colors to whatever you like. Have you noticed, however, that you can’t add color to pure white or black, no matter how high you turn up the Saturation in...

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Hi, everyone! Get ready for another column full of fun and exciting tips. In this issue, I’m going to focus on quick tips that can save you a lot of time. I’m also going to keep them short, so you can read through each one quickly. Of course, this gives me room to add even more tips than usual. Enjoy! TURN WHITE INTO COLOR When working in Hue/Saturation (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation), it’s nice to be able to shift colors to whatever you like. Have you noticed, however, that you can’t add color to pure white or black, no matter how high you turn up the Saturation in...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, everyone! This time around I’ve decided to give you a handful of those “super-useful” tips. These are those little Swiss Army knife tips: just the tip you need for the task you’re doing. I hope you enjoy them and find them as useful as a Swiss Army knife is to a boy scout. SELECT SUBJECT Adobe has just dropped a really, really cool feature into the latest Photoshop update. You can now make selections with just a single click, and I’m not talking about the Magic Wand tool. Choose the Quick Selection tool (W), and then look up in the Options Bar and you’ll see a button that says “...

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Hey, everyone! This time around I’ve decided to give you a handful of those “super-useful” tips. These are those little Swiss Army knife tips: just the tip you need for the task you’re doing. I hope you enjoy them and find them as useful as a Swiss Army knife is to a boy scout. SELECT SUBJECT Adobe has just dropped a really, really cool feature into the latest Photoshop update. You can now make selections with just a single click, and I’m not talking about the Magic Wand tool. Choose the Quick Selection tool (W), and then look up in the Options Bar and you’ll see a button that says “...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Here we are in 2018 already, so I decided to give you 2,018 tips. Just kidding! But I’ve probably written that many over the years, so grab your back issues of Photoshop User magazine and get your fill. For the other 99.999% of you, who probably won’t do that, read on and enjoy! CHANGE BLEND MODES There are tons of layer blending modes in Photoshop—27 to be precise. These blending modes make simple moves look like complex and advanced Photoshop work. The trick is knowing which one to use. You can read the manual and try to understand the math, but trust me, there’s a much better and ...

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Here we are in 2018 already, so I decided to give you 2,018 tips. Just kidding! But I’ve probably written that many over the years, so grab your back issues of Photoshop User magazine and get your fill. For the other 99.999% of you, who probably won’t do that, read on and enjoy! CHANGE BLEND MODES There are tons of layer blending modes in Photoshop—27 to be precise. These blending modes make simple moves look like complex and advanced Photoshop work. The trick is knowing which one to use. You can read the manual and try to understand the math, but trust me, there’s a much better and ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Here we are getting near the end of another year. Time to get in some fun Photoshop tips before the holidays. Actually, it’s always a good time to grab new Photoshop tips. I’m sure you’ll find something here to satisfy your appetite. PAINTING IN STRAIGHT LINES The Brush tool (B) is one of the most underrated tools in Photoshop. With all the different retouching options, sometimes the quickest is the Brush. Rather than trying to mask a thin wire of a single hair, it can be easier to just paint it back in with a 1- or 2-pixel brushstroke. Here’s a tip to draw a straight line with the B...

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Here we are getting near the end of another year. Time to get in some fun Photoshop tips before the holidays. Actually, it’s always a good time to grab new Photoshop tips. I’m sure you’ll find something here to satisfy your appetite. PAINTING IN STRAIGHT LINES The Brush tool (B) is one of the most underrated tools in Photoshop. With all the different retouching options, sometimes the quickest is the Brush. Rather than trying to mask a thin wire of a single hair, it can be easier to just paint it back in with a 1- or 2-pixel brushstroke. Here’s a tip to draw a straight line with the B...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, everyone. Welcome to the September issue of Photoshop tips. My favorite month, because it’s my birthday! I’ve assembled the best collection of tips for you in this issue, many of which are those sneaky little tips that you wouldn’t realize were there unless someone pointed them out to you. These are my favorite types of tips and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. SUPER COLOR PICKER Photoshop has a secret Color Picker that separates a hue slider from the saturation and luminance. It’s also cool to use when people are watching. Without fail they say, “Whoa! How did you do that?...

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Hey, everyone. Welcome to the September issue of Photoshop tips. My favorite month, because it’s my birthday! I’ve assembled the best collection of tips for you in this issue, many of which are those sneaky little tips that you wouldn’t realize were there unless someone pointed them out to you. These are my favorite types of tips and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. SUPER COLOR PICKER Photoshop has a secret Color Picker that separates a hue slider from the saturation and luminance. It’s also cool to use when people are watching. Without fail they say, “Whoa! How did you do that?...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Thanks for reading this column, and a special thanks to those of you who have been reading this for the past 13–14 years. This issue, I’m excited to bring you some tips that I know you’ll enjoy. They’ll save you time and frustration, and most importantly, they might help you explore something new to you in Photoshop. BETTER MASKS WITHOUT PINHOLES Have you ever used the selection tools in Photoshop to create a mask, only to see that your cutout is looking a little transparent in areas with pinholes peeping through in the whites and blacks? We all hate those pinholes. To view the mask, ...

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Thanks for reading this column, and a special thanks to those of you who have been reading this for the past 13–14 years. This issue, I’m excited to bring you some tips that I know you’ll enjoy. They’ll save you time and frustration, and most importantly, they might help you explore something new to you in Photoshop. BETTER MASKS WITHOUT PINHOLES Have you ever used the selection tools in Photoshop to create a mask, only to see that your cutout is looking a little transparent in areas with pinholes peeping through in the whites and blacks? We all hate those pinholes. To view the mask, ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, everyone! I’m very excited to bring you the latest roundup of juicy Photoshop tips. These are the kinds of tips that you can either use to show off to your co-workers, or just use them to get home at a reasonable hour. I prefer to get home at a reasonable hour. ONSCREEN DUPLICATION When you’re working in Photoshop, there are times when you might want to duplicate a layer; maybe it’s a shape, a block of text, etc. You already know you can drag the layer to the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create a copy (or press Command-J ). But here’s a faster way:...

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Hey, everyone! I’m very excited to bring you the latest roundup of juicy Photoshop tips. These are the kinds of tips that you can either use to show off to your co-workers, or just use them to get home at a reasonable hour. I prefer to get home at a reasonable hour. ONSCREEN DUPLICATION When you’re working in Photoshop, there are times when you might want to duplicate a layer; maybe it’s a shape, a block of text, etc. You already know you can drag the layer to the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create a copy (or press Command-J ). But here’s a faster way:...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

It’s my favorite time, time for more tips. I mean it’s always time for tips, right? Because they save you time. Okay, enough of the bad jokes. What’s not bad, though, is this nice collection of Photoshop tips. Enjoy! CLIPPING IN LEVELS When you’re adjusting the brightness of a photo, there’s a point where the image “clips.” Clipping means that brights become 100% white with no visible detail, and the darks become 100% black with no detail. As a rule, you should avoid clipping your images. When you’re making a Curves adjustment, if you hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key while moving ei...

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It’s my favorite time, time for more tips. I mean it’s always time for tips, right? Because they save you time. Okay, enough of the bad jokes. What’s not bad, though, is this nice collection of Photoshop tips. Enjoy! CLIPPING IN LEVELS When you’re adjusting the brightness of a photo, there’s a point where the image “clips.” Clipping means that brights become 100% white with no visible detail, and the darks become 100% black with no detail. As a rule, you should avoid clipping your images. When you’re making a Curves adjustment, if you hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key while moving ei...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Greetings from the tips corner of the magazine. In this installment, I have lots of exciting new Photoshop tips for you. Try them out—maybe there are a few that you don’t know, or maybe there are a few that you’ve forgotten about. STACK VIDEOS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER When working with video clips in Photoshop, you can combine and stack different video clips. One thing you might have noticed is that when you create a new video layer, it doesn’t necessarily overlay the video clip on top of the others, as you’d expect from regular layers. When clips are in a video group, they stack in time,...

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Greetings from the tips corner of the magazine. In this installment, I have lots of exciting new Photoshop tips for you. Try them out—maybe there are a few that you don’t know, or maybe there are a few that you’ve forgotten about. STACK VIDEOS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER When working with video clips in Photoshop, you can combine and stack different video clips. One thing you might have noticed is that when you create a new video layer, it doesn’t necessarily overlay the video clip on top of the others, as you’d expect from regular layers. When clips are in a video group, they stack in time,...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this issue, I have a handful of really useful and cool tips for you to explore. Use them to speed up your workflow and open up new ideas. When you’re using these tips and a new idea or area opens up to you, explore it! That’s how you’ll master Photoshop. Don’t worry if it takes you off-track, this column will still be here when you come back. Slow Motion Video Did you know that you could make slow motion in video? If you didn’t know you could even work with video in Photoshop, now you know. To make slow-motion video, simply open the video in Photoshop, File>Open, just like a reg...

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In this issue, I have a handful of really useful and cool tips for you to explore. Use them to speed up your workflow and open up new ideas. When you’re using these tips and a new idea or area opens up to you, explore it! That’s how you’ll master Photoshop. Don’t worry if it takes you off-track, this column will still be here when you come back. Slow Motion Video Did you know that you could make slow motion in video? If you didn’t know you could even work with video in Photoshop, now you know. To make slow-motion video, simply open the video in Photoshop, File>Open, just like a reg...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this issue’s “Photoshop Tips,” we’re doing something we don’t normally do; we’re going to focus on a theme: adjustments. So if you want to learn how to be more efficient with all your image adjustments and learn a few cool little tips, read on! Stack Your Adjustment Layers Adjustment layers are really great to work with because of their nondestructive abilities. This means that they don’t degrade your images with multiple applications like pixel adjustments do. As such, you really want to take advantage of this. When we have newer tools, we sometimes apply old workflows to these ne...

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In this issue’s “Photoshop Tips,” we’re doing something we don’t normally do; we’re going to focus on a theme: adjustments. So if you want to learn how to be more efficient with all your image adjustments and learn a few cool little tips, read on! Stack Your Adjustment Layers Adjustment layers are really great to work with because of their nondestructive abilities. This means that they don’t degrade your images with multiple applications like pixel adjustments do. As such, you really want to take advantage of this. When we have newer tools, we sometimes apply old workflows to these ne...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to a fresh set of Photoshop tips. These tips are sure to alleviate those little Photoshop frustrations, as well as put you on the fast track to speed and proficiency in Photoshop. This is my 14th year writing this column, so if you’ve been reading it regularly, you should be a speed demon by now. If you’re a newer member and new to this column, fasten your seatbelts and check out some of the back issues on the KelbyOne site. Export Layer As an Image When working in a multi-layered document, there may be times when you want to export a specific layer as a new image. Maybe you’r...

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Welcome to a fresh set of Photoshop tips. These tips are sure to alleviate those little Photoshop frustrations, as well as put you on the fast track to speed and proficiency in Photoshop. This is my 14th year writing this column, so if you’ve been reading it regularly, you should be a speed demon by now. If you’re a newer member and new to this column, fasten your seatbelts and check out some of the back issues on the KelbyOne site. Export Layer As an Image When working in a multi-layered document, there may be times when you want to export a specific layer as a new image. Maybe you’r...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! As the year draws to a close, here are some Photoshop tips to send the year on its way. I hope that you find these tips useful and timesaving. Many are little fine-tuning Photoshop style tips, but there’s an aha moment for everyone. Straighten Panoramas When working with panoramas or fisheye lenses, you can often see the subjects bending in your photographs. There’s an easy way to fix this in Photoshop: Go to Filter>Adaptive Wide Angle. When the dialog first opens, the Constraint tool (C) is selected. You can drag this tool along the horizon and it will warp the photo...

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Hi, everyone! As the year draws to a close, here are some Photoshop tips to send the year on its way. I hope that you find these tips useful and timesaving. Many are little fine-tuning Photoshop style tips, but there’s an aha moment for everyone. Straighten Panoramas When working with panoramas or fisheye lenses, you can often see the subjects bending in your photographs. There’s an easy way to fix this in Photoshop: Go to Filter>Adaptive Wide Angle. When the dialog first opens, the Constraint tool (C) is selected. You can drag this tool along the horizon and it will warp the photo...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the latest set of tips to help you become more efficient in Photoshop. A good tip can sometimes be a frustrating thing. You become frustrated because you might have done something the difficult way for years, only now to discover an easier way. Here’s to frustration! Too Big to Filter Sometimes when you’re working on a large file and you try to apply a filter, the filter is grayed out. What do you do? Flatten the image? You don’t have to be that drastic. Right-click on the layer in the Layers panel and choose Convert to Smart Object. Double-click the smart obj...

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Hi, everyone! Welcome to the latest set of tips to help you become more efficient in Photoshop. A good tip can sometimes be a frustrating thing. You become frustrated because you might have done something the difficult way for years, only now to discover an easier way. Here’s to frustration! Too Big to Filter Sometimes when you’re working on a large file and you try to apply a filter, the filter is grayed out. What do you do? Flatten the image? You don’t have to be that drastic. Right-click on the layer in the Layers panel and choose Convert to Smart Object. Double-click the smart obj...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I have some quick-fire tips for you in this issue. These are fast and simple tips that, if you start using them, you’ll see an increase in productivity with less fiddling, and you know how annoying fiddling can be; that’s unless you’re a fiddler and play the actual fiddle. So, Photoshop is not the place for fiddling—a fiddle is. Pivot Point When you’re transforming layers—you know, rotating and scaling—they usually transform from the center. Have you ever had a corner exactly where you wanted it before you scaled an object, but then you had to reposition it because the corner moved? I...

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I have some quick-fire tips for you in this issue. These are fast and simple tips that, if you start using them, you’ll see an increase in productivity with less fiddling, and you know how annoying fiddling can be; that’s unless you’re a fiddler and play the actual fiddle. So, Photoshop is not the place for fiddling—a fiddle is. Pivot Point When you’re transforming layers—you know, rotating and scaling—they usually transform from the center. Have you ever had a corner exactly where you wanted it before you scaled an object, but then you had to reposition it because the corner moved? I...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I have a saying when it comes to Photoshop: If you have to do the same thing more than once, you’re probably doing it wrong. Do you know that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something in Photoshop? For example, you’ve done some things one at a time and manually for ages, and then find a way to do it that’s so quick you almost want to weep. I hope you discover one of those little gems in this issue’s column. Happy weeping. Arrowheads Photoshop can do so much more than just editing photos; it’s a great tool for creating charts, diagrams, and different types of graphics. ...

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I have a saying when it comes to Photoshop: If you have to do the same thing more than once, you’re probably doing it wrong. Do you know that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something in Photoshop? For example, you’ve done some things one at a time and manually for ages, and then find a way to do it that’s so quick you almost want to weep. I hope you discover one of those little gems in this issue’s column. Happy weeping. Arrowheads Photoshop can do so much more than just editing photos; it’s a great tool for creating charts, diagrams, and different types of graphics. ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to this issue’s collection of tips. Although they’re general in nature, I’ve concentrated a little bit on presets, which are awesome because you never have to do the same thing twice. They’re like your tiny hoard of minions that work for you and serve your every command! Mwahahaha! Magic Spot Spotter It’s really frustrating to output your work of art only to hear someone say, “Hey, I spot some spots on it.” It’s important to go over your image and make sure there are no spots caused by sensor dust, dirty lenses, and other bad things. It can be a tedious task to find them all, ...

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Welcome to this issue’s collection of tips. Although they’re general in nature, I’ve concentrated a little bit on presets, which are awesome because you never have to do the same thing twice. They’re like your tiny hoard of minions that work for you and serve your every command! Mwahahaha! Magic Spot Spotter It’s really frustrating to output your work of art only to hear someone say, “Hey, I spot some spots on it.” It’s important to go over your image and make sure there are no spots caused by sensor dust, dirty lenses, and other bad things. It can be a tedious task to find them all, ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

It may be April, but you ain’t no April fool! I know that because you’re reading this column, which means that you care about getting things done fast. Every time you pick up a new time- (or frustration-) saving tip, then your reading time is an investment. I could say that by reading this column, you’re actually getting time back. But don’t give up that Healing Brush just yet; this isn’t the fountain of youth, just a fountain of knowledge. Blend Colors Together When using the Brush tool (B), there are times when you need to blend two colors together. A gradient won’t work because you...

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It may be April, but you ain’t no April fool! I know that because you’re reading this column, which means that you care about getting things done fast. Every time you pick up a new time- (or frustration-) saving tip, then your reading time is an investment. I could say that by reading this column, you’re actually getting time back. But don’t give up that Healing Brush just yet; this isn’t the fountain of youth, just a fountain of knowledge. Blend Colors Together When using the Brush tool (B), there are times when you need to blend two colors together. A gradient won’t work because you...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this issue I’m going to focus on doing something once but getting bulk results. This is called massive timesavings, or more technically, batch processing. With all the extra time you save, you can read the rest of the magazine—now that’s a great deal! Batch Rename Have you ever had to rename a bunch of files? Maybe DSC34565.CRW isn’t a descriptive enough name? Or maybe you want to rearrange the files and give them a sequential filename to keep them in order, or even build a time-lapse sequence. Whatever reason you may have, it’s easy! Open Bridge and select all the files that you w...

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In this issue I’m going to focus on doing something once but getting bulk results. This is called massive timesavings, or more technically, batch processing. With all the extra time you save, you can read the rest of the magazine—now that’s a great deal! Batch Rename Have you ever had to rename a bunch of files? Maybe DSC34565.CRW isn’t a descriptive enough name? Or maybe you want to rearrange the files and give them a sequential filename to keep them in order, or even build a time-lapse sequence. Whatever reason you may have, it’s easy! Open Bridge and select all the files that you w...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I have a grab bag full of tips for you this issue. I decided, rather than have a theme, I’d do it shotgun style and provide a variety of tips, so there’s something for everyone. Yup, even you. I hope you enjoy these and they serve you well. Colored Layer There are lots of times when you may need a plain colored layer in Photoshop, for example, to unify the color in compositing. When making a colored layer in Photoshop, don’t just create a new layer and fill it with a color; instead, it’s better to use a Solid Color adjustment layer, Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. For starters...

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I have a grab bag full of tips for you this issue. I decided, rather than have a theme, I’d do it shotgun style and provide a variety of tips, so there’s something for everyone. Yup, even you. I hope you enjoy these and they serve you well. Colored Layer There are lots of times when you may need a plain colored layer in Photoshop, for example, to unify the color in compositing. When making a colored layer in Photoshop, don’t just create a new layer and fill it with a color; instead, it’s better to use a Solid Color adjustment layer, Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. For starters...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to a new year! New slate, new start, and new goals. Maybe your goal is to become an amazing machine of efficiency in Photoshop? That’s an awesome New Year’s resolution to have. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure to check out my little column here in each issue of Photoshop User magazine and you’ll be amazed at how far you’ll go in 2016. Cheers! Tinted Photographs Have you ever seen a photo that has a strong color tint to it? Perhaps you jumped into Curves and tried to replicate it, or maybe turned on Colorize in Hue/Saturation? While these methods will totally wor...

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Welcome to a new year! New slate, new start, and new goals. Maybe your goal is to become an amazing machine of efficiency in Photoshop? That’s an awesome New Year’s resolution to have. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure to check out my little column here in each issue of Photoshop User magazine and you’ll be amazed at how far you’ll go in 2016. Cheers! Tinted Photographs Have you ever seen a photo that has a strong color tint to it? Perhaps you jumped into Curves and tried to replicate it, or maybe turned on Colorize in Hue/Saturation? While these methods will totally wor...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to the last issue of Photoshop User magazine for 2015. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you tips all year and for more than the last decade. I wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year. Here are some tips for you to enjoy with a nice hot drink (unless you’re Down Under, then a cold one). I’ll see you all in 2016! CC Libraries CC Libraries are amazingly useful. If you aren’t on Photoshop CC, just proceed to the next tip; if you’re on CC, I hope you’re using the Libraries. They’re a convenient way for you to keep assets that you reuse, such as logos and layouts, nice and handy. Y...

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Welcome to the last issue of Photoshop User magazine for 2015. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you tips all year and for more than the last decade. I wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year. Here are some tips for you to enjoy with a nice hot drink (unless you’re Down Under, then a cold one). I’ll see you all in 2016! CC Libraries CC Libraries are amazingly useful. If you aren’t on Photoshop CC, just proceed to the next tip; if you’re on CC, I hope you’re using the Libraries. They’re a convenient way for you to keep assets that you reuse, such as logos and layouts, nice and handy. Y...
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