Working More Quicker and More Efficiently In Photoshop

Working More Efficiently In Photoshop

Customize Your Workspace

When working on projects it helps to have the tools you use most to hand where you can quickly access them when needed. Why not close the panels you don't use and display the panels you do use. Not only will this maximise your workflow it will also free up some space within your work area. You can also setup different workspaces for different tasks, whether it be 3D work or painting. Just choose "Window > Workspace > New Workspace", name it and arrange your panels as desired.

Work More Efficiently In Photoshop

Closing And Creating Documents

You can close multiple documents quickly by pressing "Ctrl + F4" to close the active document. Hold down "Ctrl + Shift + F4" to close all open documents. If you have multiple changes you’d like to discard, check the Apply to All tick box when choosing Don’t Save to avoid having to confirm each document as it is closed. Quickly create new documents with the shortcut "Ctrl + N".

Work With Actions On Repetitive Tasks

If you need to perform a series of steps more than a couple of times, you will almost certainly save time by recording an action. Open the Actions panel by going to "Window > Actions" or "Alt + F9" and click the Record button at the bottom of the panel. Perform your steps, then click Stop. Photoshop will invite you to name your action, then simply select it and click the Play button to repeat the steps.

Work More Efficiently In Photoshop

Quick Zooming

Quickly zoom to 100% with "Ctrl + 1" or quickly fit to screen with "Ctrl + 0".

Less Distractions In Full Screen Mode

Toggle between different full screen modes with the shortcut "F" and the "Tab" key.

Centering Objects

Centering objects inside of an element or centering an element inside of the canvas is made easy with photoshops alignment tools, see this quick guide for a more in depth look.

Turn On Smart Guides

Smart Guides are a great way to quickly align elements without having to resort to manual guides. Enable them by choosing "View > Show > Smart Guides", and as you move layers around within the canvas Photoshop will automatically show and snap to adjacent objects, making it very easy to get a perfect alignment.

Work More Efficiently In Photoshop

Selecting Layers Quickly

If your PSD file contains multiple layers, so many you struggling to find a particular layer without hiding and unhiding other layers. Then simply select the "Move Tool" shortcut key "V" then select between "Groups" or "Layers" from the drop down box in the tool bar. Now select the element within the canvas and the layer is simply automatically selected for you.

Work More Efficiently In Photoshop

Moving Around The Canvas When Zoomed In

Cutting out an image for example you're zoomed in 1600% with the polygonal marquee tool. You can't navigate with the scroll bars incase you risk losing the selection, you slide your mouse to edge of the screen but the screen moves quickly out of view. Sound familiar? try holding down the "Spacebar" the click and drag with the mouse.

Hiding And Showing Layers

You can quickly hide and show multiple layers by simply clicking and dragging the mouse over the layers visibility option.

Changing Brushes Sizes

Change brush sizes on the fly by using the brackets shortcut "[” decreases the brush size and “]" increases the brush size.

Turn On Brush Outline

When using the brush tool its handy to sometimes see the actual brush, you can of course permanently turn this option on in the preferences but why not just toggle it on and off by using the "Caps Lock" key.

Duplicating Layers

Duplicate layers quickly and easily by holding down the "Alt Key" in conjunction with an arrow key or a mouse click and drag motion.

Improve The Layers Panel

Select the little black arrow in the corner of the layers window and select "Panel Options". Change the thumbnail size to large then crop the thumbnail contents to the "Layer Bounds" You can also turn off the "Expand Option" when adding layer styles and stop photoshop from adding the word "Copy" after every duplicated layer.

Work More Efficiently In Photoshop

Conclusion

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About the Author Wilma Hamlin

Wilma Hamlin is a creative designer & writer. She writes for Crayonify. Being a designer as well she use to create amazing designs using many tools. In her lesuire time she love to read books and tries to learn new designs.

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Zoran says

Good

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ansokclifford says

Wow great tutorial.

I used this setup on my Photoshop.

thanks for posting this one :)

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Christy Harper says

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Garcia says

I’m very new to Photoshop Elements 9.0 and am having trouble blurring backgrounds (I know, pretty basic). I did not find the tutorial helpful.
Any tips?

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MIS-SKY1 says

I LIKE IT

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Linda Sattgast says

Great tips—I know quite a bit about Photoshop, but I learned a couple of new ones. Thanks!

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Vince says

This guide is really great. Making your own workspace might take time but if you have everything you ever needed, it will take lesser time to work and make things easier for you. Thanks for this, I’ve learned a lot.

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