My 5 Super Handy Tips for the Photoshop User

My 5 Super Handy Tips for the Photoshop User

– [Narrator] Hi, I'm GlynDewis and in this quick video, I want to share with youwhat I think are five really handy tips when using Photoshop.

(clicking) Okay, so this first tip is all to do with an update that came tothe New Document interface.

If I just show you we've gotnow with this recent update.

If we go to File, and New, we're presented withthis new interface, here, where we have settings overon the right-hand side, and, in the main work area, we've got lots of custom presets for sizes of documents we might want to start working on.

We've also got settings across the top for Photo, Print, Art and Illustrations, Web, Mobile, Film, and Video.

However, we all loveupdates and enhancements but sometimes there are those updates we wish were left well alone, and this is one of those ones, for me.

I much preferred the olderstyle New Document interface.

If you're like me, and youwish that the older style one was still available, you can still get it.

It's very easy to do that.

We just close this down.

We're gonna go to the Photoshop, and then Preferencesmenu, and the General tab.

If you're using Windows,just go to the Edit menu, then Preferences.

Once you're in the General tab, over on the left-hand side column, here, we've got a little checkbox that says "Use Legacy New Document interface.

" If we tick that checkbox, then click OK, from now on when we goto create a new document, we're presented with the interface that you're more thanlikely used to seeing if you're a regular user of Photoshop, and I much prefer this particular one.

Now, this next tip covers Quick Mask, and this is something that I'veshown in quite a few videos on YouTube where I'm showing how I use it to make a selection ofeyes to then enhance them.

I've had a few emails offpeople saying it doesn't work.

So, I thought I'd quickly show you what you need to do to make sure that you have no problems.

So, let's just start it off, first of all, by going into Quick Mask.

I'm gonna press B to get the Brush tool, and then Q to enter Quick Mask.

And what we normally see isthat you can then use the brush to paint over an areathat you want to select, or so you think becauseAdobe have got it set up in a different way.

Now that I'm actuallypainted over the eyes, you see this red overlay, so it's clearly showingwhere I've just painted.

I, then, come out ofQuick Mask, by pressing Q, and we see the marching ants selection, something you would expect to see when you're making a selection.

Now, though, if I zoom out, we can see that there are marching ants also around the outside of the image.

So, basically, whatthis means is I haven't selected the eyes, I'veactually told Photoshop I don't want to select them, and I find this quite aconfusing way to work.

I much prefer to use Quick Mask in a way that wherever I paint iswhat I want to select.

But, it's very easy to set this up.

So, let's just close down this selection, and I'll show you what you need to do.

Zoom back in.

Over in the toolbar on the left-hand side, you've got the Quick Mask icon.

If you double-click on that icon, you then bring up the Quick Mask options, and you can see, by default,Masked Areas is turned on.

So this is basicallymeaning wherever you paint, you are masking out, but we want it to bethat wherever we paint is where we're selecting.

All we need to do is turn onthe Selected Area's checkbox, and then click OK.

So, from now on, wheneverwe use Quick Mask, we paint and we see thisred overlay, just as before.

So, just paint this other eye in.

We then come out of QuickMask, by pressing Q, we see the marching ants.

However, this time when we zoom out, the marching ants are nowhere else other than around the eyes.

So, we've now got it set up sothat when we use Quick Mask, where we paint is wherewe want to have selected.

Now, one of the commandsI use a lot in Photoshop is the Place Embedded command.

It's found in the File menu, just under halfway down here.

Yours may just say Place.

It all depends what version ofPhotoshop you're working on, but if we click on this, what it allows us to do is to navigate to a file on our computer, click on it, click onPlace, and it brings it into the image we're currentlyworking on as a new layer and it also has thetransform handles around it.

So we can then, in this example here, click on the transform handles, drag it out so it fills the canvas, and then press Enter, or Return.

Now, the reason I broughtthis texture into this picture is because I want to use it by adding a blend modeand giving a texture onto the grey backgroundaround the soldier.

However, what I need to do first of all is to desaturate it.

So, let's jut go to the Image menu, Adjustments, and Desaturate.

But what you'll notice isI can't use the Desaturate.

It's actually greyed out, and there are several other commands, here, that I can't use as well.

This is because when weuse the Place command, it brings the layer in as a Smart Object, and you can see that nowover on the right-hand side with a little icon in thebottom right-hand corner of the thumbnail.

So, if I want to desaturate it, what I need to do is rasterize the layer, or turn the layer into a normal layer.

We can do this a couple of ways.

Over in the Layers panel, right-click just to the right-hand side of the name of the layerand choose Rasterize layer, or just go to the Layer menu, choose Rasterize, and then Layer.

However, most of the timewhen I use the Place command, I don't really want thatlayer to be a Smart Object.

So, I set Photoshop up ina slightly different way.

All I do is go to the Preferences menu.

So, again, we go to the Photoshop menu, Preferences, and General.

If you're using Windows,go to the Edit menu, then Preferences, and General.

Click on the General tab, here.

Over on the right-hand column,there's a little checkbox that says, "Always createSmart Objects when placing.

" If I un-tick that, then click OK.

Let's just delete that layer.

Then I'm now gonna go in andstart using the Place command, or Place Embedded, navigate to a file like that texture I want to bring in, click on Place, and we cansee that it brings it in, just like before.

It's a new layer.

It's got the transform handles, but, now, if we lookover in the Layers panel, over on the right-hand side,this layer is a normal layer.

No need to rasterize it.

It's no longer is beingbrought in as a Smart Object which means that I can then go to Image, Adjustments, and Desaturate, or, indeed, use the keyboard shortcut.

But it's now allowed me to do that is no longer a Smart Object.

So, carrying on from the previous tip, now that we've got the texture in and it's been desaturated, let's just change theBlend Mode from normal to overlay to add it ontothat grey background.

But now, obviously, we haveit all over the picture, not just on the background,but also on the soldier.

So, let's just add a Layer Mask, and let me get a brush, a black brush, to paint it off thesoldier or anywhere else that we don't want it to appear, and this is where the tip's going to be.

We're currently using Layer Mask.

You can see, now, thatI'm removing that texture off the soldier, just here.

I might just leave it on the table, and some of the objects onthe table, as well, like so.

Well, the tip here is being able to see exactly where youpainted on your Layer Mask so you don't miss bits out.

When we're doing it just like this, it can be a little bit difficult.

However, if you press the backslash key on your keyboard, youget this red overlay.

So, that now shows usexactly where we've painted, and I actually cancontinue to paint in black to remove the texture offeverywhere else, like so.

And, when I'm happy, I'lljust press the backslash key to go back to the normal view and carry on doing our retouching.

Now, when I first started using Photoshop, and especially when I gotmy first Wacom tablet, I don't know how, but bycompletely by accident, I end up rotating my picture, and I never knew how toget it back to normal.

So, this tip is to showyou how you can do that, and it's really, really simple.

All you need to do iscome over to the toolbar, on the left-hand side of the screen, choose the Rotate View tool, and then just double-clickon the icon in the toolbar.

So, we've got the Rotate View tool, double-click on the icon, and it brings our image backto being nice and straight and normal.

Now I thought I'd just throw one extra tip in here, one extra little bonus tip, and that's to do with Select and Mask which is the update to Refine Edge that came recently inAdobe Photoshop CC 2017.

Now, you may have seenvideos from friends of mine like Colin Smith who runs Photoshop Cafe, or Jesus Ramirez who runs thePhotoshop Training Channel who show you how youcan actually bring back good old Refine Edge, and, indeed, I've also includedthat in an earlier video.

However, I have beencontacted by a few people who said they still cannot get it to work, and I think I really do knowthe answers to why that is.

Now, at the moment, youcan see this deer stag on the screen.

The videos, that's I've shown, and Colin and Jesus have shown, is where to get Refine Edge back,all you need to do is go to the Select menu, andchoose Select and Mask.

But before you click on it, hold down the Shift key andthen click on Select and Mask.

However, what you'll see happening, which is what thesepeople are experiencing, is it's still bringingin the new updated Select and Mask interface.

So, let's just cancel out of that.

Now, the thing that you need to do to make sure that you canbring old Refine Edge back is you have to have an active selection before you try to enter it, and that's always been the case when we were using Refine Edge in earlier versions of Photoshop.

So, just let me load a selectionthat I've made, earlier on.

Here we can see, now wegot the marching ants going around the deer stag.

Now, then, when I go to the Select menu, I'm now gonna hold down my Shift key and then click on Select and Mask, and because I've got the active selection, good old Refine Edge appears.

So, that is it.

If you're finding that youcan't get Refine Edge back, even though you're holdingdown the Shift key, make sure that you havean active selection.

So there you go, that's justfive quick, handy tips for you when using Photoshop.

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