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Old 01-07-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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These work in CS5, they might work in other versions:

This all assumes you are familiar with Photoshop.

1. To visually enlarge the canvas without going through the menu, use the crop tool to select the entire image. Release the mouse button. Then, use the grab handles to pull the selection out beyond the borders of the image. Hit your enter/return key and the canvas will be the size of the selection. And btw, you don't really have to grab the handles. You can grab anywhere on the side.

2. To cycle through the blending modes without using your mouse, hit shift-plus. To reverse the direction hit shift-minus. This works in Mac and Windows. Windows users can also highlight the blending mode selection windows and use up or down arrow keys.

3. To apply a Blend-If setting to an adjustment layer, hold down alt (option) and double click on the adjustment layer's icon. The layer style menu will open, giving you access to Blend-If controls.

4. To change the blend mode of a smart filter, double click in the small icon to the right of the filter name (in layers).

5. To move a layer mask to another layer, drag its icon to the new layer. If you want to copy, alt (option) - drag.

6. You can add a layer mask to a group

   
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andrew: 1. To visually enlarge the canvas without going through the menu, use the crop tool to select the entire image. Release the mouse button. Then, use the grab handles to pull the selection out beyond the borders of the image. Hit your enter/return key and the canvas will be the size of the selection. And btw, you don't really have to grab the handles. You can grab anywhere on the side.
Do you need to use the Shift key to constrain the proportions?


>>5. To move a layer mask to another layer, drag its icon to the new layer. If you want to copy, alt (option) - drag.

I copy layer masks a lot so I'll try this one because what I do is to ctrl-click on the layer mask which loads the selection, highlight the receiving layer and then click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers palette (remember, I'm using Photoshop 7 so not sure if that icon still exists) and the layer mask is added to the layer with the selection...

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Do you need to use the Shift key to constrain the proportions?
Yes, they will not be constrained unless you do that, plus drag from the corner. You can also use alt-drag or alt-shift drag, and they work in expected ways.

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what I do is to ctrl-click on the layer mask which loads the selection, highlight the receiving layer and then click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers palette
That's what I did for years. And I could never remember whether it was alt, or ctrl, or double. I never guessed right the first time, and then I'd have the mask showing as a black and white, and I'd have to figure out how to turn that off.

I wonder how long this alt-drag ability has been there. It's so much easier.

   
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andrew: I wonder how long this alt-drag ability has been there. It's so much easier.
I just tried it in Photoshop 7 and it doesn't work--I can't drag it to another layer and alt-drag doesn't work either...

Oh well...nevermind...'-}}

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Sorry to hear that. It's a nifty feature.

   
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andrew: Sorry to hear that. It's a nifty feature.
I'm so used to ctrl-clicking, adding an empty layer mask to a layer that it's not a big deal...'-}}

I often ctrl-click on the layer mask as a test to make sure I've gotten all the areas I want to select...

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