Most of us, digital scrappers, are using Photoshop to create our layouts. Towards finishing a layout we end up a billion layers and tabs which makes designing a little harder. But I have great tips to finish off your design easily, quickly and stress-free! All of these tips you about to read are Photoshop short cuts that you don’t know until now. Ready to take design process to pro level? Then keep reading!
1. Close All Tabs
So I heard you are messy when designing! If dozens of tabs are open in the Photoshop first make sure you saved all your work and then hold down Shift and click one of the tab’s close icon. All open tabs will close once and for all!
2. Navigate Through the Document
If you don’t want to hassle with grabbing the magnifier tool in the middle of your work and then switching back to your previous tool hold down Cmd (for Mac) / Ctrl (for Windows) and space bar together then drag your mouse right to zoom in drag left to zoom out. In this way you will navigate through the document without switching tools. Release Cmd/Ctrl and Space bar to get back your previous tool.
3. Copy a Layer
If you want to copy one element on your layout hold down Cmd/Ctrl and Alt together then click to the element you want to copy. When you see your cursor changes into a double cursor drag your element to the place you want.
4. Select a Cluster of Elements
When you want to move a cluster to some other place either you need to find and select all the layers of it in the layer palette (how boring!) or you will group or link them together. Here is a better and quicker way; first make sure that your background is locked and any other layer interfering with your cluster so that you can’t move them. Select move tool. Then hold Cmd/Ctrl down and drag your cursor around the cluster. Make sure that the selection covers all the elements in your cluster. Now you can easily move your cluster around!
5. Clear Layer Styles of Multiple Layers
I told this in my previous tutorial but no harm repeating it! To clear layers styles of multiple layers click the first layer in the layer panel, hold down Shift and click the last layer. If you are selecting random layers you can also select them one by one by holding down Cmd/Ctrl and click on layers. Then click right on one of the layer and hit Clear Layer Style.
6. Disable Layers to Work on a Clean Background
To disable all the layers except one that you are going to work simply hold down Alt and click the eye icon next to your layer. When you finished and want to enable all the layers repeat the same process; hold down Alt and click on the eye icon next to your layer that you just finished working with.
7. Select a Layer on Canvas
There are a lot of layers on your document and you can’t find the layer you need, right? Hold down your Cmd/Ctrl key and click on the element you want!
8. Change Opacity of a Layer
Without dealing with layers panel you can change the opacity of an item. Hit numbers on your key board to decrease or increase the opacity. For example hit 5 for making the opacity 50 percent or 1 for 10 percent. However this trick doesn’t work when you select a paint/eraser tool.
9. Paste in Place
Yes, there is a short cut to paste in place! We, the scrappers need this short cut especially when dealing with alphas. Grab the marquee tool, make a selection around the place you want to cut out, hold down Cmd/Ctrl and hit X to cut. Hold Cmd/Ctrl, Shift together and hit V to paste in place.