Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Quick Photoshop Tips

I have been doing a lot of self-teaching and on my own learning with Photoshop.  I watch countless video clips and tutorials from experts showing and explaining things. I love it and I am learning so much. 

But the experts have been doing this stuff for so long and so often that they forget to share the simple stuff.  I am talking about the stuff they just say as a step on how to do something, but it is actually a whole new thing I had no clue about.

So I am going to share a couple today and I plan on sharing these little things as I go along and learn more.  So if you know these and are thinking “This Kim is a moron” as you are reading it, I am fine with that.  This is for that person that had no clue just like I did.  These will work in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Easy way to resize any layer

If you are adding a watermark, a texture, or any layer and have trouble with the size of it not fitting correctly simply hot CTRL and the T key (Command and T for Macs).  This will make a bracket appear around your object. 

Place watermark

Now you can resize it.


How to Maintain Proper Ratios for Resizing

So now you have resized it, but did it lose its proper proportions?  Does it look a tad funky?

Wtrmk stretched

To keep this from happening press the “Shift” key while adjusting and dragging the size.  It will make the ratio stay proportioned. 

Who knew?  Well maybe you did, but I had no clue about 4 months ago.  So I am sharing to the one person reading this that had no idea.  My work is done and my day is complete.  ;)

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  1. I had no idea about the shift part so thanks!

  2. I was just thinking it would be so nice for you to do a "photography for dummies" type post/series for those of us who don't know the technical stuff and are too overwhelmed to know where to start. Thanks!

    1. Um, I am still in the Dummy category. So it would be a series about the blind leading the blind? ;) I am trying to soak up as much as I can and it is the little things no one ever actually points out that blow me away. Maybe I am just a ding dong.

    2. I feel like I am finally working my way up to the 'dummy' stage. Almost there. Thank you for this invaluable tip. :)

  3. Great tips Kim! Thanks for sharing! I love your leaf picture!

  4. No worries on this end- I just learned that this morning myself with the whole shift thing. Had a duh moment for sure- glad I wasn't the only one :)

  5. Yea! Great tips. I have a loooooong way to go in Photoshop. I'll take all the tips I can get :)

  6. I'm so glad to discover your blog. I love all the info. Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. This is a great article, and a great topic to explore. Thanks for sharing.

  8. You ROCK! I feel like you wrote this fab little tip just for me, I am SO the person who is pretty much clueless! Thanks SO much! I am REALLY trying to learn Elements 9, & just begining this lovely learning process!

    LOVE your bloggy blog. Super excited to follow & learn from your mad skills!

  9. i'm just now able to watch some video tutorials about photoshop without banding my head on the desk. but you're right, a lot of things just get skimmed over. great idea for a series.

  10. Trust me... These tips would have made my day back when I was starting! I think Amanda at Everyday Elements has a great shortcut cheat sheet ;)

  11. Thanks for sharing the tips here. Keep up the good work. All the best.

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