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5 Fact Friday - Photoshop Tips & a Give Away

dreaming of a little quiet...right here.... maybe on Sunday.... :)

Hello friends,

It's Friday....5 Fact Friday that is....... I'm linking up with Reflection of You Five Fact Friday.... It's open all week, so feel free to play too .. It's FUN! Click here to check it out.

Today I thought I'd share 5 Photoshop Tips&Tricks I Love...... Scroll down to check out the screencast 5 fact version....see the tips in action.

Okie doke...let's dive in.

Fact 1. Totally Rad's new Pro Retouch 2.0 action set is BLOWING my mind..... I posted a little review over at Shutter Sisters...come check it out.... So good. Sorry Elements is a CS set only....

Fact 2. I have no idea why I didn't do this before... But when you click the command key it temporarily turns your current tool into the move tool. Very very handy....

Fact 3. When you draw out a selection you can always transform your selection by zipping up to the selection menu and choosing transform selection. From there you can 'perfect' your selection. And while we are on selections, you can always move your selection as you are making it by temporarily holding down the space bar, this will allow you to move the selection exactly where you would like it to be. Once you have it in place, release the space bar.

Fact 4. If your brush cursor disappears...check the cap locks.... when the caps are on, you will only see the cross hairs not the full brush shape. The other possibility is you are working on a low-res image....and your brush is so big you can't see the shape.... if it's not cap locks...try reducing the brush size.

Fact 5. To quickly adjust the brush size use the right and left bracket keys... so much quicker. And finally.... to select a colour from within your image.... while the brush tool is selected.... click within your photo while holding down the option key on a mac, alt on a pc.....and your brush will temporarily turn into the eye dropper

For further the screencast below. :)

How 'bout a Give Away?

I'd love to hear your FAV Photoshop Tips/Tricks.... Please share in the comments below.

Today' I'm giving a FREE spot in my self-paced/independent Photoshop Essentials class to one lucky commenter...  If you don't have any PS tips...that's okay too... just say hello. :)

I will announce the winner this coming Sunday.


I'm off..... Here's to a fabulous weekend....

Until next time.... always..... grateful you stopped by. And hoping to visit lots of 5 fact links this week.....


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Reader Comments (119)

I like adding a b/w adjustment layer and turning that to soft light blend mode to add contrast . . . something I did not know before your Beyond Layers class!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
Thanks for the great tips. I am still learning PSE, so I don't have any tricks yet. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the Essentials class.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErika (gashuttergirl)
Hi ! It looks great but unfortunately doesn't work with Elements!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
Hi Kim great tips mind gone a complete blank senior moment lol don't put me in for giveaway I have lifetime access can't be without Essentials ! x..x
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell
hello :))
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCamelia
Hi Kim, your photo is so serene and calm...I hope you get to sit there this Sunday. :)

One of my favorite tips (that I learned from you!) is using Shift and the "+ or -" signs to move through my blend modes when adding a texture. I use this constantly and it's wonderful to be able to quickly see how each blend mode will effect my image. Best tip I ever learned! Have a wonderful weekend~
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
Thank you for all the wonderful tips!! Have a great weekend!!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Love all your textures and video tuts... there is always much to learn with Photoshop!!!!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercarol

CTRL (Command?) + : will turn your guide lines off and on

CTRL (Command?) + " will turn your grid lines off and on.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharron
I love key board short cuts! One that I use constantly is shift-command-E to flatten my layers. Thanks for all your tips, Kim!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
I am a newbie to Photoshop and actually just trying to learn it all on my own. Wish I had some tips and tricks to offer......I would LOVE to take the self-paced class because I think it would help me understand how to do things the easy way, rather than how I'm doing now......guessing and praying. :-)
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennie Smith
Creating a new fill layer with pastel colors can give photos a vintage look. Just experiment with the layer properties and with the contrast/levels of your (basic) picture, and voila!
Thanks for the opportunity! :)
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDryada Journals
I use the command button to change my cursor to the move tool ALL the time! That is one of my favorite tips!
Love your site!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergretchen
Thank you Kim. I hope fortune will be on my side this time :)
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterruta
Well, I guess my best tip would be to erase textures (all or some) from your main photo subject. Would love to win a spot. Thank you for the opportunity. xo
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
I've spent a lifetime resisting learning to do anything other than sharpen and resize in my many iterations of Photoshop (currently using CS5). So, although I've been a "veteran" of the program for many years, I'm actually a novice, and these tips, and tricks and anything else that helps me to learn is a Godsend.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us so freely and generously. I don't think you know how many people you have, and continue to help.

:) Anne
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Rodkin
I just love photoshop and how there are always new tips and ways to do stuff......
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjeanie dickinson
Thanks Kim, I'm still a newbie with CS5, even though I've had it a while. I seem to do everything the long way round so thanks for the tips. Lovely calm image above, just what I need to start my weekend :-)!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine
Great tips! Thanks Kim!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh
Hi Kim, thanks for the different tips. The only one I knew was to hold the space key. Very handy. I like to tutorial so much, and just finished skinny mini. As soon as I have more time on my hand, I'll register for Essentials. Thanks a lot for everything you give us!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Since I'm already in self-paced Essentials and LOVING LOVING it, I don't need to be entered. What an awesome class!! Favorite shortcut learned is the bracket keys to resize a brush.....and in PSE10 I accidentally discovered I can use the up and down arrows to quickly change the blend mode on the layer highlighted. LOVE the image above - hope you enjoy some time there this weekend. :) Thanks so much Kim!!!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
One of my favorite tips is after you have finished all of your editing, highlight all layers in layer palette, hold Shift, Ctrl, Alt keys and hit "e". That makes a "Stamp Visible" layer that combines all of the layers, but still keeps them as individual layers. Then you can use a "Sharpen", "Unsharp Mask" filter, to sharpen the details. P.S. If you want to go back and make any changes on a layer, you first have to delete the new "Stamp Visible" layer.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKay Rhodes
Great video. My tip,,, follow your site. There's always inspiration, tips and help.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranita
My fav PS tip is using Kim's fabulous textures : )
Thanks Kim - you are always so generous!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercathy @ ma vie trouve
Oh, I would love a spot in that Essentials course! Tho' Beyond Layers keeps me more than busy in my Photoshopping free time (which I don't get enough of!) favorite tip - which came from you - is to copy the layer I am trying to adjust and do the adjustments there. If I mess up, I can start again without starting "from scratch". Loved learning what layer masks were for the same purpose!

Then, a very close second, is learning about the black and white adjustment layer at one of the more transparent blend modes and the depth that can add to an image - beautiful!

I want to come be a guest and crawl in to that corner seen in your image - "aahhhh" - a good idea for myself for this weekend! Hope you get some time there, too!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Love your textures and your posts! Would love to win a place in your Essentials class!! Thanks for the opportunity!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Kendrick
Hi Kim,

Thanks for these lovely tips.. I remember being so frustrated when my brush was acting wonky and wouldn't show me its size.. It took me a while to figure out that I had my caps lock on! :)

Hope you have a happy weekend
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGitanjali
I am LOVIN'...Kubota Image Tools. I just click on a preset Action and my picture is transformed with one-click. I think it's making me photoshop lazy :)
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDina
Wish I had some tips - I am busy scribbling these down! Thank-you for them; I will be putting each on a sticky around the edge of my monitor until I learn each new one thoroughly and they become automatic. Perhaps that's my tip! I'd love a place in your class ...
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralexa
Would love to leave a tip, but, alas I don't know photoshop well enough. I need to take your course!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene
Good morning Kim. Wish I had a super neat trick to share but can't think of anything unusual off the top of my head at the moment. Would love to win the Essentials class however. Enjoy your day.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Wood
I could certainly use more training and practice! I think one of my favorite tricks I picked up somewhere is to see before and after of your edits by going to the background layer, holding down the alt key, and clicking the eyeball. All the other layers will turn off and you can see what it looked like before and you can toggle back and forth. It helps me to see how much better (or worse) my edits have made the picture. Thanks for the opportunity!!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
Here's a useful tip...Go to the type section of your preferences and change the size to extra large or huge on the drop down menu for a better view of your text options.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie H
Your fact #3 is wonderful. Transforming selection size is something I've not yet figured out. Thanks for the great tip.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan W
I don't have any Photoshop tips, but I do want to offer encouragement for folks out there who love this stuff who can't or aren't willing to afford Photoshop. I use Photoshop Elements 10 (much cheaper and still very nifty) and I still take Photoshop classes and find it fairly easy to figure out the work-arounds to translate Photoshop into Elements. It's possible.

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
Thanks again Kim for your generous tips & tricks, not to mention your encouragement, support and inspiration. Would love a chance at a "spot" in the Essentials class. Hope you get some QT on Sunday! ;-)
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAr~Pic
I'm still learning my way around and don't have any tips to offer.
But I did love the skinny mini course and your free textures!!!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie
I find Command I to change layers masks from white to black or the other way around helpful - also using the x key to change the brush from black to white during masking. I love learning new Photoshop tricks and like your #2 & #3.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta pick me!!! :) I just learned a valuable tip. You know how some photos will have a blotch of sunny color or a color that's wrong, but the rest of the image is good? Here's a magic fix. Use the eyedropper to choose a surrounding color...use the paintbrush tool...brush over the spot...don't worry if it looks ugly because it won't stay that way...choose the color blend mode and voila it magically corrects itself leaving all the original detail and texture in place.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
I don't have any cool tips--I'm still learning! But I have learned some new ones reading the comments. Thanks!!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
Hi Kim,
I was sooo blessed to find your awesome site, your tips are so very helpful and inspiring. I am still a newbie to PS, therefore no tips from me yet :^( Thank you for all you do and yes I would love love the opportunity to be in the course :^)
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarite
Have loved all I've learned about PSE, but no real tips or tricks. Would love to win a spot in your class. Thanks.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoseann Hoyle
Crazy, but I love the CTRL and S for Save.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
Thanks Kim for these great tips. I have already discovered the one about the bracket keys and love it. One other that I like is to use the Control key and the plus and minus signs for making my image larger or smaller. Do all of your tips today work in Elements as well?
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarion
I'm in love with spot healing...those stray hairs don't need hair spray any more!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMG Atwood
Absolutely love your tips! I am a beginner so I don't have any tips to share at this time unfortunately, however hopefully in the future I will be able to contribute!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Britton
I've been using PSE for a while now and only recently figured out some shortcuts like hitting the "z" key to zoom in. I need to figure out more shortcuts because it sure makes life easier!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie E.
I'm a novice too with PS, and can't think of any tips at the momen, except maybe get Radlab as it is amazing and join your test kitchen. I wouldn't be using PS without you, as I had it for ages but didn't know how to begin. I have you to thank for what I know. I have been a member of your test kitchen for about a year and learn heaps from there. I am about to begin your round trip course to start my journey with Lightroom. I'd so love to win your course.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVickie
Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E Combines all visible layers into the active one, so you don't need to combine layers to add a filter.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterItziar
I wish I knew what to call it, but I love to be able to condense all my existing layers into one layer using Cmd Option Shift E. Very cool. Thanks Kim.
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlynnemohr

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