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Over 100 great Photoshop tips

Tons of Adobe Photoshop tips in the following categories:

  • Quick Photoshop tips
  • Essential shortcuts
  • Layer tips
  • General tool tips
  • Pen tool tips
  • Brush and painting tips
  • Precise colour and lines
  • Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge
  • There’s something for everyone in the collection—if nothing else, a great list of useful shortcuts you may not have known about.

    Two handy Adobe Illustrator selection shortcuts

    Layer object selectionI love keyboard shortcuts, but I must admit that while I use the heck out of them in InDesign and Photoshop, I’m not as fluent in Illustrator. Here are two handy shortcuts for selecting objects in your Adobe Illustrator document that I do use quite often.

    To select all the objects on a layer in Illustrator, you can do one of two things. You can Option + Click on the layer in the layers panel, or click the tiny circle to the right of the layer name in the layers panel (as seen in the screenshot). Either way, only the objects on that layer will be selected.

    Take control of OS X’s clipboard

    Mac clipboard

    The clipboard is one of the most basic and essential pieces of every operating system. You no doubt understand the basics: cut, copy and paste, but have you ever explored further? Do you know about kill and yank? Can you access multiple items in the clipboard history or paste with special formatting? If not, Mac Tuts shows you how to take control of your Mac’s clipboard.

    Some great shortcuts and a list of apps that can further customize the basic clipboard.

    Apple’s Headphone Remote: more than just volume control

    Apple Headphone remote

    Though Apple’s headphones are a source of frustration to many users, for a variety of reasons, nobody can argue the usefulness of the built-in remote. At first glance, it appears to offer nothing beyond volume control. But Apple has actually built-in quite a few handy features for controlling your iPhone with it. Here are some lesser-known shortcuts.

    • Tap the center button twice and hold it down on the second tap to fast-forward through a song. To rewind through a song, tap three times and hold it down on the third tap.
    • Skip to the next song by double-tapping the center button, and tripple-tap to hear the previous song.
    • Take a photo while in the built-in Camera app by tapping the volume up button.
    • Press and hold the middle button for two seconds, then release it to ignore an incoming call (sending it to your voicemail).
    • Tap and hold the center button to activate Siri.

    Moving photos from one Event to another in Apple iPhoto

    Organizing imported photos from your iPad or iPhone in iPhoto can be a real pain in the ass sometimes. In particular, I often find that I want to move photos from one event to another. It’s not obvious that there is a simple and safe way to do this, but there is.

    Move flagged photosSimply Flag the photo(s) you want to move. You can do this by clicking the little Flag icon when hovering over the photo, selecting the photo you want and using the Photos > Flag Photo menu command, or using Command + . (period) shortcut.

    Once you have all the images you want to move Flagged, just click on the Event you want to move them into and go back up to the menubar and choose Events > Add Flagged Photos To Selected Event. Or if you want to create a new Event to place your Flagged photos in, choose Events > Create Event From Flagged Photos.

    Once you’re all finished moving your photos, you can unflag them by selecting them and hitting Command + . again.

    I’ve always just used Command + X and Command + V to cut & paste photos from one Event to another, but this method seems a bit safer if iPhoto crashes before you paste.

    Thanks to MacObserver for this tip.

    Lion’s Mission Control keyboard shortcuts

    Mission ControlMac OS X Lion brought us Mission Control, which brings together Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces, and full-screen apps to give you one place to see and navigate everything running on your Mac.

    I was never a fan of Exposé, Dashboard or Space in previous OS X releases, but when full-screen apps came to Lion, I found it to be a dramatically different experience. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend you give it a chance. To make working with Mission Control easier, Apple have included a few keyboard shortcuts.

    Invoke Mission Control

    Control + Up Arrow or F3

    Return to Desktop from within Mission Control

    Control + Down Arrow or F3

    Switch between Spaces

    Control + Right or Left Arrow

    Save time with Firefox 3 keyboard shortcuts

    Firefox keyboard shortcuts

    Firefox keyboard shortcuts

    Firefox 3 has a lot of timesaving shortcuts if you just get used to using them. Below is a collection of standard keyboard shortcuts for the Mac OSX version of Firefox 3.

    Back Cmd + [
    Cmd + Left Arrow
    Forward Cmd + ]
    Cmd + Right Arrow
    Shift + Delete
    Home Option + Home
    Reload Page Cmd + R
    Reload (override cache) Cmd + Shift + R
    Stop Loading Page Cmd + .
    Current Page
    Go to Bottom of Page End
    Cmd + Down Arrow
    Go to Top of Page Home
    Cmd + Up Arrow
    Move to Next Frame F6
    Move to Previous Frame Shift + F6
    Page Info Cmd + I
    Page Source Cmd + U
    Print Cmd + P
    Save Page As Cmd + S
    Zoom In Cmd + + (plus key)
    Zoom Out Cmd + – (minus key)
    Zoom Reset to 100% Cmd + 0 (zero key)
    Find Cmd + F
    Find Again Cmd + G
    Find as You Type Link ‘ (apostrophe key)
    Find as You Type Text /
    Find Previous Shift + F3
    Web Search Cmd + K
    Windows & Tabs
    Close Tab Cmd + W
    Close Window Cmd + Shift + W
    Move Tab Left
    (when tab is focused)
    Cmd + Left Arrow
    Cmd + Up Arrow
    Move Tab Right
    (when tab is focused)
    Cmd + Right Arrow
    Cmd + Down Arrow
    Move Tab to Beginning
    (when tab is focused)
    Cmd + Home
    Move Tab to End
    (when tab is focused)
    Cmd + End
    New Tab Cmd + T
    New Window Cmd + N
    Next Tab Ctrl + Tab
    Cmd + Opt + Right Arrow
    Cmd + }
    Ctrl + Page Down
    Previous Tab Ctrl + Shift + Tab
    Cmd + Opt + Left Arrow
    Cmd + {
    Ctrl + Page Up
    Open Address in New Tab
    (from Location Bar or Search Bar)
    Opt + Return
    Undo Close Tab Cmd + Shift + T
    Select Tab ( 1 to 8 ) Cmd + # ( 1 to 8 )
    Select Last Tab Cmd + 9
    Bookmark All Tabs Cmd + Shift + D
    Bookmark This Page Cmd + D
    Bookmarks Cmd + B
    Downloads Cmd + J
    History Cmd + Shift + H
    Clear Private Data Cmd + Shift + Del
    Select Location Bar Cmd + L
    Select or Manage Search Engines
    (when Search Bar is focused)
    Opt + Up Arrow
    Opt + Down Arrow
    Full Screen Browsing F11
    Delete Selected Autocomplete Entry Shift + Delete
    Mouse Shortcuts
    Back Opt + Scroll Down
    Forward Opt + Scroll Up
    Scroll Line-by-Line Cmd + Scroll
    New Tab Double Click on Tab Bar

    Toggling tools in Photoshop with the keyboard

    Keyboard shortcuts is one of the ways you can save a lot of time when working in Photoshop, it’s also a way for me to judge the knowledge of a prospective production artist. Learning them can make all the difference. Here are some frequently used keyboard shortcuts to toggle various tools in Photoshop. There are more, but these are the ones I use the most: “B” for Brush “C” for Crop tool “E” for Eraser “I” for Eyedropper “J” for Healing Brush tool “K” for Paint Bucket “L” for Lasso tool “M” for Marquee Selection tool “N” for the Notes tool “O” for the Burn/Dodge/Sponge tool “P” for the Pen tool “R” for Blur/Smudge tool “S” for Clone Stamp tool “T” for Type tool “U” for Shape & Line tool “V” for Move tool “W” for Magic Wand tool “Y” for History Brush tool