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    Improve your skills and speed up your workflow with these expert Photoshop tips and shortcuts. Photoshop is an easy tool to use and a difficult one to master, but help is at hand with our comprehensive list of tips and tricks for Adobe Photoshop. Here are some of the best Photoshop tips, whether you are using an older CS version or the very latest Creative Cloud software.

    Quick Photoshop tips :

    1. Bird's Eye View

    When zoomed in close, hold down H and drag in the image to instantly dart out to full screen then jump back to another area. One of the best Photoshop tips for viewing work!

    2. Quick full Layer Masks

    You can Alt-click on the Layer Mask icon to add a full mask that hides everything on the layer.

    3. Easier marquee selections

    Hold down Alt to start a selection at the centre point with any Marquee tool, and then hold Space to temporarily move the selection around.

    4. 1000 History state

    Go to Edit>Preferences>Performance to change the number of History states up to a maximum of 1000. Beware though of the effect that this has on performance.

    5. Color Code Layers

    Use color coding to organise your Layers Panel. Right-click over a layer's eye icon to quickly access 8 color code choices.

    6. Close all images

    To close all of your documents at the same time, Shift-click any image window's close icon.

    7. View one layer

    If you're working with multiple layers and you want to view one layer on its own, there's no need to hide all the others manually, simply hold down Alt and click the Eye icon of a layer to make every other layer invisible. Hold down Alt and click again to reveal them.

    8. Invert a Layer Mask

    After adding any Adjustment Layer, hit Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert the Layer Mask and quickly hide the effect, then paint back over the image with white to selectively reveal the adjustment.

    9. Unlink layers and masks

    You can move either a mask or an image independently of one another by clicking the link between the two thumbnails in the Layers Panel. Highlight the thumbnail you want to reposition, then grab the Move tool.

    10. Quick copy

    Hold down Alt and drag a mask, style or layer to quickly duplicate it.

    11. Convert the Background

    Double-click the Background Layer and hit OK to convert it to an editable layer.

    12. Move layers up or down

    You can move layers up or down the stack in the Layers Panel while watching the image change. Hold down Cmd/Ctrl and press ] or [. Add in Shift to move a layer right to the top or bottom.

    13. Fill shortcuts

    you can press Alt+Backspace to fill a layer or selection with the Foreground color, Cmd/Ctrl+Backspace to fill a layer or selection with the Background color, or Shift+Backspace to quickly access the Fill Options.

    14. Select similar layers

    To quickly select all layers of a similar kind, such as shape or type layers, highlight one of them and then go to Select>Similar Layers.

    15. Change Opacity

    When not using a painting tool, you can change layer Opacity simply by pressing a number key. Hit 1 for 10%, 5 for 50%,and 0 for 100%.

    These tips and tricks will save your time when using the Photoshop tools we've discussed here.

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