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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Photoshop Secret Shortcuts

It is proven that by using software shortcuts can boost up productivity. Here are 30 secret Photoshop shortcuts that I’ve learned from years of experience. Well, what I mean by "secret" is that these shortcuts are not documented in the menus. Keep reading and you will find how these shortcuts can speed up your productivity. I bet you don’t know all of them.

Note: this article is written in Mac Photoshop format. If you are using PC, Cmd = Ctrl and Opt = Alt.

  1. Drag selection
    With the Marquee tool, drag on the document (do not release the mouse yet), now hold down Spacebar, it will let you drag the undefined selection.


  2. Navigate the document left or right
    Hold down the Cmd key and scroll up or down allows you to navigate the document left or right. For example, hold down Cmd + scroll up will navigate to right.


  3. Browse the font list
    Put your cursor in the font list dropdown, you can browse the font list by pressing arrow Up or Down key.


  4. Scale font size
    Select the text that you want to scale the font size, press Cmd + Shift + > or <>


  5. Zoom with the scroll wheel
    You can zoom in / out by Cmd + Opt + scroll up or down.


  6. Drag to adjust numberic value
    Mouseover the input box, hold down Cmd + drag left or right to increase / decrease. Hold down Cmd + Opt or Shift key and drag can change the value in decimal or 10 interval. This shortcut works in all dialog palettes.


  7. Scroll to adjust numeric value
    Put the cursor in the input box, scroll up or down to increase / decrease value. This shortcut works in all dialog palettes.


  8. Arrow up / down to adjust numeric value
    Put the cursor in the input box, press arrow Up or Down to increase / decrease. Hold down Shift and press arrow Up or Down will change value in 10 interval.


  9. Zoom to 100%
    Double click on the Zoom tool will zoom document to 100%.


  10. Collapse or expand all layer groups
    You can collapse or expand all root-level layer groups by holding down Cmd + click on the triangle icon. Hold down Cmd + Opt + click on the triangle icon will collapse or expand all level layer groups.


  11. Show / hide in a row
    If you need to show / hide more than one layers, instead of clicking one by one, you can click on the visibility icon and drag in a row.


  12. Hide other layers
    Hold down Opt + click on the visibility icon will hide all other layers.


  13. Navigate layer blending mode
    Opt + Shift + "-" or "+" key allows you to navigate through the blending mode dropdown.


  14. Set specific blending mode
    Opt + Shift + C, N, M, S, D… allows to set layer to specific blending mode.
    For examples:
    Normal = Opt + Shift + N
    Screen = Opt + Shift + S
    Multiply = Opt + Shift + M
    Color = Opt + Shift + C


  15. Lock layer transparency
    Press forward slash ("/") to lock layer transparency.


  16. Load Channel selection
    You probably know that Cmd + number keys (1, 2, 3) will activate the channels in sequent. Press Cmd + Opt + number keys will load the selection. For example, press Cmd + Opt + 4 will load Alpha channel 1.


  17. Tool panels
    Press Tab to toggle tool panels.


  18. Precise cursor
    Caps lock will display tool cursor in precise mode.


  19. Navigate the tool list
    You can navigate through the tool list by pressing Shift + tool shorcut. For example: B = Brush tool, if you press Shift + B again, you will switch to Pencil tool.


  20. Increase / decrease brush size
    With the Brush tool selected, you can increase / decrease the brush size by pressing [ or ] key (square bracket key). Press Shift + [ or ] will increase / decrease brush hardness.


  21. Opacity
    You can set the layer opacity by pressing the number keys (ie. 1 = 10%, 2 = 20%…). When you have the brush tool selected, pressing the number keys will adjust the brush opacity.


  22. Duplicate layer
    There are several shortcuts to duplicate layers.
    1. You can hold down Cmd + Opt + drag to duplicate the active layer.
    2. Cmd + Opt + arrow keys (Up, Down, Left, Right).
    3. Cmd + J will duplicate the active layer in exact position.
    4. Hold down Opt + drag within the Layers palette can also duplicate layers.


  23. Copy visible and paste in a new layer
    Press Cmd + Opt + Shift + E will copy the visible layers and paste in a new layer.


  24. Change workspace background
    By default Photoshop use grey for the workspace background color. You can change that by:
    1. select your favorite color
    2. choose the Paint Bucket tool
    3. Hold down Shift + click on the working area (outside the document area)


    Update: right-click on the workspace area to get a dropdown menu - allows you to set the background to black, grey, or a custom color (commented by Todd Patrick).

  25. Fill background or foreground color
    Opt + Delete (Backspace) = fill the layer with foreground color.
    Cmd + Delete (Backspace) = fill the layer with background color


    Cmd + Shift + Delete (Backspace) = Fill non-transparent pixels with background color
    Opt + Shift + Delete (Backspace) = Fill non-transparent pixels with foreground color
    (commented by André Dion)

  26. Switch between document windows
    Ctrl + Tab will switch between document windows.


  27. Load layer transparent
    Cmd + click on the layer thumbnail will load its transparency.


  28. Scale proportionally from center
    When you are using the Marquee tools or Free Transform, hold down Opt + Shift + drag will scale proportionally from the center.


  29. Shortcut to Eyedropper
    If you have the Brush tool selected, hold down Opt key will quickly activate the Eyedropper tool. Hold down Opt + Shift will activate the Color Sampler Tool.


  30. Finally…
    Finally, if you want to check or set your own custom shortcuts, press Cmd + Opt + Shift + K will bring up the Keyboard Shortcuts panel.


Additional from the comments

  • In some dialog boxes, holding the Opt key will turn the “Cancel” button into a most useful “Reset”. (by Miguel Tavares)
  • To stroke a path, first select the path, then change to the brush tool, select a brush, and type Enter or Return. This works with all of the brush-like tools (eraser, clone, blur, etc.). (by buddhistMonkey)
  • To turn a path into a selection, type Command-Enter or Command-Return (doesn’t matter what tool is selected). If there is already a selection, then Command-Shift-Return will add your path’s shape to the selection, Command-Option-Return will subtract it, and Command-Option-Shift-Return will select the intersection. (by buddhistMonkey)
  • If you are adding a “Drop Shadow” layer effect, and you have the Layer Style dialog open to the Drop Shadow settings, you can move the shadow around by clicking and dragging in the image. This also works with the “Inner Shadow” effect. If you hold down the Option key, you can also adjust the Gradient Overlay, Pattern Overlay, and Satin effects by clicking and dragging. (by buddhistMonkey)

Do you know more shortcuts?

Do you know more Photoshop shortcuts that are not listed in this article? Please post them in the comment form. Make sure they are "secret" (not documented in the Photoshop menus).

Via: webdesignerwall

I’ve got some good ones. These are TOP SECRET so don’t tell anyone….

  • CTRL + “]” or “[” - moves layers up and down through layer list
  • ALT + “]” or “[” - selects layers up and down through layer list
  • ALT + Click on a Guide to rotate it 90%, or while dragging a Guide from the Ruler-Bar hold down the ALT.
  • PC users can right-click on the top of the window of a photo for some image related options such as “image size” and “duplicate image” ect…

For options that don’t have a Shortcut Key, rather than customizing my own shortcuts I find the following technique to be very useful:

  • Using the ALT > letter > letter. For example: Hitting ALT > E > S will stroke the selection/layer. Hitting ALT > I > M > G will convert an image to greyscale. Do not hold down the keys, just press once.

Try going through and choosing tool by tool and hitting the ENTER key. You will find many time-saving features…

  • ALT + CLICK on a tool on the left, to navigate through the other tools. For example: ALT + CLICK on the Brush tool will give you the Pencil tool.
  • Use the Brush tool while playing with the Shift key…
  • ALT + Click on the “New layer” button will create a new layer underneath the current layer.
  • Right-Click on the eye beside the layer on the layer palette to change the color.
  • CTRL + SHIFT + D will load the last selection used.
  • Double-click on a text layer in the layer palette to edit its content.
  • While typing in a text box, CTRL + ENTER will commit and close the text box.
  • To open an Adjustment Window that has the previous setting use CTRL + ALT + letter. For example CTRL + ALT + U for a Hue Saturation window with the last-used Hue Saturation settings.
  • CTR + SHIFT + Z to go forward in history states (like CTR + ALT + Z but the other way)
  • CTRL + ALT + SHIFT to create a new layer.

After you know this one your life will never be the same:

Make a symbol, transform it. Now hit:

  • SHIFT + CTRL + T to repeat the transform, or even better:
  • SHIFT + CTRL + ALT + T to repeat and duplicate the transform.
  • CTRL + ALT + T will duplicate and transform the layer.

Can create a clipping mask by pressing the option button (alt) just beetwen 2 layers.

  • ALT + CTRL + M brings up the curves dialog box and brings back the last curve you applied
  • Ctrl + Y - shows how the document will look in CMYK, and you need not to change the document into CMYK, work in RBG and convert it in the end (not to get into a problem - with colors, that looked great first in RGB!)
  • switch the frontal and background color just with the “x”
  • Merge all layers: APPLE + SHIFT + E
  • Merge the active layer with the next one: APPLE + E
  • Save for the internet: APPLE + ALT + SHIFT + S

Over 320 mini pixel icons! All Free!

File Type Icons

file types

Web Design Icons

web design

Web Blog & CMS Icons

blog and cms

User Icons


E-commerce Icons


Go to: resources page.

or download it below

Mini Pixel Icons

Zip package contains over 320 mini icons (14 x 14px)

How to Design - Mini Icons

Numbers of people have asked me how to design my popular Mini Pixel Icon pack. In fact, they are relatively easy. All you need is just some basic Photoshop skills. Here I will show you how to use the Pencil tool to design pixel icons, and then re-use them to create a full collection. This is the technique that I used to create over 320 icons within a day.

1. Create a new document

In Photoshop, create a new document 14 x 14px size with transparent background.

step 1

2. Draw shape outline

Use the Pencil tool, select 1px brush from the palette. Pick a dark gray color and start drawing the outline of the page icon. To draw a straight line, first click at the starting point, then hold down shift key and click at the ending point.

step 2

Tips: At any time if you want to erase the pixels, use the Eraser tool, select Pencil mode and 1px brush size.

3. Base gradient

Make a selection of the empty cutout by the Magic Wand tool. Create a new layer. Set your foreground color to light gray and background to white. Use Gradient tool, drag from top corner to lower corner diagonally.

step 3

4. Highlight and shadow

Create a new layer. Draw a 1px white inner top border to create the highlight effect. Then, draw a medium gray inner bottom border.

step 4

5. Group all layers

In the Layers palette, select all layers and press Cmd+G to group all layers in a folder.

step 5

6. Draw a pencil

Again, start drawing the outline first and then fill the inner area with either solid color or gradient. When you are done, group these layers in a separate folder.

step 6

Tips: If you want to have consistent color throughout the icon set, store the colors that you have used in the color swatches.

7. Re-use them

Here shows how I re-used the layer groups to create entire collection:

step 7

8. Export for web

After you’ve done entire set, toggle (invisible / visible) the layer groups and save them for web (Cmd+Alt+Shift+S).

step 8

Via: webdesignerwall

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The visual difference!

Friday, September 28, 2007

iPOD death?!

Make sure and charge your iPod then remember the 5 "R"'s of iPod issues:
Reset - Retry - Restart - Reinstall - Restore

1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
2. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

Try your iPod with a different USB port on your computer, not a USB port on your keyboard or hub.

Restart your computer, and make sure that you have the latest software updates installed. To update your Windows software, select Windows Update from the Tools menu of Internet Explorer.

To update and reinstall your iPod software, first download the latest iTunes software.
Next, open the new version of iTunes and connect your iPod to your computer. iTunes will then automatically check to see if your iPod needs to be updated and perform the update for you.
To then check the software version on your iPod, select it from the source list in iTunes. iTunes will display the information about your iPod.

* Warning: Because Restore erases all of the songs and files on iPod, make sure to back up any files you've saved on the iPod disk. All of your songs, videos, podcasts, audiobooks, and games can be loaded back to your iPod provided that you have them stored in your iTunes Library.

How to restore your iPod:

1. Make sure you've reinstalled the latest version of iTunes.
2. Open iTunes, and then connect your iPod to your computer.
3. After a few moments, it will appear in the Source list in iTunes.
4. Select your iPod in the Source list and you will see information about it appear in the Settings tab of the main iTunes windows.
5. Click the Restore button. You will be prompted with one or more restore options that may prompt iTunes to automatically download of the latest iPod Software. The 4 possible restore options are:

Restore Option 1: Restore - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod.
Restore Option 2: Use Same Version - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod even though a newer version is available.
Restore Option 3: Use Newest Version - Restores with the latest iPod Software on your computer.
Restore Option 4: Restore and Update - Restores with the latest iPod Software on your computer.

6. A progress bar will appear on the computer screen indicating that the first stage of the restore process has started. When this stage is completed, iTunes will instruct you to leave iPod connected to your computer to complete restore.
7. During the stage 2 of the restore process, the iPod will show an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display. It is critical that the iPod remains connected to the computer or iPod Power adapter during this stage. Note: The progress bar may be difficult to see since the backlight on the iPod display may be off.
8. After stage 2 of the restore process is complete and the iPod is connected to the computer, the iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear asking you to name your iPod and choose your syncing preferences similar to when you connected your iPod for the first time.

If this doesnt work then try taking it to the nearest apple store. They should advise you in your nest course of action

Pod family?! is ur's?

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