Whether you’re new to Photoshop, or have been using it for a long time… these tips should help you become even more proficient. Keep sending in those top five lists!
- When trying to fade an image, do not change the opacity of the layer use the eraser tool. This is because if you have more than one image on one layer, you can have the different images a different opacity level. To do this click on the eraser tool and go to the top tool bar (unless you have moved it), lower the opacity, and erase. You can also use this to blend images and get rid of “boxyness” (when the image is square and you want it more roundish) if that makes sense.
- When cropping full images do not use the eraser tool, use the vector tool. It is much more accurate and only cuts out exactly what you need. The eraser tool, in my opinion, should only be used for fading and touching up images, but never to do a full cropping job.
- ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS! Be aware of what layer you are selected on. I’ve seen other people many times and myself start using the vector tool to crop out images, only to find out I was on the wrong layer and had to redo it all over again. You may also run into problems if you want to flatten two layers, but select the wrong ones and find out later when it is too late that your layers are now messed up.
- When using the magic wand tool, remember that it really isn’t magical. If you are using it too get rid of an unwanted background, make sure that you close up all of the openings of the wanted image. This can be done rather easily by using the pencil tool.
- Always put images on different layers. This will give you more freedom t change the way the images are placed in the final image. If you put them all on one layer, you can usually never change it much.
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