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Ten golden tricks

I was talking with our intern and I was surprised she did not know a few old hat tricks for Photoshop. After a short discussion I was able to put together the top 10 tips that all designers need to know.

  1. Hitting Tab hides all of your pallets. Hitting Tab again brings them back.
  2. Shift+Tab hides all the pallets except your toolbar.
  3. Hitting the "D" key resets your color pallets to Black foreground, White Background.
  4. The "X" key will toggle your foreground and background colors.
  5. Use CMD+Delete to fill your layer or selection with the current background color.
  6. Option+Delete fills your layer or selection with the foreground color.
  7. Change your paintbrush circle into a crosshair for precise control by pressing the Caps Lock key.
  8. Double-Click the ruler on the top or side of your document brings up the Units & Ruler Dialogue box. (handy if you work in both print and web)
  9. To quickly change the blend mode of a layer Shift+Option+(letter corresponding to mode) ie: Shift+Option+M is Multiply. Shift+Option+V is Vivid Light.
  10. Using Shift+ the "+" or "-" will toggle through the various blend modes one at a time.

Thanks for the help pixeljunkie with this Bit.

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Anonymous's picture

One tip that I've always found _incredibly_ useful is left bracket ([) and right bracket (]) to decrease and increase--respectively--the tip size of the brush or pencil tool.
Keep 'em coming. Good tips!

- Shane

Anonymous's picture

Tip 5. Use CTRL + Delete (OR Backspace) to fill with back ground color.

Tip 6. Use ALT + Delete (Or Backspace) to fill with fore ground color.

Another tip I found of great use is Control + [Probably CMD on a Mac??] Left Clicking a layer on layer pallette to select all pixels of the layer.

Thanks for these tips. Tips # 7,8,9,10 were new for me! :)


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Ivan's picture

thanks! that's a really nice site.

John's picture

With the command+delete and option+delete fill methods, also holding the shift key at the same time will preserve transparency for the layer.

No need to double-click the ruler to bring up the dialogue to change the units, just right-click/control-click the ruler for quicker access drop down menus.

Anonymous's picture

Just as useful as ‘X’ for switching between background and foreground colours is Shift-X for swapping bg and fg colours. Especially in masks when you need to switch quickly between black and white.

Anonymous's picture

"Shit+Tab hides all the pallets except your toolbar."

Macs don't come with a 'shit'-key... :(

Ivan's picture

Sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your Mac fanatic feelings. I share the same passion for Apple products. Fixed the typo.

sPECtre's picture

Nice Pen tool tips...
Maybe would it be nice to create a general tips section in the forum.

On the pen tool tips side, here is a thread I started at PST on this topic.

I don't get the Shift+X tip: for me, Fg=foreground and bg=Background. What's the difference?

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