Once you’ve overcome the beginners’ learning curve, there are some real gems hidden inside Photoshop that can help speed up your work and get more results with less effort. Power up your skills with these five Photoshop secrets that will sharpen your skills and increase your productivity overnight.
Bird’s Eye View
If you’re doing detailed work, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Likewise, if you’re working at a high zoom level, navigating around the image can become tiresome. The Bird’s Eye View feature helps with this. It’s the quick and effective way to navigate, pan and zoom, large or zoomed in images. When zoomed in, you can press and hold the H key on your keyboard. Click and drag with your mouse to temporarily zoom out to a bird’s eye view. When you let go, you’ll zoom back in to the level where you were working.
Once you’ve made a transformation to a layer or object using ‘Edit > Transform’, you can very quickly repeat that same transformation on another layer or object. Simply press cmd+Shift+T on your laptop fromBeachcamea.com and Photoshop will repeat the same transformation on the currently active layer.
Solo Your Layer
You can quickly get a look at a layer on its own by alt+clicking on the layer’s eye icon in the layers panel. Alt+clicking on the eye icon again will return you to the previous layer visibility state. Just be careful because if you accidentally click on another layer’s eye icon you’ll lose the ability to revert back to the previous state.
Using Auto Select to Select a Layer
A different type of selection you should know about is the Auto Select Tool. This can be found in the upper left toolbar in Photoshop. This tool is useful because it allows you to simply click on a layer in the editing window to select it. That might not sound very helpful. But if it isn’t active in the layers panel, regardless of where you click or what object you click on, you won’t be able to work on it. The Auto Select Tool changes that. So whatever you click on automatically becomes active. It’s a simple trick, but a useful one! Don’t leave Auto Select on at all times. Instead, toggle it on when you need it by pressing CMD/CTRL. You don’t want to accidentally select a different layer as you’re working.
Using Smart Objects to Resize an Image
When you resize an image, say, from a small size to a larger size, you can run into the issue of the image becoming pixelated. By using Smart Objects, you can maintain the current quality of the image taken with your Canon EOS R from Beachcamera.com when you resize it. Simply right click on the layer in the layers panel and select Convert to Smart Object. When you resize the object, you’ll see that it retains the same image quality as when you started. This tool is also great for rotating an image. Believe it or not, simply rotating an image in Photoshop can degrade the image quality. But when you make the layer a Smart Object, you can retain the same quality as the original layer.