When you duplicate a Smart Object (using Ctrl J – Mac: Command J), any changes you make to the Smart Object will affect both copies. To avoid this, Right-click (Mac: Control-click) on the smart object and choose “New Smart Object Via Copy.” Doing so will allow you to edit each of the Smart Objects independently. This […]
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When working in the Gradient Editor you can hold Alt (Mac: Option) and click-and-drag on any Color Stop to duplicate it.
When you’re using the Burn tool you can hold the Alt (Mac: Command) key to temporarily switch over to the Dodge tool. Once you release the Alt (Mac: Command) key the tool will switch back. This will also work the other way around if you have the Dodge tool selected.
The brush tool has all the same blend modes as layers, but the brush tool includes two additional blend modes. “Behind” and “Clear.” The “Behind” blend mode will apply paint only on transparent pixels in a layer. The “Clear” blend mode turns the pixels you paint on transparent, much like the Eraser tool.
After you duplicate a layer, the word “copy” is appended to the end of the layer name. If you don’t want Photoshop to do this, go to the Layer’s panel flyout menu, and choose “Panel Options…” , Then uncheck “Add ‘copy’ to Copied Layers and Groups“.
To activate the mask on the currently selected layer press Ctrl \ (Mac: Command \). This is the same as clicking on the layer mask thumbnail. To activate the layer press Ctrl 2 (Mac: Command 2). This is the same as clicking on the layer thumbnail.
To select any color from outside of Photoshop first select the Eyedropper tool (I on the keyboard). Then left-click-and-hold inside of your image in Photoshop, and drag the cursor outside of Photoshop to any other window or application. Sample the color that you like, then release your mouse button, and the sampled color will appear […]