Quack quack! Here are some of the best Photoshop tips from Actual Advice Mallard. Waddle through these tips and see if you can learn something new today!

Need to move a layer? Ctrl+[ to move layer down; Ctrl+] to move layer up.
Instead of Ctrl, hold Alt/Option to select upper/lower layer.

Not enough undos? Edit > Preferences > Performance. Set history states to 1000.
Change interface color. Press Shift+F1/F2.

Access Photoshop menus quickly in Windows. Hold Alt then press the underlined letter (ex. Alt+T for Filter menu)
This also works for almost every other program in Windows.

Thinking of paying for a beginners Photoshop class? Watch online video courses for free.
Free Photoshop course: https://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-photoshop-cs6/

Want to reset everything in Photoshop? Hold Alt+Shift+Ctrl while starting Photoshop.
This will delete all your brushes/preferences/etc!

Photoshop loading slower than before? Delete large files in your Photoshop preferences folder.
• Mac OS X Lion: Hold down the Alt (Option) key when using the Go menu. The user library folder is listed below the current users home directory.
• Mac OS: Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
• Windows Vista, 7, and 8: Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings
• Windows XP: Documents and Settings/[user name]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings

Split toning? Use the photographic toning gradient presets.
See tutorial here

Adjusting vibrance/saturation? Protect your tonal information by changing your adjustment layers blending mode to color
This is especially useful if you’re increasing the saturation to unrealistic settings

Photoshop out of memory? Edit > Purge > All to free memory

Want to make your photos look retro? Create new layer. Fill it with blue/cyan. Set opacity to 25% and blending to exclusion.
Here’s another one: Retroize your photos in seconds

Opacity? Type it out. 51 for 51%, 00 for 0%, and 0 for 100%.

Need to check your image dimensions? Click and hold the status bar.

Need to make photo wider/taller? Edit > Content-Aware Scale.

15 responses to “17 Photoshop Tips from Actual Advice Mallard”

  1. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    wow.. Fantastic steps.. I really like it. keep up :-)

  2. arun shiyan Avatar
    arun shiyan

    please put a step by step photos. nice teaching !!

  3.  Avatar

    please put a step by step photos nice teaxhing

  4. eric trtr Avatar
    eric trtr

    Oh hell yes to the advice mallard. All naysayers go quack off.

  5. kris Avatar

    Another one is to click the eyedropper somewhere on your picture then drag it outside of Photoshop to sample a color from a website or picture.

  6. Ollie Rodrigues Avatar
    Ollie Rodrigues


  7. stewie Avatar

    0 for 100% opacity and 00 for 0% opacity? Sounds like adobe got it backwards. 0 should be 0% and 00 100%… or am I just crazy?

    1. Pedro Dias Avatar
      Pedro Dias


      There’s 2 zeros in 100 so it should be 00
      Or even better, let us type 100

    2. Anonymous Avatar

      It’s because you rarely need to set it to 0% (turn off the layer instead). 100% is more common

  8. Madge S Avatar
    Madge S

    This is a meme created by people on reddit.com. The duck is called Actual Advice Malard and he’s a meme that gives life advices. People took stuff from http://www.reddit.com/r/lifeprotips and turn it into this meme.

    Don’t confuse this green duck with the red one!!!!!!! The red one is Malicious Advice Malard who gives you bad advices!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Mallard Avatar

      Malicious advice mallard is full of FOWL tips!

  9. ashna Avatar

    nice info!! but dint find any change in the duck!!!!!!

  10. TheMuffinMan Avatar

    Nice way of teaching Photoshop hahaha

  11. Humberto Avatar

    Good info but why all pictures and why is duck teaching to me?

    1. :P Avatar

      because the duck is a meme (www.memestache.com)makes it a bit easier to remember than just 3 lines of text (in my head anyway. because then it acts kinda like if someone said something rather than reading)

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