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Greased Lightnin': Way Cool Tips

📄 Contents

  1. THE TRICK TO TRICKY
  2. LIVE PATCHING PREVIEW
  3. ZOOMING ALL YOUR TILED IMAGES AT ONCE
  4. FINDING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BRUSH TIPS
  5. HOW TO DUPLICATE A COLOR STOP
  6. REMOVING EDGE FRINGE WHEN COLLAGING
  7. CRACKING THE EASTER EGG MYSTERY
  8. SUPERCHARGE YOUR FILTER EFFECTS
  9. UNDO ON A SLIDER!
  10. GETTING TO THE FOLDER OF PHOTOS YOU WANTFAST!
  11. TWO FILES ARE BETTER THAN ONE
  12. RESIZING PATHS THE EASY WAY
  13. THE GAUSSIAN BLUR KEYBOARD SHORTCUT
  14. THE ADVANTAGE OF PHOTO FILTER ADJUSTMENT LAYERS
  15. WHERE TO SET CUSTOM VIEW SIZES
  16. MOVING YOUR IMAGE IN FULL SCREEN MODE
  17. DON'T RANK ITFLAG IT
  18. PHOTO-RETOUCHING SAFETY TIP
  19. PHOTOSHOP'S HIDDEN STEP AND REPEAT
  20. PAUSING FOR A BRUSH PREVIEW
  21. THE UNDOCUMENTED AIRBRUSH TOGGLE TRICK
  22. GIVE MOST ANYTHING A KEYBOARD SHORTCUT
  23. NO MORE UNLOCKING A BACKGROUND COPY
  24. SWAPPING CROP FIELDS
  25. LET THOSE WINDOWS BREATHE!
  26. THE MULTIPLE UNDO SHORTCUT
  27. WANT ARROWHEADS? PHOTOSHOP CAN ADD THEM FOR YOU!
  28. GETTING TO THE FREE TRANSFORM TOOL'S POP-UP LIST
  29. DRAGGING AND DROPPING WHERE YOU WANT
  30. CUSTOM BRUSHES DON'T HAVE TO BE SQUARE ANYMORE
  31. FEATHER A SELECTION WITHOUT THE GUESSING GAME
  32. CREATING A FLATTENED VERSION OF YOUR LAYERED IMAGE
  33. IF IT'S NOT SQUARE, YOU CAN STILL CROP IT
  34. TOP-SECRET PHOTOSHOP SPLASH SCREEN
  35. FALL IN LOVE WITH A TEMPORARY BRUSH, OR NOT
  36. UNDO A SAVE? THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE, ISN'T IT?
  37. MAKE A PHOTOSHOP CLIENT PRESENTATION
  38. CHANGE BRUSH SOFTNESS ON THE FLY
  39. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: SLIDE SHOWS USING PHOTOSHOP
  40. HOW TO CORRECT ONE PROBLEM COLOR
  41. BUILDING A BETTER BACKGROUND ERASER TOOL
  42. GETTING SIDE-BY-SIDE PREVIEWS
  43. CUSTOM BRUSHES: START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
  44. TIMING IS EVERYTHING!
  45. INSTANT THUMBNAIL SIZE CONTROL
  46. BRING UP YOUR LAST PREFERENCE
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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Why is this chapter named “Way Cool Tips”? It's because “Boring Regular Tips” was already taken (psyche!). Actually, it's because this is where a lot of the really cool tips wound up that didn't fit into any of the other categories. I don't really have anything else to say about this chapter, so instead, let's fill this space by singing a verse of “Greased Lightnin'” from the motion picture Grease.

“We'll get some overhead lifters, and four-barrel quads, oh yeah (keep talkin', whoa, keep talkin'). Fuel-injection cutoff and chrome-plated rods, oh yeah (I'll get the money, I'll see you get the money), with the four-speed on the floor, they'll be waitin' at the door, you know that ain't no…” Hey, wait a minute—that next word is a cuss word. Okay, no problem, we'll skip over that word and continue, “…we'll be getting lots of….” Geez, another nasty word. I've been singing that song for years and never really noticed how nasty it was. Just to be safe, let's just jump to the end of the chorus, “…you know that I ain't braggin', she's a real….” Oh, that's just wrong! I'm stopping right here.

THE TRICK TO TRICKY EXTRACTIONS

Adobe's own Julieanne Kost (Photoshop guru and instructor supreme) showed this last year at the PhotoshopWorld Conference & Expo (before Photoshop CS was announced), and it had everybody's jaw dropping, but little has been said of it since, even though it's built into Photoshop CS's Extract function (found under the Filter menu). It's called Textured Image and you use it when you're dealing with a tough extraction—a person with a dark shirt posing on a dark background, for example—and Extract can't really tell where the shirt ends and the background begins. Turning this on helps detect the edges by examining the texture, and if it detects a texture (like you might find in a shirt), it can often help pull you out of a tight situation.

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