5 hidden tools you didn’t know were in Photoshop

5 hidden tools you didn’t know were in Photoshop

5 Hidden Tools You Didn't Know Were in Photoshop Hey, it's Colin here from PhotoshopCAFE and this week I'm going to show you 5 things thatyou didn't know were inside of Photoshop.

So here's the thing, I've been using Photoshop for about 20 years, I'm afraid to admit it,and there's a ton of things in there.

And I was recently working at a booth at WPPIand I had someone come and ask me a question.

And I was like, "Wow!" I actually forgot thatfeature was even in Photoshop.

So what I figured I would do is I'd do a special episode, which is what we're going to do thisweek and I'm actually going to look at 5 things in Photoshop that I'd actually forgotten or, maybe,just haven't used a lot, and certainly haven't covered, really, in my tutorials here, atleast not the ones I have on YouTube, so let's go through them and have a look at the 5 thingsthat you didn't know that you can do in Photoshop.

And the very first one is the Transform a Selection.

All right, we want to make a selectionaround the lens of this camera, so we're going to grab that Marquee, use the Elliptical Marquee,and we're going to pull it down.

And if you hit the Space bar, you can move this aroundwhile you're drawing it.

So we can get the height about right, but if you look at this,there's no way– Let's make it a little wider.

We're going to try as good as we can, but notice there'sno way to make this fit in here because this is tilted at an angle, and you just can'tdo that with the selection.

So what we're going to do is go up to the Select, and thenwe're going to go down to the Transform Selection, and, now, we can rotate our selection, andwe can work this selection just like you worked with any shape or any object inside of Photoshopwhich is using the Free Transform, but it's working on this selection.

So, as you can see, we're able to just change the angle and everything, and I'm just goingto apply it.

This is just rough and we're just going to create a new layer quickly,and apply a mask to it.

And I'll just drop something in here just for fun.

So we're justgoing to grab this eye, drag that in here.

Let's resize it, that's just Ctrl T or CommandT for Free Transform.

And, of course, we know it works on an image, but now we know it works on a selection.

Sowhat you can do with this Mask Tool is just grab this mask and drag it up to that newlayer, and we're now using it on that layer.

Of course you can double click on the maskhere and add a feather, and just kind of soften this and start to blend it in.

So the second thing that we're going to look at, number 2 is going to be Show All.

So youmay or may not be aware that when you have your canvas, which is the area that you see,and around it is known as a paste board.

When you expand an image or a layer, and it goesoutside those bounds, it doesn't cut it off.

It actually exists in the paste board butyou don't see it.

So here we go.

We've got a picture as a portrait and then I'm going to grab a landscape, andmaybe we want to composite the two together.

So let me just click and drag this into here,and I'm just going to apply it there.

It's a different color, depth, and all that stuff.

We'll drop it behind that cut out, and we're just going to drop the size of that cut outhere a little bit, so we just select it, and I'm just going to hit Ctrl T for Free Transformagain, and then, just go in here.

All right, so we've got a couple of things that we need to do.

One of them is I wantto show the whole thing so we could, you know, choose the Crop Tool if we want and we couldactually crop it out.

That's another way of doing this.

Notice that you could see it therewhen I hit the Crop Tool, there are pixels there.

So we can drag it out and re-crop it or we can just simply use this command here.

Let'sjust go up under Image, and under Image, we are going to choose Reveal All and now itshows everything.

We've still got a little bit of transparency at the top and the bottom.

We can get rid of that by going to Image, we're going to go to Trim, and hit TransparentPixels, and boom, there we go.

Now, we can add our Drop Shadows and do all that blending.

Number 3: What about when you're working on a multi-layered project and then you wantto be free to experiment? All right, here's a photograph that I actually shot last night.

This is a 115 image aerialHDR Panorama that I shot with my drone.

You could also, you know, just check it out onmy Instagram or Facebook and, daily, I post a new picture, just so you know.

And, right now, I'm just in Photoshop and I'm experimenting with some different kindof toning and stuff like that with some different layers.

Maybe I want to experiment at a differentdirection, but I don't want to overwrite this image in case I want to keep it.

Now, as youcan imagine, this is a huge image.

We're only looking in, it's almost 11,000 pixels across.

So I could choose File Save As and start experimenting with that new image, but it's creating a hugeimage, so I could save copies of it, or I could do this.

If we'd just go down, let'sgo under Window here, and what we want to do is open up the History panel.

So here's our History panel and what I can do is if I just go and click on this littleoption here, this will create a brand new document.

Right now, it's just called a stampvisible because what it is, it's a literally the same document.

And notice here, all thelayers are still here, so it's identical in size, color space, everything.

Nothing haschanged.

But what it does is allows me to experiment a little bit.

In fact, I can create a fewof these, and the cool thing is this is not even saved.

So I can experiment with thesedifferent ones and if I get one I like, I can save it, otherwise I just click there,don't save it, and away it goes, and I haven't filled up my hard drive.

Number 4: The Quick Mask Tool is incredibly useful.

I don't know if you use it or notbut, essentially, you can toggle between a brush and a selection, so it's a way of brushingon selections.

Sometimes you're making selections and we could be doing things like here, let me justselect some of the red on this car and I just want to quickly do this, and you know, youmight want to clean this up a little bit.

And one of the tools I like to use for cleaningit up is a quick mask.

So I can hit the Q key or click down here for Quick Mask.

So let's hit the Q key, andyou can see, there's our mask there.

Now there's only one problem with this.

Notice that it'sthe same color as the car, so it's very hard to tell what's going on.

So what we can dois we can change the color of Quick Mask.

Double click the Quick Mask and then we're going to change it from red to yellow, andclick OK.

So, now, our Quick Mask is yellow, so now we can see we've missed some littlebits there and I can grab my brush and I could go in and just kind of paint in there and,you know, clean up my selection that way.

So that's using the Quick Mask in changingthe color of it.

And, finally, Number 5: This is a question that a gentleman asked me.

I was working Adobe'sbooth at WPPI and he asked me about droplets.

Droplets? I haven't used droplets since Photoshop5.

5; not CS, but 5.


We'll, actually, it came out in Image Ready and then, it was addedto Photoshop 5.

5, and then just kind of kept going from there.

And it's still there and it's still alive and well, even though, sometimes it's a littlehard to tell, but they're kicking and they're great.

So droplets are basically actions thatyou can put on your desktop and you can drop a photograph into that action, and it willperform that action without Photoshop even being open.

Okay, so here's our last one.

Do you ever use actions? I know people use actions allthe time.

They're a great way of saving time.

In fact, I've got actions in here, some thatI've created, and some, you know, that come with Photoshop.

So what if I don't want tonecessarily have to go into Photoshop all the time to run this action? Well, check thisout.

If you go to File, and then, you choose to Automate, go down to Create Droplet.

Now we're going to create a droplet and I'm going to drop it here into my desktop, andhere's one I've got lunarMasks that I like to do with luminosity masking.

So what I cando is I can tell it what I wanted to do.

So there's where we're saving it, it's calledlunar masks, and we're going to grab our PhotoshopCAFE set, and then, we've got some different ones.

I'm going to grab my lunar masks Action, and then, just click OK.

And what happened there? If we go to our desktop, look at that, we've got our lunar masks droplet.

So this is known as a droplet.

You can save it any location you want.

So what we're goingto do here is I'm just going to grab a photo, let's grab, say, maybe we could grab thisparticular image here, and all I'm going to do is take it and I'm going to drop it intothat lunar masks.

Now, what's happening here when it says error, it's just giving me an error log to tell meif there's any errors and there were no errors there; it works properly.

So what happened?Well, let's have a look here.

We can see right there, now we've got our image there insideof Photoshop I've actually put it in there, and if we go to our channels, you'll noticeall my luminosity masks are now created because it ran that action for me.

So that's a great thing you can do.

Drag and drop it into that little droplet and then,it will launch Photoshop, and run that action for you automatically.

So I hope you enjoyed these 5 little tips and that it helped you in Photoshop.

Maybeyou used some of these, maybe you didn't know any of them.

Maybe you've got some tips thatI didn't cover, add a comment in the bottom list, get a discussion going, and don't beafraid to ask some questions because I'm going to do some Q and A soon, and I'm going tolook at the questions in the comments, and some of those, I'm actually going to bringup on one of our episodes, and I'm going to answer that live.

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