10 Genius Photoshop Features You Didn’t Know Existed

In this article, we will uncover ten hidden Photoshop features that will revolutionize your photo editing experience.

Are you ready to take your Photoshop skills to the next level? Whether you’re an aspiring artist or a seasoned pro, Photoshop always has more to offer.

These Photoshop Tips will help you work more efficiently and creatively. So, let’s dive right in!

1. Eyedropper Tool Magic

Everyone knows you can use the Eyedropper Tool to select a color from a photo.

But did you know you can do much more with it?

By minimizing the Photoshop frame, clicking inside the canvas, and dragging outside of it, you can use the Eyedropper Tool to select colors from any other app or website!

This is a game-changer for matching colors from various sources.

2. The Fade Command

Don’t settle for irreversible changes in Photoshop.

After using most tools or filters and adjustments, you can fade the changes you’ve made by going into Edit and choosing Fade Burn Tool or pressing Shift Ctrl F (Windows) or Shift Command F (macOS).

From the Fade window, you can reduce the Opacity and, in some cases, change the Blending Mode of the last adjustment.

This is fantastic for retouching, allowing you to achieve a more natural look.

3. Precise Liquify Adjustments

When using the Liquify filter, it’s easy to go overboard.

Instead of settling for a ghosting effect when you “Fade” the result, try the “Brush Reconstruct” option.

Click on the Reconstruct button under Brush Reconstruct Options, then reduce the intensity to achieve a realistic effect without the ghosting.

Then under the Revert Reconstruction button, use the slider to reduce the intensity of the Liquify adjustment.

4. Open The Same Document In Two Windows

To efficiently work with intricate details in your images, you can open the same document in another window in Photoshop.

Simply go to Window > Arrange > and choose “New Window for [your document name].”

Then go to Window > Arrange > 2-up Vertical to place them side-by-side.

Now when you make changes to one window they will display in another. This feature is perfect for zooming in on one window to focus on details while keeping the entire image visible in the second window.

5. Math Input Boxes: Let Photoshop Do the Math

You don’t need to be a math whiz to use Photoshop’s math input boxes.

Whether you need to adjust canvas size or resize text, Photoshop can do the math for you.

Enter equations like *4/3 (times four divided by 3) or /2 (divide by two) in the appropriate input boxes, and Photoshop will handle the calculations for you.

6. Transform Repeat for Efficiency

Streamline repetitive transformations with ease.

Press Ctrl T (Windows) or Command T (macOS) to apply a transformation, and Photoshop will remember your actions.

You can then press Ctrl Shift T (Windows) or Command Shift T (macOS) to repeat those steps on the same or different layers.

Add the Alt key to duplicate the layer and apply the transformation simultaneously, saving you time and effort.

Duplicate elements evenly around an object with precision.

Combine math input boxes with transformation repeats for even more power.

For example, if you want to duplicate an element around an object 15 times evenly, enter 360/15 in the Angle input box.

Then press Ctrl Alt Shift T (Windows) or Command Option Shift T (macOS) 14 times to create perfectly spaced duplicates around the coin.

7. Precisely match dimensions using the Crop Tool

To resize a document to match another open document’s dimensions, enable the Crop Tool.

From the Crop Size drop-down menu, choose “Front Image.”

When you go to the second document, the Crop Tool will be active with the dimensions of the first image.

It’s a quick way to ensure your images have the same size, no matter how small or large you cropped them.

8. Keep a Detailed History Log

Automatically create step-by-step tutorials with ease.

Enable the History Log by going to Preferences or by pressing Ctrl K (Windows) or Command K (macOS), selecting the “History Log” checkbox, and choosing where to save the log.

This feature records all your edits, including settings used, allowing you to export detailed step-by-step tutorials or track changes for clients and legal purposes.

9. Master Group Blending Modes

Turn groups into powerful compositing tools.

Change the Blending Mode of a group to “Normal” to treat it as a single flat layer.

This lets you create adjustment layers that affect only the contents inside the group, providing greater flexibility without the need for layer masks or clipping masks.

10. The Image Processing Machine

Effortlessly convert multiple images into different file types.

The Image Processor, found under File > Scripts > Image Processor, is a cool feature for batch conversions.

Select the folder containing the images you want to convert, choose the location to save processed images and the destination file format (JPEG, PSD, or TIFF).

You can even resize or run actions on each image.

Click Run, and Photoshop will automatically process and save all your images according to your settings.

There you have it—ten hidden Photoshop features that can elevate your photo editing game!

Whether you’re enhancing your color palette, perfecting retouching, or optimizing your workflow, these tips will make your Photoshop experience more efficient and enjoyable.

So, start exploring these features today and watch your Photoshop skills soar to new heights!

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