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Top 10 Killer Photoshop Combo Moves

Top 10 Killer Photoshop Combo Moves


1. Cloak of Invisibility

Remove everything from the screen except for your file.

F, F, F | Cycle through Screen Modes

Tab | Remove Tools and Palettes

Ctrl+H | Hide Extras (Grid, Guides, Slices, etc.)

Ctrl+R | Hide Rulers


2. Quick Brush Jab

Quickly and easily customize a brush. This combo is a staple for digital painting.

B | Brush Tool

Right-Click and Select or F5 and Select | Open condensed or full Brush Palette

or . or , or Shift+. or Shift+, | Cycle through brushes or jump to first or last brush

[ or ]: | Shrink or enlarge brush radius

Shift+[ or Shift+] | Decrease or increase brush hardness

{Numeric Input} | Change brush opacity (e.g. ’5′ = 50%, ’55′ = 55%)


3. Quick Brush Jab Path Stroke

Stroke a path with a customized brush.

{Draw Path} | Use any tool to draw a path

B | Select Brush Tool

Quick Brush Jab | Use the Quick Brush Jab Combo to customize brush

Enter | Stroke the path with your customized brush


4. Gaussian Attack

Apply a filter, fade it and apply again. Good combo for fine-tweaking filters.

{Apply a Filter} | Manually choose and apply a filter (warning: using the Lens Flare filter may result in a swift kick to the mouse balls)

Ctrl+Shift+F | Fade the filter

(Ctrl+F or Ctrl+Shift+F) | Reapply filter with or without dialog box


5. Shadow Maker

Create a basic shadow based on a chosen layer.

{Select Layer} | Select the layer the shadow will be created after. The transparency of this layer needs to resemble the desired shape of the shadow.

Ctrl+J | Layer via Copy

Ctrl+[ | Move layer down

D | Reset color defaults

Alt+Shift+Backspace | Fill with black and preserve transparency

Ctrl+T | Free transform

{Transform} | Modify to your liking

Enter | Commit


6. Layer Catcher

Select, group and mask layers. Often easier than using the layers palette.

V | Selection Tool

Ctrl+Click or Ctrl+Shift+Click or Ctrl+Shift+Right-Click | Select your layers

Ctrl+G | Group Layers


7. OCD Layer Sort

Rearrange your layers quickly and easily. Great cure for you neuroticism.

F7 | Show Layer Palette

Alt+[ or Alt+] or Alt+, or Alt+. | Select a layer

Shift+Alt+[ or Shift+Alt+] or Shift+Alt+, or Shift+Alt+. | Select more layers

Ctrl+[ or Ctrl+] or Shift+Ctrl+[ or Shift+Control+] | Move layers down or up or send to bottom or bring to top


8. Ultimate Flattener

Merge All Layers (even those hidden). Quick way to flatten a file.

Alt+. | Select Top Layer

Shift+Alt+, | Select all layers between currently selected and bottom layer

Ctrl+E | Merge the selected layers


9. Infinite Dupe

Duplicate and evenly distribute or transform items. Nice way to distribute something like nav buttons.

Ctrl+T | Transform

{Transform/Move} | Manually Move or Transform

Enter | Commit Transform

(Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T) | Duplicate and transform relative to the newest item


10. Finishing Move – The Web Extractor

Extract a selection and save it for the web. Extremely useful when pulling individual elements from a design, such as buttons or rules.

{Create Selection} | Select the area you want to extract

Ctrl+Shift+C | Copy Merged to clipboard

Ctrl+N | Create New Image based on selection size

Enter | Confirm New Image

Ctrl+V | Paste from clipboard

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S | Save for the Web















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