10 Quick Photoshop tips

1. Easier marquee selections
Hold down Alt to start a selection at the centre point with any Marquee tool, and then hold Space to temporarily move the selection around.

2. Undo, undo, undo
You probably know that Cmd/Ctrl+Z is Undo, but you may not know Cmd/Ctrl+Alt+Z lets you undo more than one history state.

3. 1000 history states
Go to Edit>Preferences>Performance to change the number of History states up to a maximum of 1000. Beware though of the effect that this has on performance.

photoshop alv

4. Cycle blend modes
Shift + or – will cycle through different layer Blend Modes, so long as you don’t have a tool that uses Blend Mode options settings.

5. Rotating patterns
You can make amazing kaleidoscopic patterns with the help of a keyboard shortcut. Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T lets you duplicate a layer and repeat a transformation in one go. To demonstrate, we’ve made a narrow glowing shape by squeezing a lens flare effect, but you can use any shape, image or effect you like. First, make an initial rotation by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+T and turning slightly, then hit Enter to apply. Next, press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T repeatedly to create a pattern.

6. Combine images with text
There’s a really easy way to overlay an image on top of text. Drop an image layer over a type layer then hold down Alt and click the line between the two layers in the Layers Panel to clip the image to the text.

7. Bird’s eye view
When zoomed in close, hold down H and drag in the image to instantly dart out to full screen then jump back to another area. One of the best Photoshop tips for viewing work!

8. Funky backgrounds
Want to change the default grey background to something more funky? Shift–click over the background area with the Paint Bucket tool to fill it with your foreground colour. Right-click it to go back to grey.

9. Close all images
To close all of your documents at the same time, Shift-click any image window’s close icon.

10. Spring-loaded move
While using any tool, hold Cmd/Ctrl to temporarily switch to the Move tool. Release to go back to your original tool. Note that spring-loaded keyboard shortcuts work for other tool shortcuts, too.

Photoshop onlinehttp://photoshopalternative.com

Source: internet

Advertisements

CONCLUSION

Finally! We are now ready to take this wonderful work of ART and put it out on social media for all to see and envy! What should we do? What settings? sRGB? ProPhoto? Adobe???? ARGH!

photoshop online

This is simple! Since the vast majority of displays out today are sRGB capable, your best bet and recommended choice would be JPEG and sRGB. sRGB will assure you that it looks very much the same over a large amount of different displays. Personally, when I have tested this exporting bright, vibrant and saturated colors, there tends to be a little fall off from the displayed image in Lightroom. It is very slight and remember, you’re going from a HUGE color space to a much smaller one. I have also exported as ProPhoto and, to me, it looks exactly as it did in Lightroom. I use an iMac 5k, and an iPhone 7 – maybe they display the colors nicely!! To be honest, it looks better to me exported as ProPhoto and that is against what most say you should be doing (exporting to sRGB is the norm).

If you chose to send the file to Photoshop(photoshop online) as sRGB instead of ProPhoto (Earlier in this process), you would have had this drop off in color information earlier in the editing process. I bring this up because you’re going to lose a little bit (AND IT IS VERY SMALL) anyway so you may as well keep that information right up until the end when it is time to export.

Source: internet

EXPORTING OUT TO FILE OR PRINT

Finally! We are now ready to take this wonderful work of ART and put it out on social media for all to see and envy! What should we do? What settings? sRGB? ProPhoto? Adobe???? ARGH!

photoshop online

This is simple! Since the vast majority of displays out today are sRGB capable, your best bet and recommended choice would be JPEG and sRGB. sRGB will assure you that it looks very much the same over a large amount of different displays. Personally, when I have tested this exporting bright, vibrant and saturated colors, there tends to be a little fall off from the displayed image in Lightroom. It is very slight and remember, you’re going from a HUGE color space to a much smaller one. I have also exported as ProPhoto and, to me, it looks exactly as it did in Lightroom. I use an iMac 5k, and an iPhone 7 – maybe they display the colors nicely!! To be honest, it looks better to me exported as ProPhoto and that is against what most say you should be doing (exporting to sRGB is the norm).

If you chose to send the file to Photoshop(photoshop online) as sRGB instead of ProPhoto (Earlier in this process), you would have had this drop off in color information earlier in the editing process. I bring this up because you’re going to lose a little bit (AND IT IS VERY SMALL) anyway so you may as well keep that information right up until the end when it is time to export.

Source: internet

SAMPLE WORKFLOW

I will now take a Photograph from my Lightroom Library that has had basic edits applied and bring it into Photoshop for a text layer, an added half moon and then back to Lightroom. This is a simple image of a nice sky with silouetted trees in the foreground. We will add “Summer 2016” beneath the Sunset in dark area of the image and a moon somewhere in the sky.

photoshop.jpg

JUST SOME QUICK TEXT AT THE BOTTOM TO COMPLETE THIS FILE.

By hitting CMD (Or CTRL on PC) & E, the current file will be sent directly to Photoshop. When working with RAW files, all your edits in Lightroom will be visible in Photoshop. When editing NON RAW files, Lightroom will ask if you want to Edit the Original File or a Copy of the Original. This is important because sometimes we want to go back into Photoshop even after coming back to Lightroom. At that point, it would be a TIFF file (according to our settings). ONE IMPORTANT thing to remember when saving your files back to Lightroom is to always CLOSE THE FILE in Photoshop (photoshop online) once saved into Lightroom by hitting CMD/CTRL & W. The file will close immediately when doing this UNLESS further changes were made after the initial save.

THIS IMAGE, A SCREEN SHOT, SHOWS THE LAYERS USED IN THIS VERY SIMPLE DEMO AND MORE IMPORTANTLY SHOWS THE STACKING OF THE NEW FILE RIGHT NEAR THE ORIGINAL IMAGE INSIDE LIGHTROOM.

The layers shown are only there because I did a screen capture of just the layers panel and pasted it to the image just to show the layers used. This file was saved with all the layers so it could be opened again as the original TIF and you’d have access to everything except the HISTORY states within Photoshop, Once the file is closed, the History states are wiped out.

Source: internet

PHOTOSHOP COLOR SETTINGS

After making the RAW file edits in Lightroom, we select from the PHOTO menu option “EDIT IN > Photoshop CC ### (Current Version)” or simply hit CMD or CTRL E to send the file to Photoshop. Now once here, it is imperative that we have Photoshop set up to accept the file into the working area with the proper settings.

COLOR SETTINGS

They are as follows:

For the Working SPACES, under RGB, set it to ProPhoto RGB. You can leave CMYK set to this setting – we are not concerned with this right now (You may want to contact your commercial Printer to ask which setting they recommend). GRAY can be set to 1.8 because this is what has been recommended as the best option when working with ProPhoto RGB. Sean Bagshaw is a top photographer who recommends this in his training series dealing with Luminosity Masking.

Color Management Policies can be set as such but it is personal preference if you are asked when Opening or Pasting.

Under Conversion Options Engine set to Adobe (ACE) is to be left this way.

Intent is set to Relative Colorimetric by default and that’s fine for graphics and design work but for continuous tone photographic images, Perceptual is the best setting to use, especially in regards to digital photography.

Those are all the settings you need for Lightroom and Photoshop to work together in perfect harmony in a professional RAW, 16 BIT workflow.

Primary External Editor Settings in Photoshop

 

For the file format, you will have two choices:

photoshop online

TIFF (Tag Image File Format) or PSD (Photoshop Document). This seems like a no brainer since we are working with two Adobe Products and Photoshop happens to be one of the Applications we are working with. Logic says to use PSD, right? Logic be damned!

Adobe Engineers themselves have suggested, along with other leaders in the industry, that the best file type to use is the TIFF file format. When you choose PSD, you are warned how PSD files can be less efficient than TIFF files with respect to metadata updates. Also, make sure “Maximize Compatibility” checkbox is clicked on. But why bother with all of this?!?

Save yourself the headaches and use the TIFF file format. All of your layers will be saved and in tact for further processing down the road.

source: internet

If u need a free photoshop alternative that give you a productive solution, photoshop online will be a great option.

Web: http://photoshopalternative.com

Color Space in photoshop

When you import a RAW file into Lightroom’s catalog (And you should be shooting RAW!), there isn’t any option for you to choose which color space you will be working in. When we edit RAW image data in Lightroom’s Develop module, the software is working in a color space very close to ProPhoto RGB. It is a variation which is called Melissa RGB and the technical differences or similarities between the two are outside the scope of this article. Simply put, Lightroom is working in the ProPhoto RGB color space for all we are concerned – the widest color space available. Widest simply means the most colors. And in this case, we are talking MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS! In fact, many of these colors are “theoretical” and scientific – the human eye cannot even distiguish many of these colors.

cool

That being said, it is very simple and understandable that we want to use ProPhoto RGB as the color space. Why would we not want the most available colors to work with? It is true that the WEB and most of our displays, even the high Resolution Apple Retina displays, are sRGB displays. They don’t have the wide color gamut of Adobe RGB and certainly not the millions upon millions of colors that ProPhoto RGB contains. So why not select sRGB? The answer to that is – WHY would you? The file is the file. We aren’t exporting this to the web or print just yet. So it is best to keep all those colors even though we cannot see them. Remember, when you export your files from LIGHTROOM to the web, you THEN have the option to export to sRGB and at that point you probably should since the WEB works in sRGB and many printers work best with sRGB files. This is changing, however, as many 8 and 12 ink printers now offer color gamuts that are greater than even the Adobe Color Space. The more saturated the colors, the bigger color change you will notice when exporting out to file and sRGB (explained later). Eventually, through technology, we will hopefully have displays and printers that will display and print ProPhoto for the full color range available.

But what we are discussing here is bringing the RAW file with edits applied to a PIXEL based editor so we want all the information, including color, as we can get. After all, if you work on a file ONLY in Lightroom and export it, you’re basically working in ProPhoto and then putting it out to file.

Here is an example. This contains a layer on top that was exported to Photoshop with ProPhoto Space (TOP) and sRGB (Bottom). You will be hard pressed to tell the difference here. When in Photoshop, you can just barely see the ProPhoto file as having slightly more color – especially in the rich and saturated colors. Here, with strong compression, it may not be possible to see any difference. Which begs the question – why not just use ProPhoto Color Space? You should!

Source: Internet

Our web: http://photoshopalternative.com

If u need a free photoshop alternative that give you a productive solution, photoshop online will be a great option.