Like many photographers, I spent a lot of time working in Photoshop. And so I have a set of little tips, tricks and shortcuts that I use regularly when editing an image. Most of them aren’t especially ground breaking, but I find them handy and timesaving and so I come back to them time and time again.
These are a few of my favorites.
There are several ways to duplicate layers in Photoshop. These are quick and easy.
To quickly fill a layer or an active selection:
Right-clicking with the move tool selected will bring up a pop-up menu showing the names of the layers that contain pixels below the position of your cursor.
Change the layer opacity by pressing the number keys. 1 = 10%, 2 = 20%, etc.
Sometimes it can be helpful to get a larger view of the image that you are editing. To do that press the Tab key to toggle the visibility of the Tool panels.
Sometimes when working on a file, you may find that you have pixels outside the visible image area. To delete these pixel (and reduce the size of your Photoshop file), do the following:
Press Command + A (Mac) | Control + A (Win) to select the entire visible image area. Then select Image>Crop to delete any content that lies beyond the visible region.
Note that this doesn’t work on Smart Objects. They remain whole regardless of cropping unless the layer is rasterized.
To quickly move between open image windows:
To change the color of the workspace, right-click on the background area. A pop-up will appear that lets you reset the background color.
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.