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.
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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 […]
One quick way to color match an image is to use the Match Color command. You will need two images (or layers), one will be the source image, and the other will be the target image. First make sure you open both images in Photoshop, then activate the target image (the one you want to change), […]
Press Ctrl K (Mac: Command K) to bring up the Preferences panel. Click on Performance, and change the number of History States (number of Undos) up to a maximum of 1,000. Note: A high Undo number may affect the performance of your computer.
The keyboard shortcut to View Actual Pixels (100%) is Ctrl (Mac: Command) 1 and to Fit on Screen press Ctrl (Mac: Command) 0.
One way to paint realistic looking shadows non-destructively is to use the Exposure Adjustment Layer. Start by sliding the Exposure slider to the left, until you get a dark color appropriate for the shadow in your scene. Then click on the Exposure adjustment layer mask and press Ctrl I (Mac: Command I) to invert the mask […]
To duplicate a layer mask to another layer, and invert it at the same time; press-and-hold Alt Shift (Mac: Option Shift), then click-and-drag the layer mask thumbnail to any other layer.