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Quick Full Screen View

Want to see what your image looks like alone, in a dark dark setting, maybe with some candlelight? Press the F key twice, then press Tab to hide your palettes.

Quick Feather Key

When using any of the selection tools that have the Feather option in the Options bar, press the Enter key on your number pad to jump right to the Feather option box.

Quick Copy to a New Layer

Instead of selecting something, copying, clicking new layer, then pasting… you can just press Ctrl-J. This copies your selection to a new layer. Ctrl-Shift-J moves it to its own layer.


If you’re working with Photoshop for an extended length of time and you notice it’s getting slower, go under Image > Purge. NOTE: This eliminates your undos.

Layer Select

You can Right-button/Control click on your document to open a pop-up menu that lists the Layers under your cursor.

Don't Use Scan Lines

Seriously. Unless you’re creating a tv, don’t use scan lines. They’re not cool anymore, and they’re just kind of irritating.

Cloned Windows

Instead of zooming in, editing, then zooming out to see your result, duplicate your window. Go under Winow > Arrange > New Window. This clones your window, so you can work in one window zoomed in, but leave the other at 100% to immediately see the results.

Clean Your Monitor

If it’s dirty and gross, clean it. Nothing more annoying than trying to remove a spot on an image thats actually one of your boogers. Eww.

Caution with ImageReady

Be careful when switching a file from Photoshop CS to ImageReady CS… if you close ImageReady, your file isn’t in Photoshop anymore.

Brush Tips

Use the [ and ] keys to adjust the size of your brushes. Hold [Shift] and press the keys to adjust the edge hardness of the brush.

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