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Purge

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.

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.

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 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 Open

Double-click on the background in Photoshop to bring up the Open dialog box. Doesn’t work on Mac.

Stop Using Lens Flare

Seriously. Don’t use it ever.

Sub-Tool Select

Usually pressing [Shift] + the shortcut key for whatever tool you want, will cycle through the sub-tools for that tool.

Transform Bounding Box

If you’re trying to transform a layer that is larger than your canvas, you lose your bounding box edges. Press Ctrl/Command – 0 and Photoshop automatically zooms so you can see the bounding box edges.

Try The Alt/Option Key

Try pressing the Alt/Option key in any dialog box you have open. Watch the buttons, most of the time they will change. (OK changes to Reset, etc.)

Universal Text Change

Link your Text layers together in the Layers Palette. Hold Shift as you make changes to one of the Layers. (Font, color, size, etc…) The changes can be seen in all linked Layers.

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