Photoshop tools / resources

How to use a variety of Photoshop tools such as Adobe Generator, animated gif creation, create new guides in Photoshop, count tool, selections, paths, color LUT lookup tables, search feature, lines, vector masks etc

Subjects include how to create new guides / Adobe generator and extract assets / animated GIFs / rapid switch blending modes / Brighten layers / Create concentric circles / Create color LUT lookup / Convert selection to path / Count tool / customize toolbar / diagonal line tool / bitmaps and halftone / History log / Keyboard shortcuts / search tool / vector masks and layers / open PDF files

photoshop guidesHow to create new guides in Photoshop ? Guides are super useful for alignment as well as just using them as a grid for your designs (and probably a zillion other uses). How to create a guide for you to snap to and use in your work ? You must have the show guides ON in the view menu. You can create a guide via the view menu and the new guide command which will create a single guide horizontally or vertically at the position you state (or at 0cm etc if you don't). Use the move tool to move the guide to the position you want. If you want to clear the guides at any time there is a selection of clear guides commands. There is also a new guide layout command and instead of one guide it means you can generate multiple guides with a single command, vertically and horizontally. You can set up a number of rows and number of columns. There are also presets (useful) so you can set up 8 columns using your preset. You can load and save your presets of the guides. You can add a gutter between the guides as well as a margin around the edge (more guides). You can override the default calculations and add a width for the guide spacing so the guides are not spread over the entire artboard. You can also center the columns so they don't start at the edge. You can also default to clearing the existing guides because if that is not set, if you use the layout feature then those are added to the existing lines. Once you have generated the guides, you can still move them by using the move tool as well as clearing them (there appears to be no way to clear an individual item). All kinds of complex guides can be created using the layout feature by repeating it with different combinations (especially useful as the tool does not do non-uniform guides). The last option is new guides from shapes which is a little incorrect as the feature actually works with shapes and layers and type (which are shapes). So if you have a small layer created perhaps by a selection and copied and pasted in and then you go to that menu command, the guides are created to the edge of the layer so you get four for the left, right, top, bottom of the layer. The same for any shape or multiples of selected shapes (select the layers in the layers panel) and you will end up with a far more complex set of guides. You can, of course, re-shape the designs and then go to the create command and then more guides will be created matching the current bounds of the layers. This can be repeated. Not sure if there is a limit on the number of guides you can create. Once you have the guides, you can use them with a variety of features in the application to snap to. If you introduce artboards then the guides in one artboard are not affecting the other artboards. Video tutorial on how to create guides (youtube)

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How to use how to use adobe generator image assets expor photoshop the Generator feature to save assets in Photoshop ? The basic steps are firstly go to the Photoshop File menu and then Generate and then Image assets. Create layers such as shape layers and then go to the Layers panel. Rename layer names to PNG etc files (the process works in the background once you have set the Photoshop Adobe Generator on save the file to a particular folder (this will be the location for the assets). The Adobe Generator language for the exports is set via the layer panel. You can export images in multiple sizes via the layer panel such as 100% or 50% or 400% etc. Set up the name such as 100%name1.png. If you don't change the name of the layer to something like that, it will be ignored and not exported. It should be noted that this is not a miracle asset saver, if the image is a small file to start with and you set it to 10000%, the result will probably not be great. You can use feature to create PNG and JPGs etc in seconds (I haven't timed it). The PAG is a great feature for use for all kinds of assets as well as web design and resources (particular interest for me). The following file formats can be generated: PNG (PNG24, PNG, PNG8,PNG32) as well as JPG and GIF and SVG (vector format for all kinds of wonderful vector designs which can be any size). All the assets generated can be modified by the PAG language / script language. Of course, once you have the assets then you can modify them further. Note that the PAG is on a file by file basis so next time you use the PAG , you need to turn it on again (which I think is quite fine as you might not need it for every task). The layers and PAG uses the layers and the naming convention for the layers to generate the images. The key thing with the tool is to set the names via the layer. Instead of using layer 0, layer 1 etc you can change the layer name for the assets to something like xxxx.PNG. The asset is then automatically saved as that file name in the sub folder (of the file saved). You can use Text layers, Custom shapes layers, image layers, Pattern fill layers, Gradient layers, Brushes on layers and much more. As the PAG doesn't care about the position etc of the asset, the layer comps is of no use with this feature it is all automatic. Yes, you don't have to worry about it any more. Once you have named all the layers as xxxx.png etc (the filename has to be unique) then all those layer assets are generated automatically. You can then use them in Edge, Dreamweaver etc as required. There is a fairly complex language of scale, format etc, You can go even further than this and use even more complex terms in the layer name so instead of calling the layers one.png etc you can also add a percentage size in front of the text layer name and shape layer name etc. So if you want to save a range of files with the different file sizes then you can type 400% name12.png as well as 200% name22.png and 100% name32.png and 50% name42.png. You can create a long line of layer names. You can set up 400%name1.png,1000%name2.png etc and then the system will generate two files, a name1.png and a name2.png and the name2 will be larger. Separate them by a comma. You can also set the layer name to a SVG file type and the result will be an instant export of the SVG file. Great for creating a quick vector design from shapes and type etc. You can still add a percentage to the name. So you can use 4000%shape1.svg etc will result in a larger image (though the actual file is no bigger as it is a vector). You can create images from the SVG format as well as vector shapes and type. The P.A.G will save those files all the same layer but with different sizes and all PNG etc. You can set it to 2000% etc if you wish or whatever. You can also set the PAG to a custom size so the layer can be saved as a 100x100 name1.png, 200x200 name2.png etc or even 100 x 400 name3.png and so on. So if you have a text layer asset (perhaps a whole page of text) this can be saved as a document with a layer name of text1.png at 1000% the original size (relative to the document). Likewise, a pattern layer (fill pattern layer) can be saved as a pattern 5000 x 5000 in size as well as other sizes. Custom shapes can also be saved as raster format. PAG will take some time to process large documents so you should not expect the assets to appear instantly if you are creating large files (and I am certain here are limits on the size). It all happens in the background so you don't have to take any time away from your work. PAG is great addition to the application and hopefully one that can be extended to include a lot more features and expressions as well as file formats such as AI ? If you set a pattern fill to export at 5000% etc, it will not appear instantly - give it time (unless you have a super fast machine). The key thing is that you save the file somewhere. If you save the file to the desktop then you will see an assets folder generated as a sub folder and you will find the assets there. You can then copy the assets to another folder such as your website Video tutorial on the Adobe Generator subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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How to animated gifsmake / create an animated gif in Photoshop tutorial in CC 2019 2018 - CS5 etc. File menu and place 'embedded' command. Browse for an image (it is probably best to create a folder with all the images). Repeat place command to add more images into Photoshop as layers - resize as required. Window menu and 'timeline' (not normally visible otherwise). Click "create video timeline" (required to create animated gif file). Goto to each layer in timeline and re-size duration (by dragging ends of timeline layer). Make certain that the layers are aligned so they can be seen (if layers overlap, the lower layers will not be seen). File menu and export commands and "save for web". Set filetype to GIF (or use a preset). Set animation options such as looping forever. Save as ... (GIF file). You now have a file that can be added to web pages etc. Video tutorial about the animated gif subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

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blendsHow to rapidly / quickly switch and select blending modes in Photoshop CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 etc. The key thing is the + key or - key combined with the shift key to scroll through the blends. Layers panel and select layer. Shift and + key with layer to scroll down through the blending modes such as normal and then dissolve and then darken / multiply / color burn etc. Shift and - key with layer to scroll up through the modes such as lighten, darker color, linear burn, color burn, multiply etc. If you wish to rapidly quickly switch through Photoshop blending modes and scroll through the modes without releasing the + and shift key, just keep the + or - key selected and the modes will rapidly fly by and the image will rapidly change without any release (though you still need to release the '+' at some point unless you want to end up with a headache). You can quickly switch through Photoshop blending modes with standard layers as well as type and also with vector shapes as well as smart objects though the changes may not be as quick if you have multiple complex layers. Every-time you move from darken / multiply / color burn / linear burn / darker color / lighten / screen / color dodge etc you will notice an entry is added to the history panel so if you hold down the shift and the plus key or minus key for a while, you will notice that you may end up with lots and lots of the same entries in the history panel (sadly, the panel does not list the useful mode such as darken so it is tricky to differentiate between the history states. If you can easily remember hot keys / shortcuts then you may find those easier to use than the shift and plus key to explore the different modes and quickly switch / scroll the Photoshop blending modes. Again, make certain you have the layer selected in the layers panel and then press the M etc keys combined with the shift and alt / option key. Sadly, many of the hot-keys are not that obvious. If you want the overlay, use O. If you want the Difference, use E (I know, an odd choice but I guess there are three E in the name). For lighten, use G. For Darken, use K

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How propertiesto brighten a layer using the tools in PS CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc. Go to the layers panel to select layer to brighten. Layer menu and new adjustment layer category. Levels and add a name and click OK. Go to the properties panel (levels settings). Select the "lighter" preset to brighten the layer in Photoshop. Go to the first slider bar / histogram. Right side slider (highlight input slider) and move to the left to brighten the layer. The great thing about adjustments is that they can be changed at any point so if you want to change the setting and make the image even lighter or perhaps slightly darker then you can select the entry in the panel and display the properties panel (if this is not visible, go to the window menu and properties). You can then either select one of the presets again or you can modify the highlight input slider setting it to 230 or 220 etc. Set it closer and closer to 0 and the image will perhaps be totally lost. If you want to only apply the modification to one part of the image then you can use the mask in the panel (select that) and then apply a gradient or brush stroke or shape etc in black or gray to control the level applied. The area of the mask with more white will be lighter. You can use gradients etc to create ripples across the image such as on the right. The key thing here is that the underlying artwork is totally untouched and can be changed in seconds via the mask thumbnail

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concentricHow to create a concentric circles tool (random color contour) in Photoshop CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 etc tutorial. Select the ellipse tool for use to create the circular concentric contour random color filled design. Set shape layer option. Set color and create circle by holding down shift. Duplicate layer. Edit menu and transform and set the scale to 95% or 90% etc and change color of the circle via properties panel. Repeat duplicate and transform multiple times to create multiple concentric circles in Photoshop. Set color via properties again and repeat all the way to the center of the concentric circles. Create an initial circle. You can then use the properties panel to change the color of the object. This can then be duplicated via the layers panel and duplicate layer (as long as you use the layer option) - there is no default shortcut for the duplicate (not sure why) but you can quickly add one via the edit menu and that will speed things up. You can then go to the edit menu and transform and scale and set the scale to 95% for the path and then change the color of that layer via the properties panel. This can be repeated over and over to create a contour design. You can, of course, select the paths and shift them or alter them in different ways perhaps by using the direct selection tool. You can select all the artwork and then define it as a smart object via the layer menu and smart objects. You can also save the artwork to the CC library for future use. You can also use the various adjustments to modify the artwork such as turn it blue or invert the design and more. You can use the artwork then multiple times in your projects. Use masks or selections to cut the paths in half or quarters etc to create many different artworks from the same basic graphic. Select the artwork layer and then go to the layer menu and then layer mask and reveal all. Select the layer mask thumbnail. Add a pixel design to the layer mask such as gradient or star etc. Create a new layer via the layer menu. Go to the general brushes and select one of the very basic round brushes. Set the size to a little less than the document. Set the hardness via the brush panel to 100%. Now set the color for the stroke to orange or any other color via foreground color. Go to the brushes settings panel via the window menu and then set the shape dynamics and size jitter to 100% and go to the color dynamics and set the hue and saturation jitter to a large value. Go to the middle of the document and click the document with brush tool. Don't move the mouse, just click multiple times till you are happy with the design. Take the layer and go to the layers menu and smart object and convert to smart object and then duplicate it via the alt / option key and repeat. Fill the design with multiple copies and re-color as you wish via the image menu and adjustments. May take a few attempts as the size jitter may generate a stroke and overlay all the other colors. To avoid this, use a blending mode for the brush such as difference or darken. Video tutorial on the concentric circles subject by graphicxtras.com 

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how to generate create LUTsHow to create a color LUT / color lookup table tools in tutorial for CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 etc Open image (high quality image). Layer menu in Photoshop. New adjustment layer (color LUT exports need a layer to export). Vibrance and set properties and OK. New adjustment layer. Curves and set properties and OK. File menu. Export and Color lookup tables (for export / creation of a color LUT in Photoshop). Set quality (set the grid) and formats etc such as 3DL or CUBE or CSP or ICC. Of course, give it a copyright. OK and Save, You can use adjustment layers to quickly create / export LUT (color lookup table) files but all kinds of layers and modifications can be used before you use the export functionality. So you can use color balance, gradient map, channel mixer, etc. You can set the adjustments via layers menu and select one of those. The key thing is that you are using a layer (and it really doesn't matter the type of layer either, just the end result). You can add two or three of the same adjustment layers (or not) and you can also mix in opacity via the layers panel as well as different blending modes (such as hard mix or hard light or difference) as well as masks and layer styles etc. So choose vibrance and then channel mixer etc to modify the color of the underling image. You do not need to use just adjustments. You can use gradient overlays in layer styles as well as pattern overlays in layer styles as well as Layer filled with gradients combined using blending modes such as difference. You can also use a Photograph image layer, Duplicated layer, Layers filled with brush strokes, Layers with blending modes / opacity (and probably a whole lot more). They don't have to be layers but they can modify the layers such as blending modes and opacity. The key thing after generating your layers and it can be multiple layers is to use the the file menu command to store the work in a variety of formats. You can save the tables to a variety of formats such as 3DL & CUBE & CSP & ICC. Set up grid points - 32 is probably decent but as you add more points, the file sizes will increase. You can go to 256. The time taken to save the data also increases so expect to see the progress bar as you save your files. The maximum option also seems to have some issues and takes a while to process, so 32 is probably best. To use the generated files, simply go to the image menu and adjustments and color lookup or use the adjustment layers. Use the load command to select the file and see the result. You can change the result a little by changing the data order and table order. Video tutorial about the color LUT subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

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convert selection to pathHow to convert a selection to a path in CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 etc. Use an existing selection or make a selection using elliptical marquee tool for the convert to path. Window menu and paths. Goto the paths panel and right side menu. Make work path. Set required tolerance (the default is fine in most cases but 1 is better but more points). Click OK. The path can now be used in other parts of the application such as conversion to a vector design etc. You can also go to the edit menu and use the define custom shape command to save the item to the presets panel and then use that artwork multiple times in future projects. You can also further manipulate the vector by using the powerful curvature tool to manipulate the points and curve the artwork and create a variety of new designs from that basic original work. The curvature tool can manipulate the points and curve in 1000s of ways and you can then go back and define it as a new custom shape. There is no outline feature in PS so if you want to add an outline around a shape etc then a way around this is to use the art as a selection and convert that back. Apply a shape as a layer and then go to the panel and make a selection. The selection follows the shapes design. Now go to the select menu and modify and border and set to 20px. Go back to the panel and then use the make command with a tolerance of 2 (as default). You now have an outline of the original design. Video tutorial on the paths / selections subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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count toolHow to use the count tool in Photoshop to add markers etc to a document in CC 2019 2018 2017 2105 etc The tool can be found in the toolbar. It can be used by simply clicking the current image in different locations. Go to the toolbar. Select the count tool (123). Click the document to add a marker / label .1 .2 .3 etc via the count tool. Click the count tool on the artboard for as many markers you want to add. The count tool is a powerful way of adding lists to your images (such as perhaps a Powerpoint guide) as well as just marking perhaps certain points of interest in the image for reference purposes or perhaps as a reminder for some work later or perhaps as a way of selecting the number of the same designs or colors in an image or perhaps listing the presets added or designs added. Great for use with science and medical imaging etc as well powerpoint and keeping track of elements in an image. You can add the markers with the count tool. Select the 123 icon in the toolbar, click the document to create a .1, click the document to create a .2 and repeat for .3 and .4 and so on. You can delete them by holding down the alt / option key and then hover over the number and click and the number will be deleted and all the other numbers will be re-numbered. You can also clear them all in a second by clicking the clear button. The markers are not cast in stone, you can move the items. Select the 123 and hover over a marker and click and then move the item. You can also constrain the movement by holding down the shift key so they can all be in a vertical or horizontal line. Another option for the distribution of the markers would be to use guidelines and then add them to the intersections on the grid or in the cells. How to constrain the the markers ? You can can also hold down the shift key to hold it in vertical and horizontal. Personally, I wish there were a little more such as perhaps a grid feature or alignment and distribution features (especially useful if you want to create a basic powerpoint list (though I would assume it may be better just use to the type / text for that and create points and align and distribute those layers). You could, of course, simply display a set of guide lines. You can keep the markers blue but you can but you can turn them all red via the tool color setting. Useful if using groups. You can also set the size (the number) by the label setting and the little dot (the marker) size via the marker setting. You can also make all the numbers / markers disappear by clicking the eyeball button. You can also set up a new group with the tool for the numbers by clicking the folder icon and change the color for those and the marker and label size (these are independent so group 1 can have different settings to group 2 etc). Once you are working in group 2 then the number sequence is independent as well so you can set up a new 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 etc sequence. You can still select the group one etc though and move them and delete them though any adding of new markers will be added to the current selected group which can be set via the group combo dropdown. Video tutorial on the count tool subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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How how to customize the toolbarto customize / edit the Photoshop toolbar in CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 to display only the tools you want to use regularly as well as shift the unused ones. Go to the toolbar (toolbox) itself. Bottom of toolbar. Select the little ...'' for the customize toolbar. Expand out. Edit toolbar. Manipulate the tools - shift from top to bottom of the Photoshop toolbar (or to the extras if unused). All the tools that are least used are consigned to the others section. You can also place your key tools at the top of the toolbar and quickly access them. You no longer need to keep tools hidden. The toolbar has been rock solid since the very early versions of Photoshop with only additions from Adobe added to the fairly set or perhaps even the occasional item being deleted or shuffled around or added to below another item. Well, that has now all changed and you can edit the tools in 100s of different ways. This does mean that following any tutorials referencing the brushes, shapes etc will all be a lot more confusing as there will probably be no default setting for this central area of tools. Everyone can change the icons and everyone will have their favorites (such as I always want to access the brush tools such as art history with my brushes) and the features they never ever use (perhaps such as the history tool or dodge tool). So now if you only use the custom shape tool and the brush tool you can leave those in the toolbar and all the rest of the other items in the extra and that is really useful as the other tools can sometimes just get in the way of the creative process. OK, how to start. The dialog is split into three sections with the items in the current setup in the left (default ones or the ones that you have already decided are your favorites) and the ones in the extra tools section are on the right of that (these are the tools that you probably never use) and a selection of buttons to restore defaults etc. There is also a selection of other controls along the bottom such as show the dots (extra tools). The Photoshop toolbar contains all the interactive tools that you use a lot. The interactive tools that you rarely use can go to the "extra tools" section but not only can you remove things from the toolbar, you can position or move toolbar items so your favourite must use tools are all at the top and are super quick to access. You can now move the tools from the left to right section and right to left. In the customize toolbar go to the toolbar section and select 'rectangle tool' say. Drag the rectangle tool up the toolbar section to near the top (you will see the toolbar change as you do this). Release (and you will now see the rectangle tool up near the top of the toolbar). Click done. You can move the individual items up and down the left and the right sections so if you decide you want the custom shape at the top of the panel then select it and remove it from the rectangle group and move it up above the current top item leaving a little gap so it does not join the current top group. You will notice that tools are often grouped in tool groups such as the custom shape tool is with the rectangle tool (by default). Well, you can place tools into a group so if you want the note tool to be added to the group with the rectangle tool etc. Select the note tool in the toolbar section or the extra tools section and drag from the current position. Drag into the 'rectangle tool' group (or another group) and you will see a thin blue indicator showing that you over that group and position within that group. Release and you will see the note tool now added to the rectangle tool group. You can equally select a tool in a group and remove. Select a tool in group such as rectangle tool. Drag from group and place in the extra tools section or drop / release outside the current group. You can move individual items and you can move an entire group so say you have the lasso tool and the dodge tool and the burn tool together in a single group and you want to move that into the same group (so it would have to be expanded) then you can select the whole group by passing over the edge of a group and not the individual items and then select that and drag to another part of the set (again, left or right sections). If you don't want to generally access the tool, you can simply select the tool in the customize toolbar and drag to the right side of the panel and drop into the extra tools section. Select tool in the toolbar (left side). Drag to the right side of the panel. Drop into the extra tools (anywhere) and Release and Click done. Now you have all the tools in that you use a lot in their particular places i.e. move tool, custom shape, brushes, rectangular marque tool etc and all the rest such as the note tool in the extras section what happens now. If you click the done then you can leave and go back to the toolbar and select the ones you want to use and you will see a little '' for the extras and if you click that you will see the edit option but you will also see all the list of the tools that you rarely use. You can't delete the tools forever (which is a pity). Before you cancel or click done, there are some other features on the panel and they may or may not be useful for you. You can hold down the ALT key to reset all the changes made during the panel open so if you make a mess of the changes then you can just hold down the alt to get the reset feature instead of cancel. You can click cancel, of course, and leave and restart anyway. You can also click the restore defaults and that will just set everything back to the standard Photoshop setup and that is fine also. You can click the clear feature which is useful as it dumps everything into the extra section and then you can drag the one or two items back to the main section on the left and use those. You can also click the save preset option which saves the settings all to a TBR format which is located in the presets section 'custom toolbars'. You can click the load option to bring in a particular set. If you are just painting or using the clone or dodge etc tools then you can set up one of the presets for those or perhaps you might want a set for the 3D features you can load those quickly and use those and replace them quickly with your main TBR setup. At the bottom of the panel you will see '' which removes the extra button so you won't see those less used items at all such as note tool or measure tool etc (I am certain everyone does use them but I can't think of many occasions for myself). The others are "show the foreground and background color" though I am not sure why you would want to remove them (I use them all the time) as well as "show quick mask mode" and "show screen mode". There is also a final option to remove the extras shortcuts. This is a really useful addition and one I used from day one. I always use the custom shapes and having that feature at the top of my kit is really useful as I now no longer have to click to the bottom of the list of rectangle, rounded rectangle (does anyone use that now ?) and so on. I would love to see it extended further so the panel can be extended to four columns etc or perhaps dragging other features onto the panel such as the custom shapes presets so I can have them all in one place. Or perhaps finally opening the panel to third party tools as in Illustrator ?? Certain there are many more things to explore with this new CC feature. You can also go for a very very small set of features but why would you want that. I would love to see tens of new tools in the box (as in Affinity Photo). Video tutorial on the customize toolbar subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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diagonalLearn how to make a diagonal line tool in Photoshop in CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 etc. Select the line tool in the toolbar. Set the color to black (or white or green etc). Set to shape layer option and set weight to 10px for the Photoshop diagonal straight line. Go to the bottom left corner of image. Draw diagonally. Hold shift to constrain angle to. 45 degrees diagonal. Draw to top right. Release mouse. Flatten. The key tool is the line tool found in the toolbar beneath the rectangle / rounded rectangle tool. Hold the shift key to constrain to 45 degrees or 90. Instead of drawing from bottom left etc, go to the bottom right and draw the tool upwards to the top left. Of course, you don't need to start in the corner as you can set the origin at any point in the image and draw diagonally upwards or down etc. You can fill the artwork (if used as layers) with gradients etc so black from one corner to white in another (or any other color). You can apply the artwork as a layer or pixel or path via the top bar of PS. Set it to shape layer and then add a shadow via the layer menu and layer style. Hold down the shift to set to 45 degrees and apply in both directions. You can also convert the artwork layer into a smart object and add effects such as oil paint or distort. You don't have to apply it only once, you can apply the graphic multiple times to create dramatic effects in seconds. You can apply the lines multiple times diagonally with different start points. Hold down the shift and apply the line. You can then go to the weight and set it to a different weight and apply another line at a different start point. You can also change the color from red to green to black etc and then apply another line and if you hold the shift key down then all those lines will be at 45 degrees or 90 degrees etc (diagonally) and they will all be parallel to the other lines. You can add countless lines that way to create an intense line background design or perhaps if you add the lines as a shape option then all those lines can be combined by using the combine shapes command to a single path via the unite command. This set of lines can then be added to the CSH presets panel for future use. You can also add the united as well as separate lines to the CC library for future work and projects by dragging the layer or combined artwork to the CC library. It is a great way to create all kinds of parallel designs. You can go to the layers panel and select all the layers and then go to the layer menu and select the combine shapes command and unite shapes. You will then see all the vector artwork join together and become a single parallel design. It should be noted that you should draw the artwork as a vector layer first and then select the shift key to force it to 45 degrees (or 90 degrees). If you go the other way, it will just add the artwork to the current layer (which maybe what you want). Another approach is to use the pen tool. Set the shape layer option and set the stroke to black or a solid color. Set the fill to nil. Set a weight for the design. You can also set a dash style such as dots. Click in the bottom left and then hold the shift down and move to the top right and click and then release the mouse. You now have a dotted design from left to right. As you can apply the artwork as a layer, you can also add styles such as metallic or gel effects or textures to the art - you can then apply different styles to each generated artwork to create a really abstract design. You can find all the styles via the styles panel (window menu). Video tutorial on the diagonal line subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

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How to use bitmap mode in halftonePhotoshop to create screens / halftone images in CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc. Open image. Go to the image menu and mode and grayscale. Goto to the image menu and mode and bitmap. Use halftone screen method and output = 72 (or whatever). Click OK. Frequency 53 and Angle 45 and ellipse (or round, square etc) or set frequency to 1 to create a very coarse screen halftone effect. OK. Image menu. Mode and RGB. There are a number of shapes to use with this method. You can use round + diamond + ellipse + line + square + cross. You can also combine them by repeating the conversion (swap between grayscale and bitmap again). Set the frequency too high and with a small image and you will see a very fine black and white image but the shapes will not be so visible, set to the frequency to 3 and you will see the shapes. Trial and error as this depends on the image. Sadly there is no preview option with the bitmap mode. You can quickly return to RGB etc by going to the image menu and selecting grayscale and then RGB. You can then add effects etc and always then re-do the conversion back to bitmap. You can create super crude horizontal lines through the image by using lines shape and angle set to 0 and frequency to one. You can use it with lines and angle set to 90 and frequency of one for some really interesting line effects. Actually the frequency of 1 seems to be the key thing to create some very crude image with about any image and even the result itself can be re-used after applying some modification such as a blur. You can use the grayscale to bitmap and apply the shapes etc and then go back to grayscale and then bitmap and not much happens. However, go back to grayscale and apply an effect such as a Gaussian blur and then go back to bitmap and the result can be very different. Using the line shapes and with an angle of 0 for the first bitmap followed by a Gaussian blur and then bitmap again with line shapes and angle of 90 (with a frequency of one) can result in a wavy look. All kinds of combinations can then be generated to create a selection of interesting black and white designs. Once you return the black and white image back to RGB mode then you can add adjustments and color effects to turn the black and white into a green image say (apply a rectangle at 50% opacity over the image in green). Or use the hue and saturation and colorize option to turn the black and white into a color design. Change the hue but also remember to change the saturation and lightness. You can take the result of the bitmap and use selections / magic wand to select the black (use select similar from the select menu) and then the path panel and work path to create a path from your image and then use the define custom shape menu command in the edit menu to create a new custom shape from the image. If used as a layer, you can distort and transform as well as add styles etc Video tutorial on the halftone subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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photoshop history log file tutorialHow to use the history log tool feature in Photoshop CC 2019 2018 2017 etc to list all work, all changes to images etc tutorial. Perfect for keeping track of all your work in PS. Main menu / Preferences (mac) or Edit menu / preferences (PC) and History Log preference. Check the option to ON. Save history log to text file (and choose location) OR meta-data OR both. Choose detailed or session or concise. See the file just as a normal text file on the desktop etc. See the meta-data via the file info menu. The Photoshop history log is not turned on by default so it must be turned on or off via the preferences. It appears to make little impact on the resources so you should not see any slowdown in the use of the tools or menu commands or opening files etc. The Photoshop history log file is a listing of all the changes and work done to images such as adding brush strokes + adding paths + opening files + closing files + when you started PS + when you quit PS + when you used layers etc and much more. The history log keeps track of most of the steps that you take with your tools in PS and the results are stored to a file which is either a "text file" or as "meta-data" depending on the selection chosen in the preferences panel. You can save the data to meta-data and you can set it to a text file (you can choose a location for that as well) and also set how much information is stored. I prefer to store the history log data with the file but it will depend on you. Perhaps you prefer to see the work saved to a text file and be separate from each worked file. If you use the meta-data then you can see the meta-data via the file and file info and the meta-data section. Useful for storing the data with the file itself (which may or may not be useful for your work) The text file option is great for saving all your work as one long stream of data but the Photoshop history log data can be a bit of an overload but you can always quickly search through the text for key phrases such as looking for tools etc You can see the quits and launches as well as tons of other information in much the same format as the meta-data (surprised they didn't also include an XML format and CSV etc as I am certain some would love to have the information into Excel or Numbers). The history log is a super useful feature especially if you wish to keep track of work such as time spent on a project and what you have done and changes made etc for clients. The history log in Photoshop is a handy record for yourself as well as for clients. It is also useful as a way of reminding you of the steps made during the creation of a particular piece of artwork. It is also useful as a transaction stamp on when work was done (no idea how well that would stand up in court though as the text file can be edited !). Personally, I prefer as much information as possible to be added to the history log so I generally always go for detailed but I guess sessions is only useful for some projects as the information is a lot more limited especially if you are only interested in the times. You can choose meta-data option or text or both. There is a concise option and detailed option available. Going for the detailed option, you can see a lot of information such as the time when a file is opened (in most cases for me, a super useful untitled-1 opened) as well as a trail of information about width of the file, the height of the file, resolution, fill, color depth etc. The feature also gives precise times for the launch and quit from the application. The history log detailed tracking also shows the settings for effect so if you need to know the exact settings for the oil paint everything is available and some of the values and settings that are particularly not obvious from the actual dialog. Many of the effects are well detailed but some fields have an entry such as cleanliness for the oil paint but some of the other fields have no name so in many ways, not as detailed as you would imagine. To be fair, in some areas there is a ton of information and much of it really very detailed such as JPG save information giving slicer information, file component details etc. If you need to know the exact details of the adjustments then all the details are included in the history log such as without colorize, saturation, hue etc. You can find a lot of details about the layers. Not much about the brush tools. When it comes to tracking all the data generated and fed into the history log, the camera raw filter is probably the most extreme. Camera raw filter gives a huge amount of data to the file such as Luminance Adjust, Aqua: 0, Parametric Darks: 0, Sharpen Detail: 25, Transform Distortion: 0, Contrast 2012: 73, Camera Profile Digest, local adjustments and much more. The 3D tools also add a lot of information to Photoshop history log file as well such as 3D positions, extrusion heights, mesh positions etc. You can learn a lot about the tools in PS just by a study of the files generated. Actually, I am surprised it does not store the time of each of the tools use. Type details are stored in a very comprehensive way in the files and includes Column Gutter: 0 points, First Line Alignment: Ascent, Script: 0. Open Type Baseline Position: normal, Without Use Contextual Alternates, Desired Word Spacing Percent: 1, Minimum Glyph Scaling Percent: 1, Kinsoku Order: Push In First, Auto Leading Percentage: 1.2 etc. A lot of information is included and I guess unless you are a real type wizard, most of the info recorded to the Photoshop history log is really pretty obscure (I have no idea what Kinsoku Order is). The actual text stored is often only about six words but there is a lot of additional information added so you can also use the tracking as a way to see the text used in a particular document (though I guess it doesn't probably indicate whether the text remains or not if it has been deleted later). Video tutorial on the history log subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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keyboardsHow to use Photoshop keyboard tool shortcuts tutorial (CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc) for super quick access to tools. Access the keyboard tool shortcuts by pressing keys such as M or U etc Press M (rectangular marquee). Press U (rectangle tool). Z (zoom) keyboard tool shortcut etc. Tool icon will be selected in the toolbar. Press return to display any options for the tool. Simply just press the letter to go direct to that feature such as the move or custom shape etc. There is now another way of approaching this in the latest version as there is now a search feature which can do much the same (albeit slower). You will notice in the image on the right, the icon also conveniently shows a picture now with the (M) etc indicated in the description. To get to that I pressed the letter M. To see the list such as move, hand etc then go to the edit menu and keyboard shortcuts. Go to the tools section via the dropdown. If you think you would prefer the key 'A' for the rotate view then go to the panel and click the shortcut column for the rotate view (or any other tool) and change to 'A' (or whatever you want) and then click accept and Click OK. If you change your mind, you can click undo or just cancel. You can also create a shortcuts file via the save all button (in the panel) and that file will then be accessible via the dropdown (which also has the quick access to the defaults) and you can restore the set at any point. There are a few buttons for adding and deleting as well as accept and undo. A very useful feature is the summary or summarize button - if you want a complete list then just click the button in the panel. If you want to create a reminder html web page with all the details included in the panel then click the summarize button. The list actually more useful for all the other zillions of commands and how to use (I assume this list is easy to remember). There is a reset option. You can set that via the same panel via the dropdown with the toolbar marked set. Go to the panel and Select the "Photoshop defaults" and Accept. Some of the items have multiple entries such as the rectangle / ellipse etc and they are all set to U. You can hold down the shift key and scroll through them all. Not ideal but a solution. In the case of rectangles etc. Press U and Hold down the shift key and Press U again and Press U again to scroll through all the tools The list includes M - Rectangular Marquee / V - Move / L - Lasso / W - Magic wand / C - Crop / I - Eyedropper / J - Patch / B - Brush / S - Clone stamp / Y - Art history / E - Background eraser / G - Gradient / O - Dodge / P - Pen / T - Type / A - Path selection / U - Rectangle / H - Hand / R - Rotate / Z - Zoom / D - Default colors / Q - Quick mask mode / F - Screen mode / X - Swap between colors (not listed if you hover over the items). You can hover over the different toolbar tools and you will see a little highlighted text appear giving the tool name and the shortcut set. I have to say, some of them are not obvious and why some have multiple / shift letters and others are left blank is also odd. Of course, you can set your own as well as filling in the blanks as well as use the 2 remaining characters not used (K, N). I am certain the list will change as new items are added or as people decide that P is better as path selection or patch.

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vector masksHow to use vector masks in Photoshop CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 etc tutorial. Select a layer in layers panel. Go to the layer menu and vector mask and reveal all. Go to the vector mask thumbnail and select. Go to a custom shape tool or ellipse tool in toolbar and set to path option. Apply to reveal only that section (you will then see the background or other layers). You cannot use this with vector shape layers. You can use this approach with raster layers such as placed images. Add a layer and then go to the layers menu and vector masks and reveal all. Select a shape tool and set to path option (such as an ellipse or custom shape). Select the right side thumbnail in the layers panel for that layer and apply path. If you are adding to the path (+) then you will see only the image and the path and the underlying layers (which may just be the white background of the image). You don't have to apply the path and keep it in the same design. You can use tools such as the curvature tool and distort the path. You can click the path and then drag the curve up or down or left or right to distort the path. You will then see more or less of the background layers. You can go to the thumbnail and right click and disable the vector as well as delete and rasterize it. If you delete it then you will see the entire image again. If you rasterize it then it is not as flexible as a vector but it can then be used as a standard layer mask and you can then add brush strokes to it and standard effects. You can use the vector in video time lines. Go to the timeline panel (window menu) and create a video timeline. For that layer, go to the expand and expand the position, style etc as well as vector options - set both stopwatches / enable key-frame animations to on. Go to the video playhead and move it to a new position for the time line for that layer and go to the path selection tool in the toolbar and select the vector. Move the vector to a new position. Move the playhead again and move the vector to yet another position. The vector is then animated and what you can see of the layer will vary depending on the position (which can be on or off the layer). You cannot change the size etc of the vector (you would need After Effects for that). Video tutorial about the vector masks subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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open pdfHow to open and place the PDF files you have in applications such as Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc File menu and then Open command for the PDF file. Select PDF file (browse for the file). Set the name of the opened PDF Photoshop file. Set the width and height - super large or small etc. Set the bit depth - 8bit or 16bit. Set color mode such as RGB color or CMYK etc. Set resolution and then OK. The PDF file may come in a variety of formats, such as single page PDF or a multi page document. How they are artwork is loaded will not vary but the initial dialog will be slightly different with a multi-page document showing thumbnails for all the items included in the file and a single one. You can also vary the size of the displayed artwork so you can fill the entire preview or just have very small thumbnails and a lot in between (though there is no slider to set the size just a dropdown at the bottom of the panel). You have to specify the following name / crop to / anti-aliased / width / height / constrain / resolution / mode / bit depth as well as the thumbnail size. I generally add it as large as possible as well as set it to 300 resolution as well as RGB and 8 bit but you can change those settings as required. You can also access the file as a smart object. Makes it a lot easier to manipulate the design at a later point as well as applying smart filter effects etc. Go to the file menu open command as smart object. You can also use the place embedded or linked menu command to add the item to an existing document. The Photoshop place for PDF (as well as other files) is found in the file menu. There is no additional dialog if the item is a single page file but there is a dialog for a multiple page (you can set the thumbnail size) to allow for the selection of a particular vector (sadly it does not allow for multiple items). File menu followed by the place command (embedded to increase the size of the document or just linked). Select the design and crop to the bounding box or not and set the thumbnail size (I generally go for fairly large) and re-size as required (bigger or smaller than the document) and you will now see it as a smart object in the layers panel. Once the file has been placed, the artwork can be re-sized from the default size which may be the same size as the document or smaller - to bigger or smaller than the current document. You can re-size the smart object layer at any point. It is a smart object which can be seen via the icon in the layers panel. Select the object in the layer panel or on the artboard / document. Go to the top bar and make certain the show transform controls are ON if you wish to interactively re-size OR use the edit menu and transform and scale etc and press return. You can also then add effects (it is a smart object) as well as smart adjustments. The artwork can still be modified and edited by clicking the little smart object thumbnail. You can add all kinds of effects to the imported artwork such as blurs and oil paint and camera raw filter as well as smart adjustments such as color lookup and photo filter etc. Once you have the PDF as a layer, you can then duplicate the layer as well as combine the result with blending modes in Photoshop as well as using opacity. Once you have opened or placed the PDF in Photoshop as a layer, you can drag the layer to the CC library and store the design in the library for use in other applications such as Indesign and Illustrator and After Effects. It should be noted that you can generally open the format in those applications directly. Video tutorial about the PDF opening subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

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