Quickies for 'photoshop'

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Pasting into a layer mask

Assuming you have a mask on the clipboard:
  1. option-click the layer's mask to show the mask's bits
  2. paste

photoshop, layer, mask

Pasting into a layer mask

Assuming you have a mask on the clipboard:
  1. option-click the layer's mask to show the mask's bits
  2. paste

photoshop, layer mask

Applying film grain to color

If you have a black and white filter which applies film grain (such as Silver Efex Pro), you can use that grain for color photos:
photoshop, nik, silverefx, b&w, layer, luminosity, blend


Photo through shape

How to use type as a mask for an image:


photoshop, shape, mask, layer


Photo through type

How to use type as a mask for an image:


photoshop, type, mask, layer


Moving a selection while you're dragging it

Dragging out a selection, and notice it's a couple pixels off? Holding down the space bar lets you move the selection while you're dragging it out.
photoshop, selection, move, drag

Tone an image

Make a new layer
Fill it with a color
Use the "Color" blend mode
photoshop, layer, color, tone, blend mode

Blend-mode Sharpening

Open image
Duplicate layer
Filter -> Other -> High Pass
Use a setting between 4 and 6
Change blend mode to Overlay or Soft Light
photoshop, blend, overlay, soft light, layer, sharpening

Put a selection around a layer's contents

command-click the layer's thumbnail
photoshop, select, selection, layer, thumbnail

Make the background layer editable

Just double-click it and OK the New Layer dialog that pops up.
photoshop, background, layer

Changing Layer Panel Thumbnail Size

Use the layer panel fly-away menu and choose "Panel Options". Make your choice.
photoshop, layer, panel, thumbnail


Select by color

Use Select -> Color Range to bring up the color range picker.

Click on the document to select that color. Shift-click to extend the selection.
photoshop, select, color, range, selection


Purging Photoshop's Settings

While Photoshop is launching, hold down command-option-shift. If you're fast enough, Photoshop will ask if you want to nuke its setting's file.
photoshop, settings

Early punchification

Apply Unsharp Mask with 20/50/0 (amount, radius, threshold) for some extra contrast and punch.
photoshop, unsharpmask, punch, contrast

Blend mode quick keys

option-shift-letter, where letter is the first letter (more or less) of the mode:
photoshop, blendmodes, quickkeys

Unlock background layer

option-double-click on it.
photoshop, background, layer

Turn layer into selection

Command-click the layer. Transparent parts of the layer won't be in the selection.
photoshop, layer, mask, selection

Darken the image

Duplicate the background and change the overlay mode to "multiply"
photoshop, multiply, darken


Lighten the image

Duplicate the background and change the overlay mode to "screen"
photoshop, screen, lighten


Turn layer mask into selection

Command-click the layer mask.
photoshop, layer, mask, selection


Temporarily turning off layer mask

Shift-click the layer to disable the mask. The layer grows a big red X when that happens.
photoshop, layer, mask


Show layer mask

Option-click on the mask in the layers palette to show the layer mask instead of the layer's contents.
photoshop, layer, mask


Show layer mask overlay

The backslash key "\" shows the current layer mask in red.
photoshop, layer, mask


Dragging in image, with registration

You want to drag one image on top of another, but it doesn't line up.

To get the dragged-image to be dropped in-registration, use the move tool ("V") and hold down the shift key when dragging.
photoshop, registration, movetool


Painting Effects

This is done with the Art History brush.

  1. Do whatever levels, curves, etc you want to do.
  2. Take a snapshot in the History palette (choose "new snapshot" with "merged snapshot" option).
  3. Make a new layer.
  4. Choose the art history tool ("Y").
  5. Brush.
  6. Remember there are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.
(Inspired by Wacom's tips and tricks: Painterly effects with the Art History brush)
photoshop, painting, arthistory, history


Double-processing raw files

  1. Open raw file in photoshop, make adjustments (say to bring up shadows)
  2. shift-click the OK button to make a new smart object
  3. control-click on the layer and choose "New Smart Object via Copy"
  4. double-click the new layer
  5. make adjustments (say to bring down highlights)
  6. edit layer mask until gleeful

photoshop, raw, double, smartobject

Simple LAB color move

  1. Image > Mode > LAB
  2. Add a curves layer
  3. Edit the A channel
  4. Move end points of curves over equal amounts so that the line goes through the middle
  5. Edit the B channel
  6. Do the same thing (doesn't have to be by the same amounts that you changed in the A channel)

photoshop, LAB, layer, curves


Dodge and Burn

  1. Make a new Overlay blend mode layer, fill with 50% neutral
  2. Paint in white to dodge (lighten)
  3. Use black to burn (darken)

photoshop, layer, dodge, burn, overlay