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Its amazing how often photoshop can make me feel like a noob. This program is ridiculously deep and has 50 different ways to do everything.
For the past couple weeks as Ive been drawing photoshop has been randomly switching to another layer. Its been a bit frustrating, and breaks the flow of drawing. But its a feature not a bug.
I have alt set up as the button on my wacom pen so I can quickly get the eyedropper. I also have the touch strip set up to scale up and down on brush size. I had been accidentally hitting them together... (alt and [ or ]) which scrolls through your layers. Hot damn. I like it.
Another recent (but less useful) discovery: A friend recently showed me Alt Ctrl move which duplicates your selection (into another layer if the selection is not on the background) but he was mystified by something I had been doing with it. Alt ctrl nudge (arrow keys) stretches the edge most pixels of your selection. Neat!
So what have you learned about photoshop/painter/maya/oils that made you feel like a fool recently?
i recently discovered File>New, and it's really helped
Sketchbook - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=186270
I have been on Photoshop everyday since 1995. I have always heard there are 15 ways to do the same thing, you just get to figure out what one works best for you. Certain for me, loading my F keys with actions is trick.
Side note: I've noticed over the years that getting high and working on the computer doesn't work that good, but it works great painting and drawing. I figured it out that I am working both sides of my brain with the computer. Getting high allows me to really drop into the deep mystical non linear out of time where trying to remember how to safe and make a new layer fast is better off with just coffee. I do miss the mystical side of making non digital art, nothing like it.
Easiest way to learn software: Do tutorials.
Google up some tutorials that relate to what you want to do and do them.
Photoshop is really quite easy to use for drawing/painting. It's when you get into image editing and manipulation that you really must know how to work it.
Since you can make your own keyboard shortcuts and actions in photoshop, and map whatever key combo you want to the wacom buttons, i've found a use for those right side buttons which i never would use otherwise. things like flip canvas horizontal and brush size up/down are cool to have handy at the push of a button.
Don't know if this is a serious thread, but I have deal with annoying errors that in the end I found were really stupid to solve.
One of them is having my brush cursor to turn into a crosshair, it was very annoying when that happened only to find out it was because the Caps Lock key was pressed. Another one, kinda recent was when I use the eyedropper tool it only picked for my background color. So annoying I even restart PS thinking it will be fixed. Only when I google it, I found it was caused by having the background color selected in the color palette (the one above the history toolbar on the right).
Other that, it has been helpful learning about adjustment layers, and how to add/modify vector masks for layers. But I agree, that the tutorials on the web are very good to learn new techniques and functions of the software.
I have a 4 page print out of all the keyboard commands sitting in the bathroom. I looke over it every once in a while to try and learn something new.
I can't find a full list in one place any more, but you can start researching here:
Oh and P.S: This is a serious thread Maestro Andres.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
--- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
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One of my favorite PS features is the ability to select the luminosity of the image, perfect for retouching and popping an image as an overlay. While I haven't been able to get the shortcut to work on a Mac, it is supposed to be Cmd+Option+~.
If you go to the Channels palette, select all of the channels at once, and click the Load channel as selection icon at the bottom of the palette (it's a little marching ants circle), you can do this manually. Once the selection is active, you can copy the luminosity data from any layer and paste it into a new one.
It took me two years to find a way to remove those notes once accidentally placed. For those eager: Right-Click Oo
Some other helpful stuff:
- As said before, Hit NumpadEnter in a Textbox to get out of it and keep the text. Hit ESC to leave the box ignoring all changes made.
- CMD/CTRL-click a path to turn it into a selection.
- Select a path, then click the arrow and select "Clipping Path" to turn that path into a clipping path without having to select it in the pulldown-menu. In combination with hitting NumpadEnter, this is the shortest way I can imagine to turn a path into a clipping path.
- Dragging the curves of a path is often a lot easier than selecting the points of the path and results in more harmonic curves.
- Quick way to merge different layers: CMD/CTRL-select them, CMD/CTRL+G group them and CMD/CTRL+E merge them.
-Quick way to rasterize a text-layer: CMD/CTRL+SHIFT+N to create a new layer, CMD/CTRL-select the text-layer to add it to the layer selection, then CMD/CTRL+E merge it with the empty new layer. For those obsessed with keyboard usage.
- To color-correct an image via the channels: Select the channel you want to edit, but to reveal the whole composite image, press the eye-symbol of the composite channel. This way, you still have the whole color image in view but you can edit the single channel, for example by CMD/CTRL-L Leveling.
More to come.