13 Useful Photoshop Tips

13 Useful Photoshop Tips

13 Useful Photoshop Tips
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4. Base effect layers

There are lots of times you'll need a layer filled with a base color for an effect. You may use lens flares, add noise to make grain, do nondestructive dodging and burning, or other effects that require a layer that's filled with black, white, or gray. Usually, when you create a layer of this type, you'll use it in a blend mode that will make the base color invisible so only your effect shows. You could create a layer; fill it with gray, black, or white; and then change the blend mode; or you could do this: Hold down the Alt key when you click the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. Choose your blend Mode from the dropdown menu. You'll now see an option that says, "Fill with [name of blend mode]-neutral color." Turn on the checkbox, and you're now ready to apply your effect safely.

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5. Dragging your lens flare around

Speaking of lens flares, did you know that you're not limited to adding the flare to the center of the image? You can position a lens flare anywhere on the layer. When you choose Filter > Render > Lens Flare, you'll see a preview window with your layer visible. Just click-and-drag the flare in the preview window for exact placement.

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6. Layer style control

When you're creating layer effects, you can reposition the Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, and Gradient Overlay layer styles by clicking-and-dragging in your document window. This makes it much easier to precisely position your effects compared to moving sliders. (Note: To add a layer style, click on the Add a Layer Style icon [fx] at the bottom of the Layers panel).

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7. Smoother line art

Sometimes when you bring bitmap line art into Photoshop, it can have jagged edges. These aren't very pretty, but we can fix them. Add a little bit of a blur to the line art using Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (2-6 px). Now press Ctrl-L for Levels. Click on the black and white triangles and drag them toward the middle. Notice that the line art becomes nice and sharp again, sans the "jaggies."

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8. Create a new layer under your current layer

Usually when you create a new layer it goes above the currently active layer. What if you want it under the layer? If you hold down the Ctrl key while Clicking the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, the new layer will be created directly underneath the currently active layer.

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3 comments on “13 Useful Photoshop Tips”

  1. Thank you so much for useful points which helped md more.plz accepf my special thanks. All the best. Morteza

  2. I need to render Building elevations in 2D AutoCAD. How do I bring the drawing in and render brick, vinyl siding etc.

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