20 New Powerful Tips, Tricks, & Hacks in Photoshop

WATCH ONE TRICK, OR WATCH ALL 20! | Check out this nice mix of cool and useful features, tricks, tips, and hacks that you can use in Photoshop (and some new stuff that is in Photoshop CC 2018)

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll jump in and check out 20 different things that you will love about Photoshop and even a bonus tip thrown in at the end because we all love a little bonus here or there. We’ll cover stuff like CC Library color tricks, new Path features, the duplicate transform effect, Camera RAW sharpening for anything, multiple masks, loading transparency, sticky hotkeys, scrubby sliders, and so much more!

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Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. LAMBO: Set thickness of visible path line using Path Options (NEW)
  2. Right-click on path with Direct Selection tool to either add or delete anchor point
  3. Keep Layer Style Effects from auto dropping down in the Layers Panel (layer panel options)
  4. WOMAN: Placement of the Lens Flare per XY Coordinates
  5. Alt-click new layer icon to bring up dialog and set layer to Soft Light and tick box to fill w/ 50% gray
  6. Rotate Tool sticky hotkey
  7. GATOR: Change shape layer color by selecting it and simply clicking (also works with text and you can also use the Alt/Opt + Backspace/Delete for shapes or text layers)
  8. Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + Shift + T (while selecting a single layer to duplicate the layer and repeat the transform)
  9. Don’t add “Copy” to duplicated layers
  10. GLADIATOR: Camera RAW sharpness, Noise, Noise reduction sliders-hold Alt/Opt to get different view
  11. Hold down Shift or Alt while using scrubby sliders to change values fast or slow
  12. Alt + click add new layer mask to add a filled layer mask
  13. LION: Moving a Shape or Selection while dragging it out using Spacebar
  14. Select transparency of current layer via Select>Load Selection and choose select Transparency from drop down menu. (useful for actions targeting a specific area i.e. create blank layer, paint area that you want to select and then use Load Selection to make selection)
  15. Open the old Refine Edge dialog
  16. MOUNTAINS: Levels, Curves, Exposure, Hue/Sat, B&W, Channel Mixer, and Selective Color can all save presets for those adjustment layers (add adj layer and hit the fly out menu)
  17. Switch between paragraph and point text
  18. ESC key to dump text edits, or turn that feature on in Preferences>Type
  19. HORSES: Specular highlight (Linear Dodge(Add)) & Transparency Layer Shapes in Layer Styles
  20. Multiple Masks on One Layer using Groups or Smart Objects
  21. BONUS (CHALKBOARD PSD): Deselect all layers in Layers panel by clicking in open area and then grab Move tool and hold down Cmd+Opt+Shift and drag a selection out. All layers that contain pixel content that is within that selection will be selected in the Layers Panel