Monday, April 12, 2021

My Favorite Photoshop Shortcuts


I've been using Photoshop for about 20 years now, and I've hesitated for a long time to become well-versed in shortcuts. 

 After upgrading my Wacom tablet, I more and more started using shortcuts that long-time users have used for years. 

 I wanted to share some of them with you, because they are fast becoming my favorite thing about Adobe Photoshop CC 2021. 

 TIP: If you want to find out what shortcut goes to which toolbar item, highlight the tool and the preview will show you which one goes with that tool. If there are more than one tool, press <SHIFT> key, then whatever the letter command is for that tool to shift through them. 

I'm a PC user, so if you're a MAC user, substitute <CMD> key for <CTRL> key whenever necessary. 

(when I type brackets like this: <  > that means there's a key I'm indicating. 

My very favorite shortcuts in Adobe Photoshop CC 2021: 

Move command (that tool at the very top of the toolbar on the left)

B  Brush tool

[  make brush tool smaller

]  make the brush tool larger

<CTRL> <J>   Copy a layer you want to duplicate in your layers palette. This is great for working on an image without messing up the original image, in case something goes wrong. 

Speaking of that, I can't leave out <CTRL><Z> to undo a step you've taken that went wonky. It's also a great idea to keep the history palette open by clicking on Window, History. This allows you to go back as many steps as you need to in order to undo something that went horribly wrong. I also use it when I am doing several things in a row that are repetitive. It allows me to go back to a blank canvas or something else I previously created. 

C = Crop Tool

<CTRL> <T> = Transform tool 
Note: if you're working in the transform tool, just double-click on the image you're working with or click on the checkmark in the top menu of your screen to set your image at the present position. It gets rid of the transform bars around the edges. 

<CTRL> <R>  Rulers. Open a document, then press these two keys to bring the rulers in at the top and the side. Press them again to get rid of them. 

<CTRL> <-> Zoom out of document
<CTRL> <+>  Zoom into the document

H  Hand tool allows you to move the document around so you can see other parts of it. 
Another way to move your document around is to hold down the <space bar>

D This makes your colors return to default. Near the bottom of the toolbar, you have two squares that are normally black (foreground) and white (background). If you've been working with other colors, these might change, so to return to the default set of black and white, just press the D key. 

Want to switch them? 

X switches the foreground and background colors. 

One more really great tip?
When you want to bring an image into Photoshop, especially if you want to add it as a layer to create composite images, use the FILE > Place Embedded command from the top menu, 

....and then double-click on the image once you arrange it however you like. This is a form of transform, and it keeps your image from becoming pixelated. It will look like this when you first embed it, then just grab the corners and size it in the best way you want to. You can move it all around and get just the right position. Then double-click on the image, and it will "place" it there. (if you forget and try to do something else, Photoshop will prompt you and ask if you want to place it. Just say ok). You'll see the image like this, and you'll have the opportunity to grab any of the 8 "anchors" and pull it however you like. 

Before you start working with the image in your composition, you'll want to "rasterize" it. This takes it from being a smart object that cannot be edited to an image you can do pretty much anything to. Right-click on the image in the layer palette and choose "rasterize layer" to do that. 

That's probably the best reason for embedding it instead of using File > Open, but there's one other really important reason why: 

If you have a document size you want to drop an image into, it's much easier to embed that image into the document instead of trying to resize it after you use File, Open. You can grab the handles on all four sides and really adjust it the way you want it. This has saved me so much time, I cannot even describe how useful it is. 

If you don't quite understand what I'm talking about, see below for Unmesh Dinda's video tutorial about the embed option. The reason the video is about "Smart Objects" is because when you embed an image into a document, you are bringing it in as a smart object. Don't let the name scare you. It's an easy concept. (See the video below)

Important note about that: when you embed an image, you'll want to right-click on it in the Layers Palette and choose "Rasterize" if you want to make any changes to the image after you've embedded it. 

Practice a few of these at a time, and you'll soon remember them for everything. They are so handy!

Have a great day. 

Here's one of our favorite teachers on Youtube explaining shortcuts in even more detail. He's amazing: 

If you're a complete beginner in Photoshop, try this first: 

Another tip: There's also a really short video here about how to speed up Photoshop if yours is dragging and getting slow. I always wondered why, after a long day of work, it would get really impossible to work with. Everything would get really slow and painful to wait. (plus, my machine is 9 years old, which doesn't help much)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 Just wanted to share this with all of you for a laugh. My dogs have always loved singing to Wynton Marsalis. They seem to love the trumpet sound. 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Masks Are Suddenly Cool and Beautiful Too!


Our latest products are up on the store, and they're really beautiful masks. You can check them out here:

What Have You Been Doing During the COVID Lockdowns?

 Hello, friends. 

What have you been doing during COVID stay-at-home attempts to "hide" from this virus attacking our country? The world? Here's what some very fun creatives did with their time and love for food. We wanted to share it with you and just say "Hi!" Here are some cute ducks in a sink. 

Here are a whole bunch of images people drew with food. Not sure where these originally came from. If you know, let us know and we will give credit where it's due. They're very cute and funny

Monday, January 25, 2021

Bernie Sanders' Mittens! (OMG)

No doubt you've seen thousands (hundreds?) of hilarious memes featuring Senator Bernie Sanders and his Vermont mittens. Here at Destruction Bay, we thrive on a daily diet of funny videos and memes. We'd like to share our Pinterest board of Bernie Sanders' Mittens memes we've loved so far. 

Bernie Sanders' Mittens Pinterest Board for you

Hope you enjoy! Happy New Year to all our fans, and don't forget to visit our Vintage Store here:  

Interesting links to our design store

Our store is hopping! The Christmas season was very successful, and we're very grateful to all of you for that.
Much love and hugs
The Destruction Bay design team.
Here are just a few of our favorites of the Bernie's Mittens memes, in case you're not on Pinterest:

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving and Safe-Keeping To Our Fans

Happy Thanksgiving all of you, and we wish you the safety and to stay healthy during this tough time. Let's do great things together in the New Year. We hope to see you here. Love to all of you, The Destruction Bay artisan team