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Photoshop Tips: 5 things you need to know

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
December 4, 2012

Increase productivity and fire through Photoshop with ease with our 5 top tips

Tip 1 – Name your layers

When working with a large number of layers in an image, a simple yet time-saving trick is to name each layer as you make it according to the kind of element it relates to. Use Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer. Name your layer in the dialog box that appears, then click OK.

Tip 2 – Resize selections

There is a way to resize an empty selection despite Photoshop’s warning that it ‘Could not transform selected area because the selection is empty’. Make sure your empty layer is active then Select>All. Go back to Select and choose Transform Selection. Go to Edit>Transform; all the image transform options are now active and available.

Selection transform

Tip 3 – Brush tip size

This is a handy, simple trick that enables you to get a better look at the brushes you intend to use on your images. In Brush Presets, click on the tiny arrow on the upper right of the palette. Then, in the Brush menu, select the Large Thumbnail option.

Tip 4 – Use Variations

The Variations command allows you to adjust the colour balance and saturation while at the same time providing thumbnails of all alternatives. It’s a simple, easy and efficient way to edit an image. Go to Image>Adjustments>Variations and experiment with the various options provided until you get the effect you want.

Tip 5 – Extra History States

Undo is the most common way to go back to previous steps and undo mistakes; seemingly, Photoshop will only give you a limited amount of such steps. But that can be changed. Go to Edit>Preferences>Performance and increase the History States option. The limit is as high as 1000, but keep in mind that each Undo click costs you RAM space.

These tips are from the Top Ten Expert Tips in Photoshop Creative Issue 95, on sale now!

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Expert tips in issue 95